The Office of LGBTQ Resources at Yale
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Resources on campus works with staff, faculty, and students from all of Yale’s Schools to create a network to learn about Yale’s LGBTQ social, cultural, and academic programs and events. The Office provides many services to students, including online databases of resources for the LGBTQ community, one-on-one meetings with staff members to discuss student life, Roundtables for Queer Leadership for LGBTQ networking on campus, and peer liaisons for first-years on campus.
The Office of LGBTQ Resources also hosts and co-sponsors many LGBTQ themed social and cultural events almost every night of the week. Events on campus range from Queer Meditation and Yoga, to Reel Queer Film Screening, to Queer Tea, to Graduate and Professional Receptions, to dance parties held at GPSCY (the Yale grad-student bar on campus), basically giving the on-campus LGBTQ community safe places and events to socialize, network, learn, and discuss issues in the community.
Next week, the Office of LGBTQ Resources is hosting its annual Trans*/Gender Awareness Week at Yale, aimed to explore a variety of trans and gender non-conforming identities, experiences, and community. The list of events includes programming for allies and families, photo exhibitions, panel discussions, and a film screening.
In the spring, the Office also hosts Pride @ Yale, an annual celebration of LGBTQ+ identity, history, culture, and community at Yale, providing seminars, discussions, and screenings focusing a wide array of subjects, including queer families, safe sex, AIDS, drag, feminism, activism, masculinity, race, art, and politics. Pride @ Yale lasts for the entire month of April, and is open to the entire Yale and outside community.
While on the subject of the LGBTQ community here at Yale, I think it’s important to mention F&ES’s own Student Interest Group (SIG) Out in the Woods, a social advocacy group for the LGBTQ and Allied community at F&ES. The student-run group works to address diversity issues in F&ES and the environmental movement as a whole, providing a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ students. The SIG sponsors discussion groups, film showing, and social events, most recently including camping trips and pumpkin carving festivities.
(Photo Credit: Office of LGBTQ Resources at Yale)