With support from the CNY Community Foundation, an LGBTQIA Resource Collaborative was formed in 2017 in Madison County. Housed at BRiDGES, the Collaborative will be a resource for LGBTQIA individuals and groups and their allies. The goal of the Collaborative is to enhance the supports and resources that currently exist, to identify gaps and needs for services, and to bring together the community to raise awareness, increase support and reduce isolation. In early 2018 an LGBTQIA Coalition was formed.
From 2017-2018, local providers, parents, community members, and school faculty were trained in topics including: Safe Zone, Working with LGBTQ Youth and LGBTQ 101. LGBTQIA specific informational sheets were mailed to doctors' office and schools throughout the county. A youth group, for youth in Grades 7 - 12, was started, and is held every Thurday evening at the Hamilton Public Library for LGBTQIA youth.
Call 315-697-3947 for more information about the ongoing initiatives under this focus area.