LGBTQ Resources

 

Resources for the LGBTQ Community and Allies

Libraries are for everyone! Cherry Hill Public Library is committed to ensuring that our library is a welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ community, their families, and allies. We also strive to have a broad range of programs and materials that meet the informational needs of LGBTQ patrons, as well as educate our entire community.

*LGBTQ+ and COVID-19 Resources  
Library Resources Crisis Resources
New Jersey Organizations Resources for LGBT Seniors
Philadelphia Organizations Additional Resources
National Organizations Booklists

LGBTQ+ and COVID-19 Information and Resources

them: How LGBTQ+ People Can Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus
“As LGBTQ+ health and community centers are shutting down nationwide, these virtual resource kits, phone hotlines, live streams, and webinars are vital for getting information and support.” 
This list was put together by them, a Conde Nast news and culture platform aimed at the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride at Work: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for LGBTQ Working People
“Find general information about the virus and information about what unions are doing in response to COVID-19 as well as LGBTQ-specific resources and actions you can take to ensure all working people get the help they need in this crisis.”

National Center for Transgender Equality: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide
"We want trans people and their families to stay safe—both from the virus and from any unique problems we may face with this new virus.”

Transgender Law Center: Virtual Community Gatherings
“Our communities are only as strong as the circles of care we create. Let’s use this opportunity to provide a space of solace, political education, and resource sharing. Each week we’ll go in depth into the ways this crisis impacts the many intersecting experiences of our communities.”

Asylum Connect: Resource List for LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers and Other LGBTQ+ People in Need During COVID-19
“A list highlighting some of the verified LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly resources continuing to offer help (either in-person or virtually) in the United States during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether you are seeking LGBTQ+ asylum or undocumented, a LGBTQ+ student impacted by early school and dorm closures, or simply in need of a free LGBTQ+ affirming service, AsylumConnect is here for you during this crisis.”

The Fenway Institute: Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Considerations for People Living with HIV and LGBTQIA+ People

Human Rights Campaign: The LGBTQ Community and COVID-19

Equality Federation: COVID-19 Resources

NGLCC (National LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Resources & Economic Support During COVID-19

LGBT Funders: LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response
“This page is intended as a hub of resources and information for funders seeking to address the unique needs of LGBTQ communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a listing of rapid-response funds and grassroots campaigns specifically focused on the needs of LGBTQ communities, as well as emerging practices that funders are implementing to better support LGBTQ nonprofits and grassroots groups in the context of the pandemic.”

For families:

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queen Story Hour UK

Flamingo Rampant
New story every weekday at 10:30 a.m. 

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Library Resources

Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope is a community-based Gay-Straight Alliance. Kaleidoscope offers monthly student-led meetings in a safe, supportive environment for LGBTQ and allied teens to gather, socialize, organize, and help each other. Kaleidoscope meets the third Saturday of each month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Cherry Hill Public Library.

Pride at the Library
Every June, in recognition of Pride Month, the Cherry Hill Public Library hosts a series of programs to educate and celebrate the LGBTQ community. Past events have included movie and documentary screenings, rainbow and drag queen story times, and partnered programs with organizations such as Garden State Equality, PFLAG Collingswood, Mazzoni Center, and the Trans Oral History Project.

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Pride by Ted Eytan (CC BY SA 2.0)


New Jersey Organizations

PFLAG Collingswood
Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG Collingswood is the chapter serving the South Jersey region.

Garden State Equality
Established in 2004, Garden State Equality (GSE) is the largest LGBT advocacy organization in New Jersey and one of the most successful statewide civil rights organization for the LGBT community in the nation. Their services include advocacy, policy work, and trainings.

HiTOPS
Health services and group support resources for people ages 13 to 26. They developed two support groups called “First & Third” and “PFLAG” for LGBTQ youth and their loved ones.

Jersey Gay Pride
Jersey Gay Pride is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting equality, respect, and awareness of causes important to the LGBTQ+ community of Southern New Jersey and surrounding areas through fundraisers, community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers.  

JFCS: Support for the LGBTQ Community
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JFCS provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ community throughout their lives. We have created a place where sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression can intersect to be embraced, affirmed and celebrated."

Project Rainbow Tweens (grades 6-8) and Teens (grades 9-12) Zoom Meetings
A safe, affirming, and fun monthly gathering for LGBTQ+ tweens (grades 6-8), teens (grades 9-12) and their allies. These Zoom meetups are free and open to the community.

