Legal Aid Society

Support LGBTQ+ Youth

Join our LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Unit’s special campaign this spring to highlight and advance its work supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

As “don’t say gay” laws and criminalization of the provision of gender-affirming care for young people are becoming more common across the country, New York City is regarded as a sanctuary for LGBTQ+ youth.

Still, as much as 40% of the homeless youth population is LGBTQ+, and many of these young people experience discrimination, have negative police encounters, and have inadequate access to residential programs and services.

Legal Support for LGBTQ+ Youth is Vital

1/3 of NYC foster youth identify as LGBTQ+. The unit is pushing the City to adopt policy that would ensure young people are placed in affirming environments with appropriate support and access to resources as they age out of care.

Legal Aid’s LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Unit is a leader in the nonprofit community; the unit conducts trainings for youth-serving nonprofits in NYC and others within LAS. The Unit relies on private support, from donors like you, to maintain and grow its advocacy, training, and direct representation services.

Our Spring Campaign Goal is $50,000
All donations directly fund the LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Unit’s work with LGBTQ+ Youth and TGNCNI communities in New York.

Individuals contributing $2,500 or more will be recognized as part of our Justice Network, Legal Aid’s annual membership program, with special benefits all year round, including invitations to our LGBTQ+ events and trainings during pride month.

Corporate sponsors donating $2,500 + will receive exclusive access and recognition at our Sexual Orientation Gender Identify, and Expression (SOGIE) Training. Partners will be recognized as lead event sponsors and get unlimited training spots.


To discuss your individual support, email Ayesha Marra. To learn more about corporate engagement opportunities, contact Gemma Martinelli.

Stand With LGBTQ+ Youth

All donations directly fund The Legal Aid Society’s work with LGBTQ+ Youth and TGNCNI communities in New York.

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