Where to find LGBTQIA+ resources in Philadelphia

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The Progress Pride Flag hanging outside of Prevention Point Philadelphia for Pride Month 2021. (Photo by Zari Tarazona)

Finding the right outlets to support Philly’s LGBTQIA+ communities mentally or physically can be difficult. That’s why we created this list of local, national, and online resources to help jump start or continue people’s journeys. 

This guide contains a variety of resources from housing and support groups to medical care and job connections. In celebration of Pride Month, we hope this guide will help LGBTQIA+ people in Kensington and Philly whenever they’re in need.

Know a resource we didn’t include? Send us an email at editors@kensingtonvoice.com or message us on social media at @KensingtonVoice, and we’ll add it as soon as possible.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

AVEN is an online community that encourages open discussion about asexuality among people who identify as asexual, people who are questioning their identity, and anyone willing to learn and support people of different identites. To learn more or get in contact with AVEN, click here.

The Attic 

(215) 545-4331

255 S. 16th St. 

Philadelphia, P.a. 19102 

The Attic caters to LGBTQIA+ youth and allies by providing life skills coaching toward school, work, and internships. This is facilitated by life coaches, mentors, and peer support groups.

Participants are also educated on safe sex practices and offered mental health counseling — which can address concerns about coming out, relationships, trauma, immigration transitions, and more. The Attic works to provide a supportive community for LGBTQIA+ youth to minimize feelings of loneliness and isolation. To join, get in contact, or learn more about the Attic, call or visit the address listed above, or send them an email at info@atticyouthcenter.org.

Banyan Treatment Center Philadelphia

215-385-5712

100 N. Bucks Town Dr. 

Suite #100e, Langhorne, P.a., 19047

Banyan has multiple addiction treatment centers and programs that connect those within the LGBTQIA+ community to rehabilitation services. If you are in need of help, call the number listed above for a free drug and alcohol treatment consultation.

Bebashi – Transition to Hope

215-769-3561

1235 Spring Garden St.

Philadelphia, P.a. 19123

Bebashi offers health care services like free and confidential HIV/AIDS and STI testing, medical case management for people with HIV, and prevention education. The organization also provides free food through their FoodFirst Food Pantry and free access to clothing or necessities for transgender individuals through their Trans Necessities Closet. According to its website, Bebashi will also offer Trans Necessities Closet’s clients referrals  to other organizations for services like name or gender marker change, hormone replacement therapy, and gender confirmation therapy. To receive any of the support listed, visit Bebashi in person or give them a call. 

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

267-426-5980

3401 Civic Center Blvd.

Philadelphia, P.a. 19104

CHOP’s Gender and Sexuality Development Program offers psychosocial and medical support for transgender or gender nonconforming individuals ages 21 and under. The program also provides support groups, gender affirming medical care, legal support, referrals for treatment or outpatient therapy, and connections to local stylists. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their services, call the number listed above. 

The Colours Organization

215- 832-0100

1211 Chestnut St.

Suite 910, Philadelphia, P.a. 19107

Colours provides LGBTQIA+ communities of color with free HIV and STI screenings, safer sex and hygiene kits, food and clothing services, work and school readiness training, and support groups. To contact Colours, call or visit the address listed above or email them at info@coloursorganization.org

Communication Service for the Deaf

Video Chat: 833-682-7630

CSD provides a virtual community for deaf LGBTQIA+ individuals to connect and support each other via video chat or Facebook groups. 

Einstein Healthcare Network – Pride Program

215-420-0989

Einstein provides OB/GYN services, HIV services, hormone replacement therapy, top surgeries, cancer screenings, and general health care. To schedule an appointment, click here.

LGBT Elder Initiative

215-720-9415

1315 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, P.a. 19107

The Elder Initiative works to ensure older generations within the LGBTQIA+ community have the same amount of support, representation, education, programs, and resources available as younger generations. They offer financial, medical, and emotional support service programs to help people age confidently. For more information call the number listed above or email them at info@lgbtei.org

Philadelphia FIGHT 

Philadelphia FIGHT connects individuals to doctors, health centers, and testing sites. The group advocates for and offers health care services, support programs, research, and education for those living with HIV or AIDs or those at high risk. To find a location near you, click here.  

GALAEI 

215-398-5003

118 Fontain St. 

Philadelphia, P.a. 19122

GALAEI provides queer educational and community wellness services for all Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTBIPOC) communities. For more information, visit or call them at the address above or email them at info@galaei.org

InterConnect

Formally the AIS-DSD Support Group of North America, InterConnect is a community of intersex individuals, family members, and allies working to promote a better quality of life thorough connection, support, and education. You can go to their website or connect over social media.

Intersex Justice Project

Intersex Justice Project empowers intersex activists of color to advance change and end intersex surgery in Chicago and beyond. To review their intersex activism resources, click here. To contact them, click here

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia

866-532-7669

2100 Arch St. 

Philadelphia, P.a. 19103

JFCS provides counseling and support regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, transitioning, coming out, relationships, and mental health. Questions and concerns can be raised during support groups or anonymously asked via their online forum, “Dear Ally.”

