curated by Danielle McBride
You’re going to be great in college. What once made you a target will now make you an icon. You can finally say, ‘screw you’ to your tormentors from high school.
It’s a time to cut those apron strings, too. After all, your parents will have very little influence in your day to day life or who you hang out with. It’s a place where you can live out loud. And if you haven’t already, it’s a place where you can come out.
Big changes, indeed. Do not go through college alone. Seek out like-minded students and faculty who can help you navigate the big, bad world of adulting as an LGBTQ+ person. Your new support group, your ‘chosen family,’ will help you shine like you’ve never shone before.
Here’s a list of groups on area college campuses that can help you get started on this new journey.
Know of a group that’s not listed here? Let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information and we’ll add it to our online resource.
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
WEB: memphis.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/Stonewall TW: stonewallgsa
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY
Gay Straight Alliance
SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Contact: Dustin Williams- email@example.com
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Arkansas State University Gender & Sexuality Alliance
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Student-led effort to create a group. Join the closed Facebook group for the latest information.
EM: Faculty Advisor Glynda Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIV. OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS)
The M-Pride and Allies Program
Faculty Advisor: email@example.com (Cadence Pentheny, Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Programming & Initiatives)
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
F.L.A.R.E. – Fostering LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Resources, and Environments
Safe Zone Advisory Board
EM: Kei Mamiya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine –
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Life
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GROUPS
Vanderbilt Lambda Association (Lambda)
GRADUATE STUDENT GROUPS
Divinity School:Office of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns (GABLE)
SCHOOL OF NURSING, VUSNPride
Faculty Advisors: Laura Woodwick, Student Leadership, email@example.com; Dr. Tom Christenbery, firstname.lastname@example.org
Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center
FB: facebook.com/groups/UTHSC.Unite/ (closed group for UTHSC staff/faculty/students and local healthcare providers)
INSTA: uthscunite (all are welcome)
CONTACT: Ramsey Akel
UTHSC Unite president
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Student Union Building CSIL 315