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LGBTQQIAPP+ Resources

At Washburn, we work to provide a welcoming, supportive community for all our students, faculty and staff.  We have sought to build on the rich personal and intellectual engagements of Washburn to provide students, faculty, and staff with education, programming, support services and advocacy on campus -- regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

As part of our basic mission, the Washburn Office of University Diversity and Inclusion celebrates and honors the culture, history, and accomplishments of the LGBTQQIAPP+ Community.

We’ve assembled some helpful resources.  Please check back often because we’ll continue to expand this list.

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. 

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.  

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbiansgay menbisexualstransgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. 

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.

Through the Black Trans Advocacy Program, the Black Transmen Inc & Black Transwomen Inc and Black Trans International Pageantry System organizations have joined together in the only social justice program developed to collectively address inequities faced in the black trans human experience. Black Trans Advocacy is a fiscally sponsored program empowered by Black Transmen Inc, a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

Black Trans Advocacy Mission: to Advance Social Equality for All Disenfranchised People With Specific Focus On Inequities Faced In The Black And Transgender Human Experience. 

The Black Trans Advocacy program provides referral services, case management and direct services within ten components served through our national advocacy network and state chapter coalitions: Community Outreach, Human Services, Education & Training,Health & Wellness, Economic Development, Community Outreach, Legal & Public Policy and Faith & Healing. 

The Black Trans Advocacy program also includes the Annual National Black Trans Advocacy Conference that further extends the Black Trans Advocacy social justice agenda and outreach programs to over 300 LGBT, gender variant families and allies worldwide. All Black Trans Advocacy Programs are offered free to local communities and services are provided by community volunteers. 

Black Trans Men, Inc.

Our mission is to ensure that all transgender men and SLGBTQI individuals are acknowledged, provided equal access and protection under the law to contribute to a productive society. We accomplish our mission of equality, advocacy and empowerment for our greater social community, through education.   

Black Transwomen, Inc: Established for trans-equality and to meet the social needs and affirmation of all transwomen. 

BTWI is a not for profit organization taking action on homophobia, sexism and racism which contribute to discrimination and harassment in the home, workplace, schools and the justice system. Our goal is to position ourselves in the forefront for equality and social justice for all through collaboration, awareness, education and advocacy. We are dedicated to equality and the eradication of race, class and gender oppression within our social community. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. 

NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. 

Today, NCTE has grown to a staff of 17 and works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies and society. 

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. 

To uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, our families and comrades as we build towards collective liberation for all oppressed people.  

There is a critical need for more trans people of color led initiatives that create opportunities to engage in healing and restorative justice as trans and gender non-conforming people of color are disproportionately impacted by structural oppression that is inextricably linked to physical violence.  TWOCC is a grass-roots funded global initiative created to offer opportunities for trans people of color, our families and our comrades to engage in healing, foster kinship, and build community.  We strive to educate and empower each other through sharing skills, knowledge and resources as we build towards the liberation of all oppressed people. 

Our Healing and Restorative Justice Institute (HRJI) seeks to builds capacity in three components; Health and Wellness, Advocacy/Leadership Development and our Visibility Campaign.   By focusing our efforts on building capacity in these key areas, we aim to create opportunities for our communities to thrive unapologetically in their truths.

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM) was founded at the beginning of 2014 by trans and queer immigrants, undocumented and allies, youth leaders and parents and is the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities. Familia: TQLM is inclusive and serves of all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. We also collaborate with non-LGBTQ families and friends who support our vision of a united LGBTQ Latino and Latina community.

This Girl Has Balls | Georgiann Davis | TEDxUNLV

Are you male or female? This seems to be a simple question, but drawing on her personal experience and research in the intersex community, Georgiann Davis tells us why it isn't. Georgiann Davis is an intersex scholar and activist originally from Chicago, Illinois. She is also a member of the intersex community. She joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Sociology Department in the fall of 2014 after spending close to ten years studying the intersection of the sociology of diagnosis and feminist theories. She has written numerous articles on intersex in various venues ranging from Ms. Magazine to the American Journal of Bioethics. In her book, Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (2015, NYU Press), she explores how intersex is defined, experienced, and contested in contemporary U.S. society. She is also the former president of the AIS-DSD Support Group (2014-2015), and a current board member for InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth.You can learn more about her research at www.georgianndavis.com.

AIS-DSD Support Group

Promoting support, education, and outreach to foster healthy outcomes for adults, youth, children, and families affected by Intersex/ Differences of Sex Development (DSD).

HI I'M INTERSEX #firstvlog

This video gives an intro to my intersex story. It provides an intersex 101 of sorts, and focuses mostly on my intersex variation known as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. Each part of this series goes a little more in depth about various aspects of my story.

My life as an intersex person

We spoke to intersex activists from all over the world for #DigitalPride as part of our spotlight on the 'I' in LGBTI.

Intersex 101: Everything You Need To Know

What does it mean to be intersex? Our quick fact sheet will tell you.

