Month – November 2016

US LGBTQ Film Festivals

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US LGBTQ Film FestivalsUS LGBTQ Film Festivals

International Directory of Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festivals

Seasons of Pride is pleased to offer this LGBT Film Festival directory as a resource to help make connections between audiences, film/video makers, and festival programmers.

 LGBT Film Festival Calendar

Jan – MarApr – Jun | Jul – Sept | Oct – Dec

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  • Cinema Diverse! Palm springs LGBTQ Film Festival – dedicated to presenting the best in LGBT Cinema.
  • Frameline San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 63,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline also presents year-round exhibitions, including Frameline Encore, a free film series highlighting diverse, socially relevant works. Year-round programs also include members-only sneak previews and special events, as well as special screenings and events featuring directors, actors and other queer media icons.
  • Fresno Reel Pride: An Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Every year, it is our goal to bring a wide array of LGBTQ cinema and entertainment home to the Central Valley.
  • OUTFEST: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBT equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.
  • OUTrageous:The Santa Barbara Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – OUTrageous provides a diverse selection of films that entertain, challenge, and educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities. OUTrageous also provides filmmakers with opportunities to screen their work that might not otherwise be seen locally.
  • SF Transgender Film Festival – The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival was founded in 1997 as North America’s first transgender film festival. We exhibit groundbreaking, provocative, outrageous, courageous, moving and innovative works that show the complexity of lives lived on the transgender spectrum.



Florida — Miami Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

1521 Alton Road #147, Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA

305-534-9924/fax: 305-535-2377

Carol Coombes, Program Director,

Florida — Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box 18445, Tampa, FL 33679-8445 USA

813.879.4220/ Fax: 813-870-1499

Keven Renken, Programming Director

France — Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival/Forum des images Paris

FFGLP/ Festival, 8 rue du Repos 75020 Paris FRANCE

Tel/fax: + 33 1 43 56 53 66

Florence Fradelizi, David Dibilio

France — VUES D’EN FACE Festival International du Film Gay et Lesbian de Grenoble

Festival International du Film, Gay et Lesbien de Grenoble, 8, rue Sergent Bobillot, BP 408, 38015 GRENOBLE CEDEX 1 FRANCE

+33 (0)4 76 17 00 21

Stephane Moulin, Festival Director

Georgia — Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival — Out on Film

75 Bennett St., NW Suite N-1, Atlanta, GA 30309 USA

404-352-4225/Fax: 404-352-0173

Paul Marchant – Festival Director

Germany — Verzaubert: International Queer Film Festival in Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne

Rudi Furstberger, Rosebud Entertainment, Verzaubert Film Festival, Fregestr. 36, 12161 Berlin GERMANY

49 30 861 4532/Fax: 49 30 861 4539

Rudi Furstberger, Director of Programming,

Germany — Berlin Lesbian Film Festival

Lesben Film Festival Berlin, Koburger Strasse 14, 10825 Berlin GERMANY

++49-30-787 181 08/ Fax: ++49-30-787 181 06

Mara Boguslawski, Director

Germany — FEMINALE International Women’s Bi Annual Film Festival in Cologne

Feminale e.V., Maybachstr. 111, D-50670 Cologne GERMANY

+49 0221 130 02 25/fax: +49 0221 130 02 81

Carla Despineux, Programmer

Germany — Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival/Lesbisch-Schwule Filmtage Hamburg

Querbild e.V. Schanzenstr. 45 D – 20357 Hamburg Germany

49 (0)40- 3 48 06 70/Fax: 49 (0)40 34 05 22

Joachim Post, Gesine Claus

Germany — Queer Film Festival Bremen

queerfilm gruppe c/o Kino 46, Waller Heerstrabe 46, 28217 Bremen GERMANY

+49 421 38767 31/Fax: +49 421 38767 34

Olaf Heudecker,

Germany — Rollen Wechsel in Oldenburg

Rollen Wechsel, c/o Na Und e.V., Ziegelhofstr. 83, D-26121 Oldenburg GERMANY

+49 441 7775923/fax: +49 441 76478

Chris Reiffert

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Germany — TEDDY AWARD at the International Film Festival in Berlin

For PANORAMA OFFICE: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany;

For TEDDY OFFICE: TEDDY Foundation/Forderverein TEDDY e.V., Klaus Mabel Aschenneller, Katzlerstrasse 3, 10829 Berlin, Germany

