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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.
Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, El Centro, HokiePRIDE, Office of Veteran Services, & Women’s and Gender Studies

Veterans Day 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 12:00pm (EST)

Keynote by Shane Ortega,

The first out actively serving trans soldier in the US Army.

Register in Advance:
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nWBJ7N1gQu2w5Ke7d_kBOQ

Or Scan the QR code in the flyer


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.

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  • Q*mmunity Support Group – This mental & emotional health support group meets every Monday evening from 5:30-7pm welcomes folks who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those who are exploring their gender and/or sexual identity, to connect and share their experiences.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) – GIH exists with the explicit goal of providing a housing experience with a sense of belonging and community for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-comforming students, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning students and allies of the those communities.
  • Career Services for LGBT Students – Virginia Tech Career Services offers resources and help to LGBT students.
  • Chosen Names & Pronouns in Banner – Through a campus-wide working group, Virginia Tech has established new procedures whereby students can choose to indicate their personal pronouns, chosen names, and gender identification in university records systems (Banner).
  • New River Valley and National Resources: List of campus and regional organizations in the New River Valley. This website also provides a list of national outreach organizations for the LGBT community.
  • American Medical Student Association—Transgender Resources: Website for Transgender resources and educational information provided by the American Medical Student Association.
  • Callen Lorde Surgeon List: List of surgeons and resources providing gender confirming procedures organized by region. 
  • Trans HealthCare SRS Surgeon Directory: List of surgeons serving in the United States who perform sexual reassignment surgery. 
  • Equality Virginia Resource Guide: List of resources for advocacy and networking organized at the national and regional level. 
  • The Trevor Project: Organization providing crisis and suicide prevention for youth in the LGBT coammunity. This resource includes a hotline, public service announcements, and models for school policies, among others.
  • CenterLink: Organization providing assistance to LGBT organizations. These services include leadership summits, webinars, raising awareness, and technical assistance. 
  • Transgender College Student Resource Guide: Up-to-date and verified useful information and resource for transgender students in college.
  • LGBTQ Workplace Resource Guide: a comprehensive workplace resource for the LGBTQ community, which answers every question and concern in terms of how to approach a professional working environment.
  • American Institute of Bisexuality: Bi.org is a project of the Bi Foundation, also known as The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB), a 501(c)(3) private foundation that supports and sponsors projects likely to promote bi visibility and improved understanding bisexuality through education, research, training, and outreach.
  • Asexuality Visibility and Education Network: The Asexual Visibility and Education Network. hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.
  • Campus Pride: Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students.
  • Go Grad: scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students: Go Grad provides a platform where aspiring graduate students of all ages, backgrounds, and specialties can get the information they need to make informed decisions about their education. They create in-depth resources, conduct student and alumni interviews, speak with experts in various fields, and develop user-friendly search tools to help prospective grad students vet all their options.
  • interACT: formerly known as Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)—was founded by attorney Anne Tamar-Mattis with an Equal Justice Works fellowship in 2006, and continued with an Echoing Green fellowship in 2008 with a focused mission of ending harmful medical interventions on intersex children.  They began our operations with a national advisory board, including doctors, lawyers, mental health experts, and leaders of many different intersex organizations to establish our goals.
  • LGBTQ Architect: These resources, compiled from campus resource programs across the country, are free as part of a grant-funded project sponsored by the Calamus Foundation, the LGBTA Student Resource Center at Penn State University, and the Consortium of higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality: The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
  • National LGBTQ Task Force: The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. They are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives.
  • Online Colleges: Choosing An LGBTQ-Friendly College: OnlineColleges.net was started in 2009 as a response to the global surge in online education. As the demand for our resources grew, they began creating more original content and funding proprietary research. In early 2016 they relaunched as the Center for Online Education to better reflect the breadth of knowledge and information on our site.
  • Trans Student Educational Resources: Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
  • EDUMED Scholarships & Resources for Transgender Students: The online guide showcases 20 scholarship opportunities (including many in the healthcare field) that can make all the difference in affording college. It also provids a list of valuable academic and career resources that transgender students can use to maximize their success during and after college.
  • AddictionResources.net: Many rehab centers advertise "LGBTQ-friendly" but their programs may not be focused on the unique challenges faced by community individuals. It’s important to find a center that keeps those needs in mind while being a safe environment to receive treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. AddictionResources.net has put together a list of the 9 Best LGBTQ+-Friendly Drug Rehabs in the U.S.
  • MoneyGeek's "Financial and Social Resources for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth": Our team worked with an expert in youth LGTBQ+ homelessness, Selima Morrow to write this resource page.  Selima is the director of outreach and community housing at CHRIS 180 where she helps young LGBTQ+ struggling with housing instability.  Our guide includes:
    • Practical advice on how LGTBQ+ youth can navigate homelessness and find help
    • Information on housing and financial assistance at the national and state level.
    • Facts about the issue of LGTBQ+ youth homelessness to raise awareness of its how common it is and the impact of homelessness on young people.
  • US Birth Certificates | Transgender Birth Certificates by State: Identity documents, of course, are issued by your state of residence and the rules for any and all alterations vary state-by-state. Therefore it’s important to know what steps you will need to take in order to reflect your new identity. To make this process a little easier, we’re going to look at some of the guidelines you’ll need to follow in order to update your birth certificate to reflect your change of gender.
  • Study.com | College Guide for LGBTQ Students: LGBTQ students face a unique set of challenges in college. This guide is focused on helping those students face those challenges and providing them with the resources to do so.
  • Study.com | College Scholarship for LGBTQ Students: There are numerous scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ students. This comprehensive guide covers everything from common questions about the application process to Title IX and LGBTQ-friendly colleges.
  • Zippia | Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students: Individuals within the LGBTQ community are already faced with enough obstacles in their daily lives that they don't need the added stress of figuring out how to pay for a higher education. Through the means of finding 30 scholarships dedicated to supporting the community, we're hoping to alleviate some of that stress. Many scholarships go unapplied each year, which means lots of money goes unused. So make sure you check out these scholarships while you're planning your educational future.
  • American Addiction Centers | LGBTQ and Gay-Friendly Rehabs: Rates of substance abuse and addiction are higher among people on the LGBTQ spectrum than in other sectors of society. Thankfully, there are a number of facilities that offer services that are customized to meet the very special challenges people in this demographic face as they attempt to get sober. The best ones offer assistance with issues of abuse, trauma, stigmatization, violence, and harassment. They also connect people with peers who can understand them intimately.
  • American Addiction Centers | Free Virtual Support Meetings: We are adopting the slogan “progress not perfection” and will do our best to adhere to traditional 12-step guidelines. Our primary purpose with these meetings is to create a safe, confidential, and accessible forum for those who are in recovery or seeking recovery.
  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom for LGBTQ+ students: Teachers play a crucial role in supporting and advocating for LGBTQ students, ensuring they are able to learn and explore in a safe classroom space. The following guide discusses the importance of inclusive classrooms and provides tips and tools for being an ally to LGBTQ students. There is also an expert interview that explores common questions teachers of LGBTQ students may have.

Contact Information

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

227 Squires Student Center

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