Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

The ISC in early Spring 2020Sometimes things happen that are outside of our control and we don't know what to do when things are happening. Below are a brief list of resources, through SUNY Geneseo, New York State, and nationally should you ever need telephone numbers and websites for whom to reach out to online or call.

As the Geneseo community is currently all spread out across the state and beyond as we engage social distancing and distance learning, regardless of where you are, we want you to have a foundation of resources to which we are aware.

Please reach out to a trusted professor, your campus supervisor, your club or academic advisor, the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs for LGBTQ+ Life, phone 585-245-6237, or Geneseo's Dean of Students, Dr. Leonard Sancilio (email, phone 585-245-5706), if you ever need assistance with finding help and resources for mental health, physical health, and safety concerns. No one should ever endure alone. And you are not alone, no matter how far away you are from us.

Additionally, if you ever feel like you are in immediate danger, call 911 from any phone.

Here's a list of various resources at or through SUNY Geneseo, New York state, and nationally which may be helpful; there may be many more in your current location, please feel free to ask if you need help finding specific resources:

LGBTQ+ -Specific Local, State, and National ResourcesLGBTQ+ Support at Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services
Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs for LGBTQ+ Life

Office: College Union 348
Phone: 585-245-6237

Many communities have LGBTQ+ centers, which are the nexus of information and support for the LGBTQ+ community in your local area. Students can use this directory to find their local LGBT Center, which can offer support groups and referrals.

Mocha Center
Serving LGBTQ+ people of color in Buffalo and in Rochester.

The Anti-Violence Project, 212-714-1141
Fights violence against LGBTQ+ people in all its forms. Located in New York City.
Check out this article on "Tips for When Staying Home Isn't The Safest Plan"

Pride Counseling
This LGBT-affirming online counseling network is where students can sign up and be matched with an LGBT-affirming mental health provider for low-cost sessions. They also have apps for android and iphone.

Transgender Lifeline, 1-877-565-8860
Designed for members of the transgender community in crisis and staffed by transgender people. Open 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST daily.

The Trevor Project, 1-866-488-7386
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and 24/7 suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. The Trevor Project also offers other resources including the LGBT safe space social networking site, TrevorSpace. There are trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat , or by texting START to 678-678.

SUNY Geneseo ResourcesMain Street Geneseo in February

If on campus or in Geneseo, for thoughts of suicide and other emergency needs, call University Police at 585-245-5222. If outside of Geneseo, call 911 or 211. For other immediate assistance, text "START" to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Additional resources can be found at

SUNY Geneseo Counseling Services, 585-245-5716
Lauderdale Counseling service is booking online appointments

SUNY Geneseo Crisis and Health Emergency Resources

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services Hotline: 1-800-527-1757

Pathways, 585-237-8860
Pathways is a confidential, peer-to-peer based program featuring trained Geneseo student Peer Advocates providing anonymous assistance to other students
Visit the Pathways website for more information on chat options.

2-1-1 /LIFE LINE, 1-877-356-9211
A 24/7 crisis/suicide intervention program and Information & Referral (I&R) service serving Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Cayuga and Seneca Counties. We offer assistance and referrals for emergency food, shelter, clothing, crisis counseling, substance abuse issues, employment, financial and legal issues, physical and mental health needs, and more.

New York State Resources

Emotional Support Line (specifically for coronavirus): NY State Office of Mental Health

National and Global Resources
Text "start" to 741-741 to initiate text-based counseling

National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233

(The youth-oriented also links to this page, and you can also text LOVEIS to 22522 for help)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255

They also have chat services embedded directly in their website

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 1-800-656-4673

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US Federal)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service)

Food Insecurity

If for any reason you are hungry, the Feeding America website provides information about food banks in your area.