Support LGBTQ New York | New York Community Trust
New York is home to arguably the most vibrant and historically significant LGBTQ communities in the world. At The Trust, you can join other donors dedicated to helping these New Yorkers. Download a PDF of this page.
The Trust helped Immigration Equality recruit and train pro bono attorneys to take asylum cases for LGBT immigrants seeking safe haven. These two asylum seekers, Dmitry (left) and Tony, were helped by the organization.
Seeking Asylum
The Trust helped Immigration Equality take more asylum cases for LGBT immigrants seeking safe haven. Dmitry (left) and his partner Tony were helped by the organization.
Champion Rights

Despite progress, LGBTQ New Yorkers still face obstacles. We’ve helped:

  • Pass legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.
  • Win asylum for immigrants persecuted abroad for their sexual identities.
  • Assist employers to better understand the needs of trans-identified employees and job applicants.
Young people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, a long-time Trust grantee, march in the gay pride parade.
Improve Health

Health care providers need to understand LGBTQ New Yorkers’ unique needs. We’ve helped:

  • Expand SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) to serve Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
  • Launch the first substance-abuse treatment program in the nation designed for LGBTQ teens and young adults.
  • Trans New Yorkers understand their Medicaid health care rights.


Senior Community
Senior Community
The Trust funds several efforts to support LGBT older adults throughout the city.
Build Community

We bring LGBTQ New Yorkers together at every age and in every borough. We’ve helped:

  • Run programs at senior centers to serve gay and lesbian neighbors.
  • Train LGBTQ youth of color to become leaders.
  • Provide spaces for LGBTQ youth to fight isolation and connect with one another.


LGBT History
LGBT History
We helped the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project create a rich online resource documenting this once-hidden history.

We’re identifying and celebrating the substantial LGBTQ contributions to New York City. We’ve helped:

  • Publicize the historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ New Yorkers through tours and an online map of historic sites.
  • Market the historic Alice Austen House in Staten Island, the home of an important lesbian professional photographer in the city.
  • Launch an exhibit at the NY Public Library marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
A teen at an LGBTQ Youth Summit
Across Boroughs
Trust grantees, like the Hetrick-Martin Institute, make sure LGBTQ youth have a place to go in times of crisis.

LGBTQ youth who’ve faced rejection at home because of sexual orientation are at high risk for HIV infection, addiction, and homelessness. We’ve helped:

  • Provide emergency housing and shelter to LGBTQ homeless teens.
  • Develop HIV prevention, heath care, and mental health programs.
  • Provide legal support, employment training, and placement programs.