• Resources

    This resource guide is a dynamic document that will be updated as new resources become available or are brought to the attention of the Safe Zone team. Note: Some resources listed are not devoted exclusively to LGBTQIAGNC-identified individuals but were considered by the Safe Zone team as valuable.

  • New School Offices for Reporting Bias, Bigotry, and Harassment

    If for any reason you do not feel comfortable or safe approaching any of these offices directly, we encourage you to seek support from a trusted faculty, staff, or Safe Zone team member who will assist you in the reporting process. You can also email safezone@newschool.edu.

    Assistant Vice President for Student Equity and Access
    Jennifer Francone
    72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
    Phone: 212.229.5900 x3656

    Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
    Gene Puno-De Leon
    72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
    Phone: 212.229.5349 x3653

    Campus Security

    New School Security is responsible for safeguarding the rights of every member of our community and providing a safe and secure atmosphere on our campus and in all university buildings.

    Director of Campus Security
    Tom Iliceto
    68 Fifth Avenue, Mezzanine
    Phone: 212.229.7001 (24 hours)

    New School Policies on Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Transgender Student Identification, and Conduct

    New School Support for Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Students

    Preferred Name

    Current trans and gender-nonconforming students who have not legally changed their names can request that the university change their first names in the following systems: email address, Starfish, Canvas, and DegreeWorks.

    To request a change, contact the Office of Intercultural Support at 212.229.8996 or ois@newschool.edu for more information. The Office of Intercultural Support will notify Information Technology (IT) to make the changes, and will notify a student’s instructors each semester of their preferred first name and pronoun(s) to be used in the classroom setting.

    All-Gender Bathrooms

    All-gender bathrooms are available in campus buildings as noted in this map. Note that locations may change.

    Gathering Space

    The Baldwin Rivera Boggs Social Justice Hub is a campus space dedicated to supporting anti-oppression/social justice organizing and marginalized student groups. Located on the fifth floor of the University Center, it is available for students to book space for meeting and organizing.

    Safe Zone Program

    The aim of the New School Safe Zone program is to assemble a voluntary network of faculty, staff, and student advocates and allies to increase safety and create a more supportive campus environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIAGNC) community at The New School. The New School is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for everyone inclusive of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender and gender expression, sexuality, religious and political beliefs, age, and ability. The university stands against all forms of discrimination and oppression, whether directed against individuals or groups.

    Student Organizations at The New School

    Queer Collective

    Created by resident advisers William Johnson and Alexa Riggs, the aim of the Queer Collective is to unite queer students and their allies in all of The New School's residence halls and divisions and to promote queer consciousness on our campus.

    Gender Studies Inquiry Group

    This group gathers and discusses work from all academic disciplines across The New School that addresses topics related to feminism and gender studies.
    Email: genderstudiesinquiry@newschool.edu

    The New You Peer Health Advocates

    Peer Health Advocates are volunteer student leaders with a passion for health and wellness who develop programs and services for all students at The New School. The advocates receive extensive training in health education, advocacy, and leadership skills.
    Email: wellness@newschool.edu


    Queerocracy is a grassroots community organization led by New School students that is working to promote social justice and respond to the global AIDS crisis through direct action, advocacy, and education.
    Google group: groups.google.com/group/queerocracy

    Students of the African Diaspora (SOAD)

    SOAD is open to all students at the university who represent the African Diaspora, irrespective of citizenship, nationality and personal relationship to the continent of Africa, and any other students interested in promoting and cultivating a community that honors and respects the history and achievements of members of the African Diaspora. SOAD was founded with the goal of providing a space to foster growth, exchange, support, mentoring, activism, critical engagement, and consciousness building among the New School community as a whole.
    Email: soad@newschool.edu

    University Student Senate (USS)

    The University Student Senate is the official student government of The New School. Elected from all divisions of the university, its members listen to students' concerns and convey them to the university administration. USS also organizes campus-wide events and parties, makes political statements, and co-funds events hosted by other organizations, and more.

    LGBTQIAGNC-Affirmative University Offices

    Gender Studies Program at Eugene Lang College

    Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws on courses offered throughout the university. Students take approved gender studies courses to supplement their primary course of study. Those who complete the program of six courses (two introductory courses, three intermediate-advanced courses, and a senior capstone course) under the guidance of an Gender Studies advisor can request a letter attesting to their completion of the program.

    Margot Bouman, Director

    Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

    The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies is a university-wide program that brings together faculty and courses from across The New School to address gender and sexuality from many disciplinary perspectives.


    Margot Bouman and Alice Crary

    Office of the Student Ombuds

    The Student Ombuds office assists New School students in resolving conflicts and disputes through informal mediation. The services of this office are independent, neutral, and confidential.