PANORAMA OFFICE: 49 30 259 20 400;

TEDDY OFFICE: 49 30 215 74 30/Fax: 49 30 217 26 92/Mobile: 49 172 396 06 22

Manuela Kay, Coord/TEDDY Jury (manuela@siegessaeule); Wieland Speck & Margaret von Schiller, Dir/Co-Dir. Panorama (; Christian Peters, Head/ TEDDY Fnd. (; ATTEND as ORGANIZER/PROGRAMMER Contact: Manuela Kay

Germany — lesbisch-schwule Filmtage Karlsruhe

c/o Kinemathek Karlsruhe e.V. Adlerstr. 28,D – 76133 Karlsruhe, GERMANY

0721 937 4714/Fax: 0721 937 4715

Thomas Weimer

Hawaii — Honolulu “RAINBOW” Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

1877 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 USA

808-941-0424 ext. 18/fax: 808-943-1724

Jon Bryant, Executive Director; Connie M. Florez, Director of Programming

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Hong Kong — Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Society 14th floor, 10 Knutsford Terrace Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

852 2582 0200/fax: +852 2311 8023

Denise Tang, Karl Uhrich

Hungary — Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Budapest

5 Bezeredi street, Budapest, Hungary 1087

Phone: 36 1 323 1125 Fax: 36 1 333 25 85

Istvan Ferenczi, Festival Coordinator

Illinois — Chicago Annual Underground Film Festival

Entry Coordinator, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 3109 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 USA

773-327-3456/Fax: 773-327-3464

Bryan Wendorf

Illinois — School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Queer Film and Video Festival


Kit Hung, Director of Programming

India — Bombay Sexual and Gender Minority Film & Video Festival

Humjinsi, C/O India Centre for Human Rights and Law, CVOD Jain High School, 4th Floor, 84 Samuel Street (Hazrat Abbas St.) Dongri, Bombay-9 INDIA

+91-22-2371 6690/ Fax: +91-22-2379 1099

Tejal Shah

Indiana – PRIDE: In Several Short Cinematic Acts

Sara Beanblossom, Co-Director

IndyOutties, Kansas City’s Friendly Film Festival

Kansas City, MO

Lisa Marie Evans, Festival Director

Ireland — Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

DLGFF, c/o Nexus, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland

+353 1 4158414/Fax: +353 1 4730597

Brian Sheehan, Director. Deborah Ballard and Paul Connell, Programmers.

Ireland — Murphy’s Cork Film Festival — Lesbian & Gay Section

10 Washington Street, Cork IRELAND

+353 21 427 1711/fax: +353 21 427 5945

Sue Wainwright, Jim Lowther

Israel — Jerusalem Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Jerusalem Cinematheque, Wolfson Garden, Hebron Road, Jerusalem, ISRAEL

972 2 67 24 131

Gali Gold, Vivian Ostrovsky

Italy – Gender Bender in Bologna

c/o Il cassero, via Don Minzoni 18, 40121 Bologna – Italy

Daniele Del Pozzo: Art Director

Italy — Annual Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

TGLFF, Piazza San Carlo 161, 10123, Torino ITALY

0039 011 534888/ Fax: 0039 011 535796

Cosimo Santoro, Director of Programming

Italy — Milano Festival Internazionale di Cinema Gaylesbico

Programming Committee – Attn. G. Marzi c/o MBE 209, VIA DEL TORCHIO 12 – 20123 Milano ITALY

39 023 319 118/fax: 39 0272 002 942

Giampaolo Marzi, Claudia Mauti: Festival Programmers,

Japan –Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival

Programming Committee, TLGFF, #601, 5-24-16 Nakano, Nakano-ku Tokyo 164-0001 Japan

+81-3-5380-5760/ Fax: +81-3-5380-5767

Miyazaki Hideki, Director; Yukashi Oki, Head Programmer

Louisiana — Reel Identities: The New Orleans Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival

Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles, New Orleans


Vincent Macaluso

Massachusetts — Boston Gay/Lesbian and Trangender Film Festival

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-5523, USA

617-369-3305/fax: 617-437-0293

Bo Smith

Massachusetts — Provincetown International Film Festival

Filmmakers/Distributors send inquiries to: 170 Commercial Street Suite 161, Provincetown, MA 02657/ Corporate Sponsors: 265 Riverside Drive suite 10G, New York, NY 10025

