There are many ways to get involved, whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member, or alumni.
The Safe Zone training is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone. Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community. Sign up for a training or become a Safe Zone facilitator.
Discussion Groups and Coffee Hour
Our discussion groups are a great entry point to involvement with the LGBTQ Center. Groups are low-key and meet around different aspects of identity or different topics of conversation. New folks are always welcome. Coffee hours on Thursday afternoon are also a great time to drop-in, meet LGBTQ Center staff, learn about programs and resources, and enjoy a treat.
For groups offered by community organizations and our campus partners, please click here.
Help the LGBTQ Center provide support and advocacy to Wake’s LGBTQ community and education to the entire campus community about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information and FAQs, click here.
Student Organizations & Professional School Groups
Spectrum strives to promote understanding of queer issues and acceptance of the queer community through campus and community activities. It exists to create a supportive atmosphere on campus for members of the community. Spectrum meets on Monday nights at 8pm in the LGBTQ Center (Benson 218).
OUTLaw provides an academic and social support network for LGBTQ minorities and their straight allies at the Law School. It also serves to educate the Law School community about legal, political and social issues relevant to our members. This organization is open to all Wake Forest students and faculty.
Kaleidoscope is an organization within the Divinity School that provides both a social outlet for LGBTQ graduate students and education and information on LGBTQ issues, particularly from a Christian perspective, to and for the Divinity School and the greater university. We host and lead one Divinity School Chapel service annually, and usually host at least one meeting or forum to discuss issues germane to the LGBTQ Christian community. While our group was founded by the Divinity School to meet a need within our School, graduate students from the various Schools are welcome at our meetings. You can contact the leadership team at: Kaleidoscope.
Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG)
The Sexual Health Awareness Group at Wake Forest Medical School is dedicated to addressing all aspects of sexual health through education, advocacy, and outreach efforts. Every Wednesday SHAG offers free walk-in STI testing at the Community Care Center at 2135 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem from 5-8. To contact SHAG, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An informal group that meets bimonthly for community-building, information-sharing and mutual support. For more information on the Wake Forest LGBTQ Faculty-Staff Group, contact Margaret Bender at email@example.com.
Alumni Friends Group
The 2012 Homecoming Reception marked the launching of the new Alumni Friends Group, open to LGBTQ-identified and ally Wake Forest alumni and chaired by alumnus J. Robby Gregg Jr. (’83). To join our Alumni Friend Group, click here. We invite you to share a memory of your time at Wake Forest as you join.
The LGBTQ Center listservs keep the Wake Forest community informed about news and events of interest to the LGBTQ and ally communities. Join our listservs.
Share Your Story
The LGBTQ community is an integral part of our campus, but there are many non-LGBTQ people at Wake who are unaware of our experiences. This year, the LGBTQ Center is beginning an awareness campaign as a part of Faces of Courage, celebrating 50 years of integration at Wake Forest. We invite you as LGBTQ and ally community members to share your story. Stories may be submitted anonymously.