Resources

Below is a list of helpful resources for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff and allies. Click on the topic to be taken to that section.
 
 
 
Rutgers-Camden Campus and NJ State Policies
 
Rutgers University Non-Discrimination Statement (Source)
 
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, or any other category covered by law in its admission, programs, activities, or employment matters.
 
New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) (Source)
 
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination makes it unlawful to subject people to differential treatment based on race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status.
 
Title IX (Source)
 
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is committed to fostering an environment that is safe and secure and free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, stalking and other related misconduct. The University recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of such misconduct, prevent its occurrence, support victims, deal fairly and firmly with offenders, and diligently investigate reports of misconduct. In addressing these issues, all members of the University must come together to respect and care for one another in a manner consistent with our deeply held academic and community values. This Policy sets forth how the University defines and addresses sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual violence, stalking and relationship violence and related misconduct involving University students.
 
 

Films and Books

 
General Reading List
The American Library Association provides a listing of LGBTQ-inclusive texts called The Rainbow Book List. It is an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic LGBTQ content.
 
Select Popular Books
 
Rubyfruit Jungle
In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goes—and she refuses to apologize for loving them back.
 
Sister Outsider
The essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.
 
Eleanor and Hick
A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.
 
On Being Different
Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller’s On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States.
 
Transgender History
Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History by Susan Stryker takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events.
 
We’ve Been Around
A series of documentary shorts that chronicle the lives of Lucy Hicks Anderson, STAR, Albert, Little Axe, Lou Sullivan and CAMP TRANS. Each trans trailblazers in their own right, and each with stories that have, until recently, gone largely unnoticed by mainstream society.
 
Select Popular Films
 
Milk (2008): This film about the life and death of pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk won two richly deserved Oscars, for Dustin Lance Black's screenplay and Sean Penn's performance in the title role. It does not make Milk a plaster saint, but portrays him as fully and fallible human as well as a formidable crusader for the rights of all. Directed by Gus Van Sant, it's a film that moves and inspires, while assuring that a new generation will know an important figure in our history.
 
Paris Is Burning (1990): This documentary shone a bright light on the African-American, Latino, and LGBT communities involved in the New York City ball culture of the mid-to-late 1980s. Directed by Jennie Livingston, Paris Is Burning brought an underground aspect of LGBT culture to the mainstream. From the use of slang (“serving realness”) to unforgettable quotes (“reading is fundamental”), the film has had a lasting impact on both LGBT and mainstream pop culture.
 
Beautiful Thing (1996): The British coming-of-age film perfectly captured the sweetness of young gay love at a time when stereotypes and fear of the AIDS epidemic dominated LGBT representations in cinema. Grounded in the reality of a London suburb in 1996, the love story of Jamie and Ste stands out for its honest and positive portrayal of gay teens who embrace their true nature and experience the beauty of first love.
 
 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001): In this multi-award-winning new cult classic, a trans front woman of an East German punk rock band tells her life story in song form, of falling in love with an American soldier, getting a botched gender surgery and of being left for another man.
 
The Hours (2002): Boasting nine Oscar nominations, The Hours is a powerhouse of acting that boasts the talents of Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman, who won Best Actress for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf. Based on the novel by gay author Michael Cunningham and directed by Stephen Daldry, The Hours depicts characters across the span of the 20th century who are all drawn to members of the same sex. And like Ed Harris’s character, a gay poet dying of an AIDS-related illness, each is drawn toward the precipice of suicide. But what easily could have been a flat tale of woe taps into a deeper font. Masterful storytelling and performances stress the combined human powers of love, obligation, and regret in maintaining one’s grasp on life and all the hours therein.
 

Off Campus Healthcare, Counseling, and Addiction

Rates of substance abuse and addiction are higher among people on the LGBTQ spectrum than in other sectors of society. Thankfully, there are a number of facilities that offer services that are customized to meet the very special challenges people in this demographic face as they attempt to get sober. The best ones offer assistance with issues of abuse, trauma, stigmatization, violence, and harassment. They also connect people with peers who can understand them intimately.
Phone: (888) 987-1784
 
AHEC is committed to improving the health of the medically underserved - the ethnic and culturally diverse, the aged, the poor, the very young, the unemployed, the homeless and the uninsured. AHEC also provides HIV and STI testing.
514 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 963-2432
 
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community are at higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse than their heterosexual counterparts.1 Additionally, members of the LGBT community have unique barriers to substance addiction treatment. Sexual minorities also have unique treatment needs, such as the need for compassionate, non-judgmental care and counseling concerning stigma and coming out. Fortunately, there are detox centers and drug addiction treatment programs that cater primarily to LGBT individuals.
Phone: (877) 621-9663 
 
This clinic offers the LGBTQ+ community a professional, safe and caring home for your healthcare needs, including counseling services within Einstein Medical Center.
5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: (215) 420-0989
 
