LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +) Resource Center's purpose is to provide programming, education, and support to the entire BGSU community.  It is a place where LGBTQ+, questioning, and ally students can gather to foster learning and affirm their sense of identity, community, and collaboration. The LGBTQ+ Resource Center is a Safe Zone and through programming, education, and support, the staff promotes values of diversity and inclusion. Located in the brand new facility in 427 Bowen Thompson Student Union, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center hosts a variety of resources, including books and media. We welcome any questions or suggestions that you may have to improve our service to the BGSU community.

Hours & Location
427 Bowen Thompson Student Union
419-372-2642

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center is currently running on a reduced schedule to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and to safeguard our students, faculty, staff and the community.

HOURS OF OPERATION

  • Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to Noon

DID YOU KNOW?

All gender bathrooms exist throughout campus and we offer all gender housing in Founders Hall.

LGBTQ+ Programs

We hope you get the opportunity to participate in many of the programs we host each semester – and if you would like to host an event or program, please fill out the form below. We also welcome the opportunity to improve our services and have provided a link to our feedback form below. 

Please provide as much information as possible. If you have questions, call 419.372.2642.
 

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Weekly Virtual LGBTQ+ Support Group

Tuesdays | 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST | Virtual
BGSU continues to make critical decisions in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus to safeguard our students, faculty, staff, and broader community. During this time, LGBTQ+ Programs and The Counseling Center will continue to offer a weekly LGBTQ+ and questioning support group on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST in a virtual format. We understand class and work schedules may not allow you to participate in the entirety of a session or every session – because of this, we encourage you to "come as you are, when you can." 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Email Gray Strain or Phil Hughes by 10 a.m. EST on every Tuesday you would like to participate. 
  • You will then receive a unique link to participate in a confidential zoom setting.

Safe Zone Program

The Safe Zone Project at Bowling Green State University promotes awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) people. This workshop series provides education concerning LGBTQ+ issues and seeks to improve the environment for LGBTQ+ people. The project's main goal is to build a support network of allies for BGSU's LGBTQ+ Community.

Learn more about the Safe Zone Program>>


Big Gay Welcome

“Big Gay Welcome” is a fun and energetic community program hosted during BGSU’s Welcome Week. The program, held in BTSU’s ballroom, highlights facets of LGBTQ+ social culture through drag king and queen performances and through showcasing the talents of members of BGSU’s underrepresented communities. In the past this has included spoken word artists and university dance teams. Big Gay Welcome features acts mostly student acts and is hosted by a student leader in the LGBTQ+ community. This program has a secondary focus on educating interested students in how they can become involved with queer student organizations and with support groups hosted through the resource center. Lastly, the initiative allows new and returning students to begin establishing a campus climate inclusive of sexual and gender minorities.


Lavender Graduation

“Lav Grad,” as we call it, is the recognition ceremony that honors LGBTQA students who are graduating seniors. The program provides a space for LGBTQ+ identifying graduates to celebrate their time at BGSU and recognize members within their community who have made their experience memorable. The LGBTQ+ resource center utilizes Lav Grad to recognize allies and students with “Friends of the Resource Center Awards” and celebrate the achievements of the past year.


2020 LGBTQ+ History Month Events:

LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated in October. You can learn more and find additional events on our History Month web page