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Office of Diversity and Equity

LGBTQ+ On and Off Campus Resources

lgbt 4/14Last updated: March 1, 2020

INTRODUCTION

According to the National School Climate Report, 86 percent of LGBTQ youth reported being harassed at colleges and universities, compared to 27 percent of students overall.  College years can be challenging for all students, yet those who identify as LGBTQ often face additional pressures or concerns. Within the below listed resources, LGBTQ+ students at Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU” or “University”) can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate the campus environment.

There are many listed resources are available on (or near the surrounding)  Danbury area.  A list of these resources have been catalogued below for any needed assistance.  If there are additional resources to be included, contact with a member of the Office of Diversity and Equity to modify and/or include more resources can be done either by phone at (203) 837-8444 or by email at ode@wcsu.edu.

If you feel that you need additional support and would like to seek that support outside the confines of WCSU, please see the following off-campus resources.  As always, the Office of Diversity and Equity is always open for your questions and would like to assist you in navigating any help you need.

CSCU/WCSU On-Campus Resources

BOR/CSCU Policy – Use of Preferred First Name & Execution of Change to Legal Name by Students

BOR/CSCU Preferred Name Request

BOR/CSCU Guide to Preferred Name Request

BOR/CSCU Legal Petition to Change Name

BOR/CSCU Guide to Execution of Change to Legal Name by Student

WCSU Gender Neutral Housing Application

WCSU Gender Neutral Bathrooms on campus

WCSU Gender and Sexuality Alliance (“GSA”) (no club link available)

Off-Campus (State) Resources

True Colors: Sexual Minority Youth & Family Services
Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective 
New Haven PRIDE Center
Triangle Community Center

 

LGBTQ+ Specific Resources

Hate Crime Prevention Resources
Human Rights Campaign
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays

 

Publications

A Guide to Living Bully Free
Answers to your questions about Sexual Orientation
Congregate Care Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth
Families Supporting an LGBTQ Child
Foster Parents Caring for LGBTQ Youth
I think I might be Bi
I think I might be Gay
I think I might be Lesbian
I think I might be Transgender
LGBTQ Youth Risk Data
Out, Safe & Respected
Read this before coming our to your parents (En Español)
Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health (2019)
Youth in Care – Information for LGBTQ Youth

 

National Hotlines

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-HELP
GLBT Youth Support Line 1-800-850-8078
Gay & Transgender Hate Crime Hotline 1-800-616-HATE
Trevor Helpline – Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth 1-800-850-8078
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

 

Transgender Resources
Answers to your Questions about Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression
Are you concerned about your child’s gender’s behavior?
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – Gender Identity Specialists
DCF Transgender Best Practice Guide
New York City – Transgender and Gender non-Confirming
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault
The Cost of Gender Transition
Transgender Law Center
World Professional Association for Transgender Health