Addiction is a complex condition that can be treated in many different ways. Not everyone responds to the same type of treatment in the same way. Some rehabs cater to the unique needs of a specific population so that patients who belong to that group receive the appropriate care they need to recover from addiction. For example, LGBTQ rehabs provide a safe, compassionate, and understanding space for individuals struggling with substance abuse. 
Phone: (888) 972-8204
 
Mazzoni Center is a multi-service, community-based, health and social service provider aiming to advance the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
1348 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 563-0652
 
This center is equipped with a team of skilled, LGBTQ-vetted professionals who provide psychological therapy, groups, educational workshops, and integrative services that position clients on a path to growth and well-being. Mindful Therapy Center also facilities 2 trans* support groups.
105 Evesboro - Medford Road, Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (609) 353-5608
 
Penn Family Medicine’s mission is to advance knowledge and improve health through research, patient care, and the education of trainees in an inclusive culture that embraces diversity, fosters innovation, stimulates critical thinking, supports lifelong learning, and sustains our legacy of excellence, while providing primary and LGBTQ-specific care.
3737 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (800) 789-7366
 
Walnut Psychotherapy Center is a group of therapists dedicated to the effective use of long-term psychotherapy, including LGBTQ-focused therapy.
1500 Walnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 563-7863
 

Off Campus Local Resources

 
This local chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays meets every fourth Monday in Collingswood, NJ. PFLAG also has an active trans* support group.
30 W Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108
 
Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood’s mission is to empower individuals to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives, while providing information and health care, including LGBTQ care.
1144 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 351-5550
 
LGBTQ community center for social groups, networking events, counseling and support services, art exhibitions and cultural experiences
1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-2220
 
Garden State Equality (GSE) is the largest LGBT advocacy organization in New Jersey and one of the most successful statewide civil rights organization for the LGBT community in the nation.Their services include advocacy, policy work, and trainings.
1408 Main Street, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Office:  (973) 509-5428
 
GLSEN’s mission is to create safe schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, is dedicated to fostering a work environment and designing programs and resources that are inclusive and celebratory of diversity, and sensitive to the role of power and privilege in society.
102 S. 8th Street
Millville NJ, 08332
Phone:(856) 361-8166
 

Online and National Resources

A place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.
 
The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s longstanding mission is to erase hate by replacing it with understanding, compassion and acceptance. Through local, regional and national outreach, they work to empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to identify and address hate that lives within their schools, neighborhoods and homes.
 
PFLAG’s mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.
 
Search for Pride Parades and Festivals in your area.
 
This task force focuses on building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.
 
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
 

On Campus Resources

 
The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to promote academic and personal growth, raise awareness, and support strategies to advance inclusivity directives that build and maintain an inclusive campus community.
Campus Center, 3rd floor
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
 
Club 26 is a LGBTQIA+ student organization at Rutgers-Camden. Meeting date, time and location TBD.
 
The Camden Dean of Students Office supports the educational goals of Rutgers University by facilitating processes that: assist students in making better choices in regards to their behavior, provide an outlet for community members to address issues in conflict, and aid in the creation of a safer, more inclusive, learning community.
Campus Center, 3rd floor
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 225-6050
 
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance is committed to creating a community free from violence.They provide services designed to raise awareness of and respond to the impact of interpersonal violence and other crimes. Through a combination of direct service, education, training, policy development, and consulting to the University and broader community, they serve as a critical voice in changing prevailing beliefs and attitudes about violence.
Campus Center, 3rd floor,
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 225-2326
 
The Rutgers University Student Health Services supports the mission of the University by providing health care services, education and leadership uniquely designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of University students, and to enhance the quality of life for all members of the Rutgers Community, including faculty and staff.
Campus Center, 2nd floor
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 225-6005
 

POC Specific Resources

 
Black Transmen Inc. is the 1st National Non-Profit Organization of African American transmen solely focused on acknowledgment, social advocacy and empowering transmen with resources to aid in a healthy female to male transition. Black Transmen Inc. programs provide all female to male transmen and SLGBTQI individuals with necessary tools to secure identity and equality within our society regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sexual identity or sexual expression.
 
A collective philanthropic initiative focused on funding organizations seeking to eliminate oppression through systemic change, and address the root causes of injustice for LGBTQ people of color communities.
 
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.
 
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.
 

Scholarship Opportunities

 
The Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship provides five $5,000 scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who have shown exceptional leadership, courage, and achievement. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors in the tri-state area (NY, CT, NJ). Award selection is based on leadership and community service involvement. Students will be asked to submit a completed application, six short essays and two letters of recommendation. Finalists will be brought to our office for an interview.
 
$500.00 college scholarship given to an entering college freshman, and made out to the entering college with the students name.  A letter will also follow to the college explaining the essay contest.
Writing an essay of 1,000 words, you will have a choice between two topics:
1) Where would you want to see the GLBT community progress to in 10 years?
2)  What prominent member of the GLBT community inspired you the most and why?
 