General Information: 508-487-FILM/ Corporate Sponsors: 212-662-6804

PJ Layng, Executive Director; Gabrielle Hanna, Director, Sponsor Development

Michigan — The Annual Kalamazoo Coming Out Proud Film Festival

Coming Out Proud Film Festival, The Resource Center, 629 Pioneer St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009

269-349-4234/Fax: 269-349-7490

Sharon Roepke or Bev Edwards

Minnesota — Flaming Film Festival in Minneapolis

c/o Intermedia Arts, 28822 Lyndale Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55408

612.871.4444/Fax: 612.871.6927

Lisa Gasner, Director; Allison Herrerra, Programmer,

Missouri — Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

4330 Holly, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 USA

Festival Office: (816) 960-4636

Jamie Rich, Managing Director

Nederlands — Nederlands Transgender Filmfestival (NTGF)

c/o T-Image Foundation, P.O. Box 15650, 1001 ND, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

31 20 636 3727/ Fax: 31 20 636 3730

Kam Wai Kui, Festival Director

New York – Lesbian Film Festival

New York — Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

HIFF, 59 Franklin St. Suite 208, New York, NY 10013

212.431.6292/ Fax: 212.431.5440

Note: HIFF is a queer-forward festival.

New York — Annual Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box 1477, Melville, NY 11747

516-694-2407/fax: 631-547-6651

Stephen J. Flynn, Festival Director; Peter Daly, Programmer; Julia Maresca, Programmer,

New York — Coney Island Short Film Festival

Rob Leddy,, Bowling Green Station, PO Box 228, New York, NY 10274-0228

212-696-6689/Fax: NA

Rob Leddy, Festival Director (NOTE: Fest accepts LGBT submissions)

New York — Fire Island Film Video Festival

P.O. Box 1477, Melville, NY 11747

516-694-2407/fax: 631-547-6651

Stephen J. Flynn, Festival Director; Peter Daly, Programmer; Julia Maresca, Programmer;,

New York — MIX: The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film and Video Festival

29 John Street, PMB #132, New York, NY 10038-4005 USA


Kara Williamson, Lawrence Shea, Stephen Winters: Directors

New York — New Fest New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The New Festival, Inc., ATTN: Submissions, 139 Fulton St, Ste Ph-3, New York, NY 10038 USA

212.571.2170/ Fax: 212.571.2179

Basil Tsiokos, Director

New York — Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival/ImageOut

Image Out, 274 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607 USA

585-271-2640/fax: 585-271-3798

October 7-16, 2005

Michael Gamilla, Co-Chair: Programming,

New Zealand — New Zealand Out Takes Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Reel Queer Inc., P.O. Box 27 070, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

644.972.6775/fax: 644.801.9906

2005 Dates: Auckland: May 26 – Jun 6, Wellington: 2 – 12 Jun, Dunedin: 17 -19 Jun, Christchurch: 8 – 12 Jun

Simon Fulton, Festival Programmer

New Zealand — Triangle Television LGB International Film & Video Festival in Auckland

P.O. Box 78-034, Grey Lynn, Auckland NEW ZEALAND

+64 9 376 5030

Hans Versluys, Director of Programming,

North Carolina — Center for Gay & Lesbian Film Series

The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, PO Box 33535, Charlotte, NC 28233 USA

704-333-0144/Fax: 704-714-2114

Dan Kirsch, Executive Director

North Carolina — North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc., 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701 USA

919-560-3040 ext. 232/fax: 919-560-3065

Jim Carl, Director of Programming NOTE: Attendance is 10,000 and growing! AWARDS are given in FOUR AREAS: Best Docmentary, Best Feature, Best Women’s Short and Best Men’s Short. DOWNLOAD the Submission Form at the website listed below.

