Resources

Tufts and the wider Greater Boston community offer many resources for LGBT, allied, and questioning people. Our menu contains information on academic resources, student resources, and resources beyond Tufts. 

Academic Resources

Queer Studies (Gender and Sexuality Related Courses at Tufts)

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Professors: Submit a Course

If you are a student, faculty, or staff member interested or actively doing work in the field of queer studies and/or theory, please let us know by emailing us at lgbt@tufts.edu.

LGBT Center Library

libraryThe LGBT Center has an extensive collection of queer related books, magazines, and videos.

Search the Center Library using LibraryThing

The LGBT Center has recently relocated its library listing to a new website called LibraryThing. It has the listing of all our books and is searchable by keyword, title, and/or author.

  • Items may be used in the center, or checked out by anyone with an active affiliation with the university.
  • Books may be checked out for up to one month.
  • Videos may be checked out for one week and a five dollar deposit is required which is returned upon receipt of the video.
  • Borrowers are responsible for all items that they check out, and must fill out a check out form with a center employee prior to borrowing the materials.

We have subscriptions to a variety of gay-related magazines, including The Advocate, Curve, Out, and others. Bay Windows, New England's weekly gay paper, is also delivered to the center as well as a variety of locations on the Tufts campus.

Tufts Queer History Project

The Tufts Queer History Project started as a Tufts Summer Scholars Research Project proposed by the fifth Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center Director, Dona Yarbrough in 2006. Elena Mead, then a sophomore, was awarded the research scholar grant and worked with the director on the project. This website is the culmination of Elena's work. The main objective of Tufts Queer History Project is to both reflect on the achievements and challenges of the Tufts queer community, and to connect our past with our present. 

View the Tufts Queer History Project

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Information and Resources For:

Coming Out and Questioning

Students Who Are Questioning or Coming Out

Questioning your sexuality or gender?  Thinking about coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender?  The LGBT Center provides advising, referral, peer mentoring, and support/discussion groups.

Online resources and written material about Coming Out

Internships, Scholarships, and Volunteer Opportunities

Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

Provides weekly and monthly social activities and special events for people ages 22 and under. These activities provide an opportunity for youth to socialize, have fun and develop a sense of personal and community identity.

Family Equality Council

Provides weekly and monthly social activities and special events for people ages 22 and under. These activities provide an opportunity for youth to socialize, have fun and develop a sense of personal and community identity.

Fenway Health

The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the physical and mental health of its community, which includes those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), the people who live and work in our neighborhood, and beyond.

Feminist Press

We are an independent, nonprofit publishing house based in Manhattan with a small, dedicated staff. We publish exciting authors who share an activist spirit and a belief in choice and equality. Interns will work closely with mentors in one of the following departments: Publicity, Editorial, Marketing, and Development; sharing administrative responsibilities.

We seek individuals willing to bring professionalism, dedication, strong multitasking and communication skills, a commitment to equality, and a good attitude to the office. Interns work closely with one another so a willingness to collaborate and share responsibilities is essential. Familiarity with our books is helpful, but is not required. Former FP interns are now at Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Random House, W.W. Norton & Company, Signs: Journal of Women and Culture, Women Make Movies, On the Issues, the Nation,and the Huffington Post.

The internship requires a commitment of three days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We are flexible with students and their schedules. Interns will receive a small daily stipend to offset the cost of transportation within New York City.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall Semester (September to December): June 1
  • Spring Semester (January to May): November 1
  • Summer Semester (May to August): March 1

GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders)

New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
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Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC)

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community. Founded in 2009, we work to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.
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Human Rights Campaign

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

  • Find your role in more than 25 program areas, ranging from political to development, communications to education
  • Gain valuable professional skills while developing your voice as an LGBT advocate and leader
  • Play an active role in the nation’s largest LGBT equality organization.
  • Connect with some of the foremost LGBT and allied leaders through educational brown bag seminars and other events

Immigration Equality

Immigration Equality is leading the effort to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce its negative impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV–positive people, and to obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home countries based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV–status.

Through education and advocacy campaigns, legal counseling, and direct representation, we provide support to advocates, attorneys, and decision makers, as well as those who are threatened by persecution or discrimination. Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

LGBT Foreign Affairs Scholarship

GLIFAA is sponsoring a scholarship for students of foreign affairs interested in LGBT advocacy and working in a foreign affairs-related internship. The LGBT Foreign Affairs Scholarship Board will award one $2,500 scholarship to a disadvantaged student who plans to intern in a foreign affairs-related field. The LGBT Foreign Affairs Scholarship serves as need and merit-based financial aid for students pursuing degrees and/or careers in foreign affairs.

