LGBTQ Resources

We welcome our LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff to the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion!

The Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion is dedicated to inclusion, empowerment, social change, and justice. Our mission is to create campus environments, programming, and policies that reflect our dedication to justice. We remain committed to empowering and uplifting the voices of LGBTQ students, offering equitable access to our resources and programs, acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of LGBTQ people of color, and standing in solidarity with LGBTQ students while advocating for social change in higher education.

 

 

A preferred name is a name that students plan to go by on campus. Other than cases where legal name is required, this is the name will be used in different instances such as CANVAS and class roster.

UNA allows any student to request a preferred name to reflect in CANVAS and for the class roster. Electing to use a preferred name will not change your legal name.

Visit the link here to learn how to request a name change and view frequently asked questions.  

Check out this comprehensive list of around 200 financial awards, internships, and nonprofit resources for LGBTQ students and allies

Often, your school will have its own schedule for local pride and queer-related events. If you don’t see enough, note that you can always fundraise and create new events for your college.

  • Camp Pride Events: This leadership academy is for undergraduate students.
  • Creating Change Conference: This conference is run by the National LGBTQ Task Force.
  • Spirit Day: This event is run by GLAAD and was created to speak out against LGBTQ youth bullying and harassment.
  • BiWeek: GLAAD also organized this event for bisexual+ awareness.
  • Ace Week: This annual event raises awareness of asexuality and celebrates ace pride.
  • Day of Silence: This day protests harassment of students, involving silence and a “breaking the silence” rally at the end of the day.
  • CenterLink Leadership Summit: This organization helps create leaders of all ages within the LGBTQ community.
  • ROMBA Conference: For LGBTQ MBA students and graduates, this is an ultimate networking event.
  • Out for Undergrad: O4U offers yearly conferences for high-achieving students interested in business, engineering, marketing, and technology.
  • Transgender Awareness Week: Gender Spectrum promotes this yearly event for trans, nonbinary, and gender-expressive youths.
  • Gender Odyssey: An international conference for trans and gender-diverse people, this annual gathering can be a great place to learn more.
  • Ally Week: GLSEN offers this event for allies.

These are just a sampling of some of the national student communities; a student might want to ask, “Where are LGBTQ organizations near me?” to find organizations at specific colleges. There are some great campus-specific organizations to check out as well!

  • Campus Pride: This organization is a volunteer-based group for LGBTQ student leaders to encourage safer college campuses.
  • GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) offers help to LGBTQ students and promotes events like Ally Week, the Day of Silence, and No Name-Calling Week.
  • GSA Network: If your school doesn't’t currently have a GSA club, you can be the one to start it! The Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network is made of “trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice.”
  • The Community of LGBTQ Centers: This is a network of LGBTQ rights organizations; see if you can find a local community center.
  • GLAAD: The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) promotes positive depictions of LGBTQ people in media.
  • Live Out Loud: Offering scholarships, events, and programs, this organization is for connecting LGBTQ youth with successful professionals in their community.
  • Trevor Space: This is a safe social network for LGBTQ people ages 13-24.
  • Bisexual Resource Center: Bi+ students might consider checking out these resources.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality: Transgender people experiencing discrimination can find help and resources here.
  • Trans Student Educational Resources: This youth-led group promotes education about trans and gender-diverse lives.
  • Asexual Visibility and Education Network: AVEN offers a safe space for asexual and questioning people.
  • InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth: This is an advocacy group for intersex people and advocates for consensual surgeries.
  • Intersex Campaign for Equality: Connect and find resources for intersex people.
  • Athlete Ally: Sports players can rely on this group for support.
  • PFLAG: This organization is for LGBTQ people, their allies, and their families.
  • COLAGE: This organization is for people with one or more LGBTQ parent.
  • Straight for Equality: This organization is for straight allies.
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance: NQAPIA is a organization for queer Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander groups.
  • oSTEM: This organization is for LGBTQ people interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Unfortunately, LGBTQ discrimination on college campuses is still a reality. While many campuses across the U.S. are becoming more and more inclusive, there are still situations where students and administrators fail to rise to the opportunity to support LGBTQ students. Sometimes, the harassment can be so bad that it’s hard to find your footing. Learn about how to take a stand and stem the tide of bullying.

Start by understanding student rights, such as Title IX, the EEOC, and your First Amendment rights, as well as current issues surrounding LGBT discrimination in schools, like the “no-promo homo” laws. Right now, the Human Rights Campaign is pushing for federal legislation such as the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act, but discrimination still happens. If you’re in a situation that might require legal action, consider looking at some of these resources:

Students with LGBTQ identities have a much higher risk of depression and suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual counterparts. If you’re an LGBTQ student looking for help, use one of these resources:

  • 1-866-488-7386 (The Trevor Project): This is the top crisis intervention service for LGBTQ people under 25.
  • 877-565-8860 (Trans Lifeline): Offering emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis, this organization has helped thousands of trans people.
  • 1-800-273-8255 (Suicide Prevention Lifeline): This national resource, funded by SAMHSA, offers help.
  • 212-714-1141 (Anti-Violence Project): Report violence or get crisis intervention help with this organization for LGBTQ and HIV-positive people.
  • It Gets Better Project: If you want to know that there are happy and successful queer people out there, the It Gets Better Project offers you realistic proof.
  • Family Acceptance Project: This project aims to prevent major health and mental health risks for LGBTQ youth by increasing family acceptance.
  • The Q Card: Talking with health providers can be hard for queer and trans young people, and the Q Card is an educational tool that can help young people self-advocate in health-care spaces.

Learn how to properly address trans or queer peers, and use some of these other resources to familiarize yourself with gay culture.

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Other Resources

  • The Family Acceptance Project: Family acceptance is important to the mental health of LGBTQ youth, and this organization aims to increase that acceptance.
  • SIECUS: This organization promotes sex education for social change.
  • Advocates for Youth: This is another organization aimed at improving sexual education.
  • It’s Pronounced Metrosexual: This is an educational tool focused on gender and social justice.
  • Bi.org: Bi students looking for more information can read tons of articles and resources here.
  • The Advocate: This is a news resource for LGBTQ people hoping to stay abreast of politics and culture.

This page was adapted for ease-of-navigation from the Ultimate Guide to Resources for LGBTQ+ Students.

If you have any additional questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to email us at socialinclusion@una.edu, we would be happy to assist you!

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