Inclusive Excellence
LGBTQ+ Resources

The University of Akron and the Akron community offer a number of resources for LGBTQ+ members of our community, 探索身份问题的学生, 以及校园里希望支持LGBTQ+学生和同事的人.

2022 National Coming Out Day
Tuesday, October 11th


Tuesday, Oct. 11, marks the 34th National Coming Out Day, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and raises awareness of the continued fight for equal rights and acceptance.

This day is also a reminder of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which led to increased LGBTQ+ activism.

The Department of Student Life celebrates LGBTQ+ students, faculty, contract professionals and staff at the University with this “Zips of Pride” poster.

“Zips of Pride”的使命是帮助BC菠菜导航的大学家庭建立社区, 增加校园的可见BC菠菜导航,支持所有LGBTQ+身份. 这张海报的特点是LGBTQ+社区的成员和盟友.


Student Groups

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Union of Akron provides a community space for all students under the LGBTQ+ spectrum as well as provide education on a variety of subjects for both queer students and allies alike.

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Pride in STEMM
Organization focusing on LGBTQ+ students in STEMM disciplines focused on building community, raising awareness, and fighting for equity.

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Gay-Straight Law Alliance
The Gay-Straight Law Alliance of Akron Law shall endeavor to foster ideals of tolerance, respect, understanding, and equality in the community regarding the legal downs and privileges of all people, 主要关注那些自认为是同性恋的人, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or intersex.

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Gay-Straight Alliance at Wayne College
The Wayne College Gay-Straight Alliance Club (WCGSA) is a service/learning organization providing students of all races, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation a safe place. GSA的目的是为学生提供, a club/organization on campus where they feel safe and secure with others who will not judge them for who they are or how they identify themselves.

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Campus support

Campus resources

在学期中换名字 & 如何与教授进行对话

We know that approaching your professors may feel uncomfortable while transitioning. 发送电子邮件可以让对话更容易. Emails can be useful in explaining a difference in chosen name or pronouns than they may have previously known you by or that is on their class roster.

An example email might look like:

Dear Professor _________,

我是你的学生(在这里插入类名). I am contacting you today to let you know I had previously used the name (insert legal name here). 我的名字在你的花名册上显示为(在这里插入合法姓名), 但是我选择的名字是(在这里插入选择的名字). My pronouns are (insert pronouns here). I will be putting (insert chosen name here) on my assignments and would appreciate it if you called me that in class. Thank you for your support.


(Chosen name)

Crisis Hotlines

Trans Lifeline (can use texting)

特雷弗计划-拯救年轻的LGBTQ的生命 (can use texting)

Crisis Text Line - text START to 741-741

Support in and around Akron, Ohio

Summa Health Pride Clinic: Holistic Healthcare from providers trained in LGBTQ+ unique health needs and committed to meeting those needs

Margie’s Hope:为跨性别者提供社区和支持, nonbinary, and Gender nonconforming individuals, partners, 以及大阿克伦社区周围的家庭

TransOhio: TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support, and advocacy, which promotes and improves the health, 俄亥俄州跨性别者个人和社区的安全和生活经验.

CANAPI: Akron based community organization that serves and promotes the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community and persons at risk and/or affected by HIV through education, support services, quality housing, and advocacy.

Equality Ohio Legal Clinic 免费法律诊所,提供更名和文书服务, consumer, family, 以及民法和行政方面的帮助.

Equitas Health LGBTQ+ positive hospital system

WAKE Food Bank WAKE Food Bank is a Trans owned and operated organization that provides food assistance to those in need in Northeast Ohio. 他们的服务是免费的,谨慎的,世俗的. 不需要收入或工作证明.

PFLAG Akron LGBTQ+社区的家人和朋友支持小组

Plexus LGBT & 联合商会的网络和教育集团的专业人士

Hope and Healing - Resources for survivors

Akron Pride Festival - Unify and affirm the LGBTQ+ community and allies in celebrating diversity and promoting acceptance of all individuals by defending human equity.

