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Know Your Rights

You have the right to be yourself. You should be treated with respect and your specific needs should be met no matter what your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is.

Download the Know Your Rights brochure.
If someone isn’t respecting your rights, contact the ACS Office of Advocacy at (212) 676-9421 or contact the ACS LGBTQ Office.

LGBTQ Community Liaison

Please contact the ACS LGBTQ Community Liaison if you want help finding support and services that will be a good fit for you. The Liaison can also find local LGBTQ groups or upcoming events.

The LGBTQ Community Liaison can provide trainings that include:

  • Peer Ally Trainings for foster care and juvenile justice facilities that help non-LGBTQ youth learn strategies to support their LGBTQ peers, and
  • Know Your Rights trainings for LGBTQ youth who are currently in ACS care

LGBTQ Youth Resources

Are you in need of help or resources? Contact the LGBTQ Community Liaison. You can also visit the Resources page to find LGBTQ-affirming youth groups and services.

LGBTQ Support Page