COMMUNITY
ORGANIZATIONS


EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM

Below is a sampling of local and national organizations engaged in community education, social change, and political action.  Every year, the Human Rights Campaign, Bromfield Street, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force each sponsor a major conference; please see the respective organizations for more information.  See also the "Support and Social" section of this guide, as some of those groups are also involved in education and activism.

Bromfield Street Educational Foundation
29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA 02116
617-262-6969
Offers a range of community-based forums for critical and strategic thinking about the future directions of queer culture(s) and organizing, within both the LBGT and other progressive movements.  Operates projects such as Gay Community News, OutWrite Conference, and the Gay and Lesbian Prisoners' Project.

 

Citizens Against Homophobia
ctznsAgnst@aol.com
P.O. Box 1509, Boston, MA 02117
617-576-9866
Uses mass media campaigns to reduce homophobia.
 
 

Human Rights Campaign
hrc@hrc.org
919 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
202-628-4160, Fax 202-347-5323
The nation's largest LBGT political organization, with over 360,000 members, both gay and non-gay. HRC lobbies the government on LGBT and AIDS issues, educates the public, supports gay-friendly political candidates, and provides expertise and training at the state and local levels.  At the annual OutVote Conference, HRC brings together politicians and activists from across the country.

 

International Foundation for Gender Education
info@ifge.org
P.O. Box 540229, Waltham, MA 02454-0229
781-899-2212, Fax 781-899-5703
Advocacy and educational organization to promote self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity.  Publishes a magazine, Transgender Tapestry, dealing with these topics, including crossdressing, transsexualism, FTM and MTF concerns spanning health, family, medical, legal, workplace issues.  Tends to focus on crossdressing, but its website is very comprehensive.

 

Intersex Society of North America
webmaster@isna.org
PO Box 3070, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-3070
An education, advocacy, and peer support organization which works to create a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted surgery for intersex people (individuals born with anatomy or physiology which differs from cultural ideals of male and female).

 

Keshnet
info@boston-keshet.org
Idit Klein (Director), 58 Glen Road #3 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Keshet is a non-denominational organization committed to diversity and inclusion of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Jews. Keshet seeks to create a fully welcoming and inclusive Jewish community for GLBT Jews in Greater Boston.

 

Lesbian AIDS Project of Massachusetts
lapm69@hotmail.com
Contact: Beth at 617-524-5895
LAP'M is a grass roots activist group that promotes awareness and sex-positive education around HIV/AIDS/STDs for women who have sex with women and provides support for HIV+ LBT women. Monthly meetings in Jamaica Plain.

 

Lesbian Avengers
Boston_Avengers@hotmail.com
c/o Boston GLASS, 93 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116
A radical political lesbian group, known for its politics and fire eating demonstrations. Meetings held weekly at Boston GLASS.

 

Massachusetts Gay Lesbian Political Caucus
MGLPC@aol.com
P.O. Box 246, State House, Boston, MA 02133
617-262-1565
"The Caucus," as it is known locally, is the largest state-wide lesbian and gay political lobbying organization in Massachusetts with more than 15,000 people on its mailing list.

 

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
PO Box 301897, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-779-0519
MTPC, a group dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, is the leading transgender advocacy organization in New England.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1700 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, DC 20009-2624
202-332-6483, Fax 202-332-0207, TTY 202-332-6219
A large national group working towards equality for LBGT people.  Works closely with social justice organizations at the local, state and national levels to address homophobia, racism, sexism and discrimination.  Every year, it sponsors "Creating Change," a conference on local and grassroots organization and activism.

NOW (National Organization for Women)
massnow@hotmail.com
214 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA
617-232-1017, 617-232-4764
NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social, and economic change in society in order to achieve the goals of eliminating sexism and ending all oppression. This is the Massachusetts affiliate of the national organization.

 

South Asian Women for Action
sawa@way.net
A Boston-based, progressive, non-hierarchical collective of women of South Asian descent. SAWA members speak out and strategize against all kinds of discrimination, and articulate their experiences living as South Asian women in the United States. Meetings are held the second Tuesday evening of every month.

