LGBTQ Resources

Resources at WP

All Gender Restrooms at WP

The term 'All Gender Restroom' denotes restrooms that everyone is able to use, regardless of their gender identity and/or expression. Single-occupancy public restrooms have been designated as ‘All Gender Restrooms’ and identified with appropriate signage. These facilities provide safe and accessible restrooms for transgender and gender queer students, staff, faculty, alumni, and WP visitors. For a comprehensive list of all gender restrooms, visit: All Gender Restroom Locations

Books and Media about LGBTQA+ Communities & Experiences

  • LGBTQA+ Resources at David & Lorraine Cheng Library
    The Cheng Library makes available a variety of resources and information on topics, groups, and issues affecting the LGBTQA+ community. LGBTQA+ Resource Libguides allow easy access to LGBTQA+ subject specific resources by visiting
    Additionally, the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library offers a selected list of books and resources about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children, teens, and parents. For more information, please visit: 
  • Women’s Center Library
    The Women’s Center has a collection of books and other media that can be borrowed. LGBTQA+ titles are classified under the headings Gender, Race, Class, Diversity & Politics and Sexuality & Sexual Orientation. For a comprehensive list of these resources, please visit: 

Campus Victim Services

Campus Victim Services assists students of all genders affected by dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual violence with free, confidential, trauma-informed direct services, assistance identifying and coordinating campus and community resources, and continuum of care. For more information, visit Campus Victim Services.

Counseling Health and Wellness Center

The Counseling, Health and Wellness Center strives to provide culturally competent and inclusive services to our diverse LGBTQA+ students. For a list of our services, please visit:

Gender Inclusive Housing

William Paterson University seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional gender binary. Gender Inclusive assignment is available to students of legal age (18 yrs or older) and allows for same-gender, opposite-gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of sex. This provides a living/learning environment where residents can support and explore gender identity and expression in a comfortable environment. For more information and a link to the Gender Inclusive Housing application, please visit

LGBTQA+ Consent

This brochure offers information on consent and safe sex within the LGBTQA+ community.

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LGBT Resources for Career Development and Employment

The Career Development Center is committed to supporting students in defining and achieving their personal, academic, and career goals. By providing career counseling/career coaching and job, internship, and graduate school preparation as well as employment and mentoring connections, the Career Development Center helps students develop the professional skills needed to achieve career success in a multi-cultural, global society.

For valuable information on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees, listings of jobs with companies that are committed to LGBTQA+ rights, and other aspects of the LGBTQA+ life experience such as disclosing and job interviews, coming out on the job, etc., please visit the Career Development Center website at:

LGBTQA+ Relevant Academic Programs and Course Offerings

Women’s and Gender Studies Department:

  • BA in Women’s and Gender Studies. For requirements and course descriptions, please visit the university catalogue link: Loading...
  • Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. For requirements and course descriptions, please visit the university catalogue link: Loading...
  • Minor in Social Justice Studies. For requirements and course descriptions, please visit the university catalogue link: Loading...

LGBT-Relevant W&GS Course Offerings:

LGBT-Relevant course offerings from other departments:

For more information, please visit: Check with your advisor for course availability per semester.

LGBTQA+ Student Organizations and Clubs

The Pride Alliance
Pride Alliance’s mission is to provide a bridge for LGBTQA+ individuals and allies to interact and learn acceptance of one another; to foster a safe space for everyone from every walk of life, where individuals may be themselves without fear of judgment. Another essential component of the club’s mission is to do educational outreach and community development through activism work, focusing on a variety of social issues that impact the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other identities within the LGBTQA+ community. For more information, visit , or contact the student organization at

Safe Zone Training

The Women’s Center offers Safe Zone Training in a two-hour or three-hour format in two modalities:

  • Open Safe Zone Training workshops for faculty, administrators, staff, and students scheduled throughout the academic year.
  • Targeted Safe Zone Training workshops organized by request and customized to the particular needs of specific campus sectors, departments, or student groups and organizations.
    These interactive and informative workshops address:
    • Differences between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
    • Terminology used to describe sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
    • Promoting LGBTQA+ student inclusiveness in classroom and campus spaces.
    • Understanding the LGBTQA+ life experience and exploring ways to support LGBTQA+ people.

Workshop participants receive a certificate of completion that can be displayed in work areas to promote Safe Zone.

