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A weekly therapy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other gender & sexual minority survivors to heal from the trauma of sexual violence, as well as other forms of abuse/violence.  Participants can anticipate finding connection, safety and healing in this group space.  It will meet every week on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 PM from March 4th through June at our administrative office located at 723 James Street. Co-facilitators: Tyler Sliker and Kerry McGill

Transfiguration and Trans Affirmation

Sunday 2-23, 10 am: The Plymouth Choir is singing a new piece by Joseph Downing. It's Transfiguration Sunday, and the hymn compares transfiguration  to transgender people showing their 'full glory.' Plymouth is located at 232 E Onondaga in Syracuse. 

Vince Sgambati's new book, Undertow of Memory is now on sale at ArtRage. Book Launch on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7pm

There’s a space between what was and what’s next, where memory comforts and disheartens. The varied protagonists in these character-driven stories live in that undertow

Syracuse Area

Next SAGE Potluck: Sunday March 8, 2020, 4 pm. Discussion: What terms do you use and what do they all mean? Do you identify as Gay? Lesbian? Queer? Is your gender identity Female? Male? Trans*? Non-binary? We'll talk about terms, what they mean as in definition, and what they mean to us. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 4:00 Social Hour; 5:00 program; 6:00 dinner. 431 E. Fayette St. in Syracuse. 

General Announcements

Onondaga County Office For Aging Nominations for Senor Citizen of the Year are being accepted. This award honors an individual, age 60 or older, who demonstrates the power of making a difference through civic engagement. (Winner will attend the New York State Event, in Albany, on May 19, 2020 and the Senior Celebration Luncheon, in Syracuse, on May 14, 2020.) In addition, nominations are being accepted for the "Serving Seniors Honoree of the Year," which honors an individual, either
currently employed or retired, who has made significant contributions in a career field that serves people age 60 or older. To nominate someone, use the form here

Friends of Dorothy Dinners: Great vegetarian and vegan food and great company. Gluten free options available. Sliding scale donation starting at $0 to whatever you are able to give to support the work of the Friends of Dorothy AIDS Hospice. Use the entrance on the church side of the building if you need the elevator. Credit cards accepted. Held on the 4th Thursday of each month, 5 - 7 pm, at the Harrison Center of All Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Ave. in Syracuse. 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project offers legal resources to assist members of the LGBT* community experiencing discrimination and/or harassment with regard to Free Name and Gender Marker Changes; Employment; Public accommodations including school, business and hotels; Health Insurance; Healthcare; Housing; Birth Certificate Amendments; CPS Investigations; Police Oversight Agency Hearings. Call Mallory Livingston at (315) 849-9234 for more information or email

AA Meeting- Live and Let Live LGBTQ meeting, every Sunday at Women's Info Center at 7pm

February 1 - March 14

@ ArtRage The Art of Zaria Forman and Stuart Palley is on display in CARRYING THE WEIGHT: Fire & Ice.   In this powerful exhibition, two highly acclaimed artists document our earth, in two distinctly different ways, to bring attention to our fragile planet. Brooklyn, New York based Zaria Forman creates large-scale pastel drawings of glaciers, icebergs and oceans. She travels to the Arctic and Antarctic where she witnesses and photographs glaciers and icebergs and goes back to her studio to create massive pastel drawings. Los Angeles, California based photographer, Stuart Palley has been documenting California wild fires since 2012, working as a photojournalist but also as an art photographer. ArtRage is located at 505 Hawley Ave in Syracuse. 

The Wanted 18: Film Screening February 17, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Organized by the Justice for Palestine Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council. Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared “a threat to the national security of the state of Israel.” Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. ArtRage is a wheelchair accessible facility.

Feb 21 - 23

Winterfest in Syracuse: Lots going on this weekend, including ice carving, Family Days at the Everson, a chowder cook-off and a wing walk, and more. See all the details at the Winterfest web site here


February 22

Precious Guru: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 6 to 8:30pm  ArtRage Gallery - 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, New York 13203 

Thekchen Choling (the American seat of Buddhist master Lama Namdrol Tulku Rinpoche of Singapore) presents a special screening of Marc Wennburg’s Film “Precious Guru.” Tibetan Buddhist scholar and practitioner Lama Glenn Mullin, who is one of the teachers featured in the film, will be at the screening to give commentary and answer questions. Free horderves will be served and there will be Dharma shop items for sale. $15-$20 Donation at the door. Space is limited so please pre-register to save your seat. Contact 315-480-1088 or email: WATCH THE TRAILER

February 23

Active Hope Workshop @ ArtRage: An opportunity to participate in experiential activities based on the work of Joanna Macy. The workshop will provide a space to voice our feelings about the climate crisis through structured and guided group activities, so that we can clear our minds and bolster our courage to take the necessary steps moving forward.  All are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops. A few spaces are still available so contact to register or with questions.  Please bring lunch. Sliding scale $10-$50

March 6

TransAction Conference at SUNY Cortland: March 6, 9 am to 5 pm. SUNY Cortland invites you to TransAction 2020, the 2nd annual conference about the needs and experiences of transgender and gender queer students in the college environment.This year’s conference will focus on the vision for the future. Breakout sessions will include a session on Microagressions, a session for faculty and staff on Understanding Non-Binary, and a session for student on Navigating Life Outside Campus.Register today to reserve your spot at the conference. Please come to the session(s) that you can or that interest you - you are not required to attend the full day. If you have any questions please contact Erin Morris at 607-753-4638. Registration Fee: Free to SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff; $15 to all others* SUNY Cortland Campus, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.


