The EMU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) seeks to provide a wide range of education, information, and advocacy services. They maintain an open, safe and supportive environment for all students, staff, faculty and the campus community. All of this is designed to support the three biggest goals of the center; increasing awareness and visibility, supporting educational goals, and generally offering support to anyone who needs it on campus.
If you walk into the LGBTRC on the third floor of the student center, you are likely to encounter Mary Larkin, the director. There you can find out about any upcoming events, browse the extensive library, or simply have a nice one on one chat about anything that concerns you. One of the least utilized, but potentially most helpful resources available to students is the large number of academic resources. As a hot topic for academic research, many students might find the library and student workers invaluable when writing about anything LGBT related.
The LGBTRC is responsible for many different activities including sponsoring OUTober, a month long awareness campaign full of events throughout October. At the kickoff event on the first of the month you can celebrate with the student staff and there will be free food to the first 40 through the door. You can meet our queer collaborators on campus, get event information for the rest of the month and have a great time.
Later in the month, you can attend a SAFE awareness event. You can help to create a campus climate that is inclusive for all students and staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. This will be an Interactive and conversation driven workshop open to everyone.
Another upcoming event is a relatively new one for the center. This year, they will be staging the Queer Bathroom Monologues. Last year a simple table read went over quite well, so for the upcoming production in November, auditions are being held and it will be a major production.
One of the other services that the Resource Center offers is an anonymous and confidential support group that is co-sponsored with CAPS. This is a safe place open to all students who need it. For more information on meeting times and locations, please contact the LGBTRC directly.
If you are interested in getting involved, you can always stop by the office located on the third floor of the visitor center. OUTober events covering all of October will be a particularly busy month and a great chance to volunteer. You might also be interested in looking up Queer Unity for Eastern Students (QUEST) a student run organization for LGBT awareness and activates around campus.
For more information visit the LGBTRC.