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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Resources

LGBTQ Services at Lehman

Lehman College is home to a diverse and engaged community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students, staff, and faculty. Here students will find ways to connect with this community and get information they may need.

Lehman College Counseling Center works to foster the academic success and personal growth of LGBTQ students, and to offer college-wide services to enhance the campus community's understanding and appreciation of LGBTQ people and themselves.

LGBT Community and the Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is a safe space for anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, or anyone who is questioning their own sexual orientation or gender identity. Students are encouraged to come in to talk with any of the Center's counselors to help with the journey of identity formation, sexuality and gender. Each semester, the Counseling Center offers support for LGBTQ students focused on the life-long journey of "coming out."

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Training Services Available

The Counseling Center is available to provide training and workshops on a variety of issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and the LGBTQ community including workshops about stigma and violence, adolescent development, and the "coming out" process. If you are looking for a speaker for a class or a club, or professional development training, contact us.

The Safe Zone Initiative: An Ally Community

The "Safe Zone" Initiative

The "Safe Zone" InitiativeIn January 2009, the Counseling Center and the Rainbow Alliance launched a campus-wide "Safe Zone" project to increase the visibility of LGBT allies throughout the Lehman campus. People who identified themselves as LGBTQ or who are active allies of the LGBTQ community were asked to participate by attending an initial training workshop. They were then asked to wear or post the "Safe Zone" graphic and to visibly identify themselves on campus as people who are educated about sexual orientation and gender identity, and who oppose bigotry and hatred directed at LGBTQ people. Safe Zone stickers, posters, and buttons can be seen throughout the campus.

List of Safe Zone Ally Community Members

The following Lehman faculty are participants in the Safe Zone initiative:

  • Norma I. Cofresí, Director, Counseling Center
  • Nancy Ann Cintron, Director, Career Services
  • Merrill Parra, Director, Office of Student Disability Services
  • Prof. Stuart Chen-Hayes, Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education

How To Join

How To Join "Safe Zone" communityIt's easy to become a member of the "Safe Zone" community. Simply attend a "Safe Zone" one-hour training workshop. At the end of the workshop you will receive your Safe Zone materials to make yourself visible to the community, along with a resource guide. "Safe Zone" trainings are held each semester; workshops are offered for staff and students separately.

The training workshop ensures that all community members have a common level of basic knowledge and the tools needed to be an effective “safe” person for LGBTQ students and people who are questioning their own sexual orientation or gender identity. The training covers the following topics:

Affirming language and vocabulary for talking about sexuality and gender identity

The prevalence of homophobic harassment and what you can do to stop it

The "Coming-Out" process and how you can help

Where to find on-campus help and LGBT community resources

Safe Zone Ally trainings are offered each semester, enabling new volunteers to join the effort throughout the year.

Once training is completed, participants sign the "Safe Zone" Participant Agreement Classroom Presentations to reaffirm their commitment to making Lehman College a safe and inclusive community.

Community Based Resources/Services

In the Bronx

Bronx Community Pride Center

The Bronx Community Pride Center is committed to nurturing and empowering members of our community to enjoy and realize their full potential. We provide direct social services, cultural sensitivity trainings, community education and a home to promote the health, education, social growth and well-being of the Bronx LGBT community. Programs include support for the transgender community and programs specifically for young people.

448 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10455

Main Number: 718-292-4368
Health Hotline: 866-4-GAY-CARE
Fax Number: 718-292-4999

In New York City

A comprehensive and up-to-date directory of LGBT services and organizations in New York City can be accessed online at New York City Comptroller's Office.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center

The LGBT Center, or "The Center," provides over 27 different programs including free and low cost counseling, support groups, youth programming, family supports and cultural, recreational and political events. Over 300 groups meet at the Center each month.

208 West 13 Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-620-7310

The Audre Lorde Project

The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, and Transgender (LGBTST) People of Color Communities. Call for program information and schedule.

85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-596-0342

Gay Men's Health Crisis

GMHC provides HIV/AIDS-related services including education, print and video materials, women's initiative, peer counseling services, support groups, financial advocacy, recreation and meal programs, legal services, and seminars.

