LGBTQ Center

Brown University Groups

  • The Queer Alliance (QA)
    The Queer Alliance (QA) is a student organization that provides meetings, activities, and affinity group-based events throughout the academic year.  Each year the activities vary.  To be added to their weekly e-newsletter and find out the most current information, please email queer@brown.edu for more information.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office
    (401) 863-3476
    The LGBTQ Center and Brown University CAPS are coordinating a weekly support group for trans, nonbinary, and questioning students throughout the academic year. This group is designed to be a safe and confidential space to talk, explore, support, challenge and just be present in your gender identity without having to explain/educate/fear judgment. To obtain the most current information please email LGBTQ@brown.edu.

Local (RI, MA) Community Resources

  • Youth Pride Inc.
    (401) 421-5626
    YPI provides various support services to LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13 to 23) including groups for trans, nonbinary and gender questioning youth. For more information visit their website to learn more about their in-house services.
  • PFLAG Greater Providence
    (401) 307-1802
    PFLAG Greater Providence provides support to LGBTQ+ people and their families within RI and surrounding MA communities.
  • TGI Network of RI
    The TGI Network coordinates multiple support groups. The information below is provided to give you an idea about what each group provides, but may not always be 100% current if a change occurs so please visit the TGI Network website and/or email borderlands@tginetwork.org for more information about any of their programming.
    • Borderlands is a peer-led support group open to TGI (Trans, Gender Diverse, and Intersex) people and to those who are exploring whether a TGI identity is a good description of their experience. This group meets 7-9 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month and  from 1-3 pm on the first and third Saturday of the month via Zoom.
    • The Nonbinary Borderlands group meets on the Third Tuesday of the month from 7-8 pm via Zoom. 
    • The Trans-Masculine Borderlands support group meets on the first and third Monday of the month from 7-8 pm via Zoom.
    • The Families and Friends: The Way Forward support group is a free and confidential group meeting for family members (parents, siblings, and families) and immediate friends (not observers) of someone identifying as TGI, offering a safe space to explore the impact of a loved one's TGI identity and an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. This group will meet from 7-9 pm every month with a fifth Tuesday via Zoom. Every meeting will include trans basics, discussion time, a “didactic” (teaching and learning) on a central aspect of trans family life, Q & A, and networking time.
  • PrYSM: Providence Youth Student Movement
    (401) 383-7450
    Founded in 2001, PrYSM is a youth organization which challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers, by offering educational workshops, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and oversight of youth-led community organizing projects. Their “Queer Transformative Roots” program for Queer and Trans People of Color is currently focusing on the Queer Community Housing Initiative, which aims to reduce QTPOC homelessness and combat housing instability in Providence through the creation of a housing cooperative.
  • Rhode Island Pride
    Rhode Island Pride is the largest and most comprehensive LGBTQIA+ community non-profit serving Rhode Island and its surrounding neighbors.
  • Haus of Codec
    Established in 2021, Haus of Codec is a shelter space providing a safe housing space for youth ages 18 - 24, with assistance finding more permanent housing solutions and workforce development opportunities. They also host monthly community LGBTQQIA+ Resource Fair & ART Marketplace at Dexter Park in Providence, RI for Queer and BIPOC artists and local community organizations.
  • The Network/La Red (located in Boston, MA)
    (617) 742-4911 (voice)
    (617) 227-4911 (TTY) (Hotline in English and Spanish)
    This program offers free services in English and Spanish for battered lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender folks. These services include a hotline, emergency shelter and advocacy programs.

National Organizations

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Founded in 2005 as a federation of dozens of small, volunteer-run groups across the country, NQAPIA empowers LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders through movement capacity building, policy advocacy, and representation.