What does GLBTQ mean?
The acronym GLBTQ stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning. The term is intended to emphasize the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities.
The letter Q can and sometimes represents the word queer. Queer is considered controversial and derogatory, however it has gone through substantial change and some people have reclaimed it as a term of empowerment. Some people use queer as an inclusive and unifying sociopolitical umbrella term for everyone that is not heterosexual or binary in their gender.
Another variation of the same acronym is LGBTQ and there are other important terms that are part of the longer acronym: ally, intersex, two spirit, gender non-conforming… There’s a long glossary of terms. Contact us and we’ll send you our glossary of appropriate and affirming terms.
Keep in mind that terms change over time as people, culture and communities change. Most important is to respect the person before you and use language that they subscribe to. A good practice: when in doubt of someone’s identification, it’s best to ask how they identify.
What are your programs?
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth offers a variety of programs designed to serve, nurture, and empower youth. As a multi-agency service partnership dedicated to GLBTQ youth, we offer several programs. We provide educational trainings to promote acceptance and equality for everyone regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression. We plan events where GLBTQ youth can safely share their experiences and have fun. We provide emotional support through care coordination, group and individual counseling, family support groups, and assistance with homelessness.
Our programs include:
- Care Coordination
- ChangeMakers Summer Leadership Institute
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Prevention Education
- Project SAFE (safe accommodations for everyone)
- Youth Enrichment Activities (YEA!)
Visit our Programs page for more information.
Who can use your services?
The Alliance serves, nurtures, and empowers gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families and communities throughout Miami-Dade County.
We serve GLBTQ youth directly to ensure they thrive. We also work with family members of GLBTQ youth to facilitate the stress (and sometimes the conflict) of coming out on the whole family. Lastly, community agencies, schools, organizations working with youth and families interested in learning more about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues are welcome to contact us for support and trainings.
Where are you located?
All our services are in the community across Miami-Dade County. Services are provided in settings that do not create further stigmatization or harm, and are dependent exclusively on participants' ACCESS and SAFETY.
Our Care Coordination staff will meet with youth or families wherever is most safe – that could mean our office, at school, the library, home…anywhere that is private and safe. We’ll come to you!
The administration office address is: 1175 NE 125th Street Suite 510 North Miami FL 33161. Come by and visit us if you are in the neighborhood!
How can I be involved?
If you are interested in services or information, give us a call and we’ll connect you. If you are an individual community member interested in volunteering or joining our Board of Directors, or you are an agency interested in partnering with The Alliance, please contact Alina Serrano, Executive Director for more information.
We welcome and encourage community participation, and look forward to hearing from you!
IS IT FREE?
All programs and services at The Alliance are at NO COST to our participants!
What is The Alliance Council?
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth values collaboration and partnership in serving, nurturing, and empowering GLBTQ youth, their families, and communities. In our efforts to respond holistically to our communities, The Alliance operates as the lead agency of diverse service partnership. This essential body of providers, The Alliance Council, insures the effectiveness and quality of the services by serving the following functions:
- Review and recommend agency membership within the partnership;
- Review, recommend, and set standards for youth programming throughout Miami-Dade County;
- Review and set standards for performance program delivery;
- Participate in self-evaluation/ assessment process of the partnership.
The Alliance Council meets monthly and welcomes new members invested in supporting GLBTQ youth in Miami-Dade County. If you're interested, contact us for more information.
My child just came out to me…now what?
Learning that a loved one identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity can range from feelings of sadness to guilt to fear to confusion to a million other emotions. It can be a difficult process that is completely normal and shared by many families throughout the world when their youth comes out to them.
The Alliance Family Specialist meets directly with families and offers support groups to facilitate communication and strengthen relationships.
You are not alone... If you are interested in talking with the Family Specialist or in meeting other parents, please contact us. Let us help empower your family!
Where are the organization's documents?
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth will provide organizational documents (governing policies, conflict of interest statements, and financial statements) upon request.
Please contact Alina Serrano, Executive Director directly for information.