Norway — Skeive filmer Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Box 6838 St. Olavs Plass. N-0130 Oslo NORWAY

+47 98 28 00 66/Fax: +47 22 17 29 13

Tron Hirsti, Festival Leader

Ohio — Columbus International Film & Video Festival, AKA “The Chris Awards”

The Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 5701 N. High St., Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085

614-841-1666/Fax: Same

Judy Chalker , Executive Director

Ohio — Out in Akron Queer Shorts Film Festival

P.O. Box 22254; Akron, Ohio 44303


Sandy Bowers, Program Coordinator

Oregon — Annual University of Oregon Queer Film Festival

UO Queer Film Festival & Queer Film Symposium, EMU, 1228 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1228

541-346-0007/Fax: 541-346-4400

Douglas Hopper, Festival Coordinator


Portland Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Film Festival

Sensory Perceptions, Programming Director,

818 SW 3rd., #1224, Portland, OR 97204 USA

503-345-9393 ext. 2/fax: 503-345-9393

John Campos, Executive Director

Pennsylvania — Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival



Laura Annibalini, Programming Director

Pennsylvania — Annual Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg, Inc., 1300A North Third St, Harrisburg, PA 17102


Charlie Smith, President


One In Ten c/o Trevor Brown,

152 Davey Lab, Box 196, University Park, PA 16802

Trevor Brown, Festival Committee Chairman

Pennsylvania — Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

234 Market Street, Fifth Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

215-733-0608/fax: 215-733-0637

Ray Murray, Executive Director; Thom Cardwell, Managing Director,

Portugal — Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Beco Dos Contrabandistas, No 29 – 2o Direito 1350-083 Lisboa PORTUGAL

00 351 21 395 54 47 Phone/Fax

Celso Junior

Rhode Island — Providence Rhode Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840 USA

401-861-4445 / 401-847-7590 fax, attn. RIIFF

George T. Marshall, Executive Director,,

Slovenia – Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

386 1 430 35 30/fax: 386 1 232 91 85

South Africa — Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

PO Box 15707, Vlaeberg 8018, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel & Fax: +27 21 422 2486

Sharon Jackson FESTIVAL LOCATIONS: Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban

Spain — LESGAICINEMAD: The Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Fundacion Triangulo, LESGAICINEMAD, Calle Eloy Gonzalo 25. 1º, 28010 – Madrid SPAIN

  • 34 91 593 05 40/ Fax: Same

Gerardo Jose Perez Melia, Festival Director

Spain — Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Exhibition

Carrer Verdaguer i Callis, 10. 08003 Barcelona, SPAIN

+34 (93) 319 55 50/fax: +34 (93) 310 30 35

Jaume Gil, Executive Director & Programmer

Spain — Barcelona International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

BIGLFF, Col.legi de Directors de Cinema de Catalunya, Pg. de Colom # 6, 08002 Barcelona SPAIN

+34 (93) 441 88 08/fax: +34 932 681 932

Xavier-Daniel, Festival Director

Spain — HEATGAY International Gay Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona

Travessera de Gracia, 96, 40 1A – 08006 Barcelona SPAIN

+34 932 38 68 68 / Fax +34 932 38 68 68

Spain — International Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona

Travessera de Gracia, 96, 40 1A – 08006 Barcelona SPAIN

+34 932 38 68 68 / Fax +34 932 38 68 68

Sweden — KOMBAT Stockholm Queer & Feminist Film Festival

The KOMBAT Festival, Att: Neant-Falk, Dahl, Kugelberg, Bergsunds Strand 31, 117 38 Stockholm SWEDEN

phone/fax: +46-8-720 23 03

Cecilia Neant-Falk & Joakim Rinda: Festival Directors; Ulrika Dahl & Jorun Kugelberg: Film Coordinators

Switzerland — PINK APPLE Annual Swiss Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Schwullesbisches Filmfestival in Zurich and Frauenfeld

Pink Apple, Box 729, CH-8501 Frauenfeld SWITZERLAND

fax: 41-52-7204633

Doris Senn, Thomas Muller

Switzerland — Queersicht Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Bern

Postfach 367, Postfach 367, CH-3000 Bern 11 SWITZERLAND

41 31 311 41 48/fax same

Presidents: Maddalena Tognola and Sam Linder

Switzerland — Zurich Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

c/o Kino Xenix, Kanzleistrasse 56, Postfach 664, CH-8026 Zurich

41 1 241 00 58/fax: 41 1 242 18 49

Beat Kaslin

Texas — Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

1216 East 51st Street, Austin, TX 78723 USA

512-302-9889/ fax: 512-302-1088

Scott Dinger, Artistic Director

Texas — 7th Annual Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

HGLFF, 803 Hawthorne, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 569-4924/fax: (713) 225-2205

Margaret Zigman, Executive Committee President; D.L. Murphy, Festival Administrator

Texas — OUT TAKES Dallas – The Annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

