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LGBTQ+ Resources

Clark University fosters a supportive and inclusive environment in which students of all sexual orientations and gender expressions are safe, valued, and respected. Campus efforts to date include gender neutral housing and bathrooms, preferred name official usage, and inclusion of hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery on the University health plan. From Clark student groups to resources in the Worcester area, we encourage you to explore the wealth of information and support for students in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

Campus Resources
Local Organizations
Health Resources
Hotlines
Legal Resources
Open and Affirming Spiritual Organizations

Campus Resources

Center for Counseling and Personal Growth
The Center for Counseling and Personal Growth assists students in dealing with a variety of issues, including those related to sexual and gender identity. Appointments can be made by calling (508) 793-7678 and leaving a message on mailbox 1 or by emailing counseling@clarku.edu.

Dean of Students Office
As the epicenter of the Division of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Office is committed to making meaningful connections with and supporting the holistic well-being of students. The office is located on the second floor of the Alumni & Student Engagement Center.

Francy Magee
FMagee@clarku.edu
Dean of Students

Adam Keyes
akeyes@clarku.edu
Assistant Dean of Students

Nadja Johnson
najohnson@clarku.edu
Assistant Dean of Students

LGBTQ Advisory Board
The LGBTQ Advisory Board was formed in Spring 2014 as a place where concerns that arise about the LGBTQ population at Clark could be directed. The group discusses policies related to LGBTQ students and serves as a place where students can bring questions and concerns. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at (508) 793-7423.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion advances Clark University's institutional priority of engaging and nurturing faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/-I with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, interests, abilities, and talents, while ensuring that the climate and conditions on campus promote diversity and inclusion. The office keeps an open-door policy and provides a safe space for all members of Clark to discuss their concerns about issues involving diversity and inclusion in confidence or in conversation with members of other constituencies. It is located on the first floor of Dana Commons.
(508) 793-7350
odi@clarku.edu

OPEN
OPEN aims to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer (LGBTQ) communities, otherwise known as gender, sexual, and romantic minorities. Allies of LGBTQ students are also a valuable part of the group and aid in efforts to educate and spread awareness of LGBTQ issues. OPEN members are dedicated to improving support and awareness in both the Clark community and all over the globe. You can read more at their website or on OPEN's Facebook page.
clarkuopen@gmail.com

The Spectrum Women's Alliance
The Spectrum Women's Alliance is a relatively informal organization that works to build community with women on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum (lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, and transgender women) through the organizing of safe, confined, closed spaces and events that are exclusively for LGBT+ women and non-binary people who feel comfortable and supported in a space for women. Meetings are held in JC104 Thursday nights at 8:00. Contact Meghan Paradis at mparadis@clarku.edu with any questions.

Local Organizations

Boston Area Transgender Support (BATS)
BATS is a confidential, peer-run support group for young adults in the Boston area, welcoming individuals at all stages of transition, as well as people who are genderqueer, intersexed, or questioning their gender identities. Meetings are held near Harvard Square in Cambridge at a disability-accessible space.

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC)
Located in Boston, the HBGC is “dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community.” It runs several groups, services, and programs catering to these often underrepresented groups, such as an advocacy team and the LGBTQ mentorship program which pairs LGBTQ professionals of color with LGBTQ college students of color.
(617) 487-4242
info@hbgc-boston.org

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
The Boston-based MTPC seeks to end discrimination based on gender identity and expression through education, government advocating, activism, and community empowerment. Their website has a great wealth of resources for people in the transgender community and includes a page of community events.
(617) 778-0519
info@masstpc.org

PFLAG of Greater Worcester
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Greater Worcester “promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends through: Support, to cope with an adverse society; Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and Advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.” PFLAG meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA)
The oldest organization of its kind in the country, QAPA is “committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific-Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area.” People of all ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations are welcome to participate.
qapa@qapa.org

Safe Homes
For LGBTQ people between the ages of 14 and 23, Safe Homes is a Worcester-based group “led by youth peer leaders, professional staff, and volunteers who offer support, resources, and opportunities for socialization in a safe and nurturing environment.”