    Keisha Davenport Ramirez, Ombudsperson
    Phone: 212.229.8996

    University Social Justice Committee

    The New School's Social Justice Committee, composed of faculty, students, and staff, is committed to increasing the presence of underrepresented and marginalized groups in the New School community. Committee members evaluate and propose academic policies and practices that will support the social and academic aspirations of all members of the university. An important part of the committee's mission is creating an environment in which every member of the New School community can acquire the skills necessary to struggle effectively for a more inclusive and just society.

    New School Medical Resources

    Student Health Services

    The New School Student Health Services offers counseling, medical care, wellness and health promotion services, and student health insurance that are inclusive of individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Many staff have been Safe Zone trained. The Aetna Health insurance policy offered by The New School provides coverage for gender reassignment surgery. This is an (insurance) process SHS can help guide you through.

    Student Health Services
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Phone: 212.229.1671

    Student Health Insurance Plan

    The New School's student health insurance plan covers hormones and gender-affirming surgery. Contact Aetna for more details, and shs@newschool.edu if you need support navigating this process.

    Off-Campus Health Services

    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

    Callen-Lorde is New York City's only primary health care center dedicated to meeting the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and people living with HIV/AIDS. Callen-Lorde accepts ADAP, Medicare, Family Health Plus, and the following Medicaid plans: Fidelis, HIP, Health First, Neighborhood Health Providers, Amida Care, and Metro Plus. Many private insurance plans are also accepted, and people without insurance are always welcome.

    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
    356 West 18th Street
    Phone: 212.271.7200

    Gender Identity Project (GIP)

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center's Gender Identity Project (GIP) fosters the healthy development of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, partners, families, and community. Through the delivery of a range of supportive services, advocacy, outreach, education, and capacity building, GIP creates a safe and constructive atmosphere for community building, wellness and self-care, and leadership development for the transgender-identified community.

    Gay Men's Health Crisis

    GMHC is the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy. Founded in 1981, GMHC is fighting to end the AIDS epidemic and enhance the lives of all affected by supplying information, care, and support; creating policy; and facilitating community building.

    Go Ask Alice!

    Go Ask Alice! is an Internet question-and-answer resource produced by the Alice! Health Promotion Program at Columbia University.

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center

    Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is the largest LGBTQ multiservice organization on the East Coast and the second-largest LGBTQ community center in the world. The center provides social services and educational, cultural, and recreational programs; creates public policy; and hosts many LGBTQ organizations.

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
    208 West 13th Street
    Phone: 212.620.7310

    Transgender Health Care Provider Directory

    The Transgender Health Care Provider Directory is a public directory in PDF form listing transgender-affirming health care providers for the trans and gender-nonconforming community in the New York City metropolitan area. The directory lists physicians, mental health professionals, acupuncturists, and HIV/AIDS agencies as well as other health care practitioners.


    YouthResource is a website by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people that takes a holistic approach to sexual health and issues of concern to queer youth.

    Psychotherapy Resources

    Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality (PCGS)

    PCGS offers affirmative, supportive psychotherapy to the LGBTQ community, recognizing the range and diversity of gender and sexuality within human experience.

    Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality
    Phone: 212.333.3444

    Identity House

    Identity House provides peer counseling and therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other adults who are struggling with issues of sexuality, alienation, relationships, and family. Identity House also hosts groups, learning modules, and other events.

    Identity House
    39 West 14th Street, suite 205
    Phone: 212.243.8181

    Lesbian Therapists Referral Network

    The Lesbian Therapists Referral Network was founded in 1994 with the mission of providing quality psychotherapy services to members of the LGBTQ communities. Lesbian-identified therapists help clients address issues involving identity, relationships, careers, and mood disorders like depression or anxiety, with an understanding of the importance of gender and sexual identity to those issues.

    Lesbian Therapists Referral Network
    Phone: 212.206.1589

    HIV Testing

    Gay Men's Health Crisis

    GMHC offers free on-site HIV testing.

    Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center at The New School

    Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center is a culturally diverse, community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, HCV and other drug-related harm among injection drug users and the community. LESHRC conducts free and confidential HIV testing on the New School campus on Monday afternoons, 3:00-4:30 p.m. First-come, first-served, and only when the university is open. Please call ahead to confirm the testing schedule.

    Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Phone: 212.229.1671, option 1

    New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    The New York City Health Department provides free and confidential clinics that test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Appointments are not required. HIV counseling and rapid HIV testing are also offered. Patients have the option to be tested anonymously.

    Substance Use Treatment and Harm Reduction

    Care Center Recovery

    Based in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, the Care Center Recovery offers sensitive and affirmative substance abuse and dependency treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families.

    National Cancer Institute

    NCI has information on the relationship between smoking and cancer.