Argue #4intersex: Responses to Common Pro-Surgery Statements

Hear what some doctors that advocate for intersex surgeries tell their patients.

Human Rights Watch and interACT Intersex Feature Video (w/ English Subtitles)

“‘I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me’: Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US” is a joint report with Human Rights Watch and interACT. This report is the result of months of in-depth research and interviews with intersex individuals, parents of intersex children, and doctors to uncover the truth about intersex medical care in the United States: the practices and their consequences; what has changed over the decades of international activism; and what still remains to be done.

Cristy C. Road

Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist, writer, and musician. Through visual art, storytelling, and punk rock music, C.Road has thrived to testify the beauty of the imperfect since she began creating art in her hometown of Miami, FL. She grew up as a self-taught figure drawing artist with a penchant for all things that questioned society and began publishing Green'Zine in 1997-- a fanzine which was originally devoted to the punk rock group, Green Day. Merging with the anti-authoritarian intentions of the punk rock community, the zine transformed into a manifesto about being a queer Latina abuse survivor, and her journey towards self-acceptance. Her preferred visual art mediums are Micron Ink pens, Chartpak markers, acrylic paint, Gel Pens, white-out, (and sometimes Photoshop). While taking both writing and visual elements to a more serious level, her diagram of lifestyle and beliefs remain in tune to the Greenzine’s foundations. 

Justseeds: Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary and transformational. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. She was recently featured in a documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities. 

Pidgeon Pagonis

Pidgeon (Chicago, IL) is an intersex activist, educator, and filmmaker. They are a leader in the intersex movement’s fight for bodily autonomy and justice. Their goal is to deconstruct the dangerous myths that lead to violations of intersex people’s human rights, including common, irreversible medical procedures performed without consent to make bodies conform to binary sex stereotypes. 

Alok Vaid-Menon

ALOK (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, and educator. Their eclectic style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. In 2017 they released their inaugural poetry chapbook FEMME IN PUBLIC. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and have presented their work at 350 venues in more than 30 countries. 

Everyday Feminism

Everyday Feminism is an educational platform for personal and social liberation. Our mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism. 

Since the launch of its online magazine in June 2012 by Sandra Kim, Everyday Feminism has quickly become one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with over 4.5 million monthly visitors from over 150 countries. In the last year, over 30 million unique users have visited our site and our articles have been read over 60 million times. 

Through our online magazine, we work to amplify and accelerate the progressive cultural shifts taking place across the US and the world. Our unique focus on helping people apply intersectional feminism and compassionate activism to their real everyday lives has deeply resonated with people around world. 

We aim to shift our culture to end the everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization that people face due to their gender, sexual orientation, race, class, size, ability, and other social differences. 

We seek to create a more just world where we can accept ourselves for who we truly are, where we respect each other’s right to self-determination, and where we nurture and are nurtured in loving communities. 

Please note that as we are based in the US, our focus is on the US/Western world and we invite people from other parts of the world to draw lessons and use the information as they feel are relevant to their particular communities. We do not have the cultural competency or resources needed to be an international site despite having people visiting from across the world.

 

guide to being a trans ally - from PFLAG

the incredibly detailed honest forthright fully comprehensive completely blunt wonderfully helpful and witty exposition on a topic that makes some people stress because they doubt they understand it or know enough about it but they’ll soon be ready to talk because this compelling and transformative (no pun intended) little publication will answer lots of questions and start to demystify the not-at-all secret world of people who are transgender and become your tried and trusted guide to being a trans ally.

Guide to Allyship - a project created by @amelielamont

an ever-evolving and growing open source guide meant to provide you with the resources for becoming a more effective ally.

Allyship - THE ANTI-OPPRESSION NETWORK

This online resource is generally maintained on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, which include the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is colonially known as Vancouver, Canada. The Anti-Oppression Network is a coalition of individuals, grassroots groups, and community organizations dedicated to grounding our work towards liberation in the principles of decolonization, anti-oppression and intersectionality. The aim of the Network is to provide resources, support, solidarity, and mutual aid in helping individuals, collectives, community organizations and society as a whole re-evaluate, unlearn, disrupt and transform cycles of oppression, and develop meaningful strategies for more effective, long-term, and sustainable organizing. Our interest is in building capacity — on individual, organizational, and institutional levels — in order to fully utilize privilege and power in the best interest of all marginalized groups and mother earth to reduce and dismantle hierarchies and systems of oppression.

Rules for Allies by Cynthia Lin

Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life: A Guide to Being a Good Ally

Learning to be an ally to the transgender people in your life, or to transgender people overall, is an ongoing process. Some ways to be a good ally are relatively simple and easy, while others require more time, energy, and commitment. Whether you’re looking for information on supporting a transgender person in your life or looking for tools that will help you to change the world to be better for transgender people overall, this guide can help.

Everyday Feminism: School for Social Justice

Online learning for healing, justice, and liberation.

Human Rights Campaign: Local Issues

Learn what HRC is doing to fight for equality in your community and how you can get involved.

