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LGBTQIA Resources


The Pride Network’s Library: Housed in the institute, students can browse the Pride Library online.

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Rainbow Lecture: Addresses LGBTQI issues from a scholarly perspective.

Out in Reel LGBTQI Film Series: Looks at these issues from a variety of perspectives.

LGBTQI Awareness Month: A month-long celebration that features programming to raise awareness around a variety of LGBTQI communities and issues.

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Rocxxy: Summer Internship in Feminist Activism and Leadership: Undergraduate internship program that combines a professional experience with guest speakers, field trips to historic sites, and readings with reflections on feminist activism and leadership.

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On-Campus Health Care and Counseling Resources

University Health Service (UHS): UHS offers time-limited therapy at the University Counseling Center (UCC), and health promotion services.

University Counseling Center (UCC): Services include time-limited individual and couples therapy, group therapy, medication management, 24-hour crisis services, consultation, and educational presentations.

University Housing Resources: The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services coordinates educational, cultural, and social programs; helps students dealing with personal issues and problems; supervises the student staff members; provides modern computer and video access systems; and directs all cleaning, physical improvements, and repairs in the buildings.

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Campus Organizations

College Feminists: This group was created to increase the consciousness and awareness of the campus community on topics related to gender equality, equal rights, and sexual health.

Pride Alliance: This is an employee resource group dedicated to creating and sustaining a positive work environment which values and supports all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

Pride Network: The Pride Network's mission is to provide and support an open and secure environment to discuss issues of sexuality and identity, provide information and resources concerning sexuality to all University members, and provide social and academic activities that are in compliance with the University of Rochester Students' Association.

Undergraduate Council for Gender and Women’s Studies(UCGWS): UCGWS provides a space to discuss gender, sexuality, and women's studies outside of the classroom.

LGBTQ & Allies Special Interest Group at the Warner School: This graduate student interest group works to create an inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. It supports the educational achievement and personal growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex students, and their allies.

SPECTRUM: This is a URMC group that seeks to support, educate, and offer targeted resources to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community training at the University’s Medical Center.

Out@Simon: This group comprises lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA students at the Simon Business School who seek to function as a resource to develop, inform, support, and enrich an LGBT community on campus. Out@Simon organizes and promotes a variety of social and professional activities with the aim of building a strong network of future business leaders.

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University Programs

Safe Space: This is a training initiative intended to create a safer and freer environment for all members of the University community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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Local Resources

Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley: This organization is dedicated to cultivating a healthy, inclusive environment where individuals of all sexual orientations and gender expressions are safe, thriving, and enjoy full civil rights.

The Rochester Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gay and Lesbian Support Group: Located at the Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607.

ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival: The festival presents LGBT arts and cultural experiences while showcasing films, other creative works, and artists to promote awareness, foster dialogue, and build community.

Interfaith Advocates for LGBT People: This web forum aims to increase awareness, understanding, and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people by individual congregations and the larger community.

Lilac Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (LRAD): LRAD is a non-profit organization for the deaf gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community.

Rochester Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): Support, education, and allies who advocate for full inclusion of LGBT people, housed in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Pride Center of Western New York: Works with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people to live, work, and establish their families.

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the NYCLU: The chapter defends and promotes the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality, and due process of law for all New Yorkers. This includes LGBTQI rights like protection from discrimination, marriage fairness, and safe schools.

Mocha Center: The center improves health and wellness in communities of color through intervention and service with an emphasis on LGBT programming.

Center For Youth: The center provides comprehensive programs and services, from prevention education to counseling, to emergency shelter to youth development opportunities with respect for and full participation of youth. We deliver these services with the deep belief that young people, given information and support, want to and can make their own positive life choices.

Trillium Health: Trillium promotes healthy, positive living for those with complex social and medical issues by providing comprehensive care and support in a welcoming environment.

Trans* Alliance of Greater Rochester: Meeting location: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Community Center.

The Self-Made Men: The group supports and mentors transgender people, as well as promotes awareness of the transgender male existence in both the LGBTQ and allied communities.

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Websites and National Resources

Affordable Colleges Online's LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Student Resources: This guidebook shows LGBTQ students the various on-campus and online resources they can use to make their college experience more welcoming and supportive.

Best College's LGBTQ Student College Guide: Helps LGBTQ high school students find colleges that have a safe, accepting campus.

Bisexual Resource Center
: The center is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): GLAAD works with print, broadcast, and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. When news outlets get it wrong, GLAAD is there to respond and advocate for fairness and accuracy.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and health care providers.

GLBT National Help Center: The center serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation: Advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues.

LAMBDA: Dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence.

LGBTQ Student Resources and Support: Offers LGBTQ resources for schools including A Safe Place to Learn, LGBTQ Resources for All Students, LGBTQ Teens, LGBTQ College Students, Scholarships for LGBTQ Students, and more.

National Center for Transgender Equality: Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Creating Change: Builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: Educates and empowers organizations, human resources professionals, employee resource groups, and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, expressions, and characteristics.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Transgender at Work (TAW): Addresses workplace issues for transgender people. TAW provides resources for innovative employers who want to set their company employment policies to support their transgender employees.

Trevor Hotline: 24-hour crisis hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): WPATH promotes evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health.

Youth Resource: A website created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people that takes a holistic approach to sexual health by providing information and offers support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.

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LGBTQIA Terminology

Because LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual) related terminology is rapidly changing and represents many different communities, we offer multiple resources for you. Note: When dealing with individuals, it is important to use the terminology and pronouns with which they most identify.

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Be an Ally

Being an ally to LGBTQIA individuals and communities is an unending task, and something that a person must work on every day. While we can't give a definitive list of actions to take to be a supportive and helpful ally in every situation, here are some links to get you started.

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