Organizations

AIDS/HIV   Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP)
    501 South Meadow Street
Suite B
Ithaca, NY 14850-4323
Phone: 1-888-206-2870 or 607-272-4098
Fax: 607-272-0079
Web: www.stapinc.org
Primary Contact: Marcy Wehling, Regional Program Coordinator in Ithaca: mwehling@stapinc.org
Alt. Contact: Jonathan Jackson, GLBT Educator in Ithaca: jjackson@stapinc.org

(in the Lama Plaza across Rte 13 from Wegman’s)

Office hours: weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch)

STAP is a not-for-profit separately incorporated community service program serving an eight-county region in southern New York State (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins counties). They are the primary provider of HIV/AIDS-specific services in the region. STAP provides free, confidential supportive services to HIV-infected individuals, their families, loved ones, caregivers, and friends. They work closely with community organizations, grassroots and traditional, to provide client services, prevention education, and outreach programs appropriate to our largely rural catchment area.

At Southern Tier AIDS Program the LGBT initiative’s goal is to provide healthy ways to enhance the lives of the LGBT community in the Southern Tier. They strongly believe in empowering the lives of LGBT individuals. One goal of the initiative is to provide events and activities for the LGBT community in the Southern Tier such as support groups, movie nights, safer sex home parties, and wellness programs. They also provide educational programs regarding internalized homophobia, homophobia reduction, transgender issues, educational theater, human sexuality, HIV/AIDS, working with LGBT issues within health and human services and educational settings, one on one outreach, resource tables at local events, and Internet outreach chat rooms. A monthly LGBT events calendar is available upon request. All programs are offered free of charge to the community. To schedule a program, please call.


   
Arts/Entertainment   Outloud Chorus
    104 N. Aurora St. #D
Ithaca, NY 14850
Email: outloudchorusny@aol.com
Web: www.outloudchorus.org
Primary Contact: Shawn Benedict, Music Director, (607) 280-0374, unisexshoestore@aol.com
Alt. Contact: Gillie Waddington, Chorus President (607) 351-1585, ggwaddington@gmail.com

Meetings: Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital, 706 Elmira Rd., Ithaca, (just past Stellar Stereo)

Out Loud Chorus, Inc. is a not-for-profit musical organization and member of the Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) of Choruses, whose members join for the purpose of making an artistic and social statement through musical excellence. Out Loud Chorus welcomes persons of all sexual orientations and gender expressions. Anyone 18 years or older is welcome to join and no audition is required. Established for the education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment of its members and its audience, Out Loud Chorus seeks to foster community spirit and pride, and to present a positive image to the community at large. Out Loud Chorus is now in its 15th season. Out Loud Chorus has released its first CD, "Out Loud Chorus Volume 1," and it is available from the web site: www.outloudchorus.org

    Over The Rainbow
    Email: Overtherainbowinithaca@yahoo.com
Primary Contact: Gary A. Tracy

Weekly Public Access Television. See
http://web.twcny.com/peg/info/ch13season.cfm
for channel 13 schedule.

Over The Rainbow is a weekly public access television show seen on local cable channel 13. The series deals with topics and issues of interest to the local GLBT community as well as featuring guests who bring their own varied perspectives on a variety of subjects to the show. OTR airs three times a week with a fresh episode every Monday at 6pm (every other week this is a live show with viewers able to call in), and then repeats on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Friday at 9:30 p.m. The producers of OTR are always interested in viewer feedback, comments, and suggestions.


