Out in Dorchester
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- Connect2Protect (Boston) - Connect to Protect's mission is to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescents and young adults through collaborative efforts of communities and local health researchers.
- Fenway Health - provides access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy. Fenway Health provides medical care and mental health services to LGBTQ+ population of Boston.”
- Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center - a program of Fenway Health that provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12–29 from all walks of life.
Youth & Families
- Grove Hall Gay-Straight Alliance (Project RIGHT, Inc.) - Meets Thursdays at 3:30pm.
- Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring - AFC Mentors is a one-on-one mentoring program, which matches foster and adopted youth ages seven and older with adult volunteer mentors.
- Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) - a youth-led, adult supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the GLBT youth community.
- Greater Boston PFLAG - works to create environments of understanding so that all people can live with dignity and respect.
- Family Equality Council - changing attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated - especially families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
- Hispanic Black Gay Coalition - one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community.
- Youth On Fire - drop-in center that provides a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth.
- Boston GLASS Community Center - drop-in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people between the ages of 13 and 25.
- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - a national organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- DotOUT - a grassroots, member driven organization in Dorchester committed to the ideals of acceptance, inclusion, fairness, and equality.
- Dorchester Gay & Lesbian Association (GALA) - "With over 300 members, the GALA's mission is to provide a way for folks to meet and get together beyond the chat rooms and clubs. We do all kinds of fun events; monthly potluck mixers, game nights, dinner at local restaurants, arts & theater outings, urban walks, moonlight picnics."
- MassEquality - a grassroots organization working to achieve full equality for the LGBT community and opportunities in school, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement.
- Mass. Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
- Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA) - provides a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area”
- Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association (MASALA) - “Safe and supportive social environment for New England based Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning South Asians (people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet; and from the global South Asian Diaspora).”
- QWOC + Boston
- The Network/La Red - a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities.
- GLAD - New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
- GLAAD - For over 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day.
- SpeakOUT Boston - “SpeakOUT is a Boston based volunteer speakers bureau on sexuality and gender concerns. SpeakOUT works to create a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of people’s lives.”
- New England Aces - a meetup group for asexual individuals, partners of asexuals, and allies.
- Bisexual Resource Center - provides education and resources about bisexuality within the local, regional, and national communities. As a nonprofit, the BRC acts as an umbrella organization for the various groups in the Boston area.
- Boston Pride - produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.
- The History Project - a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives including conducting research on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people in Massachusetts; preserving the documentary record of that community's social and historical contribution, and providing a forum for educating the general public.
- Keshet - a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life.
- The Theater Offensive - Out in Your Neighborhood "empowers local residents to be agents for social change by embracing the concept of OUTness. OUTness is defined as being honest with yourself about who you are and sharing that openly with other people...The concept of OUTness resonates far beyond the LGBT community – especially in areas with high levels of racism, poverty and violence. Through lively public dialogue, OUT’hood will help empower neighbors to stay true to themselves, as well as create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods."
- Boston LGBT Film Festival - celebrates, displays and distributes work by and for LGBT media makers – work that entertains, enriches and enlightens all audiences in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities.
- dBar - Dorchester's premiere destination for fine dining, delicious cocktails and exciting nightlife. Open 7 days a week, dbar is a full service restaurant that seamlessly transforms into a nightclub and lounge as the night goes on.
- McKenna's Cafe - McKenna's Café has been Dorchester's neighborhood café serving breakfast and lunch for the past decade since 1999. McKenna's café is well known for its scrumptious breakfast starting as early as 5:30AM and served seven days a week. McKenna's have been a supporter of organizations such as DotOUT, QWOC Boston, the Dorchester Gay & Lesbian Association, and OutRyders.