Mazzoni Center

Main: 215-563-0652

Health Center: 215-563-0658

Legal: 215-563-0657

1348 Bainbridge St.

Philadelphia, P.a. 19147

The Mazzoni Center has a variety of services such as gender affirming care, counseling and support groups, testing and prevention, and health care for primary care, HIV care, and PrEP. They also provide legal services, case management and housing assistance, education and professional development, and food bank access. 

For more information on hours of operation and who to contact, click here.

Meetup: Bisexuals of Greater Philadelphia and Surrounding Areas

This private group allows for anyone who identifies as bisexual, pansexual, or queer to gather, meet new people, support, and socialize with each other. To request to join or learn more, click here.  

Morris Home

215-729-3045

The Resources for Human Development’s Morris Home, a residential recovery program, provides mental, emotional, and behavioral support for transgender and gender noncomforming individuals to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles with themselves and others.  

Philadelphia Family Pride

Philadelphia Family Pride’s mission is to build a community for LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents, grandparents, and children of all ages. They host events such as prospective parent classes to learn about adoption, fostering, surrogates, and more. To get in contact with PFP, email them at info@philadelphiafamilypride.org

Philly Black Pride

Started by the Colours Organization, Philly Black Pride’s mission is to transform the living and social environments of LGBTQ people of color.

The organization specializes in providing multicultural opportunities that educate, inspire, improve, and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ individuals. In addition to year-round programming, the organization hosts the annual Philly Black Pride/Penn Relays festival.   

Philly Asian & Queer

Philly Asian & Queer is a volunteer-based organization engaging the queer (LGBTQIA+) and Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities through advocacy, social, and supportive programming. Some programs include afternoon tea and discussion, leadership development, and food tours. The organization has a contact form at the bottom of their home page.

Philly Queer Doula Collective

The Philly Queer Doula Collective is a group providing accessible, autonomous, whole-body and family care that centers the queer and trans experience of creating and growing families. They can be reached via email at queerdoulacollective@gmail.com

Planned Parenthood 

215-351-5560

1144 Locust St.

Philadelphia, P.a. 19107

The Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center of Planned Parenthood offers service referrals as part of their LGBTQ services. Appointments and inquiries can be booked or discussed online or over the phone. 

Prevention Point Philadelphia

215-634-5272

2913-15 Kensington Ave. 

Philadelphia, P.a. 19134

Local harm reduction organization, Prevention Point Philadelphia, is hosting its first-ever Community Pride Party on June 25, 2021 from 4-6 p.m. There will be a drag show, dance group, safer sex resources, and more.  

Every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m., Prevention Point hosts “Safe Space” for those who identify as female, femme, transfeminine, non-binary, two spirit, and agender to build community. Participants can expect makeup, arts and crafts, group conversations, and more. For questions, email jessica@ppponline.org or rebeccabongiovanni@ppponline.org

Prevention Point’s services include PrEP, HIV/Hepatitis C testing and treatment, and syringe services. For more information, visit or call them at the address above or email the senior leadership team.

South Eastern Pennsylvania Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous (SEPIA)

SEPIA lists AA meeting times, dates, and locations for LGBTQIA+ individuals in recovery or looking to begin recovery from substance use. To find an AA meeting near you, click here.

Trans Masculine Advocacy Network

The Trans Maculine Advocacy Network is a Philly-based organization dedicated to uplifting people of color along the transmasculine spectrum. For more information, message them on Facebook or via email at tmanetwork215@gmail.com 

TransWork

Transwork connects trangender and gender non-binary individuals seeking work to potential employers and job opportunities. You can register to become a “job seeker” to have opportunities sent to you and to search for job listings. 

To register yourself as a job seeker, click here.

To search for jobs, click here.

To fill out their contact form, click here.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national organization with trained counselors who speak with LGBTQIA+ youth under 25 and provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention via hotline, online chat, or text. The Trevor Support Center provides frequently asked questions and resources about sexual orientation, gender identity, and more.  

TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386

TrevorText: Text START to 678-678

To access TrevorChat, click here

To access TrevorSpace, an affirming international community for LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-24, click here.

Uplift 

267-437-3123

3300 Henry Ave.

Suite #102, Philadelphia, P.a. 19129

Uplift provides grief support, education, and resources for LGBTQIA+ youth, young adults, organizations, and families. To learn more, visit the address or call the number listed above. 

Valley Youth House

(215) 925-3180

1500 Sansom St. 

Suite #300A, Philadelphia, P.a. 19102

The Valley Youth House provides housing, rental assistance, education, and other support services to LGBTQIA+ youth. To find a location near you, click here.  

William Way LGBT Community Center

215-732-2220 

1315 Spruce St. 

Philadelphia, P.a. 19107

William Way works to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community through programs like social groups, the arts, and counseling and support services. For more information, visit, call, or email them at info@waygay.org

Women in Transition (WIT)

215-564-5301 

718 Arch St.

Suite #401N, Philadelphia, P.a. 19106

WIT offers free services such as counseling, support groups, advocacy, referrals, education training, and self-defense classes. The classes are open to people of any gender or identity who have experienced a substance use disorder or domestic abuse.

To contact them, click here


Editors: Jillian Bauer-Reese, Zari Tarazona, Siani Colón, Claire Wolters / Designer: Henry Savage

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