LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, & Questioning)
The following resources are geared toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning students as well as their friends and straight allies.
Coping with Discrimination
Spectrum is a student organization founded for the purpose of promoting equality at USI and the surrounding community. Meetings (Every other Tuesday at 9:00 pm - RL 0012) are open to GLBTQ students and straight allies.
USI Diversity Resources
Go to USI's Diversity Resources page to find USI diversity statistics and information about campus and Evansville events and resources. This page also includes information about faculty and staff who have undergone Safe Zone training.
The Tri-State Alliance serves the GLBT communities of Southwestern Indiana, Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. They sponsor many events including the gay and lesbian youth prom, the summer pride picnic, the AIDS Art Auction and the AIDS Christmas Project.
(for students, family, & friends):
The Trevor Project has several excellent resources for LGBTQ youth, which include:
•The Trevor Lifeline (866-488-7386). This is a free and confidential
suicide prevention lifeline specifically designed for LGBTQ youth.
Assistance is available 24/7.
• TrevorChat & TrevorText provide professional one-on-one
assistance to individuals not at risk for suicice.
• Ask Trevor is an online question and answer forum for matters
related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
• TrevorSpace.org is a social networking site for individuals
This is an excellent resource to help you better understand why you might be questioning your sexual orientation and it will help give you the tools to better accept your particular orientation. Click here.
The It Gets Bettter Project was started in 2010 when Dan Savage and his partner created a You Tube video to encourage and support LGBT youth who were coping with bullying and other difficulties. Go to this wonderful site to watch one of the 50,000 use-created videos or submit one of your own.
The Reformation Project is a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that offers an affirming perspective on what the scriptures have to say about homosexuality.
This is a brief documentary (viewable online) that was created to "provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual."
This campaign encourages people to take a pledge to avoid saying "that's so gay" as part of a larger campaign against verbal bullying.
Everyone Is Gay is an affirming advice website for all, with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. The site's founders use humor to create a supportive, open dialogue on issues of sexuality, relationships, and more.
PFLAG is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their families, friends and allies.
GLSEN is an advocacy organization that describes their mission as striving "to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."
"The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all."