 

SPEAK OUT!
31 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-238-2470
A Boston-area group that supplies speakers on LBGT issues in order to educate the public, dispel myths, build understanding, and let other LBGT people know they're not alone.

 


SPIRITUALITY

The entries below include LBGT-friendly congregations and spiritual groups.  We encourage you to call in advance for specific information, particularly regarding LBGT-friendly service times-some of the groups below have specifically supportive services.  Of course, information changes, so please verify the appropriateness of a particular group for you.  Remember too, that some congregations/faiths are more LBGT friendly than others.

MIT Chaplains
The religious groups at MIT represent a wide variety of views on sexuality and LBGT issues. These views represent the traditions of each religion. As a starting point for any religion, feel free to contact Protestant Chaplain John Wuestneck (chaplain@mit.edu) or Senior Associate Dean for Student Life Robert Randolph (randolph@mit.edu).
 
 
American Baptist
Old Cambridge Church, 1151 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

617-864-8068

 

Catholic
Dignity

Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin St., Boston

617-421-1915
  
The Paulist Center
5 Park St., Boston

617-742-4460

 

Episcopalian
Christ Episcopal Church

66 Fellsway West, Somerville

617-628-4519

Church of St. John the Evangelist
35 Bowdoin St.,  Boston

617-227-5242

Emmanual Episcopal Church
15 Newury St.,  Boston

617-536-3355

St. Luke's and Margaret's
5 St. Luke's Rd.,  Allston, MA

617-782-2029

Trinity Episcopal Church
Copley Square, Boston, MA

617-536-0944

 

Jewish
Am Tikva

info@amtikva.org
P.O. Box 1268, Brookline, MA 02446

617-883-0893

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave., Somerville

617-623-3376

**Also seeKeshnet

Lutheran
University Lutheran Church

66 Winthrop St., Cambridge

617-876-3256

 

Methodist
Cambridge Welcoming Ministries

College Avenue Methodist Church
14 Chapel St., Somerville

617-776-4172

 

Mennonite Congregation of Boston
6 Longfellow Rd., Cambridge

617-868-7784

 

Metropolitan Community Church
Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., Boston

617-973-0404

 

Union United Methodist Church
485 Columbus Avenue, Boston

617-536-0872

 

Presbyterian
Church of the Covenant

Church of the Covenant (joint with United Church of Christ)

67 Newbury St., Boston

617-266-7480

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville

617-625-4823

 

Quaker
Religious Society of Friends

6 Chestnut St., Boston

617-227-9118

Friends Meeting in Cambridge
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

617-876-6883

 

Unitarian-Universalist
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

196 Elm St, Braintree

781-843-1388

Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston St., Boston

617-536-7050

First Parish United Universalist Church of Arlington
630 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

781-648-3799

 

United Church of Christ
Central Congregational Church

85 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain

617-524-3343

Church of the Covenant (joint with Presbyterian)
67 Newbury St., Boston

617-266-7480

First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden St., Cambridge

617-547-2724, 617-876-5829, 617-354-4185

Wellesley Congregational Church
2 Central St., Wellesley

781-235-1988

 


SUPPORT AND SOCIAL

This list is by no means comprehensive.  Additional groups can be found in the "Web Resources" section of this guide.  Bay Windows has a lot of information regarding groups both in the publication itself and at its on-line community guide.  For example, the Boston area is host to a wide array of LBGT sport and recreational clubs, from board games to soccer to volleyball to swing dancing, none of which are listed below, but most of which may be found in Bay Windows.  Also refer to the section of this guide on "Education and Activism," as many of those organizations also provide support services.  Transgenders should start by contacting the Transgender Education Network.

Student Groups at Other Universities
 
Boston University 617-353-9808
Harvard BGLTSA 617-495-1193
Northeastern University 617-373-2738
Tufts University LGBT Center 617-627-3770
UMass Amherst (Stonewall Center) 413-545-4824

BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth)
bagly@bagly.org
P.O. Box 814, Boston, MA 02103
Information: 800-42-BAGLY
Office: 617-227-4313, TTY 617-983-9845, FAX 617-227-3266
A well-established Boston area youth group which meets weekly and sponsors occasional events (such as an annual gay ball). A gay group which is especially welcoming to transgender folks.

