The university supports all students of all gender identities. Explore these campus resources for the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
Groups & Clubs
- A resource and drop-in center for students. Located on the 4th floor of the Student Union, Room 404.
- Provides a LGBTQ+ listserv and events. Send an email to email@example.com to be added to the listserv.
- The link provides information and instructions regarding changing your name and pronouns for UArizona systems and documents.
- For a map of All Gender Facilities at the UArizona, please visit the link below. Click on "Health & Safety," and filter for "All Gender Restrooms" (the purple toilet icon). For details on a location, click on the specific icon.
- Housing & Residential Life offers Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) in cluster communities that provide a safe and supportive living space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning students. GIH provides a supportive and inclusive living environment where a student can room with any other student, regardless of sex, gender, gender/identity expression, or sexual orientation.
- Anyone who has witnessed, knows about, or has experienced discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment or other sex or gender-based discrimination, violence or harassment is encouraged to seek support and report concerns.
UArizona Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy (includes sexual orientation and gender identity)
- The Gender Reassignment benefit affords members critical access to medically necessary, gender-affirming health care.
- View the United Health Care Student Resource Gender-Affirming Surgery Guidebook
Coming out is not a one-time event, but is a life-long process for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. When, how, and to whom to come out is a personal decision, and there is no right or wrong way to do so. The links below provide helpful information about the coming out process.
Articles & Guides
Living Authentically Resources
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual+
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Black LGBTQ People
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans
- Inviting In Instead of Coming Out
Transgender or Nonbinary Resources
- Coming Out as Transgender
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Transgender or Non-Binary
- Coming Out as Transgender (Planned Parenthood)
Resources for LGBTQ+ Parents
If you're in crisis, there is help.
Crisis Textline: Provides 24/7 crisis support. Text HELLO to 741741.
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988
TrevorLifeline: TrevorLifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7. Call 1-866-488-7386.
TrevorText: Confidential text messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7. Text START to 678-678.
Trans Lifeline: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention, by/for transgender persons. Call 877-565-8860.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Provides information and resources for LGBTQ+ people and their allies, as well as telephone support for suicide prevention. Call 800-273-TALK (8255).
The LGBTQIA2S+ community is rich with diversity which is reflected in ever-changing language. Below are links to glossaries of commonly used LGBTQIA2S+ terms and their definitions.
- It Gets Better LGBTQ+ Glossary
- LGBTQ+ Vocabulary Glossary of Terms
- 64 Terms That Describe Gender Identity & Expression
- The Gender Galaxy: The Gender Galaxy Overview and Gender Galaxy Activity Instructions
Empower yourself and expand your knowledge with these tools and books.
- Disability and LGBTQA+ Resource Guide
- It Gets Better - Stories
- Transgender and Thriving in College Online Resource Guide
- A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being
- My New Gender Workbook
- The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook (Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression)
Local support groups and safe spaces for LGBTQIA2S+ folx.
LGBTQI Grief and Loss Support Group
- A safe and accepting space to share about loss. For individuals 18 and over.
- Location: Soreo Hospice 2475 E. Water Street
- Contact: Samantha Hebert (520) 547-7000 or Samantha@soreo.com (email)
Immigration and Legal Support
Transgender Veterans Support Group
Southern AZ Veterans Administration holds a weekly group for all who identify as transgender at any stage of transition. Must be VA-enrolled.
For meeting times, location, and to enroll, call 520-629-4888
Facilitated by Lynn Kucieski (520) 792-1450 ext. 3996 and Ande Burkholder (520) 792-1450 ext. 6883
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance Support Groups
- Desert Sisters
- Dezert Outlawz
- Dezert Boyz
- Families Transformed of Southern Arizona
- Trans BIPOC Support Group
Housing & Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth
Bread & Roses - Crisis Transitional Housing for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth ages 18-24
Thompson House of Tucson - Connects houseless trans and gender non-conforming young people (ages 18-24) with host homes for up to a year.
Thornhill Center on 4th - A SAAF place for LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 13-24 to visit in order to access a variety of services to support their health and well-being.
Parents, friends and allies are important in the lives LGBTQIA2S+ people. Below are resources to help answer questions you may have and provide tips for being supportive to the LGBTQIA2S+ loved ones in your life.
Articles and Online Guides
- A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth
- Being an LGBTQ Ally When Someone Comes Out to You
- Parents: Quick Tips for Supporting Your LGBTQ Kids and Yourself During the Coming-Out Process
- Tips for Allies of Transgender People
- What's the Difference Between Being an Ally and an Accomplice?
Resources for Allies
- This page of the GLAAD website provides helpful resources for LGBTQ+ allies, parents and families, including articles and PSAs.
- COLAGE is a national organization dedicated to supporting people with one or more LGBTQ+ caregivers.
- The Family Acceptance Project is an initiative that uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children and to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth.
- This website that includes videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual children including information regarding religious support.
- PFLAG is an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.