• LGBTQ-Affirming Health and Wellness

    Access to sensitive, quality health, support, and wellness services are vital for everyone in our university community. Below are both on and off campus resources that are LGBTQ-affirmative.

  • University Resources

    For Students

    Student Health Services

    The New School Student Health Services (SHS) 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.

    HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services

    SHS also provides several services and programs that can help prevent transmission of and infection with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. We also provide primary care and referrals for HIV treatment to optimize the health and wellness of people living with HIV/AIDS. Everything that SHS offers is grounded in harm reduction. With a non-judgmental, sex- and body-positive framework, we focus on reducing risk and supporting positive health changes. On-site, SHS offers harm reduction tools such as external and internal condoms, non-latex external condoms, lubricant, personal fit packs for sharps disposals, and naloxone for opioid overdose prevention. To obtain any of these tools, please drop by SHS, email SHS to request supplies, or call to make an appointment.

    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.

    BASICS @ The New School

    In the spirit of promoting harm reduction and promoting positive change, the Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) office has collaborated with The New School’s Student Health Services to provide a Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS).

    New School Anti-Violence Website

    Student Health Services offers counseling and many other resources to help students recognize violence and find support. The anti-violence website include information and resources on sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and domestic violence, stalking, microaggressions, and standing up against violence.

    For Staff and Facuty

    Employee Health Insurance

    It is important that all employees carefully read through their benefits plan or speak with the insurance company to discuss specific coverage details. You can also contact Benefits Help at benefitshelp@newschool.edu or the director of Benefits in Human Resources if you need support navigating this process.

    Office of the Faculty and Staff Ombuds

    Ann-Lou Shapiro
    66 West 12th Street, room 714
    New York, NY 10003

    Employee Assistance Program

    888.293.6948 (24 hours)

  • Off-Campus Resources

    Below is a sampling of some LGBTQ-affirmative community and health services New York City has to offer. Please email safezone@newschool.edu to let us know about other important resources that may be missing.

    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.


    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

    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 and 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. The testing is offered on a first come, first served basis 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.

    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

    Substance Abuse 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.

    Anti-violence and Relationship Resources for LGBTQ Community

    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.

    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, transgender, 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

    STOMP Out Bullying

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


    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

    Suicide Prevention Hotline


    Trevor Lifeline

    LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Hotline


    Crisis Hotline for NYC Residents
    English: 800.543.3638
    Spanish: 877.298.3373
    Korean and Chinese: 877.990.8585

    Trans Lifeline

    Trans-Run Suicide Prevention Hotline