Daily life can be difficult for transgender youth. Supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, Westchester Jewish Community Services hosts the TransParentcy program that helps trans youth and their parents or guardians deal with a hostile world. Spirit Goodwin, center, and their parents, Elijah Goodwin and Katherine Hannon, were part of the support group. Photo by Ari Mintz
A few years ago, The Trust funded the creation of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s Pride Path internships to help LGBTQ youth find jobs. After their internship, Ivelisse “Ivy” Frias went on to help win passage of New York’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. In 2018, Ivy left the state for the first time to advocate for transgender rights in Washington, D.C. Photo by Ari Mintz
Photographer Alice Austen (left) with friends in 1891 on the lawn of her home, now a house museum funded by The Trust. The tight-knit group was dubbed “The Darned Club” by detractors, but the group reclaimed the name and owned it. Today, we’re helping the Alice Austen House on Staten Island share the work and history of this pioneering lesbian photographer whose images reveal turn-of-the-century gay and lesbian life. Photo courtesy of the Collection of Historic Richmond Town
With funding from The Trust, the New York Public Library is sharing its trove of LGBTQ photographs. Here, Marsha P. Johnson hands out flyers for support of gay students at NYU in 1970. Photo by Diana Davies
The first case of AIDS in the country was identified in 1981, quickly followed by a deluge of others. The Trust was there in the early days of the AIDS epidemic making two grants in 1983 to support HIV research and health services for patients and their families. Six years later, The Trust launched the New York City AIDS Fund with the National Community AIDS Partnership; it worked with local foundations to develop an effective response to the deadly disease.
The Trust helped the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation mount an early campaign to advocate for legislation to allow gay marriage in New York. With our funding, the Agenda educated the clergy, business leaders, and unions about the importance of marriage for gay men and lesbians.
Our Long Island Community Foundation assists groups such as Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), part of the LGBT Network. Our funding has helped make schools safer and more welcoming to LGBTQ students through its funding of gay-straight alliances on local campuses. Here, Carolina Acon sings with Charlie Solidum at a karaoke night organized by the Network. Photo by Ari Mintz
The Trust and its donors have long supported the Hetrick-Martin Institute which provides community, basic needs, health, education, arts and culture, and career services to thousands of LGBTQ youth every year. Here, some of its clients improvise in a dance class. From left, Dominick Spies, Maxx Kpojour, Tianaa Watson, and Tahj Mahal. Photo by Ari Mintz
The Trust helps bring the City’s rich history to life with historic preservation grants highlighting the LGBTQ community’s contributions in New York and throughout the U.S. With our support, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project identifies historically significant locations in the City that illustrate important moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement and contributions of LGBTQ New Yorkers. Photo by Ari Mintz
Hear from Trust donors Frank Decolator and Ted Wolf on why they support LGBTQ organizations.