   
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Health   Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
    612 W. State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 277-0960
Fax: (607) 275-0632
Email: bob@crcfl.net
Web: www.crcfl.net
Primary Contact: Bob Riter



    Planned Parenthood of the Southern Fingerlakes
    314 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 216-0021
Fax: (607) 216-0023
Web: www.sextalk.org
Primary Contact: Maureen Kelly, Vice President of Education and Training



   
High School   Ithaca High School Gay Straight Alliance
    1401 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-6844
Primary Contact: Wendy Gutman, Advisor (Room E26)
Alt. Contact: Di Constantinides, Advisor ((607) 216-0021 ext 157)

The IHS GSA is a school based student group open to students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Meetings are held weekly on a rotating basis, each week a different class period. These meetings give students a place to feel safe and discuss issues that are important to them. Students also participate in activities outside of school, engage LGBT advocacy both in school and out, and attend regional conferences. Students from other schools are welcome. For more information please contact Wendy Gutman, Advisor or Di Constantinides, Advisor.


   
Political   Tompkins County Democratic Party LGBT Club
    Primary Contact: Shane Seger, shane@zanzinato.com
Alt. Contact: Pat Pryor, plp3@cornell.edu
Bill Goodman, billgood@juno.com

The Tompkins County Democratic Party LGBT Club is currently in the organizational stages. The group, which may eventually affiliate with the state and national Stonewall Dems, will work to advance LGBT civil and human rights at the local, state and national levels through the mainstream political process. Membership is open to registered Democrats who share the goals of the group and want to support full inclusion of the LGBT community within the broader culture.

   
Referrals/Resources   Ithaca Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Task Force
    Ithaca, NY 
Email: ilgbttf@ilgbttf.org
Web: www.ilgbttf.org



    The Working Group on LGBT Aging
    Primary Contact: Bill Hawley, (607) 273-1511, bhawley@tclifelong.org
Alt. Contact: Lisa Holmes, (607) 274-5482

The Working Group on LGBT aging has been meeting for approximately three years and focuses on doing diversity training regarding aging issues for the LGBT community. They have done training at the Gerontology Institute, Family & Children’s Services, the Unitarian Church, the Ombudsman program of the County Office for the Aging and others. They have met with Cayuga Medical Center regarding some of their intake forms and hope to do training there soon. They are available to do presentations to any organization or home that serves the senior population. They also host pot luck suppers for older LGBT adults and feature programs that address issues which we face as we age. Pot luck suppers are usually scheduled every other month.

   
Spiritual   First Baptist Church
    DeWitt Park
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-5800
Email: fbdewitt@lightlink.com
Web: www.firstbaptistithaca.org
Primary Contact: Rev. John Laney, Interim Pastor

First Baptist Church of Ithaca, NY, an American Baptist church. FBC is a member of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, a community centered in Christ, bound by grace, and called to model God's vision of inclusive love. Our ministry begins here as we move beyond all barriers of race, gender, sexual orientation, backgrounds and creeds to a place of faithful worship.

    First Unitarian Society of Ithaca
    Corner of Buffalo & Aurora Streets
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-7521
Email: office@unitarian.ithaca.ny.us
Web: www. unitarian.ithaca.ny.us
Primary Contact: Rev. David E. Grimm

First Unitarian Society of Ithaca voted to become a Welcoming Congregation to LGBT individuals in 2000 following a multi-year process to educate and engage the entire congregation in a multitude of discussions and inquiries. Since 1967 the national Unitarian Universalist Association has been at the forefront of advocating for and educating people about the rights which many GLBT people still do not enjoy solely based upon their gender preference or perceived gender expression. Please join us at 306 N. Aurora St. Ithaca for a variety of programs and Sunday services. For more information, call 273-7521 or access http://www.unitarian.ithaca.ny.us.

    Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The church of the LBGTQS community in central NY
    104 N. Aurora Street #D
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 280-0374
Email: rayofhopechurch@aol.com
Web: www.rayofhopechurch.com
Primary Contact: Rev. Br. Shawn. F. Benedict, O.S.B., Pastor

