The LGBTQ Task Force

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The RPI campus and surrounding community provide a variety of resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally community.  RPI formally supports LGBTQ issues through its “LGBTQ Task Force”, a group of students, staff and faculty who are charged with supporting and improving the campus climate for the LGBTQ community.  

Part of the mission of the LGBTQ Task Force is to ensure that all students at RPI have the right to safety and the expectation of safety in their personal identity and the expression of that identity, whatever it may be, within the bounds of both the law and mutual respect for the differences of other members of the Institute.  

For questions regarding the Task Force, resources, or support, please contact the LGBTQ Task Force co-chairs Tara Schuster and Rebecca Rouse.

Off-campus Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings for LGBTQ Individuals

  • Alcoholics Anonymous in New York Albany County

    AA group meetings in Albany, Altamont, Clarksville, Cohoes, Delmar, Green Island, Guilderland, Latham, Loudonville, Menands, Newtonville, Selkirk, Slingerlands, Voorheesville, Watervliet, Westerlo

  • Alcoholic Anonymous in New York - Near Troy
    Albany, Clifton Park, Cohoes, Crescent, Defreestville, Delmar, Eagle Mills, East Greenbush, Grafton, Green Island, East Greenbush, Guilderland, Latham, Latham, Loudonville, Loudonville, Mechanicville, Melrose, Menands, Newtonville, Newtonville, Niskayuna, Poestenkill, Rensselaer, West Sand Lake, Slingerlands, Troy, Troy, Valley Falls, Voorheesville, Waterford, Watervliet, West Sand Lake, Wynantskill.
  • Pride Center of the Capital Region
    To promote the well being of all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Asexuality Resources


  • Asexuality: a brief introduction.

    This 125 page book is one of the first books dedicated exclusively to talking about asexuality as a sexual orientation. It’s composed primarily of articles from this site all organized into a handy-dandy block of bound paper for your reading convenience.


  • Apositive

    Apositive was developed to break new ground in discourse related to asexuality and sexuality. We welcome people of all orientations into our community and encourage anyone with questions and an open mind to join our conversations.

  • Asexual Meetup Groups
    Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world about Asexuality.
  • Asexual Visibility and Education Network
    AVEN hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.
  • Asexuality Archive
    Asexuality is a sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality, etc., but instead of being sexually attracted to men or women, asexual people are sexually attracted to no one.
  • Wikipedia: Asexuality
    Asexuality (sometimes referred to as nonsexuality), in its broadest sense, is the lack of sexual attraction to others or the lack of interest in sex.

Bisexuality Resources

Community Resources

  • CommUNITY Newsletter

    The Pride Center’s CommUNITY Newsletter has been published for 40 years and is one of the oldest LGBT publications in New York State. With news items, monthly columns and event calenders, CommUNITY is one of the best ways to stay connected with what’s going on with the LGBT community around you. CommUNITY also features local businesses and organizations working in our area for the LGBT community, so advertising here is the best way to reach over 3000 avid readers! The CommUNITY Newsletter is available on-campus in the Rensselaer Union, Student Health Center, and Counseling Center.

  • Pride Center of the Capital Region
    The Pride Center of the Capital District (Pride Center) is dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in the Capital District. Based in Albany, the Pride Center has been meeting the diverse needs of LGBT people in a seven county region since 1970. Our programs, both at the Center (332 Hudson Ave in Albany) as well as held throughout the region, meet the health and human service needs of the LGBT community as well as educate and advocate for those needs in the broader Capital District. As the oldest continuously-operating gay and lesbian community center in the country, the Pride Center has worked to build a welcoming and empowering community for all people.
  • The Women’s Building, Inc.
    The Women’s Building, Inc. is the women’s community center of the Capital Region providing space for women’s work, programming benefitting women and girls and referral services to the community for over 20 years.

HIV/AIDS Information

  • AIDS Council, Project Home

    AIDS Council’s Project HOPE (HIV Outreach, Prevention and Education) strives to prevent HIV/STI infection by serving as a trusted resource for men who have sex with men (MSM). Our site is specifically designed to provide the MSM community with information, options and resources to stay healthy and informed when it comes to sex!

