1. “Why do we need a gay center?”
Diversity and inclusion can serve as catalysts for academic excellence and both are central to the mission of the University. The LGBTQ Center provides support, advocacy and outreach, but it goes beyond the LGBTQ community. It’s about creating the opportunity for everyone to engage in the Wake Forest community to their fullest potential.
Wake Forest students are going to go out and do great things, be doctors, lawyers, teachers, presidents of multinational corporations, and one thing they will need in this changing world is to have a high level of cultural competency. By giving students the tools to be culturally competent citizens of the world, we help them to fulfill the University’s mission of serving humanity.
2. What does the LGBTQ Center do?
The LGBTQ Center provides support and advocacy to Wake Forest University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty and staff, and education to the entire campus community about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation through our events and programs.
3. How many LGBTQ students are there at Wake?
Because LGBTQ people are an invisible minority, there is no way to know for sure. WFU does not track LGBTQ students, and even if we tried to, it is impossible to know how many people in any community are LGBTQ until everyone feels secure enough to come out. However, the LGBTQ Center is working hard to make sure that Wake has an open and welcoming campus climate so that LGBTQ students can feel comfortable being out.
4. What is an ally?
An ally is an individual who speaks out and stands up for a person or group that is targeted and discriminated against. An ally works to end oppression by supporting and advocating for people who are stigmatized, discriminated against or treated unfairly. For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) communities, an ally is any person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people. (For more LGBTQ terminology, click here.)
5. How can I be an ally on campus?
You can find out about LGBTQ-related events by subscribing to one or more of the LGBTQ Center listservs, stopping by Benson 218, or checking out one of the student groups, GSSA and OUTLaw. You can also volunteer at the LGBTQ Center, take a Safe Zone training, or become a Safe Zone facilitator. You can also be an ally by simply speaking out against homophobia and transphobia when you hear it.
6. Are sexual orientation and gender identity included in the non-discrimination policy?
Yes, both. View the policy here.
7. What should I do if I am harassed for identifying as LGBTQ or for being an ally?
8. Where can I find resources on coming out?
9. Are LGBTQ-sensitive counseling services available?
Absolutely! The Counseling Center offers individual counseling, group counseling, and support groups for LGBTQ students. Counseling Center staff have extensive training in LGBTQ-specific support.
10. Are other campus offices supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ students and issues?
Yes. The Chaplain’s Office, Counseling Center, Health Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Campus Police, among many others, are supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ students and issues.
11. What activities are sponsored on campus for LGBTQ students?
12. Are supportive faculty and staff easily identifiable?
You can identify supportive faculty and staff that have completed the Safe Zone training by the Safe Zone stickers they display.
13. Are there any gender neutral, unisex, or single stall restrooms on campus?
Yes. We are working to compile a comprehensive list of these restrooms and their locations, which we will post here upon its completion.
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