RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ TCNJ STUDENTS
All students should feel safe, secure, and included in their campus communities, but for LGBTQ students, there is often the question of, “Where do I fit in on campus?” For both current and prospective students, safe spaces are not only a want but a necessity. TCNJ particularly and the Ewing area in general offer a variety of locations where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students have resources available to them from mental and emotional health to friendship and community to religious and spiritual camaraderie. We hope that by making these locations visible and accessible for all LGBTQ students, we will continue to foster a safe, accepting, and understanding community.
PRISM is the first queer-straight alliance at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). It aims to create a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally, Asexual, Pansexual, Polyamorous, Two-Spirited, and additional gender and sexual minority (LGBTQQIAAPP2S*, or queer) individuals. It strives for acceptance and equality for all people regardless of gender expression, gender identity, sex, sexuality, age, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, or socioeconomic status. Its goal is to educate and advocate on TCNJ’s campus as well as the greater Mercer County area. PRISM also acts as a support system and social outlet for its members.
Delta Lambda Phi: http://dlp.org/tcnj/
The Colony of Delta Lambda Phi at The College of New Jersey is a gay, bisexual, and progressive male fraternity that is devoted to creating lasting bonds of friendship, promoting human equality, and making its presence known to the surrounding community.
QIBS (Queer Inclusive Bible Study): Contact Alexis Merlino at firstname.lastname@example.org
QIBS’s purpose is to serve as a safe space for queer people to engage in and explore the Bible and a relationship with Jesus in an inclusive community in which it is concerned about Love, prayer and commitment to each other and to God; via Bible study, prayer, journaling, discussion, and reflection.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): http://caps.tcnj.edu/
The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support the academic goals of the College through assisting students with personal challenges that interfere with their academic progress. CAPS encourages students to attend to all of their developmental needs, whether they be academic, personal, physical, interpersonal, social, or spiritual. Toward this end, it provides an environment that is safe, confidential, and supportive. Its work is guided by the ethical and practice standards of its professions, with the goal of providing the best services possible.
Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI): http://oavi.tcnj.edu/
Guided by the Division of Student Affairs’ Mission (http://oavi.tcnj.edu/about/student-affairs-mission/), Anti-Violence Initiatives leads the campus effort to address issues of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. It works with our community partners to create a campus environment that is intolerant of abuse, responsive to needs of victims/survivors, and holds perpetrators accountable for their actions. Its objective is to establish a campus culture for safety, free from power-based personal violence, resulting in a safer living and learning environment.
Triad House: http://www.lifeties.org/our-programs/triad-house/
The Triad House, a program of LifeTies operating in Mercer County, is a 24-hour residential group home for youth ages 14-18 with emotional, medical, and behavioral challenges. It provides a safe and inclusive environmental for all youth and celebrates diversity regarding sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicities. Services include 24-hour residential services, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, independent living skills training, tutoring, and program aftercare.
Out In Jersey: http://www.outinjersey.net/
Out In Jersey is a website offering news related to LGBT issues occurring in New Jersey. Points of interest for the NJ LGBT community and are related to local news as well as LGBT news occurring nationally.
New Jersey’s Gay Pride Center in North Brunswick: http://www.pridecenter.org/
The Pride Center of New Jersey is a welcoming place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning individuals to meet, socialize, and bond. It offers support, educational, and entertainment opportunities in a variety of groups occurring every month.
The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Services and help are extensive, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all LGBTQ youth contemplating suicide or who need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. Services include
Trevor Lifeline – Call 866-488-7386 to talk to a trained volunteer counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
TrevorText – Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 to text message with a trained counselor on Fridays between 1-5 pm Pacific/4-8 pm Eastern.
TrevorChat – Talk online with a trained volunteer counselor in a free, confidential chat service available 7 days a week from 12-6 pm Pacific/3-9 pm Eastern.
TrevorSpace – Connect with other LGBTQ young people from around the world on Trevor’s social networking site (TrevorSpace.org).
Ask Trevor – Ask non-urgent questions about sexual orientation and gender identity and receive answers from trained volunteers.
The Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
The Human Rights Campaign advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans and works to achieve equality for LGBT people in a variety of areas including employment, housing, parenting, religion, coming out, and hate crimes. A list of HRC resources can be found at http://www.hrc.org/resources.
Resources compiled by Vicky Ross and Lauren Purdon, WGS-200 students Fall 2013