Community Agreements

These Community Agreements outline our expectations for everyone who comes to The Center, whether as a visitor, client, or employee. These agreements not only apply in our building, but also in any virtual meetings or off-site Center events.

The Center is a space that welcomes and meets people where they are. Please be considerate of your fellow visitors and avoid making assumptions about anyone’s age, race, gender, sexuality, pronouns, or even their reason for being here.

Embracing Diversity and Respect

Why you are here may not be why the person next to you is here; they may be here to get sober, to speak to their mental health counselor, to hang out after school, to seek support on their immigration case, or for some other reason.

By entering this space, you agree…

For the safety of all our visitors, the following behaviors are prohibited at The Center:

  • Use of discriminatory language, including but not limited to language that is racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, ageist, or ableist
  • Physical violence, the threat of physical violence, or any behavior that endangers the safety of any individual or group
  • Sexual harassment or inappropriate touching
  • Sexual or financial solicitation
  • Possession or use of weapons
  • Sale, use, or possession of illegal substances
  • Sexual activity and public nudity
  • Theft and vandalism

To allow all the diverse uses of our space, we have identified additional behaviors that are not allowed within our space. Please note that our front desk team is happy to connect visitors with outside resources for anything that we are unable to provide or permit here.

  • Leaving personal property unattended
  • Consumption of alcohol, unless served at an authorized event and consumed in the designated event space
  • Public intoxication
  • Bathing or other use of restrooms that interferes with others’ ability to use restrooms
  • Use of audio without headphones and/or listening to loud music
  • Smoking of any kind, including vapes and e-cigs, in the building or garden area
  • Sleeping
  • Interfering with others’ ability to move through The Center, like blocking doorways, walkways, or exits
  • Handing out non-Center literature inside the building without permission
  • Photographing and/or recording others without permission or any other behavior that violates the confidentiality of other visitors
  • Not following the direction of Center staff

If you see something…

If you have concerns about anything you see, please do not intervene! Instead, tell a member of our front desk team immediately and allow us to address the situation. The Center’s front desk team is responsible for the safe and proper operation of the building, and their directions and instructions are to be followed at all times.

If you break these community agreements…

We may ask you to leave if you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines. We also may take any action we deem appropriate for the safe and proper operation of The Center. This may include suspension from our buildings or services. In an emergency or as a last resort, we may contact 911.

If you feel you have been treated unfairly by Center staff or wish to provide other feedback about your experience here, you may contact Center management by emailing or calling 646.358.1719. Your concern will be addressed by The Center’s Chief Operating Officer.

Whenever possible, The Center will support opportunities for individuals suspended from The Center to re-engage with us. This will occur on a case-by-case basis and may include a two-way discussion, recognition of the harm caused to people, making amends, and forgiveness.

Our Pledge of Non-Discrimination

In consideration of the provision of space-for-fee at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, I represent and affirm that our group is non-discriminatory and will treat all individuals and groups equally without regard to actual or perceived race; creed; color; national origin; religious background or affiliation; gender; gender expression or gender identity; sex; sexual orientation; pregnancy; age; height or weight; alienage or citizenship status; past, present or future disability or condition, including physical (e.g. HIV/AIDS), intellectual (e.g. learning disability), or psychiatric; veteran or military status, marital or partnership status, or any other protected status in accordance with federal, state or local laws.

Our Good Neighbor Pledge

The Center is a busy hub of community activity located on a mostly residential street. It is important that we maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors while continuing to provide a welcoming atmosphere for the people who come to The Center. Representatives of The Center attend community board meetings, block association meetings, and are in general in contact with leaders from the community regarding the impact of The Center on its neighbors.

Our Shared Understanding

I understand The Center reserves the right to revoke any use of its facilities by a user group in the event that such group fails to affirm or abide by these principles and our space use terms & conditions. We recognize that respecting individual dignity, achieving equality, and promoting intergroup harmony are the responsibilities of all people, including our group. We reject hatred and will not engage in acts or expressions of hatred directed to any person(s) or group(s). Our group will work in good faith to affirm and abide by these principles in all our activities and affairs.