LGBTQ+ Support and Sexual Health Peer Counseling

Peer advocates with the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP), a part of Alice! Health Promotion, are available during drop-in hours to listen, offer support, and connect you to additional resources.

GHAP serves the entire Columbia community regardless of gender or sexual orientation. We continue to develop our special commitment to advocating for the sexual and emotional health of the LGBTQ+ population.

Students speak with advocates to discuss:

  • Sex and relationships
  • Coming out (or not) and other identity concerns
  • LGBTQ+ life on campus and in New York City
  • Safer sex and risk reduction
  • Adjusting to Columbia
  • Anything else on students' mind


Other LGBTQ+ Support

Support Groups

From time to time, when there is sufficient student interest, we offer support groups or virtual support spaces and other special programs for LGBTQ+ students.

We welcome hearing from student groups who would like to partner with us in developing programs to serve the LGBTQ+ community. Contact Anne Goldfield, the Associate Director for Outreach at Counseling and Psychological Services.

Sexual and Gender Identity Drop-in

Students are welcome to drop-in during sexual and gender-identity drop-in hours with a CPS counselor at Lerner 502 during the academic year. While checking in, please tell the front desk you are dropping in for sexual and gender-identity drop-in.

Healthcare Services

Visit our Transgender and Gender Expansive Health Care Services page to see a full list of services. 

About peer advocates

Peer advocates are undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from across Columbia who undergo intensive training and are supervised closely by professional staff.

Advocates are HIPAA-certified and required to uphold the strictest levels of confidentiality. In the rare case that a student recognizes an advocate, a different advocate will be made available.

A number of advocates speak second languages, including Mandarin.