  • Upcoming meeting dates for tweens (grades 6-8): Wednesdays at 7 p.m. - 10/21, 11/18, 12/16.
  • Upcoming meeting dates for teens (grades 9-12): Wednesdays at 7 p.m. - 11/11 & 12/9.

Contact Gaby Marantz at 856-424-1333 or gmarantz@jfedsnj.org to RSVP. This program is a collaboration of JFCS of Southern New Jersey and the JCC of Cherry Hill.

The Pride Center of New Jersey
Located in Highland Park, The Pride Center provides a “safe space” for the LGBTIQ community: a place to learn about the community from a vast array of resources, a place to socialize and meet new friends, and a place to gain acceptance and understanding of your gender and sexual identity in a comfortable setting.

NJ Gay Life
A NJ-centric online resource for the LGBTQ community. Features an events calendar, business directory, organization directory, and community blogs.

New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce
An organization dedicated to strengthening LGBT businesses in the New Jersey tri-state area.

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Philadelphia Organizations

William Way LGBT Community Center
From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the William Way LGBT Community Center strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBT communities of Philadelphia.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic
The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic (GSD Clinic) offers psychosocial and medical support for gender variant, gender expansive and transgender children and youth up to age 21 and their families.

Mazzoni Center
Mazzoni Center is dedicated to meeting the health and wellness of the LGBTQ communities.

The Attic Youth Center
The Attic creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.

The COLOURS Organization
The COLOURS Organization has been providing community building and health and wellness services to the Black LGBT community in Philadelphia since 1991.

Penn Medicine LGBT Health Program
Penn LGBT Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to providing quality care to the LGBT community and partners patients with compassionate and skilled providers across the health system that offer culturally competent care in a judgment-free setting.

Eshel
Eshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities. Eshel Philadelphia meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7 – 9 p.m. at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA.

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American Pride by Ted Eytan (CC BY SA 2.0)


National Organizations

Campus Pride
Campus Pride serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.

PFLAG
Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

GLSEN
GLSEN works to ensure that every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. They work in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in local communities -- to improve school climate and champion LGBTQ issues in K-12 education.

Equality Federation
Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. They work collaboratively on critical issues—from advancing workplace fairness and family recognition to defeating anti-transgender bathroom bans and HIV criminalization laws—that affect how LGBTQ people experience the world from cradle to grave.

GLAAD
GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

Human Rights Campaign
The nation’s the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.

Lambda Legal
A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies
Membership organization dedicated to prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

National Center for Transgender Eqaulity
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.

SAGE: Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers.

 Help us preserve the stories of LGBTQ elders before they are lost to history.

 To honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in June 2019, StoryCorps will ask people across the country to pick up their mobile devices and use the StoryCorps App to record the stories of people within the LGBTQ community who were born before the Stonewall Riots. Each of these interviews will become a permanent part of American history at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

 Who can participate? Everyone! Make plans to interview an elder and/or another member of the LGBTQ community.

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Crisis Resources

Kaleidoscope 24/7 LGBTQ Youth Hotline – (800) 255-4213

LGBT National Help Center - 1-888-843-4564

Trans Lifeline - (877) 565-8860
A non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people that runs a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the trans community might have. Trans Lifeline is accredited by Contact USA.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

For free, 24/7 confidential support, call 1-866-488-7386.

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Resources for LGBT Seniors

LGBT Seniors
This list of resources provides a guide to organizations providing information, news, and other services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults.

JFCS: LGBT - Aging With Pride
Held on the 2nd Friday of each month via Zoom.
Contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at JFCS: (856) 424-1333 ext. 1184 or rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org to request the Zoom Meeting Link and more details.

The only group of its kind in South Jersey, this monthly program offers a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT older adults to share their experiences, build relationships, and discuss issues like discrimination and social isolation.

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Additional Resources

GenderSpectrum.org

GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Housing for LGBTQ People: What You Need to Know

Institute for Personal Growth

LGBT Homelessness

US Department of Housing and Urban Development LGBTQ Resources

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Booklists

Lambda Literary Awards
The Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.

Over the Rainbow Book List
A Book List from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association

Stonewall Book Awards List
The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Rainbow Book List
The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Originally a joint project between the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable and the Social Responsibilities Round Table, the Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.

Welcoming Schools Book List
Welcoming Schools, a Human Rights Campaign project, develops book lists to highlight diverse books for schools, libraries, and homes.

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