Center Support

Providing direct and peer support services since we opened our doors

Center Support includes:

 LGBTQ Friendly Resources and Referrals

The Pride Center of the Capital Region is your Center for all the info you need on being queer in the Capital Region. Whether you’re in need of a LGBTQ friendly therapist, lawyer or wedding officiant, you can find it, and much more!

Since the Pride Center opened our doors over 40 years ago, we have been the place for the Capital Region’s LGBTQ community to get connected to everything. You can access information about; Legal resources, Trans resources, Substance abuse recovery, Education and training, Support groups, Religious/spiritual resources, Doctors, Wedding resources, Employment, Advocacy, Housing/homelessness, Social and dating, Family services, and much more!

For more information, or to have your questions answered now:

Reach out! Referrals are available by phone Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. After hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call. Our number is 518.462.6138. You can also email us at

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Center Counseling Services

Center Counseling services are offered through a partnership between the Pride Center and the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare program. Low cost counseling is offered under the clinical supervision of Arlene Istar Lev., LCSW, CASAC.

Counseling services are offered to address issues such as:
Relationship and couple issues, family and parenting issues, healing trauma and abuse, sexual orientation and gender identity, depression and anxiety, addictions and recovery, living with HIV and chronic illness.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, call 518.462.6138×12 or email

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Peer Support Groups

    • Men’s Group: MONDAYS 7pm, The Center (332 Hudson Ave, Albany)For gay, bisexual, transgender, same-gender-loving, queer, and questioning men to talk about coming out, dating, relationships, sex, religion and other issues affecting men’s communities (Ages 18+). For more information, contact the Pride Center at 518.462.6138.
    • Women’s Group: THE 2nd and 4th WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 6-8pm, the Center (332 Hudson Ave, Albany) For gay, bisexual, transgender, same-gender-loving, queer, and questioning women to talk about coming out, dating, relationships, sex, religion and other issues affecting women’s communities (Ages 18+). For more information, contact the Pride Center at 518.462.6138.
    • Support Group for Family and Friends of LGBTQ People:
      Every 2nd Tues of the month at 7PM at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY. A support group for family and friends of LGBTQ people wanting resources and guidance on how to best support themselves and their loved ones. For more information, contact the Pride Center at 518.462.6138 or Deborah Kenyon Email: deborahkenyon2[at]gmail[dot]com, Phone: 518-695-4117.

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The Rainbow Café

The Rainbow Café offers a cozy meeting space for special events. We currently host regular events such as Game Night and Supper Sunday. The Rainbow Café was the first program of the Pride Center when we opened our doors in 1970. Staffed by an amazing team of volunteers, the Café is a great resource if you are looking for information, to get connected to the Pride Center’s programs and services, or if you just moved to the area. If you’re interested in using the space at Rainbow Café for a regularly occurring event idea, please contact Rosy Galvan: rgalvan[at]capitalpridecenter[dot]org. Below you’ll find a list of our current Rainbow Café events!

1st Friday of the month: 1st Friday, 5-9pm

2nd Friday of the month: Game Night, 6-9pm

Last Sunday of the month: Supper Sunday, 5-9pm

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Recovery Groups, hosted by the Pride Center

Providing a safe and welcoming environment for community members in recovery to meet is part of the Pride Center’s commitment to promote the well being of LGBTQ people.
The following groups meet weekly at the Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous, All Genders : Every Sunday 7 PM
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Every Thursday night 7:30PM

* These groups are not programs of the Pride Center, they are independent groups unaffiliated with any larger organization.

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