Queer Students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Intersex)
If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or questioning student, college may be your first opportunity to come out. Cal and the surrounding community have many resources for you.
The Minor Program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies works to establish sexuality as a crucial category of analysis in the humanities and social sciences. It draws on disciplines like anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, literature, and cultural studies to document the extent to which sexuality is a complex cultural and historical phenomenon. LGBT Studies is not only by, about, and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, but includes all humanity in its outlook. The LGBT minor is in the Gender and Women's Studies Department (womensstudies.berkeley.edu; 608 Barrows Hall; 510/642-8513).
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The Unity House: Exploring Diverse Genders and Sexualities Theme Program (UNITY) provides residents and other community members interested in LGBT Studies with opportunities for academic and personal growth. For housing applications and more information, check online or contact the Office of Student Development, Unity House Program (themeprograms.berkeley.edu/unity.html; 2610 Channing Way; 510/642-3213).
The Oscar Wilde House, often just called the Wilde House, is a coed co-op with accommodations for 38 students. It incorporates the issues and events of the LGBTQIA student community. Run by residents, the house provides alternative, less-expensive living in a fun and supportive atmosphere (bsc.coop/index.php/housing/housing-options/houses/oscar-wilde-hall; firstname.lastname@example.org; 510/848-1936).
Several scholarships are available to the Berkeley LGBTIQ community. Visit Scholarship Connection online, click Search Database, select the Search by Underrepresented Group link, and hit the LGBT button (scholarships.berkeley.edu).
Cal Alumni Pride Leadership Scholarship awards four $1500 scholarships to continuing undergraduate students based on academic achievement and leadership criteria. Offered by Cal Alumni Pride, the LGBT alumni club at UC Berkeley, the scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated leadership and community involvement, and who are LGBT or supportive of LGBT issues. All undergrads, regardless of gender identity or orientation, are encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements. Applications are due in September (calalumnipride.org; Cal Alumni Pride, PO Box 193531, San Francisco, CA 94119). (Last updated in spring 2012.)
The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer student organizations available at Cal is quite exciting. The Cal LGBTIQ and ally community wants you to get involved! Getting involved means new friends, new experiences, and greater knowledge. There are many ways to help out that vary according to level of student commitment. Visit lead.berkeley.edu, or stop by the Queer Alliance and Resource Center (queer.berkeley.edu) or the Gender Equity Resource Center (geneq.berkeley.edu) to find out about LGBTIQ groups.
The Queer Alliance & Resource Center (QARC) provides Cal students with a friendly space where they can find more information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer-related services and activities on campus and in the surrounding community. QARC is run by a board of representatives from the more than 15 LGBTIQ student organizations on campus, and they help coordinate commuinty-wide events and more (queer.berkeley.edu; A15 Hearst Field Annex).
Queer Grads provides a community for queer graduate students and their peers without a particular disciplinary focus. Queer Grads offers informational referrals and aid in navigating University services for LGBTIQ graduate students, an arena for activism and substantive intellectual discussion, and opportunities for LGBTIQ social networking. To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com with the words "subscribe queergrads" in the body of the email.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) can help students who are dealing with sexual identity concerns, coming out, interpersonal relationships, and the effects of homophobia and prejudice. Working with a counselor in a confidential, interactive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere can aid self-understanding and assist with coping with these concerns. CPS offers individual and couples counseling for LGBTIQ students (uhs.berkeley.edu/pride; uhs.berkeley.edu/students/medical/transgender.shtml; Tang Center; 2222 Bancroft Way; 510/642-9494).
University Health Services: A Guide for Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Students
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Programs and Services, a program within the Gender Equity Resource Center, provides the campus community with information, support services, and educational forums for and about LGBTIQ people. They work closely with campus departments and student groups to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for persons of all genders and sexual orientations. They provide information and resources regarding coming out and gender transition. Ongoing educational activities include the Cal Ally Program and co-sponsored events during the year such as Transgender and Intersex Awareness Days, Queer Awareness Days, National Coming Out Day, and The Lavender Graduation Celebration. Internships are available. Transgender and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff may contact GenEq regarding T-Cal listserv (geneq.berkeley.edu; Gender Equity Resource Center, 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center; firstname.lastname@example.org; 510/643-0788).
Cal Alumni Pride (CAP) is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) alumni club of UC Berkeley. CAP supports and promotes the interests of UC Berkeley, and its alumni, with an emphasis on issues specific to the LGBT community, and periodically provides scholarships to Cal students. Membership is open to Cal alumni and friends. Join CAP on Facebook and LinkedIn (calalumnipride.org; PO Box 193531, San Francisco, CA 94119). (Last updated in spring 2012.)
The California Alumni Association (CAA) Cal Mentorship Program Cal Mentorship Program grants UC Berkeley students access to an online database where students may select Cal alumni mentors. Search criteria include: career experience, cultural identity (such as LGBTIQ), area of study, campus group affiliation, and more (alumni.berkeley.edu/mentorship).
The Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley provides low-cost, drop-in groups and ongoing peer counseling, and is the East Bay's information hub for LGBTIQ community resources, publications (like The Lavender Pages), and social events (pacificcenter.org; 2712 Telegraph Avenue; 510/548-8283).
Free Bay Area publications:
- The San Francisco Bay Times, a biweekly newspaper that covers queer issues (copies available at the Gender Equity Resource Center, 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center).
- The Lavender Pages, a phonebook-style publication with resources, businesses, and essays (copies available at the Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Avenue).