Gay & Lesbian Services of Western New York

About GLYS

GLYS is funded through the NYS Department of Health, United Way/SEFA/CFC donor choice programs, and individual donors.

Mission Statement
The GLYS mission is to provide an accepting environment to enhance the personal growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth in Western New York. GLYS advocates for community awareness and acceptance of young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Purpose
GLYS provides a safe and positive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ) youth to learn more about themselves through peer interaction and educational experiences. The organization creates opportunities for emotional growth and community awareness.

Goals and Objectives
GLYS assists gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth by providing
•    safe space
•    interaction with GLBT peers and adult role models
•    a Peer Support Group
•    health & wellness activities
•    opportunities for leadership development
•    access to cultural events and youth development activities
•    information, resources & referrals
•    advocacy
Through GLYS outreach, other agencies learn about and increase their sensitivity to the needs of sexual minority youth. GLYS provides GLBTQ youth with positive role models. It promotes their self-esteem and the integration of these youth into the larger community. GLYS assists families with resources and referrals.

Members
Members range in age from 14-21 and represent many racial, ethnic, religious and class backgrounds.

Staff
Our Staff is also diverse in background, education, and experience. Each staff member is dedicated to serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth.  For more information on our staff, please select “Staff from the navigation bar.

Board of Directors – 2009
Michael F. Moraca, President
Richard Valentine, Esq. VP
Gail W. Sfeir, Secretary
Timothy J. Moran, Treasurer
Allen P. Booker
Diane E. Elze, Ph.D.
Majorie E. Gillies
Carlos R.A. Jones
Joseph O’Donnell

Emeritus Member
Donald Licht

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