Meeting Time: Bible Study Monday nights 7:30 - 9:00 PM downtown Ithaca

Ray Of Hope Church is the only Christian Church founded, consistently fostered and sponsored by the GLBTQS community in Central New York State for over 26 years. Founded in Syracuse, NY, Ray Of Hope now meets in Syracuse, Cortland, Ithaca and Elmira. Wednesday night Bible Study (7:30 PM) and Sunday morning worship
(10:30 AM) are broadcast on the Internet from Elmira at no charge on Yahoo Messenger. Add the screen name rayofhope26@yahoo.com to your Yahoo Messenger buddy list. Sign on to Yahoo Messenger fifteen minutes before the event begins. You will be invited into a conference and be able to participate from the privacy of your computer. Read our website to understand how the Bible does not condemn persons of any sexual orientation and gender expression: http://www.rayofhopechurch.com/sexual1.htm

    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    Corner of Court & Aurora Streets
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-5971
Email: schurch@twcny.rr.com
Web: www.stpaulsithaca.org
Primary Contact: Senior Pastor Rebecca W. Dolch

St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Ithaca is a led by a landmark reconciling congregation that welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people into a unified community of faith. The church's dynamic operating programs have made a positive impact inside the walls of St. Paul's and throughout Ithaca, with progressive services, diverse music, myriad programs and focused outreach initiatives that tackle everything from housing rehabilitation to race relations. Each year, scores of people, from every age and background, discover the power, faith and community that is St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St. Ithaca. For more information, telephone 273-5971 or access http://www.stpaulsithaca.org.

   
Support Services   Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)
    215 Fifth Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 272-2433 (v/TTY)
Email: flic@clarityconnect.com
Web: www.fliconline.org
Primary Contact: Larry Roberts

Support for LGBT People with Disabilities. Office hours: weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    Ithaca Trans Group
    Cornell University's LGBT Resource Center
626 Thurston Ave.
Ithaca, NY 
Email: lms296@cornell.edu
Primary Contact: Leo, lms296@cornell.edu

The Ithaca Trans Group is a support group for individuals who feel that
their birth sex does not adequately describe their gender identity and who
either do or do not want to take steps to medically transition (or already
have). The group is open to ALL individuals who identify somewhere along the transgender spectrum. The primary objective is to provide support, resources, and social opportunities for participants through regular,
bi-weekly meetings and social events in a non-intimidating environment.

The format for meetings is casual and focused on the current needs of
participants. Bi-weekly meetings are held in the LGBT Resource Center, 626
Thurston Ave, North Campus, Cornell University, every other Sunday from
5-7 p.m. Meeting attendance is strictly confidential.

    Ithaca-Cortland PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
    Phone: (607) 423-1078 or (607) 756-7070
Email: contact@pflagithacacortland.com
Web: www.pflagithacacortland.com

Meetings are held in Cortland, the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Interfaith Center, SUNY Cortland, at the corner of Calvert Street and Graham Avenue. Information regarding additional meetings will be posted on the website.

PFLAG is a support, education, and advocacy organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, their families, friends, and allies. Founded in 1981 by 25 parents, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG is a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with any political or religious institution. PFLAG of Ithaca was established in 1986 as a group affiliated with National PFLAG. They provide:

  • a welcoming space for gay, lesbian, and transgendered people, their families, and friends;

  • opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity;

  • a lending library of books, pamphlets, and materials about sexuality, parenting, coming out, and religion - available at meetings;

  • a speaker's group of people willing to go to schools, colleges, and other organizations to talk about families, friends, sexual orientation and gender identity.


Meetings are held in Cortland, the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Interfaith Center, SUNY Cortland, at the corner of Calvert Street and Graham Avenue. Information regarding additional meetings will be posted on the website.

    Southern Tier Gender Alliance
    P.O. Box 4114
Ithaca, NY 14852
Primary Contact: Angela, angela14845@yahoo.com

Transgender Support Group (formerly Southern Tier Gals).

Meetings: 2nd Wed of the month in Ithaca, last Wed of the month in Binghamton.

Southern Tier Gender Alliance is a support and social activities group for crossdressers, transsexuals, and significant others. They have listings of local resources and trans-friendly religious establishments, and there is a speakers bureau for public education.

   

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