Support and Social Activities

Adult Families of Trans* Youth Group (AFTY)

A facilitated discussion and social group, run by the Gay Alliance, to provide the families of trans* adolescents with a safe forum for self-expression, a shared network of support, and to be a central hub of knowledge and resources. Please join us on the first Tuesday of the month at the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gay Alliance.  100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607.

100 College Ave, Suite 100
Camp Aranu’tiq (Transgender Youth Summer Camp)

Our mission is to provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations. This is a weeklong overnight camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8-15.

Camp Aranu’tiq is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. It was born out of the idea that transgender and gender-variant youth needed a safe place to relate to others like them, away from home, in a beautiful rural setting where they can concentrate on what every camper loves: having fun. We are planning our first-ever camp week during the summer of 2010. We will be making every effort to have Aranu’tiq available to transgender and gender-variant youth from all socio-economic backgrounds. Due to the sensitive nature of our program, the exact location of Aranu’tiq can be obtained by interested parents, volunteers, and campers by contacting us (click on link: “contact us”). The camp is in the New England area. We are currently working on obtaining grants and individual and corporate contributions. If you or your organization would like to make a donation, please click “donate” to do so directly online, or contact us via email or phone.
P.O. Box 620141
Newton Lower Falls
Genesee Valley Gender Variants

Genesee Valley Gender Variants is a meetup group for gender variant people in the Genesee Valley area of upstate NY and our allies. We meet every Thursday at Equal=Grounds coffee shop from 7-9pm.

You can find us on Facebook at:


Guys’ Night Out

Guys’ Night Out
Guys’ Night Out is a local trans* group that meets at 1pm on the second Saturday of the month at Equal=Grounds, 750 South Ave. Transmen and those identifying with trans-masculine experience (including questioning individuals) are welcome.  Please know this is a welcoming space with no set expectations on what it means to identify as a “transman” each of us has such a diverse background and life experiences!! There is no commitment to attend each month.  There will sometimes be a few people or a tableful of amazing people who attend.  Conversations range from topics regarding family life, personal experiences with regard to medically/socially transitioning and how life is going in general. 

In addition to the set meeting at EG the group takes part in things like going to the movies, laser tag, pool and bowling.  This happens almost monthly with the ideas of where to go coming from the group.  The activities out are a mix of events just for the guys and some that are open for friends/family/partners to come and join in!!

***PS is you have some social anxiety, know you would be sitting at a table with people who can relate…you can come and share your life story or sit quietly taking in those around you 🙂

If you would like to know more contact Adrian at

585-244-8640 ext. 14
M2F Transgender Learning Center

The resource center provides articles and videos on important topics for Male to Female transgender persons, including coming out, lifestyle and confidence, and workplace etiquette and wardrobe tips.

Rochester Grrlz

Rochester Grrlz is for and about transgendered grrlz who happened to be born male but identify either in part or whole as a female. This includes transsexuals, transvestites, crossdressers and any other category that can be hung on those of this description. Our primary function is to get together in real time for social events, friendship, advice, sharing of makeup tips, shopping alerts and anything that makes a grrlz existence more fun. We encourage the participation and membership of partners and significant others. We are, in short, a social group. Our goal is to make your journey in this world easier, more enjoyable and give you friends to enjoy it with. Our social agenda is easily accessed through our Yahoo group at Membership is free but requires a simple screening application for the protection and privacy of the existing members.

Spectrum Transgender Group of Western New York

Our Mission:

To provide a support structure for transgendered individuals and for their families, friends and allies.

To assist the questioning individual in their search for awareness and comprehension of their gender identity and expression.

To serve as an educational resource both in the TG community and in reaching out to the surrounding community, in order to increase awareness of transgender issues.

To work as advocates in gaining respect, dignity, and basic human rights for transgender people everywhere.

Our Activities:

We provide support, information, education, and advocacy for transitioning transsexuals and questioning transgender individuals. Friends, families, and allies are welcome.

Monthly meetings are held on the second Friday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Contact us for more information about our meetings.

Please visit our website for a list of current events.


Our general meetings are open to all who are interested, but we encourage everyone to consider becoming a paid member of the organization.

Benefits of membership include:

* The right to vote in decision-making processes and attend executive board meetings.

* A membership card that can serve as an identification aid for people in various stages of transition or while cross-dressed.

* The ability to check out items from our library.

Trans Alliance of Greater Rochester (TAGR)

Trans Alliance of Greater Rochester (TAGR) is an all inclusive transgender social/educational group which welcomes all gender variant individuals and allies ages 18+ that meets from 3-5:30pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month at MCC Open Arms Community Center, located at 707 E. Main Street. The format will be part educational, with structured programming, but will also have a social component, where members have a chance to connect with each other and share information.
707 E. Main Street
Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have. This is a FREE helpline run by volunteers and supported by the community.

Go ahead, give us a call!

Operators are generally available


12am – 11am and 1pm – midnight


12am – 5am, 10am – 3pm, and 5pm – midnight


12am – 10am and 11am – midnight


12am – 8am and 11am – midnight


12am – 7am and 10am – midnight


12am – midnight


12am – midnight

Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Crisis Hotline at: 877-565-8860

General Info at: 515-483-5361
Trans* Youth Support Group

This group is for transgender, gender queer and gender nonconforming teens or teens who are questioning and exploring their gender identity. It is for youths ages 13-20 and it is run by the Gay Alliance Youth Program. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gay Alliance Offices – 100 College Avenue, Suite 100.
100 College Ave, Suite 100