11 Ways To Be A Trans* Ally, According To Transgender People Themselves

Supporting someone who is questioning their gender

When someone you love is questioning their gender, there's just as much for you to learn as there is for them to explore. In this video I give my recommendations for how to best support a friend, family member, child, partner, or loved one who is questioning their gender.

Tips #4intersex Allies

What does it mean to be an ally? Guide to Allyship is a fantastic starting point for understanding the concept. This document offers intersex-specific allyship tips.

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice

The ideas captured on this website, very much a work in progress, have been developed to support White people to act for racial justice. It draws from ideas and resources developed mostly by Black, Brown and People of Color, and has been edited by Black, Brown, and People of Color.  I recognize that categorizing actions under the labels of Actor, Ally, and Accomplice is an oversimplification, but hopefully this chart challenges all of us White folks to go outside of our comfort zones, take some bigger risks, and make some more significant sacrifices because this is what we’ve been asked to do by those most impacted by racism, colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, xenophobia, and hyper-capitalism. I believe that for real change to occur, we must confront and challenge all people, policies, systems, etc., that maintain privileges and power for White people.

We've surveyed both the Washburn campus and Washburn Tech to identify those restrooms that are gender neutral -- normally restrooms which are designed for use by a single individual. You are welcome to use the restroom that conforms to your gender identity, but we've heard from our trans population that they would like the option of single restrooms.

At present, some of this restrooms are identified as "Family Restrooms."  That means, that if you have a family member such as a child or individual who needs assistance, these are available to you.  Those are also considered gender neutral.  We will be working to update the signage to more clearly explain their full, intended use.

Other restrooms, though they are currently designated for a single gender are single restrooms which we will re-designate as gender neutral. You'll see that signage changing as quickly as possible.

Finally, some of the signage uses an older and less descriptive term -- unisex.  We will also be changing that signage as quickly as possible to the more inclusing and descriptive gender neutral.

However, we didn't want to delay access to these facilities pending the signage updates.  Again, we will update this list frequently.

Washburn University
Location ID Sign Description
Bianchino Pavillion -109 Family Restroom
Carole Chapel -103 Unisex 
Carole Chapel-104 Unisex 
Facilities-100C UMAPS -Single - No distinction
Facilities-100E Maint Shop - Single - No distinction
Facilities-117 Unisex 
Facilities-118 Unisex 
Falley Field -201 Single - No distinction
Falley Field-N1B  (North Dugout) - Single - No distinction
Falley Field-W1B (West Dugout) - Single - No distinction
Garvey Fine Arts Center-140I Unisex
Heat Plant -102 Single - No distinction
Heat Plant-103 Single - No distinction
Kuehne Hall -104 Single - No distinction
Lee Arena -110 Unisex Restroom
Lee Arena -214Q Single - labeled Mens
Lee Arena -214R Single - labeled Womens
Lee Arena -215A Single - No distinction
Lee Arena -250A Single - labeled Mens
Lee Arena -250B Single - labeled Womens
Lee Arena -318A Unisex 
Lee Arena -319 Single - labeled Womens
Lee Arena -320 Single - labeled Mens
Lee Arena -330B Unisex
Living Learning Center -157 Single - labeled Mens
Living Learning Center -159 Single - labeled Womens
Living Learning Center -250 Single - labeled Mens
Living Learning Center -251 Single - labeled Womens
Morgan Hall -RR105 Student Health - Unisex Restroom
Morgan Hall -RR106 Restroom - Family, West wing
Petro Allied Health Center -126E Single - No distinction
Petro Allied Health Center --226B Single - Womens locker room
KTWU -107 Single - No designation
KTWU --208 Single - No designation
KTWU Transmitter -104A Single - No designation
PR-110 Single - No designation
Lincoln Hall/Lincoln Dining
Washburn Institute of Technology
Location ID Sign Description
AC-017 Unisex restroom
AW-116 Unisex restroom 
C-101 Unisex restroom
C-110A Unisex restroom 
C-119A Unisex restroom
C-203 Unisex restroom
D-110 Unisex restroom
D-105D Unisex restroom
H-103 Unisex restroom
K-103 Unisex restroom

Washburn University Student Health Services

Our own Washburn Student Health Services is an outstanding resource for information about staying healthy. All Washburn University students are eligible to visit Student Health Services free-of-charge with a valid WU ID. No appointment is necessary with the exception of pre-participation physicals and well woman exams. There is a fee for laboratory testing (including PAP), X-rays, immunizations, TB testing, and prescription medications.

QTPoC Mental Health - Rest for Resistance

Rest for Resistance strives to uplift marginalized communities, those who rarely get access to adequate health care or social support. This includes Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Asian, Middle Eastern, and multiracial persons. We also seek to create healing space for LGBTQIA+ individuals, namely trans & queer people of color, as well as other stigmatized groups such as sex workers, immigrants, persons with physical and/or mental disabilities, and those living at the intersections of all of the above. Our team of editors, seven trans people of color, seek to honor each contributor's vision and individual perspective in order to create space for raw experiences that are too often silenced. 

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

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