To request a Safe Zone Training workshop, or for more information about Safe Zone Training, contact:

Librada C. Sánchez, Ph.D.
She, her, hers
Director, The Women’s Center
Office: 973-720-2586

Off-Campus Resources

Community-Building Resources

The Center
The Center is a community-building resources that offers programs, events, and advocacy for the LGBTQA+ community. Opportunities to get involved include an LGBTQA+ career fair, advocacy webinars, film festivals, youth parties, meditation, workshops, and so much more. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (212) 620-7310
208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 11001

Community-Specific Resources

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC)
The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of Muslim-identifying people ages 17-24 from across the country, working locally and nationally as activists, organizers, writers, leaders and more to promote LGBTQA+ rights, immigrant rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for Muslims. MyLC is an initiative of Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

The MyLC has published two new resource guides to encourage young LGBTQA+ Muslims to share their experiences: I am Muslim and I Might Not Be Straight is resource for LGBTQA+ Muslim youth, and I am Muslim and My Gender Doesn't Fit Me is a resource for trans Muslim youth.

Contact: (202) 419-3420 (Advocates for Youth)
Khadija Khan, Muslim and International Youth Leadership Councils Coordinator:
1325 G Street NW, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20005

Health Resources (Including HIV)

Community based services and programming for HIV-affected individuals, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (215) 985-2600
1700 Market Street, Suite 1540, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Apicha Community Health Center
Provides affordable health care services for the LGBTGA+ community, including mental health and community education programs. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (866) 274 – 2429
400 Broadway, New York, NY 10013


Buddies of New Jersey
An organization that provides education, support, and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (201) 489-2900
149 Hudson St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality healthcare and services to LGBTQA+ communities in New York. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (212) 271-7200
356 West 18th St., New York, NY, 10011

Human Rights, Equality, and Law Resources

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
HRC advocates on behalf of LGBTQA+ Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBTQA+ issues. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202) 628-4160
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3278

The National Center for Lesbian Rights 
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national non-profit, public interest law firm that advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBTQA+ community. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (415) 392-6257
870 Market Street Suite 370, San Francisco CA 94102

The National LGBT Bar Association 
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, and activists. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202) 637-7661
1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20036

Mental Health Resources

Center for Identity Development
Description: Local psychotherapy and counseling in NJ for individuals, couples, families, and groups, providing aid to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. For additional information, please visit:   

Contact: (973)744-6386
31 Trinity Place, Montclair, NJ 07042

NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies 
NALGAP is a membership organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. For additional information, please visit:


Transgender Resources

Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Professionals 
The mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which LGBTQA+ students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect, and to support colleagues to enhance this work, seek climate improvement on campuses, and advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBTQA+ Offices/Centers. For additional information, please visit:

Contact:; Dr. Adriana di Bartolo or Dr. Van Bailey
280 Madison Ave Ste. 912, New York, NY, 10016

Transgender American Veterans Association
An organization that acts proactively with other concerned gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) organizations to ensure that transgender veterans will receive appropriate care for their medical conditions and will help in educating the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on issues regarding fair and equal treatment of transgender and transsexual individuals. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (516) 828-2911
PO Box 4513, Akron, OH, 44310

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
An organization which promotes evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health. For additional information, please visit:


Resources for Your Frequently Asked Questions

Gender, Sexuality, and Identity

Understanding Gender

This document answers the common question, “What is gender?”. The article explores the definition of gender, the gender spectrum, and gender expansiveness. It also discusses gender privilege and the social construction of gender. To read this article, please visit:

Gender and Sexuality Unicorn

This infographic, developed by the Trans Student Education Project, visually depicts the differences between gender identity, gender expression, and sex assigned at birth. It also addresses physical and emotional attraction towards other genders. To view the infographic, please visit: 

Pronouns Guide

This chart, developed by FORGE, offers conjugations and pronunciations of six pronouns, including four gender-neutral pronouns. To view the chart, please visit:

The Gender Book by Mel Reiff Hill and Jay Mays

This fully illustrated, online book offers a Gender 101 for people of all ages and identities. The book features interviews with LGBTQA+ people, personal questionnaires, and full-color images. To read, please visit:

Trans Allyship Workbook

This adapted workbook explores trans inclusion and allyship. It provides terminology, allyship actions, and selected resources. To read, please visit:

