(New York, NY) – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today released a new interactive 2017 LGBTQ Guide, which is the most comprehensive resource across the city of organizations and programs that serve the LGBTQ community. The guide helps New Yorkers find organizations, obtain services, better understand available resources like healthcare and support groups, and more. This year’s LGBTQ Guide launched new online tools – including the ability to map the location of key service providers across the five boroughs – as well as a new section that helps LGBTQ New Yorkers obtain government benefits and public assistance.

“It’s our job to help New Yorkers get the services they need – and this year’s guide is a critical resource. With new online offerings, what was already New York City’s most comprehensive resource is even better,” New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said. “My entire life I’ve stood up for progress. That’s never going to stop. If we’re going to be the greatest city in the world in this century and the next, then we also must work to be the most inclusive city in the world.”

The new 2017 LGBTQ Guide can be found at www.comptroller.nyc.gov/lgbtq.

This builds on Comptroller’s Stringer previous work. Earlier this year, he led a group of investors in speaking out against Texas’s S.B. 6 – also known as a “bathroom bill” – as well as worked with other large pension funds to promote diversity inclusive of the LGBTQ community at companies across the nation. Comptroller Stringer has also been an outspoken advocate on the Gender Non-Discrimination Act at the state level, and has written a report about gender-neutral bathrooms in New York City that was the basis for City Council legislation that ultimately became law.

Earlier this week, the Comptroller released the results of a survey of hundreds of LGBTQ New Yorkers, which was created to pinpoint gaps in how government services are provided and identify ways New York City can improve. Many survey respondents indicated that they experienced discrimination in the workplace, public harassment, and economic and healthcare challenges. The survey results can be found here.

“We are one of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in the world, but there’s always more to do. We have to keep standing up for what’s right – and we have to do it together,” Comptroller Stringer said.

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