our history

We're proud to be the oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to reach their full potential. Like many leaders, we were trailblazers. In 1979, life partners and educators on gay and lesbian issues, Dr. Emery Hetrick, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Damien Martin, a professor at New York University, heard the heartbreaking story of a homeless 15-year-old boy who had been beaten and thrown out of his emergency shelter because he was gay. They were so moved that they gathered a group of concerned adults and created what was then called the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth (IPLGY) to assist this group of young people who desperately needed support. In 1988, the organization was renamed The Hetrick-Martin Institute in honor of its founders and their lifelong commitment to service.

Read more of our stories to find out how HMI has touched the lives of so many LGBTQ youth.

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For more information, please contact us at 212-674-2400; www.hmi.org
We’re located at 2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
info@hmi.org

 
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Thomas Krever
Chief Executive Officer "We remain committed to providing…life-saving programs, services, and support to the thousands of LGBTQ-identified young people who come to us when they have nowhere else to turn."
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