SWAGLY (Supporters of Worcester Area GLBT Youth)
SWAGLY offers weekly group meetings for individuals 22 and younger, as well as HIV screening hours. It is run as a division of AIDS Project Worcester.
(508) 755-3773, ext. 36
swagly@aidsprojectworcester.org

Trans4mations
Trans4mations is a drop-in group offered by AIDS Project Worcester for transgender, gender variant, and questioning individuals ages 18-35. Meetings are held every evening from 6:00-8:00 pm.
(508) 755-3773
glbt@aidsprojectworcester.org

Worcester Consortium Colleges: QUILTBAG Communities
This Facebook group for all QUILTBAG (Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay) clubs, organizations, and individuals associated with the Colleges of Worcester Consortium promotes networking, serves as an information hub, and strengthens community bonds and advocacy.

Worcester Pride
Worcester Pride “recognizes, promotes, educates and unifies the Central Massachusetts LGBTQ community, allies and supporters,” meeting on the first and third Tuesday of the month (or weekly in August). See website for up-to-date meeting space.
worcesterpride@gmail.com

Health Resources

AIDS Project Worcester
APW offers a variety of health services and education freely and confidentially to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, including screening services, online outreach, and supportive, educational drop-in groups. Check the website or call (508) 755-3773 and ask for Prevention and Screening for more information about groups.
glbt@aidsprojectworcester.org

Planned Parenthood
Located at 470 Pleasant Street in Worcester, the Central Massachusetts Health Center's LGBT services include education, resources, and services referral.
(800) 258-4448

Hotlines

Fenway Health
Boston-based Fenway Health provides anonymous and confidential phone lines for adults and youths looking for a safe space to call for information, referrals, and support. They also offer live online support.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline: (888) 340-4528
Peer Listening Line: (800) 399-7337

GLBT National Youth Talkline
The GLBT National Youth Talkline provides one-to-one chat, by phone and online, as well as factual information and local resources Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
help@glbthotline.org

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
This statewide project provides free and confidential support for GLBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence through direct services, education, and advocacy.
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 832-1901
Sexual Assault Help Line: (617) 779-2127

TOD@S (Transforming Ourselves through Dialogue, Organizing and Services)
TOD@S is a Boston-area inter-agency collaboration dedicated to improving the lives of LGBQ/T Black and Latin@ individuals affected by partner abuse. Along with a bilingual 24-hour confidential hotline, its agencies provide educational resources, community groups and events, and a variety of direct services in both English and Spanish.
24-Hour Hotline (Renewal House): (617) 277-4194
The Network/La Red Hotline: (617) 742-4911

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is a hotline dedicated to the well-being of individuals in the transgender community and is “staffed by transgender people for transgender people.” While its primary goal is to prevent self-harm in the midst of a crisis, Trans Lifeline welcomes calls from any transgender person in need. Operators are available all hours on weekends and most hours on weekdays.
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860

The Trevor Project
Provides 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth through the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorText, and TrevorSpace.
Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386

Legal Resources

Ascentria Care Alliance — LGBT Human Rights Legal Protection Project
Many individuals seek asylum in the U.S. after facing persecution in their home countries due to sexual orientation. The LGBT Human Rights Legal Protection Project provides legal representation and advice to LGBT asylum seekers, collaborates with the local establishments to ensure the provision of culturally-sensitive social services, and educates the community about LGBT human rights conditions worldwide.

GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)
Boston-based LGBT legal advocates working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. A free and confidential live chat feature is available through the website.
gladlaw@glad.org

Open and Affirming Spiritual Organizations

All Saints Church
10 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 752-3766
info@allsaintsw.org

Bethany Christian United Parish
186 Stafford Street
Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 752-8387

First Baptist Church of Worcester
111 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-6143
info@fbc-worc.org

First Unitarian Church of Worcester
90 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 757-2708
office@firstunitarian.com

Hadwen Park Congregational Church
6 Clover Street
Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 752-7489
theplaceofgrace@aol.com

Mount Olive Lutheran Church
34 Prospect Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
(508) 842-2731
office_mtolivet@townisp.com

Pakachoag Church
203 Pakachoag Street
Auburn, MA 01501
(508) 755-8718

Temple Emanuel Sinai
280 May St.
Worcester, MA 01602
and
661 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-1257
office@emanuelsinai.org

Trinity Lutheran Church
73 Lancaster Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-2989

Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
90 Holden Street
Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-1942
office@uucworcester.org

United Congregational Church
6 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 752-3785
staff@ucc-worcester.org

Unity Church of Central Massachusetts
21 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 306-1268
unityoffice@uccm.org

Wesley United Methodist Church
114 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-4191

The Woo
911 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
(774) 292-9201
lucas@thewoo.org