Safe Zone: Guttman’s Program to Create Supportive Environments for Our LGBTQ+ Populations

Guttman Community College is committed to creating safe and affirming environments for all LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) students and providing the skills and knowledge for our community members to do so. Safe Zone is a campus-wide program designed to provide foundational knowledge needed to support and act in solidarity of the LGBTQ+ populations. Safe Zone visibly identifies a network of students, staff, and faculty who support the LGBTQ+ population, better understand LGBTQ+ communities and some of the issues the community faces, and is aware of various LGBTQ+ resources available.

At Guttman, the Safe Zone program is comprised of a voluntary network of faculty, staff, and students committed to creating a campus climate where all LGBTQ+, and other populations, are able to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. After completing the Safe Zone workshop, advocates can display a Safe Zone placard in their workspace. This signifies that they are positive, supportive, and affirming to members of the LGBTQ+ community and can safely be approached for support or guidance. The Safe Zone Certification also means that the individual will use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and does not assume gender binaries or heterosexuality.

We will continue to update this site with information on future Safe Zone workshops and how to get involved.

Inaugural Spring 2017 Safe Zone Participants:

Guttman Safe Zone Trainers Guttman Safe Zone Certified
Amy Beth Cindy M. Perez
Andrew Bennett Danny Cordova
Angela Dunne Diana Zechowski
April Burns Janine Harris
Ava Constantino John Stroud
Bindi Patel Kednel Jean
Cassandra Barnes Laura Fritz
Courtney Stevenson Luz Martin del Campo
Danielle Insalaco-Egan Marlene Leo
Danny Ambrose Nate Mickelson
Luis Gutierrez Patricia Payano
Lydia Shestopalova Soulyka Agana-Woodbine
Nelson Castro Tiffany Bailey
Ryan Coughlan Bruce Lyons
Tara Bahl
Victoria Romero

American Civil Liberties Union works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

Campus Pride is a national organization that develops the necessary resources, programs and services for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a campus environment safe for LGBTQ students.

GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

GLSEN, while focused on K-12, works to eradicate bullying and bias in schools and has helpful resources.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national advocacy organization, 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.

The LGBT National Help Center provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. They operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline and a private one-to-one online chat, that helps with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LBGTQ people and is building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives.

PFLAG provides support for families, allies and people that are LGBTQ through education and advocacy in order to achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ.

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Please know this is not a comprehensive resource list and will continually be updated.

The Ali Forney Center mission is to protect LBGTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools to live independently.

Apicha Community Health Center promises to always provide compassionate, comprehensive and culturally competent healthcare and wellness services to underserved and vulnerable people living in New York City.  Our cultural competence allows us to care for Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQI Community and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center provides services and support to the borough’s LGBT+ community through original programming and partnerships.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center transforms lives in LGBTQ communities- in all their diversity-  through excellent comprehensive care, provided free of judgment and regardless of ability to pay. They provides sensitive, quality health care and related services.

CUNY Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies provides intellectual leadership towards understanding and addressing the issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and the members of other sexual and gender minorities.

FIERCE (Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment) 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.

The Gay and Lesbian Dominican Empowerment Organization (GALDE) seeks to increase the political visibility of the Dominican LGBT community and to provide HIV/health awareness, educational and cultural activities through a safe space and essential human services to empower, educate and support the community.

Identity House provides a unique service as a peer-counseling center for the community offering a walk-in counseling and referral center as well as weekly groups where people can talk about issues related to sexual identity.

The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Since 1972, The Door has helped a diverse and rapidly growing population of disconnected youth in New York City gain the tools they need to become successful, in school, work and in life.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. It is the heart and home of the NYC’s LGBT community, providing programs for health, wellness, and community connection.

The LGBTQ Guide of Services and Resources is the most comprehensive directory of LGBTQ resources and services in New York City. This Guide is intended to help individuals better understand the resources available, from hundreds of community organizations and health care facilities to counseling and support groups, recreational clubs, and much more.

New York Area Bisexual Network facilitates the development of a cohesive bisexual community in the New York area that will promote visibility, protect, and empower the community and their families.

The New York Anti-Violence Project empowers LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

OutPOCPAC is on-partisan, political club of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirit (LGBTTS) People of Color. It is committed to raising the awareness of elected officials and candidates for public office around issues of primary importance to our communities, as well as to increasing the number of elected officials from our communities.

Project Reach is a youth and adult collaboration: a multiracial, multi-gender, grassroots, anti-discrimination, youth organizing center with a clear mission and commitment to challenging the destruction among, of, and between New York City’s disparate youth communities. Implicit in that mission is a vision that recognizes that the empowerment of disenfranchised youth communities is critical and integral to their participation as future leaders in the larger movement for social justice.

Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment (P.R.I.D.E) mission is to address and mitigate systemic social issues, including racism, homophobia and HIV/AIDS, that debilitate LGBTQ communities. We accomplish this through education, advocacy, media and outreach, increasing the visibility of our communities, and providing a safe haven for non-judgmental discussion and expression.

SALGA-NYC serves to promote awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and safe inclusive spaces for people of all sexual and gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian. Their mission is to enable community members to establish cultural visibility and take a stand against oppression and discrimination in all its forms.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities. Our strategies include path breaking trans rights cases and “friend of the court” briefs regarding the key issues of employment, health care, education and public accommodations. Their Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to community members.

Please know this is not a comprehensive resource list and will continually be updated.