Safe Spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and/or Allied (LGBTQIA+)

A community-focused program

The Safe Spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and or questioning, intersex, asexual and/or allied (LGBTQIA+) program consists of community-based organizations currently working with LGBTQIA+ youth, to provide services that are trauma-informed, founded in Positive Youth Development, and are culturally appropriate and specific to LGBTQIA+ youth.

Services provided within Safe Spaces work to promote self-esteem, increase social connectedness and resilience, and decrease risk for suicidal behaviors (and self-harm). Services are housed within a setting that provides safety, support, and allows youth to be their whole-selves within the space; not having to compartmentalize their various identities in order to fit in or feel safe. These spaces, called “Sanctuary Programs”, provide social and emotional support for LGBTQIA+ youth who may be particularly vulnerable to or at elevated risk for violence, by connecting LGBTQIA+ youth to needed services identified through individual assessment. Self-esteem and resilience are promoted among participating youth through the development of leadership skills, event planning, and opportunities for community engagement.

Our programs provide services and programming that are trauma-informed, utilizing Positive Youth Development in design and implementation, and include suicidal behavior prevention activities. In addition to LGBTQ youth, priority populations for the Safe Spaces program include: LGBTQIA+ Youth of Color, Transgender Youth, Homeless/Unstably Housed/Unaccompanied LGBTQ Youth, LGBTQ Youth Aging Out of Services (DCF, DYS etc.), LGBTQIA+ Youth with Disabilities, and Immigrant and Refugee LGBTQIA+ youth.

For questions or comments please contact: Yves Singletary at: Yves.Singletary@MassMail.State.MA.US or (617) 624-5844.

Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth Funded Programs

Vendor Name/Address Program/Project Name/ Telephone/Website Region/Population
18 Degrees Family Services for Western Mass.
480 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
18 Degrees’ Safe Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Youth Project
(413) 448-8281
www.18degreesma.org
Region: Western Mass.
Population: LGBTQIA+
BAGLY, Inc.
28 Court Square
Boston, MA 02108
Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Trans Advocacy and Education Project
(617) 227-4313
www.bagly.org
Region: Greater Boston
Population: LGBTQIA Youth of Color
Transgender Youth
Fenway Health Aids Action Youth on Fire
One Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
AIDS Action Youth On Fire
(857) 313-6803
www.aac.org/youth-on-fire
Region: Greater Boston
Population: Homeless
LGBTQIA+ Youth
Home for Little Wanderers
409 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452
Waltham House Residential Group Home for LGBTQIA+ Youth
(781) 647-9976
www.thehome.org
Region: Greater Boston
Population: LGBTQIA+ Youth,
ages 14–18
Justice Resource Institute
75 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02119
Boston GLASS Drop-In Center
(857) 399-1920
www.jri.org
Region: Greater Boston
Population: LGBTQIA+
Youth of Color
MAP For Health
322 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Asian Pride
(617) 426-6755
www.maphealth.org
Region: Greater Boston
Population: Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander
LGBTQIA+ Youth;
Out Now
1695 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Out Now
(413) 736-4610
www.outnowyouth.org
Region: Western MA
Population: LGBTQIA+ Youth
LGBTQIA+ Youth of Color
We Thrive
56 Barnstable Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
We Thrive
(508) 524-7888
Region: Cape Cod and the Islands
Population: LGBTQIA+ Youth of Color, ages 14-22

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