Marks: LGBTQA+ resources for students
As a transfer student at the University of Oregon, I struggle with finding a place where I feel like I belong. One of the communities I’d like to become more involved with is the LGBTQA+ community. That being said, I decided it was time to compile a list of resources for LGBTQA+ students and allies so students can easily find and learn about these resources.
The gender equity hall is for students who are “committed to gender inclusion and equity.” This hall allows students to room with others of any gender identity or biological sex. This way, students don’t have to feel boxed in by gender binary floors. In addition, the gender-inclusive housing hosts the LGBTQIA scholars. I support students being able to live in a gender equity hall because no one has to feel uncomfortable due to their gender identity.
LGBTQIA Scholars are students living with peers who want to learn more about LGBTQIA identities. The program involves taking classes such as “Introduction to Queer Theory” and “Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies.” In addition, the scholars live in the gender equity hall mentioned above. The program is open to anyone who is interested. To apply, go to the LGBTQIA Scholars website.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, Aromantic and Ally Alliance (LGBTQA3) is a queer club run for and by students. Their mission is to “prevent isolation while raising awareness and maintaining a space inclusive to all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.” The group meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Allen 140. The LGBTQA3 is a great group that is inclusive to anyone.
The LGBT Education and Support Services Program (LGBTESSP) “enhances the academic growth of LGBTQIA individuals at UO and in the Eugene community.” The program strives to provide resources and assistance to UO’s queer community. Students can go to them for any sort of support they are seeking as a member of the queer community or as an ally.
The Bridges Panel Program
This program is “designed to facilitate honest dialogue to educate people about the truth and diversity of the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals.” It is offered through the LGBTESSP. Speakers are invited to a variety of classes to present panels on LGBTQIA+ related issues. If you’re interested in becoming a panelist or having a panel come to your class, more information can be found on the Office of the Dean of Students’ website.
The Queer Ally Coalition (QAC) has the goal of “reducing homophobia, heterosexism and gender bias on the University of Oregon campus and create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for all members of our community inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.” The QAC offers three different types of training. The first is general QAC training as an introduction to ally development. Next are customized QAC programs, which are altered to cover any LGBTQIA-related topic requested. Finally, there is training for those who would like to be QAC facilitators. To request training, go to the Office of the Dean of Students’ website. I would recommend it to people hoping to call themselves allies to the queer community.
OUTreach’s mission “is to engage and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning students at the University of Oregon.” Members of the program volunteer throughout the year to help out new and incoming students with LGBTQIA-related programs. OUTreach events and activities mostly occur over the summer and during Week of Welcome. OUTreach members also help out with tabling during the school year and work with the LGBTESSP on projects and initiatives. If you are interested in becoming a member of OUTreach, you can apply on their website.
The Wayward Lamb
The Wayward Lamb is “Eugene’s newest queer destination.” The bar is usually 21+, but occasionally there are events for all ages. There is also a den in the back, where drag shows and dance nights are hosted.
Hopefully this compilation of programs, clubs and places to hang out will help UO’s queer students find a sense of community. If you would like to learn about any other groups or programs or more details about the ones I’ve listed here, more information can be found at the UO Dean of Students’ LGBTQIA website.
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