It all depends on your specific situation; everyone’s experiences are different. The Housing and Residence Education staff goes through diversity training and is familiar with LGBT topics. However, some LGBT students may feel uncomfortable in the same-sex living arrangements that the residence halls offer, while others might not be bothered by it. Also, the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms can be a stressor for LGBT students. If you feel uncomfortable and/or would like to talk to someone in your residence hall about this, we recommend that you discuss your feelings with either your Resident Assistant or your hall’s Graduate Hall Director (Community Resource Assistant) or Residence Life Coordinator (Residence Director).
If you are being harassed for being LGBT or an ally, it is not your fault. Try not to let the negativity and hate get to you. Be sure to contact the University Police Department at (352) 392-1111, if you are hurt, worried for your safety, and/or interested in creating a police report. You may also want to issue a report through the STOP Bias program from the U Matter, We Care initiative at:http://www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias. Reports are anonymous, and you are able to report both bias incidents and hate crimes. Additionally, you should contact the Dean of Student’s Office at (352) 392-1261, and your Resident Assistant, Graduate Hall Director, and/or Residence Life Coordinator if you live on campus .Also, please contact our office at (352) 392-1217. You are not alone.
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The University of Florida offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Students can get an undergraduate major in Women’s Studies or undergraduate minors in Women’s Studies or Theories and Politics of Sexuality. There are also thesis and non-thesis options for a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies, along with a Women’s Studies PhD concentration
National Coming Out Day is a celebration of LGBTQQIAAP identities that we host an event for every year on October 11. National Coming Out Day is celebrated on October 11 because it is the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It is a day to raise awareness of LGBT rights and inequalities, and also to encourage LGBT individuals to live honest and open lives.
Yes. There are current efforts to centralize this information, and will be provided as soon as it is available.
No, allies and non-queer people are almost always welcome at LGBT Affairs events and simply attending an event will not automatically deem you as “out.” Some people might choose to assume that your support for the LGBT community and its events means that you are queer, but ultimately, you are able to self-identify as whatever you please, and that is what is important.
The University of Florida has multiple student organizations specifically for LGBTQA students. One of the largest is Pride Student Union, an organization devoted to educating and empowering members of the queer community. Additionally, we have QPOC United, which is an organization designed to suit the needs of queer people of color. There is also Subtext, UF’s LGBTQ literary magazine, which has positions for students. Another option is working as a volunteer or work study student for the office of LGBT Affairs.
Allies are people who confront homophobia, heterosexism, and heterosexual privilege in themselves and in others out of their own self-interest. Allies show a concern for the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and a belief that heterosexism is a social justice issue. Allies can be queer, straight, or anything in between.
The Office of LGBT Affairs has a safe space for LGBTQA folks and their supporters called the Rainbow Room. It is Room 407 on the 4th floor of Peabody Hall. The Rainbow Room is a great place to socialize, do homework, and it houses the Tamara Cohen LGBT Resource Library. Additionally, the Civic Media Center and the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida are very LGBTQA friendly.
GatorWell provides free and confidential HIV testing, for UF students by appointment only, at their office located in the Counseling and Wellness Center. For more information about the STD and HIV testing options, go to http://gatorwell.ufsa.ufl.edu/HIV-Testing-Services.aspx.
Free condoms, dental dams, and safe sex information can be found in the Rainbow Room (407 Peabody Hall), at the GatorWell Health Promotions office located in the Counseling and Wellness Center, the GatorWell satellite offices in Jennings Hall and the Springs Residential Complex, and the Student Health Care Center. You can also research safe sex information on the GatorWell website at http://gatorwell.ufsa.ufl.edu/.
The University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) offers an LGBT Empowerment Group, which gives LGBT students a chance to discuss their experiences in a safe environment with trained staff members. Additionally, the CWC offers individual psychological and psychiatric counseling sessions. Check out http://www.counseling.ufl.edu or call (352)392-1575 if you would like more information. Also, if you are in an emergency/crisis situation, please don’t hesitate to call the Alachua County Crisis Center at (352) 264-6789, the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-Suicide (1-800-784-2433) and/or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Another option is to call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386, which is a 24/7 hotline devoted to helping people who are having trouble with coming out, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, depression, suicide, etc.
Discrimination is never acceptable, and you have every right to take a stand against it. If you are being discriminated against for your LGBTQA identity, please contact Lauren B. Hannahs, the Director of LGBT Affairs at, LBH@multicultural.ufl.edu and the Dean of Students Office at (352) 392-1261.
