We are committed to providing educational excellence to its students while creating a diverse, inclusive atmosphere for learning. We support the LGBTQIA+ student, staff and faculty population. This online hub is updated from the CUNY LGBTQI+ Council.
The CUNY LGBTQI+ Council is a CUNY-wide committee of faculty and staff dedicated to supporting the intersectional LGBTQI+ communities across the university system. Our mission is to ensure the visibility and inclusion of the entire spectrum of LGBTQI+ students, faculty and staff. We aim to be a collaborative resource to create connection and community, identify and troubleshoot gaps, increase representation, awareness, and equity. We are committed to leading with a social justice lens, offering support services and developing programs, events and opportunities for those who identify as LGBTQ+ or questioning.
Our representatives on the council:
Associate Professor of Law & Special Advisor on Gender Persecution to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor
Bibi N. Amin
Admissions Counselor & Pipeline to Justice Liaison
LGBTQI+ Council Subcommittee: Gender/Name Policies & Information Systems
LGBTQIA+ Student Group – OUTLaws
Our student LGBTQIA+ group, OUTlaws bring together LGBTQI+, questioning, and allied peers through community-based activities, actions, campaigns, social advocacy, education, friendships, and fun.
Social Media: Instagram @cunyoutlaws
Staff/Faculty Advisor: TBA
Meeting Details: TBA – Join Listserv
If you are in need of emotional support, please visit our Counseling page.
If you are in need of health and wellness resources, please visit the Health & Wellness page.
If you or anyone you know is in a crisis situation:
please call 911, visit your local emergency room, text “HOME” to 741741
or reach out to The Trevor Project or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
In Student Affairs, we are dedicated to assuring this inclusive atmosphere for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex communities and others whose identification extends beyond these borders.
A chosen name (referred to in CUNY policy as a preferred name and sometimes known as a name-in-use) is a name that a person uses which is different from the one on the person’s legal records. There are many reasons a person may use a chosen name, including to reflect their gender identity or to go by a more familiar nickname.
CUNY policy allows you to update your chosen first and middle name as well as your gender at your discretion, without documentation. Unless noted, your chosen name will be displayed (with your legal last name) on CUNYfirst, Blackboard and course rosters. You can also update your student ID card, email address and Zoom display name.
Colleges may use a chosen name on all documents and records except for certain official documents (e.g. diplomas and transcripts), where a legal name change is required to update.
Use Someone’s Chosen Name
In short, use someone’s chosen name whenever possible. This includes:
- in casual conversation and email communication
- in formal settings
- on registration and sign-up forms
If you have access to a student or colleague’s legal name, treat this as confidential data and limit usage to specific circumstances where a legal name is required (e.g. for a background check or when dealing with financial records.)
Note: In certain circumstances, it may be unclear whether a person would prefer you use their chosen name versus their legal name (e.g. when contacting a family member or writing a letter of recommendation). If you are not sure, privately ask the person what they would prefer.
Update Your Preferred Name
- Log in to CUNYfirst
- Go to Student Center
- Under Personal Information, click “Names”
- Click “Add a New Name” and choose the Preferred option
Update Your Gender
- Log in to CUNYfirst
- Go to Self Service (might also say Employee Self Service)
- Under Personal Details, click “Gender Identity”
- Choose your gender identity. Options include: male (M), female (F), transgender (T), gender nonconforming (G), non-binary (X), a gender not listed (L) and not specified (U)
- Choose the date you want your gender identity to be shown
Update Your Student ID Card
You are entitled to a free updated ID card to reflect their preferred name, without a legal name change! Your preferred name must be updated in CUNYfirst.
Contact the Public Safety Department to request a new card.
Update Your Student Email
Your preferred name must be updated in CUNYfirst. Once done, you can contact IT Services – Helpdesk and request your student email address reflect the update.
During a meeting, you can click the three dots next to your screen and choose “Rename”. Update the display name to reflect your chosen name and pronouns.
It’s an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn about the LGBTQI+ community through terminology, self-examination, discussion, and best practices. It teaches about some of the many struggles faced by the LGBTQI+ community and how we might better foster inclusion.
If you are interested in learning more about Safe Zone Trainings or setting up a training for your department or student organization please reach out to our representatives, Lisa Davis or Bibi Amin.
If you would like more information on the CUNY LGBTQI+ Safezone Subcommittee, please contact Tammie Velasquez at email@example.com.
- Statement on Protecting the Rights of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students
- Memorandum on State and Local Laws Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression (2019)
- Memorandum on Student and Employee Requests for Name and/or Gender Changes (2021)
- Memorandum on Student and Employee Requests for Name and/or Gender Changes (2018)
- Memorandum on Expansion of the New York State Gender Recognition Act (2022)
- Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy
- Policy on Sexual Misconduct
- CUNY Sexual Misconduct Complaint Form
- CUNY School of Law Title IX page
- GLAAD.org – GLAAD is a non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ advocacy and cultural change.
- Comptroller’s LGBTQ+ Guide – a citywide directory of organizations and services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers. From senior services, access to housing, the arts, and youth support, this guide serves as a reminder that New York City will continue to celebrate and support LGBTQ+ communities citywide.
- The Trevor Project
- LGBTQ Glossary – It Gets Better Project
- It Gets Better.org