The university supports all students of all gender identities. Explore these campus resources for the LGBTQ+ 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)
Coming out is not a one-time event, but is a life-long process for the LGBTQ+ 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.
GUIDES & HANDBOOKS
- 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
If you're in crisis, there is help.
- Provides 24/7 crisis support. Text HELLO to 741741.
- TrevorLifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7. Call 1-866-488-7386.
- Confidential text messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7. Text START to 678-678.
- Crisis intervention and suicide prevention, by/for transgender persons. Call 877-565-8860.
- Provides information and resources for LGBTQ+ people and their allies, as well as telephone support for suicide prevention. Call 800-273-TALK (8255).
The LGBTQ+ community is rich with diversity which is reflected in ever-changing language. Below are links to glossaries of commonly used LGBTQ+ terms and their definitions.
- It Gets Better LGBTQ+ Glossary
- LGBTQ+ Vocabulary Glossary of Terms
- 64 Terms That Describe Gender Identity & Expression
Empower yourself and expand your knowledge with these tools and books.
- Top Wellness Tips for LGBTQ+ Students - LINK COMING SOON
- It Gets Better - Stories
- 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 LGBTQ+ folx.
LGBTQI Grief and Loss Support Group
- A safe and accepting space to share about loss. For individuals 18 and over.
- Soreo Hospice 2475 E. Water Street
- Contact: Samantha Hebert (520) 547-7000 or Samantha@soreo.com (email)
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
- Journeys: Exploration of Gender
- Trans BIPOC Support Group
HOUSING & SAFE SPACES FOR LGBTQ+ YOUTH
Bread & Roses - Crisis Transitional Housing for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth ages 18-24
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 LGBTQ+ people. Below are resources to help answer questions you may have and provide tips for being supportive to the LGBTQ+ loved ones in your life.
- 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
- 10 Ways to Be an Ally and a Friend
- 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.