The Drop-In Center is open to WNY youth ages 12-20 who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, questioning or are allies.
During the school year (September-June) it is open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
During July and August the Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
GLYS of WNY supports a number of gay-straight alliances in schools and colleges across Western New York! We provide guidance in creating and maintaining a alliance group in your school, and provide suggestions of activities and opportunities to connect with other youth groups for shared experiences!
Youth In Care
GLYS has established relationships with numerous social welfare organizations to provide training and intercession services on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth in care. Many times LGBTQ+ youth face specific or special problems; providing additional empathy and understanding to caregivers allows these challenges to be resolved with greater results to these patients.
Transgender Youth & Parental Support
Supporting an LGBTQ+ child is a wonderful experience, but can also be a challenging one! Recurring discussion groups allow parents to open up and get answers regarding their specific questions or issues they are facing. At the same time, youth meet and discuss their experience or work on fun projects together. There are two transgender groups, Ages 5-12 and 13-21. There is also a social group for the older youth 13-21
At the end of the school year, we host an incredible prom experience open to LGBTQ+ youth. This provides youth an opportunity to come together, and have the full prom experience in a safe and accepting environment, date or no date!
LGBTQ Library/Resource Center
If you would like a list of behavioral, medical and other available services, please call our office at 716-855-0221. While GLYS does NOT make referrals or endorse other practitioners or socail services, we maintain a list of practitioners and allow GLYS participants to evaluate their experience in order to maintain an LGTBQ+-friendly list.
We have numerous books and magazines containing the stories of LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Youth are free to come and check out a book to take home, or read while at the center. Additionally, we compile resources focusing on health and wellness. Finally, we have a number of historic documents and items that catalog the challenges of LGBTQ+ people, and give insight into the local development of rights within our community.
Every year we gather poems, stories and artwork created by LGBTQ+ youth and create an anthology booklet highlighting and publishing their works. Our youth are incredibly talented, and this method of expressing themselves leads to many powerful and insightful results.
GLYS provides scholarship opportunities towards the end of the year as graduates prepare to enter college. These funds can help defer the cost of tuition, books or other materials! We also can provide resources to certain local community events or programs that intersect with our mission.