For more information and to donate, email lgbtscholarship@glifaa.org

Mass Equality

Working to achieve full equality for the LGBT community. Our premise is simple: we believe that every LGBT person deserves to be treated equally, to be safe, and to be free from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

MTPC (Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition)

Dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. We envision a world where persons of all genders are treated with respect and fully participate in all areas of society, free from fear of prohibition, harassment or violence based on their gender identity and/or expression.

OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International: Every day, LGBTIQ people’s human rights and dignity are abused worldwide in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their courageous resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown — or willfully ignored — by those with the power to make change. Activists stand up for their rights and put themselves at great danger around the world. We work to bring visibility to their struggles and expose discrimination and violence against them. We believe that without a groundswell of pressure, particularly from countries where LGBTIQ equality has progressed, these attacks on individuals’ fundamental dignity will continue unabated.

Types of Internships
  • Advocacy and Documentation Intern
  • Communications
  • Fundraising Intern

Rainbow Chronicle

A funded startup based out of the Cambridge Innovation Center, is the only site which allows its users to rate people and places according to gay friendliness or homophobia.

  • Position Summary: Community outreach interns work to connect local businesses, non-profits and community groups with Rainbow Chronicle's resource thereby helping spread awareness of the site amongst the LGBT community.
  • Internship Description: Community outreach interns will work closely with the Rainbow Chronicle executive team on projects designed to build awareness among Boston area businesses. Interns will interface with local business leaders in order to build partnerships or gain endorsements.
  • Requirements: Qualified applicants should be passionate about social justice, hardworking, and have excellent time management and communication skills. Prior experience or volunteer coordination is not necessary. However, experience working in business environment or dealing with local business leaders is a plus.
  • Applications and Time Commitment: Rainbow Chronicle is accepting applications for internships now. Time commitments range from 15-30 hours per week depending on applicant's preference. Please email a resume and cover letter (including time commitment availability) to Tufts' alum Travis Lowry at travis@rainbowchronicle.com

Rainbow Chronicle is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.

RRASC Summer Internship: Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps

We place students at reproductive and social justice organizations for a paid 10–week internship with a stipend of $3300. Our internship program is rather unique, in that it is a paid internship, which focuses heavily on reproductive justice and social justice activism. The RRASC application opens on November 1, 2015 and closes mid-January, 2016.

Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) is seeking 2–3 interns to start in January 2016. Reporting daily to the program assistant, the intern will assist with new and forthcoming program activities, as well as work on existing projects. This internship will require a minimum of 15 hours/week for a period of at least three months and unpaid. This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody looking to gain experience in the human rights world. Please send a cover letter and resume to hkobanghe@phrusa.org. More details on specific responsibilities and desired qualifications below:

Responsibilities
  • Research and analyze relevant legal, medical, public health, and human rights materials on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and elsewhere
  • Conduct background research on key areas of interest to the Program on SVCZ, such as effectiveness of standard practices for care and documentation, use of technology in human rights documentation, and strategic impact litigation, among others
  • Assist with coding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data
  • Assist the program assistant and other program staff with logistics and preparation for trainings, conferences, and other program events
  • Assist with maintenance of several program databases, including of training participants, contacts, photographs, media coverage, and relevant literature
  • Editorial tasks such as proofreading and footnotes for program publications
  • Keep up-to-date on current news and hot topics relating to sexual violence and create weekly news digest for PHR staff and consultants
  • Take notes on weekly calls with the communications team, other staff members, and external partners as relevant
  • Draft blog posts for the PHR website
  • Collaborate with program staff and PHR colleagues on any additional projects or initiatives that may arise
Qualifications
  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while working with sensitive human rights data is a must
  • Written and/or oral proficiency in French is an asset
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in international development/relations, public policy, law, human rights, or related field preferred, but not required
Location/Hours
  • The interns will be based in PHR’s Boston office
  • This unpaid internship will require a minimum of 15 hours/week; PHR staff will assist with any paperwork required for institutional credit or external scholarships or fellowships
  • The position will require at least a 3-month commitment

The Center

The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBT communities of NYC health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, wellness, parenthood and family support services.

Types of Internships
  • Digital Media Intern
  • Human Resources Intern (Volunteer Program)

For more information, email internships@gaycenter.org.

The Network/La Red

Formed to address battering in lesbian, bisexual women's, and transgender communities.

The Theater Offensive

Summer internships available! Our work provokes vibrant discussion about the realities of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ or Queer). Through neighborhood social gatherings, workshops, performances and open discussions, the Theater Offensive transcends traditional theater boundaries and opens new avenues of understanding, awareness and inclusion.

