Our office strives to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members about various topics related to gender and sexuality. One of our primary forms of education is SafeZone. This is a 90-minute workshop to better equip individuals to be allies to the LGBTQ* community. In addition to SafeZone, the office supervises small-scale educational programming run by student ambassadors and interns. We also consult and conduct panels, expert lectures, film screenings, and more.
Advocating for the LGBTQ* community is essential for voices to be heard and accepted. The Office of LGBTQ* Resources partners with various campus offices and departments to create accessible and inclusive experiences. This includes identity-related housing accommodations, a single-stall lockable bathroom registry, name and gender marker change form, identity confirming Wildcat ID cards, and a partnership with Transform Health Clinic.
Building community with LGBTQ* individuals helps create a sense of belonging for students and beyond. Our office serves as a community space for students to come in, relax, do homework, and not have to worry about discomfort around their identities. We host social events and programs at least twice per month; most of these programs and events are developed by student ambassadors. We stay connected to the local LGBTQ* communities in Lexington, as well, through collaborations and partnerships.
Our office also helped create and develop the Audre Lorde Social Justice Living Learning Program.