The LGBTQ+ Resource Center coordinates the following programs:
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.
“Lav Grad,” as we call it, is the recognition ceremony that honors LGBTQA students who are graduating seniors. The program provides a space for LGBTQA 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.
OUT(?) Falcons is a support group for people questionsing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, and/or trans*. This group is designed to provide a safe space to share your experiences, gain support for challenges impacting your life or the LGBTQ+ community, explore your thoughts and feelings, and build relationships with other people who may have similar experiences, thoughts, or feelings. This group is supported by the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and the Counseling Center to ensure that this group is safe and welcoming for all participants. This group meets at 427 Bowen Thompson Student Union on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Please contact Dr. Katie Stygles for further information or questions.