Victory Congressional Internship

The Victory Institute's Victory Congressional Internship and Victory Congressional Fellowship are developing the next generation of out public leaders. Each summer, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBT college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including:

An eight week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBT–friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process
An educational and leadership development program to learn about the legislative process and careers in the policy–making process
In November, students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual international conference for three days of training, skills building, networking and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations.

The Victory Congressional Internship will prepare young LGBT people to become informed decision–makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world.

Transgender Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

Tufts Transgender Resources

Tufts and the  LGBT Center are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for transgender, genderqueer, gender variant, and gender questioning students, staff, faculty, and alumni.  The Center Director has assisted transgender members of the Tufts community in finding appropriate student housing, changing names/genders on university transcripts and diplomas, mediating conflicts with faculty or staff, and other matters.  For information or assistance, email the Center or call 617-627-3770.

Review Transgender Housing Options

BATS: Boston Area Transgender Support

While Tufts does not have its own transgender support group, BATS (Boston Area Transgender Support) is a peer-run support group for college-age/twenty-something transgender people. The group is inclusive of people who are questioning their gender, are FTM, MTF, genderqueer, and those who prefer any other gender descriptor. Note from BATS: "While allies are certainly important to the community, these meetings have been designated as a trans*-only space so that everyone can feel comfortable.

For more information on BATS, including the exact meeting time and location, please sign up for the BATS listserv.

For more assistance in regards to general gender identity/expression support, contact the Tufts LGBT Center at 617-627-3770.

Spotlighting Institutional Gender Normativity

An American Studies Senior Special Project by Kayla Hogan ('14)
Kayla interviewed several trans* and gender-nonconforming students at Tufts to put together this project, which is both a narrative portrait and a call to action describing the climate of gender normativity at Tufts.

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Beyond Tufts

Bookstores
Calamus Bookstore

92B South Street, Boston
617-338-1931
T Stop: South Station

New Words Bookstore

186 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
617-876-5310
T Stop: Central

We Think The World of You

540 Tremont Street, Boston
617-423-1965
T Stop: Back Bay/South End

Clubs and Hangouts
Club Cafe

Nights: Every Night
Location: 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston
T Stop: Back Bay/South End
Age: 21+ (any age for restaurant)
Phone: 617-536-0966

Diesel Cafe

257 Elm Street, Somerville
617-629-8717
coffee shop
T Stop: Davis

City Grrl Caffe

204 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
617-864-2809
coffee shop
T Stop: Central

Francesca's

564 Tremont Street, Boston
617-482-9026
coffee shop
T Stop: Back Bay/South End

HIV/AIDS

The Tufts University Health Service offers free and confidential (not anonymous) STI testing for all students, which includes HIV Testing.  If you have a special circumstance where you are required to have an HIV test and submit results, there is a $30 fee.  Call (617) 627-3350 to schedule an appointment.

HIV testing is also offered at these locations:

Anonymous and FREE

Boston Medical Center

STD Clinic
818 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-414-4081

Children's Hospital Medical Center

Adolescent Unit
333 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02155
617-355-5411

MGH HIV/AIDS Infection Care and Treatment Program

Cox Building, 5th floor
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-726-3907

Health Quarters
  • 274 Main Street, Reading, MA 01867 - (617) 944-8325
  • 694 Western Avenue, Lynn, MA 01905 - (781) 593-1115
  • 215 Summer Street, Haverhill, MA 01830 - (978) 521-4444
  • 19 Broadway, Beverly, MA 01915 - (978) 922-4490
  • 101 Amesbury Street, Suite 202, Lawrence, MA 01840 - (978) 681-5258

Confidential and FREE

The Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center

130 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
617-457-8150

Confidential and Request Donation

Fenway Community Health Center

Anonymous - $55.00

Planned Parenthood

1055 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-616-1660


Confidential Post-HIV Exposure Treatment

See a doctor for anti-HIV medications within 72 hours of possible exposure!
Fenway Appointments: 617-927-6000  (no walk-ins. Please call!)


Additional Resources

HIV+/AIDS Support Groups

  • Workshop for Newly Diagnosed HIV+ Individuals: 617-927-6229 (Gail Beverley)
  • Support Group for HIV- Gay and Bisexual Men: 617-927-6229 (Gail Beverley)
  • Male Couples with Mixed HIV Status: 617-927-6202 (Ann)
LGBT Religious Resources

Local Resources

Clarendon Hill Presbyterian

155 Powder House Boulevard
West Somerville, MA 02155
617-625-4823
chpc@tiac.net

College Avenue United Methodist Church

14 Chapel Street
Somerville, MA 02144
617-776-4172

First Congregational Church of Somerville

89 College Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
617-625-6485
fcs@firstchurchsomerville.org

Greater Boston Resources

Church of the Covenant - Presbyterian/UCC

67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-266-7480

Congregation Am Tikva

50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
617-232-5543
info@amtikva.org

