Virtual LGBTQIA+ Center at BHCC
To support and celebrate the diversity of the Bunker Hill Community College community that is represented within our students, faculty and staff on BHCC’s multiple campus locations, the Dean of Student’s office has worked to provide accessible information and resources for all members of our community. In addition to this online space, the College offers safe spaces and allies throughout the campuses. Students can build peer connections through involvement with our LGBTQIA+ Student Union. Human Resources and the Dean of Students Office also provide support and advocacy related to inclusivity and campus policy.
The Virtual Center will continue to grow as additional resources are identified to provide various resources for students, faculty, and staff regarding the LGBTQIA+ community on campus, locally, and nationally. The vision is to ensure a welcoming community for everyone while delivering specific opportunities and connections for our LGBTQIA+ population and allies.
BHCC LGBTQIA+ Resources
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allies Student Union (LGBTQA). Fall 2021 virtual meeting TBA. Contact Advisor or Director of Student Leadership and Engagement for Virtual Meeting information.
- BHCC Safe Zone
- BHCC LGBTQIA+ Student Union Instagram
- Gender Inclusive Restroom
- Preferred Name Request and Policy
Local LGBTQIA+ Resources
- Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY): Boston’s alliance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth focused on creating safe, healthy, and respectful environments.
- Boston GLASS provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston and Greater Framingham areas. As a leader in LGBTQ+ youth services, we also provide education and consultation to other providers and community organizations. (We're using "LGBTQ+" to mean lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, Two-Spirit, intersex, asexual, pansexual, people living with HIV, and other sexual and gender minorities.)
- Fenway Health: For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. Fenway was founded in 1971 as part of the free clinic movement by students who believed that “health care should be a right, not a privilege.
- GLAD: Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
- Hispanic Black Gay Coalition: Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community. Founded in 2009, we work to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.
- Dancing Queerly is an annual festival in Cambridge, MA featuring workshops, mixers, discussions, and performances by and for the LGBTQIA+ community, friends, and allies. Dancing Queerly’s mission is to bring LGBTQIA+ folks with varying dance experience together in the joy of dance as audience members and participants.
- The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. We strengthen our communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.
- MAP for Health (for Asian & Pacific Islander communities): We engage young people in improving the health and well-being of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Massachusetts. We continue to provide health counseling and support, referral and screening services, and general health promotion and advocacy for APIs in the Boston metro area and beyond.
- Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (QAPA): 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.
- Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: This site contains news, events, and resources focused on Massachusetts’ LGBT youth.
- MassEquality: MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
- Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition: Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the bases of gender identity and expression. This includes working towards the empowerment of all persons who have been, are being, or might be deprived of equal rights and/ or fair treatment because of their expression or identity.
- Queer Muslims of Boston: Queer Muslims of Boston (QMOB) builds community for Queer Muslims in the Greater Boston area. We are inclusive of all individuals who identify as Muslim and LGBTIA, Queer, or Questioning. We are committed to increasing the visibility of Queer Muslims as a group, while respecting the need for privacy of individual members.
- The Sydney Borum Jr. Health Center AKA The Borum: The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, affectionately known as the Borum, is a program of Fenway Health that provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12–29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else. No one is turned away – we’ll do whatever it takes to help you. The Borum is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centeras an important component of Community Care Alliance, and with Boston Children’s Hospital. It is licensed as a health center, mental health clinic, and substance abuse center by the Department of Public Health.
- The History Project is the only organization focused exclusively on documenting and preserving the history of New England’s LGBTQ communities and sharing that history with LGBTQ individuals, organizations, allies, and the public.
- The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda: has been a free community resource managed by volunteers for 30 years providing weekly and monthly eblasts for Events, Housing, and Classifieds through 2020.
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): Our mission is to end sexual violence. We empower survivors of sexual violence to heal and provide education and advocacy for social change to prevent sexual violence.
Online National LGBTQIA+ Resources
- "Ask Me:" What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know
- Bisexual Resource Center: The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.
- Desert Hope Treatment: This page summarizes available governmental, organizational and other resources and makes them easily accessible to those searching for assistance. It includes 36 citations of the latest research studies and external resources for individuals seeking LGBT-specific mental health and addiction help.
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network: This website focuses on LGBT students in the educational environment. They offer resources to schools and community leaders to help diminish the harassment and stereotypes the students potentially face.
- Friends of GLBT Youth: Non-profit organization that supports LGBT youth. Supplies event information, headlines, and blogs for LGBT youth to utilize.
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
- Jewish Queer Youth (JQY) supports LGBTQ identifying teens and young adults in the Jewish community. They also have a specific focus on Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities.
- StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
- Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
- TransLifeline: This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self-harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us.
- Campus Pride: The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
- LGBTQ Student Resources & Support: School years can be challenging for all students, yet those who identify as LGBTQ often face additional pressures or concerns. Within this guide, LGBTQ students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.
- It Gets Better Project : The It Gets Better Project creates a hopeful and accepting environment for LGBT youth and provides resources that can assist troubled youth to make the changes to make it better for them.
- Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
- LGBTQ+ and Addiction Resources: Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.