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 these letters mean?

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer

+ includes all other non-straight and transgender identities

Do you really need all of those letters?

There is no universally accepted word for people who are not-straight and/or not-cis. 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. While there are limited legal protections for LGBTQ people in Utah, many of DSU’s students are coming from states where no such protections exist. Additionally, since LGBTQ people are from all segments of the population, many experience discrimination for reasons outside of their sexual or gender identity, compounding their difficulties.

  • One in three people who identify as LGBT are people of color [1]
  • Almost 21% of LGBT individuals make less than $12,000 a year [2]
  • Over half of LGBT students aged 13-17 feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and nearly 40% because of gender expression [3]
  • Less than half of LGBT students aged 13-17 were able to find LGBT-related information at their school library [4]

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.

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