Tips and tricks to better support the LGBTQ+ community on our campus
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community is comprised of individuals who have gender identities and/or sexualities that are marginalized and historically underserved. By clicking on this page, you have already made a big step towards better support and understanding for LGBTQ+ people! So what's next?
Allyship is the intentional action of supporting and advocating for a community that is historically marginalized. You can be an ally for many communities, though often this term is used specifically talking about LGBTQ+ people. So what does allyship look like?
- Listening to LGBTQ+ people - listening to the LGBTQ+ people in your community about what they experience and what support they need
- Acting in situations of injustice - react when someone say or does something anti-LGBTQ
- Using language with respect - reference accurate names, pronouns, and terminology
- Acknowledging your identity - understand that your own background and position may impact how you think and see
- Educating yourself - do the work to learn about the history and experiences of LGBTQ+ people and what you can do to support them
LGBTQ Safe Zone Program
Want to learn more in an engaging environment? Oklahoma State University has the LGBTQ Safe Zone Program which offers monthly opportunities to join your peers and our LGBTQ+ Coordinator in conversation!
Research and Best Practices
- A Guide for Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students
- Advocating for Transgender and Non-Binary Affirmative Spaces in Graduate Education
- Ask Me: What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors To Know (video & article)
- Non-Binary Fact Sheet
- Overview of Non-Binary Identities
- Recommended Terminology, Pronouns, and Documentation for Work with Transgender and Non-Binary Populations
- Understanding Gender
- Understanding Non-Binary People; How to be Respectful and Supportive