Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual/Allied + Student Resources
Lehman College is home to a diverse and engaged community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex 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 LGBTQIA+ students, and to offer college-wide services to enhance the campus community's understanding and appreciation of LGBTQIA+ people and themselves.
LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ students focused on the life-long journey of "coming out."
For more resources:
- Dear Trevor: an interactive online Q and A sponsored by The Trevor Project
- It Gets Better Project: videos of support by teens, adults and celebrities
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 LGBTQIA+ 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
In 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 LGBTQIA+ or who are active allies of the LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ people. Safe Zone stickers, posters, and buttons can be seen throughout the campus.
List of Safe Zone Ally Community Members
The following Lehman faculty/staff are participants in the Safe Zone initiative:
- Karen Smith Moore, Director, Counseling Center
- Merrill Parra, Director, Office of Student Disability Services
- Prof. Stuart Chen-Hayes, Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education
How To Join
It'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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ community resources
Safe Zone Ally trainings are offered each semester, enabling new volunteers to join the effort throughout the year.
In the Bronx
Bronx LGBTQ Community Services Center
In New York City
A comprehensive and up-to-date directory of LGBTQIA+ 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
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.
147 West 24 Street, 3rd Floor
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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.
307 West 38 Street
NY, NY 10018
Hotline: 212-807-6655 or 800-243-7692
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.
PO Box 829
Murray Hill Station
NY, NY 10156
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
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.
116 Nassau Street, 3rd Floor
NY, NY 10038
HOTLINE (24-hour): 212-714-1141
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.
130 East 25 Street Suite M1
NY, NY 10010
FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA+) 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 LGBTQIA+ youth of color (ages 13-24) Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 8:00pm.
FIERCE NYC (LGBTQIA+ Youth of Color organization)
147 West 24th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
2427 Morris Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
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.
Manhattan #: 212-563-4500
- Latino Commission on AIDS (La Comision Latina sobre el SIDA): Free and confidential HIV testing
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.
1-877-990-8585 Cantonese and Mandarin
1-212-982-5284 Deaf/Hearing Impaired
Samaritans Suicide Hotline:
The Trevor Project Hotline for LGBT Youth
Phone: Trevor Life Line: 1-866-488-7386