Rainbow Access Initiative, INC

Rainbow Access Initiative, INC Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc. is dedicated to ensure the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community has access to cultural competent and compassionate health and human services in the Capital District of New York State!

Rainbow Access Initiative's (RAI) vision is the elimination of barriers between health and human service providers and the disenfranchised community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

Mission: Dedicated to ensuring the comprehensive physical and mental health care and human services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communities (LGBTQ+) and our families. We are committed to the education and training of health and human service providers and the dissolution of barriers between the established health care delivery system and the disenfranchised community of sexual minorities. We are committed to the development of supportive programs that are inclusive to the health and human service needs of LGBTQ+ people of color, people with disabilities, rural people, and parents through the empowerment of LGBTQ+ consumers and advocates.

Operating as usual

12/25/2020

Happy Holidays to our communities, families, and their loved ones. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance RAI pays tribute to the 37 people that have lost their lives just in 2020. We als...
11/22/2020
NY marks Transgender Day of Remembrance with lit-up landmarks, 'Gender Identity Toolkits': Cuomo

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance RAI pays tribute to the 37 people that have lost their lives just in 2020. We also pay tribute to the many lost in the years before, especially transwomen of color. Your lives are not forgotten.

New York is marking Transgender Day of Remembrance by lighting up its landmarks and distributing a “Gender Identity Toolkit” to state agencies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/us/politics/biden-transgender-day-of-remembrance.html
11/22/2020
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Biden pledges protections against discrimination and violence.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/us/politics/biden-transgender-day-of-remembrance.html

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11/06/2020

Rainbow Access Initiative, INC is hiring!

Rainbow access Initiative (RAI) is seeking a qualified professional to serve as an Administrative Assistant. We are a local non-profit organization dedicated to ensure the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community has access to cultural competent and compassionate health and human services in the Capital District of New York State! Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

The Administrative Assistant performs a variety of administrative, professional, and technical work requiring responsibility, and independent judgment. The ability to function well in a team and group environment. Assist RAI clinical staff to advance and enhance the mission and programs of RAI including, organizational goals and objectives relative to the LGBTQI communities. If interested, please review the job description here:https://0257757c-feac-4474-837b-f6b65fc30719.filesusr.com/ugd/912aa6_2127cfb20d114bbaabad311052642321.pdf

Know someone who might be interested? Please help us spread the word!

11/06/2020
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Rainbow Access Initiative is hiring!

Rainbow access Initiative (RAI) is seeking a qualified and LGBTQI affirmative Therapist/Mental Health Specialist. We are a local non-profit organization dedicated to ensure the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community has access to cultural competent and compassionate health and human services in the Capital District of New York State! Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

The Therapist/Mental Health Specialist will provide LGBTQI affirmative counseling services to clients with mental health challenges and/or addictions. The Therapist/Mental Health Specialist must be willing to provide clinical services through the provision of remote healthcare by means of telecommunications technology. Hours will be flexible with the expectation of at least 20 hours weekly. Clinical supervision will be provided. You can find the Therapist/Mental Health Specialist's job description here: https://0257757c-feac-4474-837b-f6b65fc30719.filesusr.com/ugd/912aa6_41bc35e5fc77433992604625d367548c.pdf,

Interested candidates may also be considered for the Administrative Assistant position. This part- time position provides administrative support including conducting telephone intakes, scheduling assessments and maintaining front office responsibilities. If interested, please review the job description below and include the statement of the interest in your cover letter and email.
https://0257757c-feac-4474-837b-f6b65fc30719.filesusr.com/ugd/912aa6_218dc66206674090ac235f6a0db6930b.pdf

Know someone who'd be interested? Please help us spread the word!

07/14/2020

Give Out Day is a national fundraising campaign for the LGBTQ community that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of LGBTQ organizations since 2013.
This year, the Give Out Day campaign has expanded to go beyond just Pride Month in June, and donations will be accepted through the month of July, as well.
I am asking you to consider supporting Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc. (RAI), where I have been an employee since 2018.
RAI is a nonprofit organization in Albany, NY dedicated to ensuring individuals and families in the LGBTQ+ community receive mental health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and culturally appropriate, regardless of geographic location and socioeconomic status.
RAI offers clinical counseling, case management, and advocacy services.
RAI is committed to breaking down the barriers between the healthcare delivery system and the often under-served LGBTQ+ community.
Your support will help RAI to continue delivering counseling and support services during this especially difficult time.

https://www.giveoutday.org/story/8hkz2g

Give Out Day is a national fundraising campaign for the LGBTQ community that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds...
07/07/2020
Support LGBTQ+ Mental Health Matters on Give Out Day

Give Out Day is a national fundraising campaign for the LGBTQ community that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of LGBTQ organizations since 2013.
This year, the Give Out Day campaign has expanded to go beyond just Pride Month in June, and donations will be accepted through the month of July, as well.
I am asking you to consider supporting Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc. (RAI), where I have been an employee since 2018.
RAI is a nonprofit organization in Albany, NY dedicated to ensuring individuals and families in the LGBTQ+ community receive mental health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and culturally appropriate, regardless of geographic location and socioeconomic status.
RAI offers clinical counseling, case management, and advocacy services.
RAI is committed to breaking down the barriers between the healthcare delivery system and the often under-served LGBTQ+ community.
Your support will help RAI to continue delivering counseling and support services during this especially difficult time.

https://www.giveoutday.org/story/8hkz2g

RAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the mental health of the LGBTQ+ community.

