Expanding Access to Care

In 1969 – the same year as the Stonewall uprising – activists created a health clinic that became the grassroots foundation of Callen-Lorde.

Today, we are one of the largest providers of healthcare for both people living with HIV in New York State and people of trans/gender non-binary experience. People of color make up 58% of our patient population. We serve nearly 1,400 LGBTQ youth through our HOTT Program (Health Outreach to Teens), many of whom are homeless. Twenty-seven perfect of our patients have no health insurance. We treat everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

We are not only the provider of much-needed care, but also hope.

Even with three facilities, two in Chelsea and one in the Bronx, expanded night and weekend hours, and locating administrative staff off-site, we still turn away 20 patients a day – 100 a week.

Embracing growth is our only option for meeting community demand. And that is exactly what our Board of Directors did in voting to sign a long-term lease on a 25,000 space in Brooklyn – and increase our clinical capacity by 80% – just 20 days after the 45th president took office. In the face of a shift in the federal administration and threats to affordable health care, we are placing the health of our community first!

Are you interested in supporting our Brooklyn campaign? Here are some ways to bolster our efforts:

  • Make a gift for our Brooklyn expansion using the link below.
  • Help identify and recruit additional Callen-Lorde Brooklyn donors from within your social and professional networks.
  • Host or co-host a donor cultivation event at your home or workplace.
  • Facilitate corporate connections and make introductions to decision makers.
  • Promote the campaign on your social media channels.
  • Apply for a matching gift from your employer.
  • Accompany the Callen-Lorde Senior Management team and/or Board of Directors on select donor visits.
  • Help with in-kind support, i.e. introductions to vendors for events, printing, etc.

To learn more about this historic endeavor and to help change the future landscape of LGBTQ health in Brooklyn, check out our Brooklyn Campaign booklet. If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact Donnie Roberts, Senior Director of Development & Communications at (212) 271-7172 or