• Community Resources

    Below is a wide range of on-campus resources, local and national resources, and supportive services for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty. If there are any important resources missing from this list, please email safezone@newschool.edu the information you would like to be considered for the site. This is an ever-evolving resource site.

    Identity-Affirming Advocacy Organizations

    Advocates for Informed Choice

    Advocates for Informed Choice uses innovative legal strategies to advocate for the civil rights of children born with variations of reproductive or sexual anatomy.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Bisexual Organizing Project

    The Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in Minnesota that serves the Upper Midwest. We are committed to building the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community through regular events and the yearly national BECAUSE conference. BOP is welcoming and inclusive of everyone, including but not limited to people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes, relationship orientations, ethnicities, abilities, religions, and political affiliations.

    bklyn boihood

    The mission of bklyn boihood is to create spaces where black, brown queer and trans bois and our communities can cultivate stories, dreams and creative work. In bklyn boihood, we all share the belief that community and personal empowerment should be rooted in principles that we clearly articulate. We will consistently strive to embody these beliefs in our work as collective members and individuals. The people, places, things and spirits that lift us up and guide our work are infinite. While we know it would be impossible to name them all, here are some of the core principles that guide bklyn boihood.

    Black Girl Dangerous

    Mia McKenzie is the award-winning author of The Summer We Got Free and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a popular media website that amplifies the voices of queer and trans people of color, and Black Girl Dangerous Media, an independent media and education project that centers queer black women and girls.

    Black Lesbians United

    The Black Lesbians United retreat is an opportunity for women of African Descent to celebrate, build community, and share good times with women who love women. In the last four years, over 500 women descended upon our 120 acre private wooded retreat in the hills of Malibu to make magic…

    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.


    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.

    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.

    Gender Identity Project

    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.

    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.

    Intersex Campaign for Equality

    Intersex Campaign for Equality ia a multi-gendered, multi-orientation, multi-racial NGO working for human rights for intersex people, particularly the rights to bodily integrity, self-determination, legal recognition and de-pathologization of intersex traits and non-binary identities in medicine and society

    Intersex Society of North America

    The Intersex Society of North America 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.

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center

    The Center provides social services and educational, cultural, and recreational programs; creates public policy; and hosts many LGBTQ organizations.

    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.

    National Center for Lesbian Rights

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

    National Center for Transgender Equality

    The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.

    National Coming Out Day

    Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. In 2017, we marked the 29th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

    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.

    National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Organization

    The mission of the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Organization (UNID@S) is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education and convening of and for our communities. Guided by economic justice, feminist, environmental and pro-peace values, UNID@S joins a global effort to transform systems and policies to create a just and equitable world.

    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

    The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.

    Queer Women Of Color Media Arts Project

    The Queer Women Of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMA) builds power through film that radically centers our community to fundamentally transform the world where justice and equity are the norm. QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender and transgender), gender nonconforming and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities. QWOCMAP's vision nurtures filmmaker-activists to lead social justice movements that incorporate the power of art as cultural resistance and cultural resilience, cultural reclamation and cultural renewal. QWOCMAP uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, build community through compassionate public discussions, and strengthen movements for change.

    The Dari Project

    The Dari Project is organizing a national LGBTQ convening for people of Korean descent in the U.S. We seek to transform the Korean American community into a welcoming and loving space for everyone. We will expand on a pioneering gathering by Korean American Rainbow Parents in Fall 2016 to build bridges among LGBTQs, family, and faith at a national scale.

    Transgender Alliance!

    Transgender Alliance is a Facebook support group for transgender and gender-non-conforming folks, and their allies. Our focus is on community building through immediate personal support. In order to facilitate such a space, we have community guidelines, alongside some really helpful resources that explain more about the transgender experience, as well as our focus and intent with the group.

    Trans 101: Gender Diversity Crash Course

    Trans 101: Gender Diversity Crash Course is an online resource aimed at helping people better understand what it means to be trans, and how to make the world and better, safer, happier place for trans and gender diverse people.