 

Bisexual Resource Center
brc@biresource.org
29 Stanhope St., Boston
P.O. Box 400639, Cambridge, MA 02140
617-424-9595
Boston area resource center for bisexuals. Home to many local support groups and an excellent source of information on issues facing bisexuals. Recently has worked to focus on youth-specific resources, BiYouth.

 

Biversity Boston
29 Stanhope St., Boston, MA 02116
617-424-9595
A mixed-gender bisexual network of greater Boston operating out of the Bisexual Resource Center. Call to leave a message or listen to a list of coming events. If you want to receive the Biversity Calendar and other Boston-area bi announcements by email, send a message (with the word subscribe as the only text) to: biversity-request@blank.org.

 

Boston Bisexual Women's Network
biwomen@biresource.org
617-424-9595
A feminist, not-for-profit collective organization whose purpose is to bring women together for support and validation. It is meant to be a safe environment in which women of all sexual self-identities, class backgrounds, racial, ethnic, and religious groups, ages, abilities and disabilities are welcome. Through the vehicles of discussion, support, education, outreach, political action, and social groups related to bisexuality, we are committed to the goals of full acceptance as bisexuals within the gay and lesbian community, and to full acceptance of bisexuality and the liberation of all gay people within the larger society.

 

Boston Gay and Bisexual Married Men's Support Group
29 Stanhope St., Boston, MA 02116
781-316-1985, 781-545-2516
A discussion group for gay and/or bisexual married men, including many who are working to preserve the marriage and some in the process of separation or divorce

 

Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services)
93 Massachusetts Ave., Floor 3, Boston, MA 02116
617-266-3349
A drop-in center for GLBT youth (ages 13-25), offering 21 different programs ranging from support to social to activist groups, such as College Night, Youth of Color, Women's Night, Lesbian Avengers, Men's Group, and Slice of Rice.

 

Cambridge Women's Center
46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
617-354-8807
An incredible resource for women right in Central Square! They have a library and childcare and sponsor many interesting discussion and support groups including: battered women's support group, lesbian Al-Anon, open discussion for incest survivors, lesbian rap, coming out support group, single Jewish lesbian and bisexual women group, sexual harassment support group, and much more!

 

Gay Fathers of Greater Boston
info@gayfathersboston.org
617-742-7897
A network of gay men who have children, living either with or apart from them. Meets first and third Tuesday of every month at 8 PM at the First Parish Church, 50 Church St., Waltham. There is a voluntary $3 donation at the door. Meetings center around speakers and the issues of gay fatherhood.  Hosts social events.

 

Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth
State House, Room 111, Boston, MA 02133
617-727-3600 x312
The Commission's mandate is to make schools safe for gay and lesbian youth and to eliminate harassment, violence, and suicide for all youth in Massachusetts. Many of the problems facing gay and lesbian youth are within the purview of state government and can be corrected by promulgation of information, training, and the implementation and diffusion of formal guidelines and state policy.

 

Project 10 East
info@project10east.org
P.O. Box 382401 Cambridge, MA 02238
617-864-GLBT
Project 10 East, Inc., builds bridges between communities and between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight youth alliances, creating its model from the successes of existing school-based and community-based programs. The project is geared toward direct support, advocacy, education, and empowerment.

 

Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
617-547-2440, 978-579-9769, 781-749-7730
Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy,rimination and to secure equal civil rights. This is the Boston affiliate of the national PFLAG.

 

QAPA (Boston Queer Asian Pacific Alliance)
qapa@geocities.com
P.O. Box 543, Prudential Station, Boston, MA 02199
617-499-9531
QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning women and men of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage (this is inclusive of A/PIs, A/PI Americans and those who are of mixed A/PI heritage).

 

Sabor A Mi (Es Algo Diferente)
Contact:  Orlando Colon at 617-927-6244 (Fenway Community Health)
A social/cultural group for Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Latinos in the Boston area.  Meets twice a month.

 


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