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 LGBTQ-related books, graphic novels, and zines. Come by the LGBT Center 3rd floor to check one out!

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 Trans 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

  • Talk to the Director of the Center, Hope Freeman. Email Hope or call 617-627-4640 to speak or make an appointment. Hope is happy to speak with you in her office or at another location on campus.
  • Join our Listserv.  No one will know that you're on the list, but you can find out what's going on in the Tufts queer community.
Trans Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

Tufts Trans Resources

Tufts and the LGBT Center are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for trans, 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.

Review Trans Housing Options

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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 Church Somerville UCC

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

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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.