National Organizations

Out in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics organization for LGBTQ+ students and professionals in the STEM fields

GLSEN Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network researches and develops resources for the classroom

GLAAD Guidance for media and storytellers, evaluates media representation, 并维护语言指南和词汇表

National Black Justice Coalition NBJC的使命是终结种族主义、同性恋恐惧症、LGBTQ/SGL偏见和污名化.

国家跨性别平等中心 NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice

TransLatin@ Coalition The mission of TransLatin@ Coalition (TLC) is to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community that resides in the U.S.A. 并制定策略来提高BC菠菜导航的生活质量.

Dignity USA – LGBTQ+ Catholics

Keshet – for LGBTQ+ Jewish people


Gaychurch.org 列出你所在地区开放和肯定的教堂. Based on zip code. Also includes resources.

Quick tips for Faculty and Staff


To support students:

  • There are many ways to create a culture in your classroom and office that shows LGBTQ+ students that you support them.
  • 接受LGBTQ+主题的培训和教育是重要的第一步. If you have not already, or need a refresher, please do take the COURSE NAME on your Bdownspace page. This course goes over terminology, 如何支持处于过渡时期的学生和同事,或者可能向你出柜的人, and pronoun use. 咨询和测试中心还提供同盟安全区培训. 当有机会的时候一定要报名. And, continue to pursue professional development to help ensure that you are providing inclusive, safe, and affirming educational practices.
  • 假设你的班上有LGBTQ+学生. Speak, teach, and act as though not all of your students are cisgender and/or straight. 而不是用“女士们和先生们”来开始你的课堂, say “Okay everyone, let’s get started” or “Okay, class.”
  • During your syllabus class, it may be a fun idea to pass around a “Get to Know Me” class survey. 你可以问他们这门课最让他们兴奋的是什么, 他们会担心在课堂上涉及哪些话题, what their pronouns are, and their chosen name.
  • Post signs in your office to help convey to students as they are walking through the door that you are a safe person. This could be having buttons or signs with your own pronouns on it or displaying “The Genderbread Person” infographic on your wall or having a sign that says I support LGBTQ+ students.
  • If you see or hear about gender-discrimination or discrimination based on sexual orientation, submit a referral to: hotelbellavistapanama.com/help

To support colleagues:

  • Like supporting students, there are many ways to create a workplace environment that support LGBTQ+ colleagues.
  • 接受LGBTQ+主题的培训和教育是重要的第一步. If you have not already, or need a refresher, please do take the COURSE NAME on your Bdownspace page. This course goes over terminology, 如何支持处于过渡时期的学生和同事,或者可能向你出柜的人, and pronoun use. 咨询和测试中心还提供同盟安全区培训. 当有机会的时候一定要报名. And, continue to pursue professional development to help ensure that you are providing an inclusive, safe, and affirming workplace environment.
  • Show your support. Having empowering conversations as an ally can create an inclusive environment and helps to show that diversity is valued. You may not know who may not be out at work and these conversations can help to create an environment who people may feel comfortable in coming out. 如果你听到反lgbtq +的对话,说点什么.
  • 不要假定某人的身份或代词. 但是,也不要强迫别人出来.
照片由BC菠菜导航的学生Myers Art拍摄

图片来源:Mari Pykus,BC菠菜导航迈尔斯艺术学院的学生


The below resources are for further learning and exploration and represent a variety of experiences and viewpoints.

Terminology List

How to be an Ally


  • Trans In College; by Z Nicolazzo
  • 阿洛克·维德-梅农的《菠菜导航收录》
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of our Lives, Edited by Nia King
  • 《BC菠菜导航》/《菠菜导航收录》,作者Gloria Anzaldua
  • Transgender History by Susan Stryker
  • Gender Outlaws by Kate Borenstein
  • Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
  • Seasonal Velocities by Rya Aoki

Podcasts and short videos


Film/ TV/ web series