3818 Cedar Springs Rd., #101-405, Dallas, TX 75219 USA

214-676-7751/fax: 214-520-0227

Glen Carlson & Allison Graham, Film Review Coordinators

Texas — OUTer Gay and Lesbian Sci Fi / Fantasy Film Festival

OUTer Film Festival, 2300 Village Way Dr., Austin, TX 78745


November 4, 2004

Tim Caswell, Director

Texas — Q Cinema: Fort Worth’s Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

215 W. Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102 USA

817-462-3368/fax: 817-390-7691 attn. Todd Camp

Shawn Moore; Todd Camp, Artistic Director

Thailand — Bangkok Pride Gay and Lesbian International Film and Video Festival 2545

44 Moo 10 Bang Na-Trat KM 4.5, Bang Na district, Bangkok 10260 Thailand

Tel 66-2-325-5555, 66-2-317-0420 and 66-2-316-5900 ; Fax 66-2-317-2071

Michael Shaowanasai, Festival Director

Washington — Annual Olympia Film Festival

416 Washington Street SE, #208, Olympia WA 98501

360-754-6670/Fax: 360-943-9100

Washington — Spokane Annual GLBT Film Festival

Spokane Film Festival, P.O. Box 2931, Spokane, WA 99220-2931 USA


Barb Lee

Washington, DC — Reel Affirmations: International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

c/o One In Ten, P.O. Box 73587, Washington, DC 20056 USA

202-986-1119/fax: 202-939-0981

Sarah Kellogg – Festival Director; Joe Bilancio – Program Director; Carlos Arias – Executive Director/Sponsorships,,

Wisconsin — Milwaukee Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival

Film Department / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mitchell Hall B69, 3203 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 229 4758

Carl Bogner, Director

US LGBTQ Film Festivals

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Red State Freedom Tour

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Red State Freedom TourSan Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responds to the election results by announcing a tour to support the LGBTQ community in RED states.

Like many of you, the 300+ members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus family – singers, staff and volunteers – have, along with the entire LGBTQ community, spent the last few days navigating our collective way through feelings of shock and despair. Rather than succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, we’ve asked, “what can we do to make a difference?”

In response to the recent presidential election and the voices of the so-called “silent majority,” SFGMC will pursue a “Red State Freedom Tour” in the summer of 2018.

While the exact itinerary has not been determined, it is our plan to go on a whistle-stop tour through those states where the LGBTQ community is struggling, and likely feeling even further marginalized after the election results. We hope our presence and our music will encourage our brothers and sisters, educate others and challenge those communities to think differently.

The tour will cap off our monumental 40th Season and commemorate how SFGMC launched the global LGBTQ choral movement in 1978. We can think of no better way to use our time, talent, resources and energy than to take our message through music to those who need it most. We, as a country, have a long road to travel, and we believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion, and empathy.


To launch this 2018 Outreach tour, we’re sharing with you a live video, featuring “Light” from Next to Normal.
You’ve heard us perform this song many times over the last few years, and we hope it will bring you some solace in this turbulent week. “Light” is a song that has brought us comfort in dark times. It is our hope it will do that again, for you.

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Supporting LGBTQI Youth

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Supporting LGBTQI YouthLast year, the number of LGBTQI youth celebrating Thanksgiving at Sylvia’s Place doubled to nearly 60. Youth who have stayed at Sylvia’s Place in the past are welcomed back with open arms and current residents get to share in the love of a Sylvia’s Place holiday celebration for the very first time.
Our Thanksgiving probably sounds a lot like yours. The cooking starts on Monday and doesn’t end until the last pie comes out of the oven on Thanksgiving afternoon. When youth arrive, they write down what they’re thankful for and post it on our blessings board. Youth and staff eat, laugh, and catch up with one another. And, in the last two years–thanks to the generous donation of a Nintendo Wii–everyone plays Just Dance after the meal in order to work off a little bit of the food!!
These Thanksgiving traditions are a way to provide stability and love to LGBTQI youth who don’t have supportive families to go home to. It’s a blessing for us to be able to extend that same love 365 days a year, as we have for the past 14 years. This Thanksgiving, consider making a gift to support our holiday celebration and the daily work of MCCNY Charities to make sure that none of our youth feels alone or unwanted. When you do, we’ll add your first name to our blessings board on Thanksgiving Day, so that we can hold you in our hearts as we give thanks.

Thank you for your generosity and happy holidays from everyone at MCCNY Charities!