Dignity/Boston - Catholic

35 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02117
617-421-1915
dignityinfo@dignityboston.org

Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston - Episcopal

15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-3355
website@emmanuel-boston.org

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church

1555 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-0837

Hope Church Boston - UCC

85 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-0600
info@hopeboston.com

KESHET

284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-524-9227
info@keshetonline.org

Metropolitan Community Church of Boston

131 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-973-0404

Old Cambridge Baptist Church

1151 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-864-9275
chadmin.ocbc@verizon.net

Old South Church, Boston - UCC

645 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-1970
oldsouth-approval@world.std.com

St. Anthony Shrine - Catholic

100 Arch Street
Boston, MA 02118
617-542-6440
info@stanthonyshrine.org

Trinity Church in the City of Boston - Episcopal

206 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-0944

Union United Methodist Church

485 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-536-0872
unionboston@cs.com

University Lutheran Church

66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.876.3256
office@unilu.org

Online Resources

  • Affirmation.org - Serves the needs of gay Mormon women and men, as well as bisexual and transgender LDS and their supportive family and friends
  • Gaychurch.org - An affirming online directory of LGBT friendly Christian resources.
  • Gayjews.org - An online directory of LGBT friendly Jewish resources and organizations.
  • Gays for God - An online directory of LGBT friendly religious organizations that transcends all faiths.
  • GLBTjews.org - The website of the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Jews: Keshet Ga'avah.
  • Eshelonline.org - An online resource geared towards Orthodox LGBTQ members.
  • Queer Jihad - An LGBT friendly online resource for Muslims.
  • The Al-Fatiha Foundation - An Islamic organization dedicated to LGBTQ Muslims, which embraces the progressive Islamic notions of peace, equality, and justice.

Print Resources

  • Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations - Author: Samar Habib. Routledge, 2007
  • Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, Literature - Editors: Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe. New York: NYU Press, 1997
  • The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith - Author: Irshad Manji. Note: not primarily about homosexuality, but she is a lesbian Muslim who discusses her struggles with her faith
Resources for People of Color

Resources At Tufts

resourcesPersonsOfColoQSOCA (Queer Students of Color and Allies)

Run through the LGBT Center, QSOCA is the only group geared towards issues of both being identified as queer and a person of color. The group holds weekly meetings at the center and is open to anybody, you need not be queer or a person of color to attend.  QSOCA is a group for all students interested in discussing issues concerning racial and sexual identity. Meetings are Tuesdays at 9 p.m. at the LGBT Center. All Tufts students are invited to join us!  Please email either of the student facilitators at qsoca.tufts@gmail.com if you have questions about the group, or call the LGBT center at 617-627-3770.

Africana Center

Founded in 1969, the Africana Center was developed in recognition of the realities of the needs and concerns of the students of African descent on a predominately white campus. The Center works to enhance the academic mission of the university by ensuring that students of African descent have access to a variety of academic, cultural and student resources that encourages them to have a successful Tufts experience and prepares them to be leaders for a wide range of professional experiences.  The Africana Center is Located at 8 Professors Row on the 1st Floor. The second and third floors of the building serve as a living and learning space (Capen House) for fifteen undergraduates who reside in the house during the academic year.

Local Resources

Girlfriends: peer support, discussion group for lesbian and bisexual women

60 Gore Street
Cambridge, MA (Walking distance from Lechmere station)
617-876-4210 x60
Girlfriends2003@aol.com
100% volunteer run group that provides support to bisexual and lesbian women of color in a consistent and informal gathering space. We are open to all age groups. We meet first and third Saturday of every month 10:30am-12:30pm, at Cambridge Family and Children's Services

madfemmepride: super-friendly Boston-area femme+ community

madFEMMEpride is an online hub for events for Boston femmes of all Colors and allies. Use it to plan femme-friendly get-togethers, friendship, networking, discussion, activism, or more! Queer femme centered and open to all.

QAPA (Boston Queer Asian Pacific Alliance)

P.O. Box 543, Prudential Station
Boston, MA 02199
617-499-9531
qapa@geocities.com
QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay , bisexual, and questioning women and men of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage (this is inclusive of A/PIs, A/PI Americans and those who are of mixed A/PI heritage).

Sabor A Mi (Es Algo Diferente)

617-927-6244 (Run through Fenway Community Health)
A social/cultural group for gay, lesbian, and transgender Latinos in the Boston area. Meets twice a month.

Support, Political, and Social Groups in Boston