Trans Students Welcomed in Classrooms

This resource offers methods by which faculty, staff, and teaching assistants can make their campuses welcoming for trans and gender-variant studies. To access, please visit:

What is Intersex? from Trans Student Education Project

This infographic offers basic information on the intersex community, including definitions of common terms and ways to respect the privacy of intersex people. To view, please visit:

Asexuality 101 from the Trevor Project

This infographic provides information on asexuality and the asexual community. It describes basic terms, offer statistics, and describes some common experiences of asexual people. To view, please visit:

Asexuality Archive

This website offers a wide range of resources and information on asexuality. The archive covers all topics related to aces. To dive into the archive, please visit:

Asexuality Visibility and Education Network

This webpage is the home of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network. It offers information, resources, and forums that are relevant to asexual people. To get involved, please visit:


Four Unique Struggles of QTPOC by Joamette Gil

This comic explores the struggles that queer/trans people of color experience in their daily lives. To read the comic, please visit:

Allyship with QTPOC from Campus Pride

This article lists 11 great ways to support and provide allyship to QTPOC. To read, please visit:

Coming Out

Guide to Coming Out by Human Rights Campaign

This comprehensive guide offers information on staying safe but being true to yourself during the coming out process. The guide also provides facts, resources, and a glossary of terms. To view the guide, please visit:

Stages of Coming Out by Cass Identity Model

This infographic describes the process of coming out. To view, please visit:

LGBTQA+ Rights

NJ Issues from Human Rights Campaign

This website offers frequently updated information on LGBTQA+ issues in the state of New Jersey. This resources focuses specifically on legislation and other legal issues. To read, please visit:

Local Policy and Advocacy Updates from Garden State Equality

Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s largest LGBTQA+ advocacy and education organization. This resource provides updated information on local legislation and policy. The site has specific information on safe schools, healthcare, older adults, and inclusive paid family leave. To learn more, please visit:

Equality Federation

The Equality Federation is a national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organizations. For additional information, please visit:

The LGBT Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU LGBT Project helps bring to light impactful lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country; cases which have a significant effect on the lives of LGBTQA+ individuals and communities. For additional information, please visit:

Title IX Rights for Trans Students

Know your rights! This webpage has information on how Title IX protects trans students. To learn more, please visit:

GLSEN Trans Student Rights

Use this website to learn about Transgender Student Right's history and explore social media, resources, and leadership opportunities in support of trans and gender nonconforming students. For additional information, please visit:

Rights Trans Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

This resource gives information on the protections that the Violence Against Women Act provide to trans individuals. The webpage has resources for survivors of violence. To learn ore, please visit:

Relationships and Dating

Dating Tips by Forge

This page offers many tips to make dating safer for trans, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary individuals. It also provides information on disclosing certain identity information. To read, please visit:

Relationship Spectrum Quiz

This quiz will test your knowledge on healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. You can use the information provided to learn more about your own relationships. To take the quiz, please visit:

Resources for LGBTQA+ Survivors and Their Supporters 

Healthy LGBTQA+ Relationships + Relationship Quiz

This site provides a wealth of information on healthy LGBTQA+ relationships. You can also take their quizzes to learn more about yourself, your partner, and your relationship! To learn more, please visit:

Queering Sexual Violence Anthology by Jennifer Patterson

This book is an anthology describing how queer people have been organizing against sexual violence since its beginning. The book also addresses the role that queer people have played in multiple social justice movements. To learn more and purchase the anthology, please visit:

Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities

This book addresses the issue of domestic violence and partner abuse within activist communities. Contributors offer their own stories and explore ways of confronting intimate violence among marginalized groups. To read, please visit:

Self-Care After Trauma from RAINN

It can be hard to take care of yourself after a painful, traumatic experience. This resource from RAINN suggests ways survivors can engage in physical and emotional self-care. To read, please visit:

A Self-Help Guide to Healing for Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors

The trans community experiences unique struggles following sexual violence. This comprehensive guide offers statistics, resources, and self-care options. To read, please visit:

Transgender-Specific Resources

This page provides specific resources for transgender survivors of abuse and violence. It discusses tactics of power and control, and lists articles, narratives, and websites that may be useful to survivors. To learn more, please visit:

A Guide for Partners and Loved Ones of Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors

This comprehensive guide addresses ways that individuals can support their trans loved ones who have experienced sexual violence. To learn more, please visit:

