LGBTQ+ Resource Center

LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center aims to advance, through education and advocacy, the rights and well-being of all Virginia Tech LGBTQ+ communities locally, across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and around the globe. We work to provide space, acknowledge and celebrate intersectionality, cultivate leadership, and engage in activism in the spirit of Ut Prosim.

LGBTQ+ Open House - Hokie Pride T-Shirt.

LGBTQ+ Open House - Hokie Pride T-Shirt.

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center strives to be the home you make with the family you choose.

Overview

Welcome to Virginia Tech, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) and ally Hokies! The campus climate at Virginia Tech for LGBTQ students was given four out of five stars by CampusPride, and it continues to improve.

This website highlights the events, initiatives, programs, and services specifically aimed at or organized by the LGBTQ+ community.

Creation of the Center

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Virginia Tech was opened on August 15, 2016. The current LGBTQ+ Resource Center would not be possible without the advocacy and support of many past and present LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff representing HokiePRIDE (formerly LGBTA), the LGBT Staff and Faculty Caucus, previous LGBTQ+ coordinators, and the Ex Lapide Alumni Society. We thank you for your energy and fierce advocacy.

"We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are. We have to show the world that we are numerous. There are many of us out there."
- Sylvia Rivera, civil rights pioneer

Guiding Principles

We acknowledge the influence of oppression and discrimination existing in our society. We honor all LGBTQ+ activists who came before us, and those who will come after us for their contributions towards creating a safer, more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.

We recognize that sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression exist at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, culture, age, d/Disability status, class, and other identities and therefore result in varied lived experiences.

We value the dignity, diversity, and inherent worth of all people and work to support an inclusive space of belonging for all LGBTQ+ individuals.

We nurture and develop LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students’ knowledge and leadership skills. We commit to providing opportunities and financial support to develop current and emerging leaders.

We provide resources and instruction for and regarding the varied experiences of LGBTQ+ communities.

We collaborate, partner, and engage in activism to make strides towards social equity with all Virginia Tech campuses and surrounding communities.

We acknowledge the historical oppression of LGBTQ+ communities and believe in the fundamental right to emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being of these communities and each queer and trans individual.

  • Career Services for LGBT Students – Virginia Tech Career Services offers resources and help to LGBT students.
  • Cook Counseling Center – Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center provides individual counseling and group counseling for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Tech. Consultation and outreach services are provided for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and student organizations.
  • Dean of Students Office – The Advocacy Team in the Dean of Students Office makes connections and provides resources for all Virginia Tech students in times of personal emergency and crisis.
  • HokiePRIDE – This is the LGBTQ+ University Chartered Student Organization, housed by Cultural and Community Centers (CCC). CCC also advises other cultural student organizations, such as the Latino Association of Student Organizations, the Asian American Student Union, and the Black Organization Council.
  • Safe Zone – This program ensures certain areas on campus are safe for any person, regardless their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, etc.
  • View a map of the gender inclusive restrooms on campus.
  • InclusiveVT – InclusiveVT is a framework that creates active, intentional engagement of Virginia Tech communities. It is led by a newly established President's Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council.
  • Women's Center – Provides individual services, counseling, and advocacy. There are also numerous educational programs and other resources about sexual assault, violence against women, etc.

National Organizations

State Resources

  • Equality Virginia – "Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan lobbying, education and support network for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight allied (GLBT) communities in Virginia."

Regional Resources

Open and Affirming Places of Faith

Contact Information

Dr. Ashleigh Bingham - Director, LGBTQ+ Resource Center
anbingham@vt.edu

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