119 West 24 Street (between 6th & 7th Ave)
NY, NY 10011
Phone: 212-367-1000
Hotline: 212-807-6655 or 800-243-7692

Identity House

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

39 W. 14 St., Suite 205 (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
NY, NY 10011
Phone: 212-243-8181

Metropolitan Community Church of New York

Church of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community; holds worship services and Sunday school, offers counseling, holy unions, a food pantry and other services.

446 West 36 Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
NY, NY 10018
Phone: 212-629-7440

Michael Callen-Audre Lorde Community Health Center

General medical, dental, and mental health services; transgender and youth programs; STI and HIV Testing.

356 West 18th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
NY, NY 10011

New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

AVP serves lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and HIV-positive victims of violence and others affected by violence, by providing therapeutic counseling and advocacy within the criminal justice system and victim support agencies, information for self-help, referrals to practicing professionals, and other sources of assistance. Services are free and confidential.

240 West 35 St., Suite 200
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
NY, NY 10001
Phone: 212-714-1184
HOTLINE (24-hour): 212-714-1141
Fax: 212-714-2627

Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG)

P-FLAG is a national organization made up of local chapters offering peer-based support to families when a son or daughter or other family member is coming out as LGBT. For information about meetings specifically for Families of Color, with support offered in Spanish, visit their website.

P-FLAG for Families of Color and Allies in New York City meets THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH (except July) from 1-3 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13 Street, (between 7th and 8th Aves.), New York, NY 10011 (Center: Tel. 212-620-7310). For more information and culturally specific help write to us at




FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. We develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression. The FIERCE office is open for drop-in hours for LGBTQ youth of color (ages 13-24) Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 8:00pm.

147 West 24th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Phone: 646-336-6789
Fax: 646-336-6788

Latino LGBT Organizations in New York City

Hispanic AIDS Forum (HAF): H.A.F.'s mission is to improve health outcomes for Latinos in New York City who are affected by HIV and other chronic illnesses. HAF fulfills this mission by integrating prevention and education into a set of multi-faceted wellness programs.

Las Buenas Amigas (LBA): Las Buenas Amigas es una organización Lésbica Latina educacional, social/cultural política, y recreativa, dedicada al ideal de crear una presencia Lésbica visible, positiva en nuestra sociedad y un espacio rico y seguro en el cual abogar, discutir, informar, y tomar acción, educarnos con respecto a los temas que aféctan a nuestra comunidad (tales como la homofóbia y toda otra forma de opresión).

  • Latino Commission on AIDS (La Comision Latina sobre el SIDA): Free confidential HIV testing and referrals
  • MATEANDO, Comunidad de Materos (argentinos y uruguayos) Amigos en Internet.
  • Pride New York. PRIDE is Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment. Our mission is to promote awareness and pride in our cultural and sexual identities, to advocate for our community on important issues, to increase our community visibility, and to provide a safe space for discussion and expression. Our ultimate goal is to empower our community.

Latino LGBT Organizations Outside New York City

  • HonorPac. Empowering Latino/a LGBT Communities.
  • Puerto Rico Para Todos. Puerto Rico Para Todos es una organización que lucha por la justicia social para todos los seres humanos en nuestras Islas. Nace de nuestro deseo de aportar en la creación de una sociedad para tod@s. Como misión fundamental, luchamos por la inclusión de las comunidades lésbica, gay, bisexual y transgénero (LGBT) en el proyecto social de nuestro pueblo.
  • Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida is the leading Latino|Hispanic gay civil-rights initiative, offering leadershipon issues that concern LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Latino|Hispanic and other minority groups across the U.S.

African/Caribbean Americans LGBT Organizations in New York City

  • Gay Men of African Descent, Inc. (GMAD) : Mission is to empower gay men of African descent through education, advocacy, health and wellness promotion and social support.


Gay and Lesbian National Hotline

Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Saturdays, from 12-5 p.m. Phone numbers: 888-843-4564 or 212-989-0999.

Lifenet (counseling)


Samaritans Suicide Hotline

Phone: 212-673-3000

The Trevor Project Hotline for LGBT Youth

Phone: 866-4-U-TREVOR