Auburn Area

General Announcements

Got Medicare Questions? Are you turning 65 soon?  The Office for the Aging offers complimentary monthly classes to help you make sense of Medicare. Here you will learn how to determine whether the plan you are considering will give you peace of mind or potential headaches. You’ll learn about how Part D drug plans work and whether EPIC co-pay assistance is an option for you.  If your income is limited, we’ll provide information about programs to help pay for your insurance coverage, as well as a listing of the free and low cost preventive care under Medicare. All classes will be held in the basement training room of the Cayuga County Office Building. The current schedule is: is:  Feb 3rd, 2-4pm & Mar 11, 1-3pm. . Check The Citizen and the Cayuga County Office for the Aging’s Senior News & Views for the details. Registration is required.   For more information or to register, please call the Cayuga County Office for the Aging at 315-253-1226, or visit our website at under the News & Activities section.​

Cortland Area

General Announcements

At the Cortland LGBTQ Resource CenterGSA  (Gender & Sexuality Alliance), Every Wednesday from 3-5 pm, Open to all students grades 7-12. Join us for weekly discussions, crafts, and more. Socialize with your peers and get a break from your normal routine. GEAR Teens (Gender Expression and Revolution) meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm;  GEAR Adults meets on the last Thursday, 6 - 8 pm. Men's group 3rd Wednesday,  6-8 pm. Women's Book group third Thursday, 12-1:30,  Youth group 4th Monday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm not meet in December. The Cortland LGBTQ Center is located at 165 Main Street. For more info visit the web site here.  

Queer Church is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday, 5 pm, at the Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert St. in Cortland. Services speak to a variety of faith perspectives and uplift queer identities. 


PFLAG- (607)-423-1078. The Ithaca-Cortland PFLAG (Parents , Families , Friends , and Allies meets on the first Sunday of every month at 4:00 PM at the Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert Street, Cortland, NY13045. (Just off the SUNY-Cortland campus). All interested people are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please visit  Please "Like"  our Facebook Page at


The Ithaca Gay Men's Potluck is meeting monthly for gay men in the Finger Lakes area. For dates/times/info, contact

Madison County

General Announcements

See the January 2020 Madison County Office for the Aging newsletter here -- it covers the 2020 census, EPIC,  and more.  

Bridges at Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse has an LGBTQIA Resource Collective  for LGBTQIA people, groups and allies. They have an ongoing youth group meeting Thursdays 6 - 7 pm at Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346. For more info on the group or the collective, call Bridges at 315-697-3947 or visit their website here


General Announcements

Trans* Exploring group: a place for transgender and gender variant people to come together for socializing and support. Explore your own gender identity with others of similar experience. Come enjoy a meal and great conversation, and help to build this community in the Greater Oneonta Region. For more information, contact

The Gender Wellness Center, part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, is the largest multidisciplinary center for transgender health in upstate New York. Our mission is to bring trans-affirming health care from the margins to the mainstream by offering transgender health care from within a primary care practice. For more info, see the website here

Oswego Area

Next SAGE Potluck: Sunday February 23, 2 pm: Trinity Methodist Church, 45 E. Utica. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 


General Announcements

Oswego County NY Connects is  a way to receive information and assistance on Long Term Services and Supports available in New York. This service is available for people of all ages and incomes. For more info click here

PFLAG Oswego -- support for friends and family of LGBT People -- meets 2nd Wednesday of each month (except July, August, December) 7 - 9 pm, at Midtown Plaza. For more info:315-342-7532 x 1603 or  


Oswego Trans Group meets monthly. For info/location/dates contact 315-342-7532 x 1603 or 


Utica Area

Next SAGE Potluck: Saturday March 14, 5 pm, Unitarian Church, 10 Higby Rd. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. Utica Unitarian, 10 Higby Rd. 

Utica Lunch Bunch meets on the Last Wednesday of every Month at 11AM  (For February: 2/26) at Rasberries Café: 4784 Commercial Dr, New Hartford, NY 13413 If you are interested in joining the group please contact Andy Phillips @

General Announcements

LGBT AA Meetings:  Rainbow to Recovery, Our Savior Church, 1640 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502Saturdays  8 PM. Open meeting for LGBT community and allies.  

Watertown Area

General Announcements

The Qubed group for GLBT youth meets on Tuesdays at 3 pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 1330 Gotham Rd. The group is coordinated by ACR Health. For more info, see the web site here

Diabetes Prevention Program at the Watertown Family YMCA: NO COST TO SENIORS 60 AND OLDER. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention program can decrease the number of new type 2 diabetes cases and give individuals at high risk for developing the disease tools for healthy living. The program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting.  It is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. For more information, contact: Michelle Graham or Steve Rowell at the Watertown Family YMCA, 119 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, 315-782-3100, To view the Website (Click here) .