Benefits LGBTQ students or allies currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, or Delaware working towards an undergraduate degree in a business program/major and able to demonstrate leadership roles
 
Established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society; to be out about their sexual orientation; and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential.
Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 to gay men who live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County, who are attending accredited colleges, graduate or professional schools anywhere, or to men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region. For more questions, please contact lax@breadrosesfund.org.
The Gamma Mu Scholarships Program provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. In addition, effective 2016, the Gamma Mu Scholarship Program will award one scholarship annually (“The Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship in Memory of Ray Williams”) to a student from the broader LGBT community. These programs support a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, associate, bachelors and graduate degrees. The Foundation will not fund online education degree programs. Scholarships are offered for full-time study beginning at an accredited institution or program of the student's choice.
 
This program gives out four awards of up to $1,000 per year, specifically for LGBTQ students pursuing film, theatre, dance or music degrees. This scholarship also comes with a year-long mentorship opportunity. Applicants must be accepted by or currently enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
 
This scholarship provides funding for LGBTQ people enrolled in a basic law enforcement program, which can include police or sheriff’s academy, corrections academy or 911 dispatcher certification. Applicants can be self-sponsored students and financial need is not a required consideration. Amounts vary between $500-$1,000.
 
Gayborhood, a guide to finding LGBTQ-supportive businesses and events, offers scholarships to students who have a proven service and passion for the LGBT community. Applicants must be at least 17 years old and be enrolled or accepted into an accredited, full-time college program.
 
This $10,000 scholarship is open to both LGBTQ and minority or multiracial students interested in pursuing careers in advertising and media, which could include new media, digital advertising or advertising data science. Applicants must be a junior or senior undergraduate or actively enrolling in graduate school with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
 
This $500 scholarship provides students pursuing STEM degrees from underrepresented groups, including the LGBTQ community, funding for higher education. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be actively working towards a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
 

Staff and Faculty Resources

 
The following resource offers ten strategies for creating LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms; they range from simple suggestions that individual faculty members can pursue, to measures that require a significant commitment on behalf of faculty and administrators.
 
The activity allows for the sharing of these often untold stories and also facilitates a much needed discussion about the erasure of LGBTQ history in what is considered American history, and the value of critical thinking in history classes.
 
This resource provides practical tips on everything from training school staff, to talking about bi issues with students, and building an inclusive school environment.
 
Gender Spectrum provides a variety of information and resources regarding gender inclusivity, such as trainings to create a more inclusive environment, the effects of diversity among young people, and an online community to discuss ideas and ask questions.
 
Cyberbullying is a growing problem for students, affecting around a third of middle and high school students according to a 2016 survey. In response to this significant problem, my team collaborated with two experts to create a new, up-to-the-minute guide called 'Cyberbullying in School: Prevention and Support'. Having found resources of a similar nature on your page ( https://safezone.camden.rutgers.edu/resources ), I wondered if you’re able to review our guide for possible inclusion. It would be amazing to make the information more widely available and support even more students with it.
 
Lesson plans, tips and strategies, background information, and additional resources to help youth-serving professionals create safe space for young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
 
LGBTQ people have made contributions, both historically and culturally, around the world. Unfortunately, most standard curriculum neglects to recognize these contributions.
 
A guide on how to incorporate LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum into a variety of subjects.
 

Recommended Syllabus Statement

           
This is an inclusive classroom that is welcoming of all people and perspectives, including those of diverse races, religions, ethnicities, ages, gender identities and sexual orientations. If you go by a name or gender that is different from the one on official Rutgers documents, please let me know so that I can use the proper name and pronouns. 
 

Trans and Non-binary Specific Resources

 
A guide on gender neutral pronouns, how to use them and basic vocabulary.
 
I A campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It lifts the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
 
A list of commonly asked questions about what it means to be transgender.
 
The aim of Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities is to provide awareness, information, and resources for genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people and their allies.
 
A free, online transgender medical consultation service, published by Lyon-Martin Health Services, offering answers to medical providers within two business days on questions related to gender-affirming surgery, hormone therapy, and improving services to transgender patients.
 

Conferences

 
Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference The 11th annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference’s theme is March On: Leading the Way for a New Generation.
 
The 11th Annual Keystone Conference will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme is A Celebration of Gender Diversity. Prepare for an informative, inspirational and joyous time among members and supporters of the transgender community at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel.
 

Hotlines

 
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911
 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
 
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433
 
The Trevor Help Line for Gay & Questioning Youth: 1-800-850-8078
 
For transgender people of any age: Call (877) 565-8860 or visit https://www.translifeline.org
 
For LGBT people of any age: Call 1-888-843-4564 or visit https://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html
 
For LGBT Older Adults: Call 1-888-234-7243 or visit https://www.sageusa.org/programs/hotline.cfm