    Harm Reduction Coalition

    The Harm Reduction Coalition has comprehensive resources on substance use, opiate overdose prevention, and syringe exchange programs.

    Center for Optimal Living

    The Center for Optimal Living is an integrative psychotherapy center that uses harm reduction concepts for substance use goal setting and treatment.

    Relationship Violence and Anti-LGBTQIAGNC Violence

    New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

    AVP offers counseling, community advocacy, organizing, and public education services aimed at combating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and HIV-affected communities.

    New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
    240 West 35th Street, suite 200
    Phone: 212.714.1141 (24-hour hotline)

    Safe Homes Project

    Safe Homes Project is a Brooklyn-based domestic violence organization providing services to the LGBTQ community. Safe Homes Project advocates will assist clients in making safety plans, obtaining orders of protection, legal representation, relocation, and entering shelters, as well as providing referrals for benefits and other services. All services are free and available in both English and Spanish.

    Safe Homes Project
    Phone: 718.499.2151

    Resources to Help Stop Bullying

    The Matthew Shepard Foundation

    The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew's Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth.

    National Center for Bullying Prevention

    The National Center for Bullying Prevention promotes awareness and teaches effective ways to respond to bullying.

    STOMP Out Bullying

    STOMP Out Bullying focuses on reducing bullying online and in communities across the country.

    Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project is an organization that provides life-saving and life-affirming resources for the LGBTQ community, including the Trevor Lifeline, a 24-hour national crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for gay and questioning teens.

    Trevor Project
    Phone: 1.866.4.U.Trevor (1.866.488.7386)

    Spiritual and Religious Resources

    Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue (CBST)

    Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is a progressive Jewish community founded in 1973. CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer, and straight individuals, and families who share the values of diversity, social justice, and a commitment to human rights for all people.

    Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
    57 Bethune Street
    Phone: 212.929.9498

    HOD Gay Religious Jews

    HOD is an independent website that provides information and articles to the religious gay community and to rabbis and other religious leaders.

    Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCC)

    MCC is a church for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In addition to worship services and Sunday school, the church offers counseling, solemnizes holy unions, maintains a food pantry, and provides other services.

    Metropolitan Community Church of New York
    446 West 36th Street
    Phone: 212.629.7440

    Family Resources

    Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

    COLAGE organizes community-building programs for people with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parent.

    PFLAG NYC (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

    PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their families and friends.


    Proud Parenting is an online community for LGBTQ parents and their children that offers news discussions and member profiles.


    Ali Forney Center

    This shelter for homeless LGBTQI youth provides housing and meals, vocational training, and performing arts programs for ages 21 and under.

    Ali Forney Center
    27 West 22nd Street, 1st floor
    Phone: 212.206.0574

    Safe Space Drop-in

    Based in southeastern Queens and serving primarily Jamaica, Far Rockaway, and Richmond Hill, Safe Space offers integrated family support and youth-focused programs, including community and mental health services, designed to help families build a better future for themselves and their children. Safe Space serves more than 10,000 individuals annually.

    Safe Space Drop-in
    24 West 30th Street, 2nd floor
    Phone: 212.481.8062

    Drop-in hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


    Gay and Lesbian National Hotline

    Monday–Friday, 4:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.; Saturday 12:00–5:00 p.m.
    888.843.4564 or 212.989.0999

    LifeNet (24 hours)


    National Crisis Hotline (24 hours)


    National Suicide Hotline (24 hours)


    Samaritans Suicide Hotline (24 hours)


    Trevor Project Hotline (24 hours)


    Legal Services

    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    The ACLU works to protect rights guaranteed by the law and the U.S. Constitution and to extend these rights to segments of the population to whom they have traditionally been denied, including people of color, women, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, prisoners, and people with disabilities.

    HIV Law Project

    The HIV Law Project offers free civil legal services to HIV-positive residents of Manhattan and the Bronx and all homeless New Yorkers.

    HIV Law Project
    15 Maiden Lane, 18th floor
    Phone: 212.577.3001

    Immigration Equality

    Immigration Equality is a national organization working to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive people. The group helps obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home countries on the basis of their sexual orientation, transgender identity, or HIV status. Members meet at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center on the third Monday of every month at 8:00 p.m.

    Immigration Equality
    40 Exchange Place, 17th floor
    Phone: 212.714.2904

    Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

    Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
    Phone: 212.809.8585

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)

    LeGaL is a bar association of the LGBTQ legal community that provides a free walk-in legal clinic at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center every Tuesday, 6:00–8:00 p.m. For referrals to an attorney, leave a message stating the nature of the matter and your name and phone number.

    208 West 13th Street (at the Center)
    Phone: 212.353.9118
    Phone: 212.459.4873 (attorney referral service)

    New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)

    NYAGRA advocates for freedom of gender identity and expression for all. It is currently involved in a number of major initiatives at the state and local level. Please visit NYAGRA's website to see full descriptions of its current initiatives.