Homeless Youth Services

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services: Sylvia’s Place is the starting point for New York City’s LGBTQI youth in crisis. Integrating case management with mental health services while stressing the unique strengths and potential of each youth, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services has developed a proven method for serving LGBTQI youth in crisis. This method has been modeled by service providers across the country and around the world.

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services is committed to turning the short time (up to 90 days) that youth spend as residents into a time of growth, safety and opportunity. MCCNY Homeless Youth
Services provides:

• Emergency overnight services
• Connections to long-term housing
• Case management
• Advocacy groups
• Showers
• Hot meals

Youth who come to MCCNY Homeless Youth Services often arrive in the city with dreams of Chelsea, but find the immediate help they need in Hell’s Kitchen. Many of these youth have histories of abuse, and most have experienced discrimination or violence at mainstream shelters. MCCNY Homeless Youth Services is one of the only shelters in the city that accepts youth directly off the street, without a referral. MCCNY Homeless Youth Services prioritizes the most underserved LGBTQI youth, including transgender and intersex youth, youth experiencing trauma, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information about MCCNY Homeless Youth Services or to refer an LGBTQI youth in crisis, contact Christopher Collazo, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services Prevention Associate.

Supporting LGBTQI Youth

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Trans Awareness Week

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SF’s LGBT Center offers a host of workshops and programs supporting Trans Awareness Week

Trans Awareness Week
Join us for Trans Awareness Week (November 14-20) when individuals and organizations across the country will participate to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) people, and address the issues these communities face. If you can’t make the events, follow us on social media using #transwk and #TDoR @TEEISF. Please post and share how you are taking action next week and beyond. Share your support by getting a I Lv Trans People T-shirt!

Also, join us at Out at Work this Monday with PG&E and Wednesday at Twitter for a talk with Susan Stryker. The final day of Trans Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-trans violence.

This year we are changing the event up with a dynamic TPOC lead panel about ending the violence against trans people. Instead of reading of the names, we will be sharing a moving film tribute. The event will be live streaming and if you want to be in community please join us Trans: Thrive at 3pm. (Details below!)

Finally, if your missed CeCe McDonald and Joshua Allen at the Black Excellence Tour check out the full video

The mission of the SF LGBT Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. When visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center is truly the heart, home and hands of the San Francisco LGBT community.

Trans Awareness Week

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Tell us your stories #PrideStories

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When we started this project in 2007, we felt the need to highlight resources for the LGBTQ community.  We wanted to showcase businesses that supported the community, tell stories of folks who were making an impact and feature organizations that were on the ground every day providing much need resources and support were visible and accessible.  Our goal was to empower our community through jobs, resources, and support.

Probably more than anything, our readers enjoy our event postings.  We celebrate Pride in all forms from film festivals to kink events to business networking and we try to offer a wide geographical spectrum.  Sure big stuff is there like Frameline, IML and NGLCC – but we also strive to include smaller, lesser know events to offer visibility and reach into communities with fewer opportunities to connect to their queer counterparts.

OK, here is comes – you knew there would be an ask, there’s always an ask.  What exactly do we want in return? You!

Send us your events, tell us about great businesses, share safe spaces and folks who are making an impact every day in LGBTQ lives. Tell us your stories #PrideStories. Become a volunteer editor.  Tell your friends about us.  Sign up for the newsletter.  Connect with us on social media.

Now, more than ever – we need to love and support one another.

Tell us your stories #PrideStories

Tell us your stories #PrideStories

To kick things off, we wanted to share with you a resource we received last week….


Cerebral Palsy and LGBT

Cerebral Palsy and LGBT

My team and I are raising awareness for bullying as well as LGBT History. You can find out more at

As you may know, children with disabilities are sometimes more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. This includes children that are also part of the LGBT community. Obviously, this is not a good thing.

Having cerebral palsy, I understand how critical it is for parents of a child with CP to have access to reliable information, especially when it comes to delicate topics like these. Equally as important, I represent because I believe in their mission of providing quality cerebral palsy information and assistance to families in need.

I certainly admire your website. With the passing of National Bullying Prevention and upcoming LGBT Pride Month, it would be an honor to see our this information highlighted and linked to from your website at If there’s room for a link to, please let me know.

Anything you can do to help spread awareness and further education would go a long way.

Thanks again for your time in advance, and I look forward to hearing back.



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