101 Ways to Support Survivors

This infographic shares 101 ways to support survivors of violence, bullying, and discrimination! To view, please visit:

Queer Mental & Physical Health

Mental Health and Wellness Chart

This chart describes the different aspects of wellness, including spiritual, environmental, and physical. To view the chart, please visit:

Autostraddle Guide to Queer Mental Health

This guide offers different articles and essays on aspects of queer mental health. Writers discuss their own experiences as queer individuals with mental health issues. To read, please visit:

10 Physical and Emotional Health Concerns of LGBTQ+ Students

This resource describes 10 physical and emotional health concerns that may affect LGBTQA+ students. This guide is a great tool for faculty, staff, and students. To read, please visit:

Eating Disorders and LGBTQA+ Individuals

This site provides information on the unique experiences of LGBTQA+ individuals with eating disorders. Written by a social worker, the page has recommendations for individuals living with eating disorders and their supporters. To read, please visit:

Addiction and LGBTQA+ Individuals

This site provides information on the unique experiences of LGBTQA+ individuals with addictions. The page has recommendations for individuals living with addiction and their supporters. To read, please visit:

RehabSpot: Alcoholism in the LGBTQA+ Community

Provides information on alcoholism and it's unique effects among the LGBTQA+ community. For additional information, please visit:

RehabSpot: Drug Addiction in the LGBTQA+ Community

Provides information on drug addiction and it's unique effects among the LGBTQA+ community. For additional information, please visit:

The Body

A complete resource guide for HIV/AIDS. Includes educational information, recent articles, and links to centers that are specific to different populations. For additional information, please visit:

LGBTQA+ Health & Well-Being Guide

This comprehensive guide covers multiple health issues that are relevant to the LGBTQA+ community, including breast cancer among lesbians, HIV/AIDS and STIs, suicidal thoughts, fitness and weight, bullying, sexual violence, and more. For additional information, please visit:

National Alliance on Mental Illness: LGBTQA+ 

A national organization dedicated to providing individuals with education, support, resources, and providers. This section is specific to the LGBTQA+ community. For additional information, please visit:

Resources for Allies

A site that offers helpful resources that will give you more information on being an ally and a friend. For additional information, please visit:


Human Rights Campaign: Coming Out as a Supporter
A comprehensive guide for understanding when someone you know comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. The guide answers initial questions and shares facts, strategies, and ways to show your support as an ally in the fight for LGBTQA+ equality. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202) 628-4160
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3278

Straight for Equality
A national outreach and education program to empower new allies, who don’t necessarily have a family connection to the LGBTQA+ community. Offers many resources and tools. For additional information, please visit:

Contact: (202} 467-8180
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660, Washington, DC 20036

LGBTQA+ Glossary

Basic Glossary

Ally | A person who is not LGBTQ but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.

Androgynous | Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.

Asexual | The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.

Biphobia | Prejudice, fear, or hatred directed toward bisexual people.

Bisexual | A person emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender, or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way, or to the same degree.

Cisgender | A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.

Closeted | Describes an LGBTQ person who has not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Coming out | The process in which a person first acknowledges, accepts, and appreciates his or her sexual orientation or gender identity and begins to share that with others.

Gay | A person who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.

Gender dysphoria | Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term - which replaces Gender Identity Disorder - "is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults."

Gender-expansive | Conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system.

Gender expression | External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut, or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

Gender-fluid | According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.

Gender identity | One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Gender non-conforming | A broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.

Genderqueer | Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female, or as falling completely outside these categories.

Gender transition | The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns, and/or being socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.

Homophobia | The fear and hatred of or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex.

Lesbian | A woman who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women.

LGBTQ | An acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.”

Living openly | A state in which LGBTQ people are comfortably out about their sexual orientation or gender identity – where and when it feels appropriate to them.

Outing | Exposing someone’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identity to others without their permission. Outing someone can have serious repercussions on employment, economic stability, personal safety, or religious or family situations.

Pansexual | Describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way, or to the same degree.

Queer | A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with "LGBTQ."

Questioning | A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Same-gender loving | A term some prefer to use instead of lesbian, gay, or bisexual to express attraction to and love of people of the same gender.

Sexual orientation | An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to other people.

Transgender | An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

Transphobia | The fear and hatred of, or discomfort with, transgender people.

Self Help Guide for Trans Survivors of Sexual Violence. Forge-Forward. org