    New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy
    24 West 25th Street, 9th floor
    Phone: 212.675.3288 x338

    New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and LGBTQ Collaborative Professionals of NYC

    This group is made up of attorneys, coaches, and financial and child specialists who help couples resolve conflict and fashion separation settlements that fit their needs. Unlike the adversarial model of resolution, this problem-solving framework lays the foundations for future constructive dialogues between the individuals.

    Email: info@lgbtqcollabnyc.org

    Southern Poverty Law Center

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

    Sylvia Rivera Law Project

    The Sylvia Rivera Law Project offers free legal services to transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming low-income people and people of color.

    Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    147 West 24th Street
    Phone: 212.337.8550

    Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)

    TLPI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people, the TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

    Transgender Law Center

    The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization that advocates for transgender communities.

    Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)

    TLDEF is committed to ending discrimination based on gender identity and expression and achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing, and public policy efforts.

    Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
    151 West 19th Street, Suite 1103
    Phone: 646.862.9396
    Email: info@transgenderlegal.org

    National LGBTQIAGNC-Related Organizations

    LGBTQ Advocacy Organizations

    Campus Pride
    Campus Pride is a national online community and resource network committed to helping student leaders and campus organizations create a campus environment free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and genderism at colleges and universities.

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
    GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBTQ community by enabling people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively.

    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    GLSEN works to eradicate bullying and bias in schools.

    Human Rights Campaign
    A national advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, the Human Rights Campaign seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring that families are treated equally under the law, and increasing public support for equality through advocacy, education, and outreach programs.

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
    NCLR is a legal center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families.

    National Organization of Women (NOW)
    NOW is an organization of feminist activists committed to bringing about equality for all women.


    American Institute of Bisexuality
    The American Institute of Bisexuality encourages and supports research and education about bisexuality through programs to broaden public knowledge, awareness, and understanding about bisexuality.

    BiNet USA
    BiNet, a nonprofit organization, offers a voice for bisexual, pansexual, and fluid people. A national network, BiNet USA promotes community and individual empowerment through support and education.

    Bisexual Resource Center
    The Bisexual Resource Center provides support to the bisexual community and raises public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.


    Transgender Guide
    The Transgender Guide is an online community for transsexual, cross-dressing, intersex, and transgender people.

    Transsexual Road Map
    The tTranssexual Road Map website offers a large body of information concerning transsexuality and transsexual transitions.

    Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
    ISNA is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

    Persons with Disabilities

    Planet DeafQueer
    Planet DeafQueer is a resource and information center for the deaf queer community.

    Gimp Girl Community
    The mission of the Gimp Girl Community is to bring women with disabilities together in the spirit of support, positivity, and inclusivity.


    Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)
    The AVEN website hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.


    365 Gay
    365 Gay is a gay daily newspaper, available online, covering news of particular relevance to the gay community.

    The Advocate
    The Advocate is a world-wide source of LGBT news and entertainment.

    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers supports the development of strong, sustainable LGBTQ community centers and aims to build a unified center movement.

    Curve Magazine
    Curve is a national best-selling lesbian magazine offering celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues, and entertainment.

    The Washington Blade
    The Washington Blade is a newspaper out of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area that serves the LGBTQ community.


    Out & Equal
    Out & Equal is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving full workplace equality for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

    Pride at Work
    Pride at Work organizes mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBTQ community to fight for social and economic justice.

    Economic Justice

    The Audre Lorde Project
    The Audre Lorde Project is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans, and gender-nonconforming people of color center for community organizing that focuses on the New York City area.

    FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth of color in New York City. Through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression in arts and media, FIERCE develops politically conscious leaders who work to improve themselves and their communities.

    Men of All Colors Together/New York (MACT/NY)
    MACT/NY is a multiracial, multicultural organization of gay and bisexual men committed to addressing and combating racism and discrimination in the lesbian and gay male community and to providing a supportive environment for non-oppressive multiracial relating among gay men.

    Research Resources

    Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)

    CLAGS was founded in 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities. The organization sponsors public programs and conferences and offers fellowships to individual scholars.

    The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    365 Fifth Avenue, room 7115
    Phone: 212.817.1955

    Funders of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Programs:
    A Directory for Grantseekers

    This directory is published by the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues. New York, N.Y.: 1999. 4th edition, 117pp.

    Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

    The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBTQ leaders to public office.

    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

    This consortium of LGBTQ higher-education professionals seeks to achieve equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni in higher-education environments. It supports colleagues and develop curricula and advocates for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBTQ offices and centers.

    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force works to create change by building LGBTQ political power from the ground up.