DSU LGBTQ+ Resource Center

DSU LGBTQ+ Resource Center

WHO WE ARE

The Resource Center supports DSU’s LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty, as well as educates the campus’s straight and cis community on how to be fully inclusive and welcoming of LGBTQ+ identities.

What do all of these letters mean?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, + Plus

+ includes all others in the gender and sexually expansive community not already represented by LGBTQ including: Intersex, Asexual, Two-spirit, Pansexual, Agender, and more. It is meant to make the acronym more encompassing and inclusive of this diverse community.

Other versions include: LGBT, LGBTQQIA+, LGBTQIA2S+, and others. LGBTQ or LGBTQ+ are two of the most socially recognized versions.

Do you really need all of those letters?

There is no universally accepted word for people who are not-straight and/or not-cisgender. This is because the community has, until very recently, met with near-universal hostility and lack of legal protection. Schoolchildren all across the country still call things they dislike ‘gay.’ While ‘queer’ has been used as an umbrella term by many LGBTQ+ groups, individuals and academics in an effort to be inclusive of the full spectrum of sexual and gender identities, this terminology excludes and alienates the many people who have, and are still are, called ‘queer’ in hatred.

Because of our history of oppression, LGBTQ+ people lack a single word we can rally around.

WHY WE ARE HERE

The LGBTQ+ community faces many unique challenges compared to the rest of the population. Legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals still vary state-by-state. Additionally, since LGBTQ+ people are from all segments of the population, many experience discrimination for reasons outside of their sexual or gender identity and this intersectionality compounds their difficulties.

According to Human Right’s Campaign Statistics:

  • 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people.
  • 92% of LGBT youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBT. The top sources are school, the Internet, and their peers.
  • 68% of LGBT youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBT from elected leaders.
  • 30% of youth surveyed say their family is not accepting or is homo/bi/trans-phobic.
  • 31% of youth surveyed say they do not come out at school because they will be treated differently or judged.

According to GLSEN’s 2015 National School Climate Survey:

  • 57.6% of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 43.3%
    because of their gender expression.
  • 31.8% of LGBTQ students missed at least one entire day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable, and a tenth (10.0%) missed four or more days in the past month.
  • Over a third avoided gender-segregated spaces in school because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable
    (bathrooms: 39.4%; locker rooms: 37.9%).
  • Most reported avoiding school functions and extracurricular activities (71.5% and 65.7%, respectively) because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable.
  • 8 in 10 LGBTQ students (81.6%) reported that their school engaged in LGBT-related discriminatory policies or practices, with two-thirds (66.2%) saying that they personally experienced this anti-LGBT discrimination.

WHAT WE DO

The Resource Center empowers the LGBTQ+ people who are part of DSU’s community. Much of this comes from the simple act of providing information to everyone. Other parts of the center’s mission include scholarships, mentoring, promoting visibility and acceptance, and outreach. We create a space for students where they feel safe to gather, express themselves, discuss ideas, learn, and teach others. We work as a team to improve LGBTQ+ inclusion across campus.

  • Education
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Mentoring & Support
  • Peer Support Groups
  • LGBTQ+ Hosted Events
  • Provide Resources (locally and nationally)
  • Create Visibility
  • Assist in finding LGBTQ+ scholarships
  • Assist with filing name change documents or transition related documents
  • And much more! (ask and we will help you with it)
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