LGBTQIA+ Resources

At Rockland Community College, we embrace the diversity of our community. The Connection Center strives to create a welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff to engage with and develop their understanding and support LGBTQIA+ communities through programs, events, learning and development, support, resource sharing, and consultation.

Queer Conversations

Queer Conversations is a bi-weekly discussion group open to anyone interested in having conversations about LGBTQIA+ life and features a series of rotating guest facilitators. For the Spring 2024 semester, Queer Conversations are hosted in the Connection Center (8372) every other Tuesday from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  Here are the dates:

  • January 30
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 21 (note this is a Thursday)
  • April 2
  • April 16
  • April 30

CANDLE Rockland Flame Chapter

In collaboration with CANDLE Rockland, a new chapter of FLAME for RCC students has started for the Spring 2024 semester. FLAME is a youth/college age-centered program that allows folks who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community to socialize, play games, talk about serious issues, and ask questions. For the Spring 204 semester, FLAME is hosted in the Student Union, Room 3217 monthly on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Here are the dates:

  • February 13
  • March 19
  • April 9
  • May 7

LGBTQIA+ Ally Training

In an effort to educate both students and employees about the diverse needs of our most marginalized students, the Connection Center hosts various LGBTQIA+ Ally Trainings.

LGBTQIA+ Ally Trainings include an overview of the population, challenges specific to this population, gender, sex, pronouns, what it means to have privilege, case studies, information about appropriate community resources, what it means to be an ally, and discussion on how to be a good ally for the LGBTQIA+ community.  Keep an eye out for campus-wide emails from the Connection Center on upcoming LGBTQIA+ Ally Trainings.  All folks, regardless of their knowledge are welcome.

RCC LGBTQIA+ Commission

Founded in the Fall 2023 semester, the RCC LGBTQIA+ Commission was created to foster a more inclusive and supportive campus and community climate through education, activism, and advocacy for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Commission is comprised of students, staff, and faculty, and meets monthly to discuss, plan, and make meaningful changes at RCC for students and employees.

Commission Membership 2023-2024

Steven Marks (Chair)
Veronica Murphy (Co-chair)
Amanda Feeney
Joe Falco
Dana Caponong
Patricia Szobonya
Susanna Santiago
Beth Robinson
Fred Herbst
Kim Grace
Charlie Boshoff
Sundari Ruth
Student Member

Commission membership applications are sent via email each spring semester for membership the following year.  To get in touch with the LGBTQIA+ Commission, please email Steven Marks (Chair) at [email protected].

Gender-Inclusive Bathroom Locations

  • Student Union, Second Floor (across from the Hawk’s HUB)
  • Academic I, First Floor
  • Eugene Levy Fieldhouse, First Floor

LGBT National Hotline


  • staffed by volunteers who identify somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum
  • operates Monday–Friday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm PST
  • offers phone, chat, and email options


Call 877-565-8860
Press “2” for Spanish

  • staffed by volunteers who identify as trans/nonbinary/queer
  • operates 24/7
  • phone line only (no chat options at this moment)
  • option to speak to operator in either Spanish or English
  • also provides opportunities to apply for microgrants

THRIVE Lifeline (for 18+)
TEXT “THRIVE” TO 313-622-8209

  • The THRIVE Lifeline offers 24/7 crisis text support for marginalized people over the age of 18, including People of Color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people living with disabilities.

For additional information about each of these resources and general information for students, visit

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