1. The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
The Consortium works to create safe communities for LGBTQ+ students on college campuses by bringing LGBTQ+ students together and advocating for safety and tolerance. They also have a job listings page where people seeking careers in LGBTQ+ issues on college campuses can find and apply for jobs.
2. Scholarship Foundations
There are numerous scholarships available for LGBT+ identifying students. The Point Foundation and Live Out Loud both provide scholarships every year, and Point also provides a mentoring program. The Worldwide LGBT Aviation Community also provides scholarships and a mentorship program for aspiring pilots who identify as LGBTQ+.
3. Campus Pride Index
This resource is great for students who are choosing colleges. The Campus Pride Index is a resource that evaluates how LGBTQ+ friendly a college campus is by evaluating factors like policy inclusion, academic life, health and counseling services and social atmosphere, among a variety of other issues.
4. Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal advocates for the civil rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. They lead legal cases, education campaigns and also provide information about legal protections for LGBTQ+ people state by state.
5. Trans Student Educational Resources
TSER is led entirely by trans students and seeks to educate the general population on transgender issues by speaking at conventions, leading workshops and publishing educational literature. They also provide scholarships for trans students.
6. College LGBTQ+ Centers
Many colleges have centers designated for their LGBT+ students, which provide resources and an opportunity for students to interact with like-identified peers. If your campus has one, definitely see what it has to offer.
oSTEM is a national organization designed to support and empower LGBTQ+ students in the STEM field. They have 50 chapters across the country and host an annual conference for involved students in Chicago.
For students looking for jobs either post-graduation or over the summer, Diversity.com is a great resource for finding jobs that are accepting of diverse candidates. Similar career-search resources include Idealist.org and LGBT CareerLink.
9. Greek Life
Delta Lambda Phi is the first fraternity for gay and bisexual men and now has multiple chapters across the country. Gamma Rho Lambda is a social sorority for gay and bisexual women, trans men, trans women and nonbinary students.
If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and currently enrolled in college, know that there are resources out there to help you if you need them. Even if you attend a college with few on-campus resources, there are larger national resources that you can turn to if you need them. Developing a support network is so important, especially in these difficult political times. Stay informed and stay connected!
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