  • AIDS Council of Northeastern New York
    In operation for more than 26 years, the AIDS Council is the preeminent provider of AIDS services in a 15 county region in Upstate New York with offices in Albany, Hudson Falls, Hudson, Plattsburgh, and Schenectady.
  • Catholic Charities AIDS Services
    Catholic Charities AIDS Services in Albany, NY.
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention
    The Centers for Disease Control's information pertaining to HIV/AIDS - 1-800-342-AIDS
  • Damien Center of Albany
    The Albany Damien Center is a community center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs and activities offered are designed to improve health, reduce stress, and increase quality of life.
  • New York State Health Department - Anonymous Testing & Counseling
    Clinics are available on a walk-in or a scheduled appointment basis; some evening clinics are available. To schedule an appointment or to find out the location and hours of walk-in clinics, call the toll-free hotline available to New York State residents at 1-800-962-5065.
  • Pride Center of the Capital Region
    To promote the well being of all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
  • Rensselaer County Health Department
    Keeping our community healthy by providing essential public health services.
  • RPI Student Health Center
    The Student Health Center is a comprehensive, nationally accredited physician directed program providing outpatient ambulatory health care. Services include medical, gynecology, and allergy clinics, counseling services, and health education and wellness programs.
  • South Troy Health Center
    South Troy Health and OnCall Center welcomes you and every member of your family and wants you to know about our full scope of services.
  • Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
    Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.
  • Unity House AIDS Housing Support Services
    Unity House offers several housing options so that adults with mental illness, people with HIV/AIDS, people who are homeless, and victims of domestic violence can live safely and self sufficiently in the community with dignity and independence.

LGBTQ-Friendly Places of Worship in the Capital District Region

  • Antioch Fellowship Christian Center (Non Denominational)


