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 LGBTQI-GNC-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
Phone: 212.229.5900 x3656
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.
Tom Iliceto, Director
55 West 13th Street
Phone: 212.229.7001 (24 hours)
Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Gene Puno-De Leon
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
Phone: 212.229.5349 x3653
New School Policies on Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Transgender Student Identification, and Conduct [+]
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 and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIGNC) 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.
Link to Parent Loop article on Safe Zone: blogs.newschool.edu/theparentloop/2011/02/09/supporting-and-respecting-gender-and-sexual-identity-at-the-new-school
Student Organizations at The New School [+]
Active Minds is a student organization dedicated to opening up a dialogue about mental health and mental illness.
Amnesty International is an organiztion of individuals around the world who stand for humanity and human rights. Amnesty International's mission is to protect people who are being denied justice, freedom, and dignity. The group investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to transform societies to create a safer and more just world for all.
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.
Diversity Works offers creative arts students from underrepresented groups opportunities to demonstrate their unique gifts through artistic endeavors that celebrate diversity, which are shared with the university and broader community.
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.
International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)
The ISAB fosters international education exchange, creates a welcoming environment for international students, and nurtures the intellectual, artistic, cultural, and social development of students, scholars, and exchange visitors.
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.
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.
University Student Senate (USS)
USS 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.
LGBTQI-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.
Ann Snitow, Director
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
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.
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.
356 West 18th Street
Gender Identity Project (GIP)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center's Gender Identity Project (GIP) fosters the healthy development of transgendered 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.
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 & Transgender Community Center
Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & 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.
208 West 13th Street
New School Student Health Services
New School Student Health Services offers counseling, medical care, wellness and health promotion services, and student health insurance.
80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
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.
Link to PDF: www.transgenderlegal.org/media/uploads/doc_178.pdf
YouthResource is a website by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning young people that takes a holistic approach to sexual health and issues of concern to queer youth.
Psychotherapy Resources [+]
Association of Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy (ALGAP)
ALGAP provides affirmative psychotherapy for the LGBTQ community.
Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy (GLAP)
GLAP offers affirmative, supportive psychotherapy to the LGBTQ community, recognizing the range and diversity of gender and sexuality within human experience.
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.
39 West 14th Street, suite 205
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.
HIV Testing [+]
GMHC offers free onsite HIV testing.
Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center at The New School
Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center is a culturally diverse, community
based, non-profit 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.
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. Prior appointments are not required. HIV counseling and rapid HIV testing are also offered. Patients have the option to be tested anonymously.
Substance Use Treatment [+]
Care Center Recovery
Based in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, the Care Center Recovery offers sensitive and affirmative substance abuse and dependency treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals and their families.
Relationship Violence and Anti-LGBTQ 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.
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.
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.
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.
Phone: 1.866.4.U.Trevor (1.866.488.7386)
Spiritual and Religious Resources [+]
Muslim GLBT 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, transgendered, queer, and straight individuals, and families who share the values of diversity, social justice, and a commitment to human rights for all people.
57 Bethune Street
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, transgendered community. In additions to worship services and Sunday school, the church offers counseling, solemnizes holy unions, maintains a food pantry, and provides other services.
446 West 36th Street
Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
COLAGE organizes community-building programs for people with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, 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 transgendered 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.
27 West 22nd Street, 1st floor
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.
24 West 30th Street, 2nd floor
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): 800.LIFE.NET
National Crisis Hotline (24 hours): 800.273.8255
National Suicide Hotline (24 hours): 800.784.2433
Samaritans Suicide Hotline (24 hours): 212.673.3000
Trevor Project Hotline (24 hours): 866.488.7386
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, transgendered 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.
15 Maiden Lane, 18th floor
Immigration Equality is a national organization working to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, 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 & Transgender Community Center on the third Monday of every month at 8:00 p.m.
40 Exchange Place, 17th floor
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, transgendered people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
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 & 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: 212.459.4873 (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.
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 fits their needs. Unlike the adversarial model of resolution, this problem-solving framework lays the foundations for future constructive dialogues between the individuals.
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 transgendered, intersex, and gender-nonconforming low-income people and people of color.
147 West 24th Street
Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)
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 & 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.
151 West 19th Street, Suite 1103
National LGBTQI-related Organizations [+]
LGBTQ Advocacy Organizations
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, 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.
Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Trans People
This National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and the National Center for Transgender Equality offer this guide, available online, that includes nine keys to making lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations fully transgender inclusive.
Link to PDF: transequality.org/Resources/opening_the_door.pdf
The Transgender Guide is an online community for transsexual, cross-dressing, intersex, and transgender people.
Transsexual Road Map
The Transsexual 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
Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC)
DQRC 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)
This site hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.
365 Gay is a gay daily newspaper, available online, covering news of particular relevance to the gay community.
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 is a national best-selling lesbian magazine offering celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues, and entertainment.
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.
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.
147 West 24th Street, 6th floor
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
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 & Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay & 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.