    Transgender Guide

    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.

    Trans Student Educational Resources

    Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.

    Trans Women of Color Collective

    The revolutionary Trans Women of Color Collective seeks to create safe spaces for trans and gender nonconforming people of color to self-care, empower, strategize, and educate.


    Trikone is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of South Asian descent, who trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the oldest group of its kind in the world.

    LGBTQ Research and Funding

    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.

    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 develops curricula and advocates for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBTQ offices and centers.

    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, 117 pp.

    Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

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

    Matthew Shepard Foundation

    The Matthew Shepard Foundation empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy and resource programs.

    Point Foundation

    On campuses across the country, Point Foundation scholarships enable scholars to participate in intellectual discourse and research projects. Scholars also demonstrate leadership skills through the community service projects they develop with their Point Mentors, building lasting intergenerational relationships that strengthen the LGBTQ community.

    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.


    Callen-Lorde offers support finding gender marker legal clinics and provides information about name change in New York, New Jersey, and nationally. Its website has many helpful resources and know-your-rights information.

    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


    LawHelpNY.org is a website that provides do-it-yourself legal resources.

    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 (SRLP)

    SRLP provides direct representation, resources, and referrals for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color in name change, ID documents, and a range of general legal and know-your-rights resources.

    Transgender Law Center

    The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization that advocates and provides legal information 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

    Workplace Related

    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 LGBTQIAGNC community to fight for social and economic justice.

    LQBTQ Persons with Disabilities

    Deaf Queer Resource Center

    The Deaf Queer Resource Center 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.


    Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

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

    It Gets Better Project

    The It Gets Better Project communicates to LGBT youth that it gets better, and helps create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. Watch thousands of videos with inspiring messages of hope!

    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.


    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

    The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network works to eradicate bullying and bias in schools.

    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)

    The Tyler Clementi Foundation

    The Tyler Clementi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to ending online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities.

    Spiritual and Religious


    Affirmation supports LGBTQ and same-sex-attracted Mormons and their families, friends, and church leaders.

    Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue

    Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is a progressive Jewish community founded in 1973. CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, and 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

    Evangelical Network

    The Evangelical Network is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight-affirming Evangelical ministries and individuals.

    Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Inc.

    The organization offers positive information and support to LGBTQ Vaishnavas and Hindus and their allies, families and friends.

    Gay Buddhist Fellowship

    The Gay Buddhist Fellowship is an organization for LGBTQ Buddhists and their allies, families, and friends.

    Gay Christian Network

    This Christian Ministry offers both online and offline support to LGBT Christians and allies by creating safe spaces to make friends, ask questions, and receive and offer help.

    GLAAD's Religion, Faith and Values Program

    GLAAD's Religion, Faith and Values Program works to amplify the voices of LGBT-affirming communities of faith and LGBT people of faith


    Keshet works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.

    LGBTQ Humanist Council

    This is a forum for LGBTQ Humanists and allies to come together, build community, and work together to achieve full social and civil equality.

    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

    Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

    The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity is working to support, empower, and connect LGBTQ Muslims.

    Muslims for Progressive Voices

    Muslims for Progressive Voices is a community rooted in the traditional Qur'anic ideals of human dignity and social justice.

    National LGBTQ Task Force: Faith

    The organization's task force on faith is working to amplify the voices of faith leaders to counter religiously based bigotry.


    Sarbat is a Facebook group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Sikhs.


    Soulforce is an interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against LGBTQ people.

    HOD Jewish LGBT Network

    The HOD Jewish LGBT Network information and articles to the religious LGBT community and to rabbis and other religious leaders.


    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.


    The Advocate

    The Advocate is a world-wide source of LGBTQ news, media sources, and entertainment.

    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

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


    GO Magazine is the nation's most widely read free lesbian publication. GO is distributed in 25 cities across the United States.

    Curve Magazine

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

    Visual AIDS

    Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

    The Washington Blade

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