Understanding the LGBTQ+ Community

It is important to understand the LGBTQ+ community in order to promote equality and acceptance for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. By increasing knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community, individuals can become allies and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights.

The Power of Pronouns

A simple and effective way to show your understanding of the LGBTQ+ community is by using an individual's correct pronouns.

Get to know the community

LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and ally. The plus sign is used to signify all of the gender identities and sexual orientations that are not specifically covered by the other initials, such as non-binary people or asexual people.

Learn more about the term LGBTQIA+

LGBTQIA+ is an umbrella term used to refer to the diverse community of people who identify as non-heterosexual or non-cisgender.

Defining LGBTQIA+

Ways to get to know the Community

Read literature

written by LGBTQ+ authors, such as novels, poetry, and memoirs. This can provide insight into the experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Attend LGBTQ+ events

such as Pride parades, rallies, film festivals, and community gatherings. This can provide opportunities to meet and learn from members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Engage with LGBTQ+ community members,

such as by volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations or attending support groups. This can provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

Support the Community

By donating today, you can help The Center continue its vital work and make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ people in New York City.

Further The Center's Impact

What is Allyship?

At The Center, we celebrate everyone for who they are. There are actionable steps you can take to become the best ally you can be for those in your circle, your community.


Learn about the term coined by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw and how The Center uses this framework to empower our community.

Celebrate the Community

At The Center, we value healing and joy. We celebrate the beauty, strength, and need for rest within ourselves and our communities. We strive for The Center to be a safe space of refuge from an unjust world.