Juneteenth Must Stand for Liberation and Equity For Black Trans Lives
06/23/2020
Juneteenth Must Stand for Liberation and Equity For Black Trans Lives

Juneteenth Must Stand for Liberation and Equity For Black Trans Lives

As a proud Black Texan of Trans experience as well as being the founder and executive director of New York Transgender Advocacy Group, I ask that you all give Juneteenth a new meaning by supporting Black Trans-led organizations. Because freedom ain’t free. It will take all of us working togethe...

03/23/2020
transgenderlegal.org

Sharing the TLDEF's Newsletter for Transgender and Non-binary identified folks during COVID-19. We hope that everyone is staying safe and remembering their rights to quality treatment and care during this time.

https://transgenderlegal.org/media/uploads/doc_800.pdf

Are You in Recovery? Your Voice Matters!Confidential Focus GroupTuesday, March 31, 20206:00 PM10 Colvin Ave, Suite 102Al...
03/05/2020

Are You in Recovery? Your Voice Matters!
Confidential Focus Group
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6:00 PM
10 Colvin Ave, Suite 102
Albany, NY 12206
We want to hear from LGBQ+, trans and nonbinary folks about your experiences seeking services and support for alcohol and/or substance use
RSVP or for more info:
[email protected] or 518.438.2222
Free with food & drinks provided!

02/07/2020
LGBTQ+ Resource Directory | Rainbow Access Initi

https://www.raialbany.com/lgbtq-resource-directory

I would like to share with you the RAI Resource Directory of LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness for the year 2020. This project was collaboration between the Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc. (RAI) and the State University of New York at Albany’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC). The Directory covers communities in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady.
Months of hard work went into making sure that resource lists of health and wellness providers who offer safe and inclusive experiences for their clients was compiled from providers and recommendations by the community itself. We hope to make this an ongoing project and continue editing and adding to it every year.
The Directory is interactive on our website. If you scroll through the lists of providers and click on their names you will be sent directly to the website they are affiliated with. We are interested in feedback on your experiences with these providers so please to not hesitate to reach out with anything you feel we should know.

06/09/2019

HAPPY PRIDE!! We hope to see you out today at the parade as we march, and after at our booth during the festival from 12pm-5pm. Remember its never to late to contact The Rainbow Access Initiative at [email protected] if you are struggling with your mental health or want to better connect with your LGBTQ community. Thanks @NYSLGBTNetwork for supporting our event. #CapitalPride2019 #RAI #LGBTQ

Pride is in a couple of days, but real life stressors and responsibilities don't stop! What a fantastic time to contact ...
06/07/2019

Pride is in a couple of days, but real life stressors and responsibilities don't stop! What a fantastic time to contact RAI to be seen by someone from our team. Stop by our booth at the festival this Sunday June 9th between 12 and 5pm for more information. Special thanks to @NYSLGBTNetwork for supporting our event. #CapitalPride2019 #RAI #LGBTQ

Come get styled! $25 hair & $25 make-upTransgender/Gender Spectrum FriendlyRSVP Required at contact@raialbany.comYour co...
03/07/2019

Come get styled!
$25 hair & $25 make-up
Transgender/Gender Spectrum Friendly
RSVP Required at [email protected]

Your contribution will support the Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc. to provide low-cost therapy, gender affirmation services, and case management for the local LGBTQ community.

Sunday, March 31st, 2-5 p.m.
Georgio's Salon
3 Johnson Rd. #2
Latham, NY 12110

Looking for an MSW internship for the Fall? Come check us out at Husted Hall, we are at room 210 till 3 p.m. Come ask us...
02/13/2019

Looking for an MSW internship for the Fall? Come check us out at Husted Hall, we are at room 210 till 3 p.m. Come ask us about our recent job/internship opportunities and grab a bag of newly baked rainbow cookies. :) :)

Are you feeling frustrated or lonely?Are you struggling to connect with others?HEALING AND DEALING group is a skill-buil...
12/13/2018

Are you feeling frustrated or lonely?
Are you struggling to connect with others?

HEALING AND DEALING group is a skill-building support group for LGBTQ folks with mental health and trauma issues that will explore feelings,boundaries, and communication styles, so you can discover healthier and richer connections with others.

FREE group, donation recommended.

12/07/2018
Transgender people are especially vulnerable when itcomes to accessing social services and health care,including finding...
11/26/2018

Transgender people are especially vulnerable when it
comes to accessing social services and health care,
including finding doctors who respect and affirm their
identities. Many experience discrimination from medical providers, while others may simply struggle to access medical and mental health professionals who are knowledgeable in transgender-specific care. Others may be denied health insurance coverage to pursue transition related care or lack insurance altogether, especially those living in or near poverty and living in states where they do not have access to health care through Medicaid.

Data retrieved from HRC's "Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018" Report

Confronted with barriers in virtually every facet of life,transgender people can be more more susceptible toelevated men...
11/24/2018

Confronted with barriers in virtually every facet of life,
transgender people can be more more susceptible to
elevated mental health risks including depression, anxiety and suicide. Although higher rates of these issues have been erroneously (and maliciously) used to portray transgender people as “broken” or inherently flawed, it is actually the anti-trans stigma and rejection prevalent in our society that leads to higher rates of mental health challenges among transgender youth and adults.

Data retrieved from HRC's "Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018" Report

Rainbow Access Initiative, INC
11/19/2018

Rainbow Access Initiative, INC

Rainbow Access Initiative, INC
11/19/2018

Rainbow Access Initiative, INC

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10 Colvin Ave, Suite 106
Albany, NY
12206

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An all volunteer staff and board of directors that work together to provide and expand our services to the Capital District: >Internships >Short or Long Term Volunteer-ships >Staff Positions

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(518) 801-2521

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