You can go to the GatorWell Health Promotion Services office, which is located in the Counseling and Wellness Center. They can help you manage these concerns and seek further treatment or assistance.
You can go to the GatorWell Health Promotion Services office, which is located in the Counseling and Wellness Center. They can help you manage these concerns and seek further treatment or assistance. You can also go to the Student Health Care Center and/or Counseling and Wellness Center. There are many options available to help you get better and be happier.
You can visit this website,http://www.alachuaclerk.org/forms/Packet10.pdf, for more information on how to complete a name change in Alachua County.
You can visit this website, http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_5100.html, for more information on how to change your gender on your US Passport.
The gender marker can only be changed on your Florida driver’s license if you submit a physician certificate with your application that validates whether your gender transition is in progress or complete.
If someone comes out to you, this shows that they trust you and are willing to put themselves in a vulnerable place in order to be honest and open with you. It is important to be as supportive as possible in this situation. First, you can thank them for trusting you enough to open up to you. Then, you can let them talk and express their thoughts. Throughout the entire conversation, do your best to show that you support them and that you are still there for them. It is very possible that they feel nervous, embarrassed, and/or afraid that you will not want to stay friends with them. Try to alleviate these fears. It might be a very new situation for you, and you might not react perfectly, but the most important thing to do is show that you support them and are willing to listen. It is okay to ask questions, but be sensitive.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS TO INCLUDE DOMESTIC PARTNERS UNDER UNIVERSITY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE?
Graduate students under GatorGradCare are able to include domestic partners under their coverage. More information can be found here: http://hr.ufl.edu/benefits/gatorgradcare/bcbs.asp . Add some info about Student Legal Services.
Yes. You can visit this website for more information: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/as/circ.html
Yes, but they will have to pay a fee, as described on this website: http://www.recsports.ufl.edu/about/membership-services.
You can find information about benefits for domestic partners and families of staff here: http://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance/fees-for-services/spouse-domestic-partner-care/.
No, questioning your sexuality is simply a part of figuring out who you are. Questioning who you are can be somewhat unsettling, but in the end it will give you a greater sense of self, no matter what your conclusions end up being.
No, it is completely up to you whether or not you want to be open about your sexuality.
Coming out is a very personal process and can be different for everyone. Some people find coming out to be extremely empowering while others find it really scary. It can really vary depending on the attitudes of those that you are coming out to. If you are thinking about coming out or have already come out and would like to discuss it, feel free to stop by the Office of LGBT Affairs. We will do our best to support you.
Being outed without your consent can be scary, uncomfortable, and might lead you to feel like you cannot trust others. Please know that the person who disclosed your orientation/identity without your permission is in the wrong here. You have every right to feel violated and upset. Consider bringing along a neutral friend and telling the person who outed you how that made you feel. Explain why/how what they did affected you personally. Be sure to take your own safety into consideration if you choose to confront the person.
No, that is just an action which may or may not reflect your sexual identity. Additionally, it is all about how you self-identify.
No, you do not, just like straight people do not have to have sex with people of the opposite sex to really be straight.
No. While some religious communities are less tolerant of the LGBTQ community than others, you can still choose to be religious even if you self-identify as queer. Add the info on the inclusive faith communities in town.
Not at all! Just be yourself and express your identity however you see fit.
No. Your choice of political affiliation is yours and yours only. Being queer is only one part of your identity and it is up to you to select a political party that fits with your beliefs.
No. Sexuality is extremely fluid. You can change your identity at as many points in your life as you feel necessary.
As specifically as you want! The choice is completely yours and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
LGBTQQIAAP stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, and Pansexual. These letters together make up a majority of the non-straight, non cisgender identities. Each group within this acronym has their own unique set of challenges, cultural differences, and privileges. Some choose to refer to the LGBTQQIAAP community as simply, the queer community.
“Queer” used to be considered a derogatory term but it has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ community as a term to signify empowerment and simply as a term to describe the LGBTQQIAAP community. Add: “It still may be used as in a derogatory way, depending on the way it is being used. But queer is used by many in an empowering way.
Sexuality relates to the biological side of things, including who we are attracted to. Gender is more societally constructed and has a lot to do with culture and social influences.
Heteronormativity is the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm, and that anything outside of heterosexuality is not normal. It is the societal construction that men should be “masculine” and women should be “feminine” without exceptions or consideration of the gender, sexuality, and identity spectrums. Heteronormativity enforces traditional gender roles.