  • B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation
    Congregation Looks Inward for 40th Anniversary Event The outstanding talents of B’nai Sholom congregants will inspire participants in a special.
  • Christ the Light American Catholic Church
    Christ The Light American Catholic Church was founded in and incorporated in 1997, as an alternative to the oppressive structures and strictures of the Roman Catholic Church, yet without denying basic catholic beliefs of faith and love, spirituality and community, prayer and sacramentality. It is a newly formed rite, as in the tradition of the Orthodox churches of the Catholic tradition and the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht. It remains a CATHOLIC CHURCH and its priests are considered Catholic priests.
  • Congregation Berith Sholom
    A liberal Reform congregation rooted in a long, proud history. We are, above all, a caring community -- warm, open and diverse.
  • Congregation Beth Emeth
    Our mission is to worship God in accordance with the faith of Reform Judaism; to cultivate love and understanding of the Jewish heritage; to stimulate fellowships in the Jewish Community, to strengthen spiritual enrichment and the bonds of loyalty with the Jewish people everywhere; and to bring near the kingdom of God on earth through an emphasis on fairness, human responsibility and social justice in society at large.
  • Congregation Gates of Heaven
    Gates of Heaven is a Reform Synagogue in Schenectady, NY. Our Gates are open to all. We welcome congregants from all backgrounds, generations, and varying lifestyles.
  • Congregation Ohav Shalom
    Congregation Ohav Shalom is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. The name "Ohav Shalom" means "Lover of Peace." We are known for being a warm, embracing, and friendly synagogue family.
  • Easton Mountain Community
    Easton Mountain is a retreat and conference center focusing on healing the body, mind, spirit, and soul.
  • Emmanuel Baptist
    Emmanuel is a diverse and growing tapestry of faith, woven together in our common commitment to follow Christ. We are God's many-hued children, gathering to celebrate, to struggle, to serve, and to tell the good news of God's love in the Capital District and around the world.
  • First Unitarian Society of Schenectady
    Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. Our congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities - and the world - a better place.
  • First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
    WE are a place of freedom of faith. We are a place of excitement with a social conscience. We are a welcoming community of inquiring free thinkers. We are a non-creedal religious society.
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ in Gloversville
    First Congregational United Church of Christ in Gloversville
  • First Presbyterian Church
    First Presbyterian Church.
  • First United Presbyterian Church
    A More Light Church welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians into full membership and participation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including the opportunity and the responsibility to serve in ordained leadership positions.
  • First Lutheran Church
    We are a metropolitan parish committed to Christ-centered ministry in the city of Albany, New York. We rejoice in the manner in which God has graced us with unity in a glorious diversity. We welcome all to share in the life and ministry of First Lutheran regardless of age, race, socio-economic or marital status, physical or mental capabilities, or sexual orientation. We are a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation and as such we are dedicated to being sanctuary (safe-haven) to all God's people. We are also committed in the name of Jesus to work for justice and peace in our neighborhood, in our community, and throughout the world.
  • First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
    A Progressive and Caring Community where ALL are Welcome!
  • Grace Lutheran Church
    We are an inclusive community grounded in the love of God and committed to welcoming all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or physical ability. We encourage all people to share in thoughtful worship, relevant education and service through faith in action.
  • Holy Trinity National Catholic Church
  • Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District
    Hindu Temple Society of Capital District N.Y., Inc.
  • Karma Thegsum Choling
    Welcome to Albany Karma Thegsum Chöling, a practice center of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism in Albany, NY. Albany KTC provides authentic teachings and practices of Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism. HH The 17th Karmapa is the current head of the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism.
  • Metropolitan Community Church of the Hudson
  • Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church
    We promise to share with you our experience of faith and ask that you share yourself with us. We do not presume to tell you what you must believe, for ours is a community of free inquiry and searching. In this way we shall learn from one another, grow stronger, and more often be faithful to God as servants to all people.
  • Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany
    Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers under the auspices of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
  • Slingerlands Community United Methodist Church
    Looking for a spirtually-inquisitive, life-affirming church? A church which welcomes all persons, regardless of age, gender, race, orientation or identity? Then give us a try!
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
    We welcome you to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Albany, New York. St. Andrew's has been a loving community in the historic Pine Hills neighborhood for over 100 years.
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
    Our mission is to glorify God by reaching out to others, universally, with hands that serve, hearts and minds that welcome, and voices that carry the good news of God's redeeming love to all. We embrace diversity by celebrating the worth, dignity, and gifts of every person as a child of God. We seek to expand our Christian community and share God's love more widely.
  • Stephentown Federated Church
    We at the Stephentown Federated Church are an open-hearted and open-minded congregation which is committed to serving our local community and the world. We live our love of God and of the Christ each day by being witness to the message of the Gospel in small and large ways.
  • Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs
    Located in the historical district of downtown Saratoga Springs New York, Temple Sinai is a progressive Reform synagogue that began in the early 1960's as a study group of a dozen families. Their love of learning nurtured a growing cadre of interested individuals and, in 1965, Temple Sinai was established as Saratoga's Reform synagogue.
  • The Park Church of Elmira
    As an "Open and Affirming" congregation we, the members of The Park Church, embrace people of every ethnic origin, race, class, age, ability, gender and sexual orientation. We welcome into Christian worship, membership, leadership, friendship, and employment all who covenant with us to seek God's truth and to follow Christ's example.
  • Zen Mountain Monastery
    Zen Mountain Monastery is one of the West's most respected Zen Buddhist monasteries and training centers. Since its inception in 1980, ZMM has offered spiritual practitioners innovative ways to engage the Buddhist teachings through a vast array of retreats that take place within the context of authentic, full-time Zen monastic training.

Legal Assistance

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

  • Lambda Legal
    Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.
  • The National Center for Lesbian Rights
    The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

LGBTQ Resources for People of Color

LGBTQ Websites

  • Advocates for Youth

    Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

  • Center Link
    CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.
  • Empire State Pride Agenda
    The Empire State Pride Agenda is New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization.
  • Family Equality Council
    Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents in this country and the two million children they are raising.
  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (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.
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
  • GLBT Nation Help Center
    The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
    HRC works to ensure LGBT people of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
  • International Foundation for Gender Education
    IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
    In 1977, a brave and determined woman—fresh out of law school and eager to make a difference—decided to put her knowledge to good use.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    We bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide.
  • National Youth Advocacy Council (NYAC)
    Leadership & wellness for all youth.
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States.
  • People with a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer Parent
    COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
  • Questioning Transphobia
    Questioning Transphobia.
  • The Safe Schools Coalition
    Safe Schools Coalition - An International Public-Private Partnership in Support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.
  • The Trevor Project
    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and uestioning youth.
  • TransWhat? A Guide Towards Allyship
    A clear, concise explanatory website which can serve as an ally's first introduction to the concepts of transgender and transsexuality.

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