LGBTQIA+ Students

Students who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allies along with many other gender and sexual orientation-creative identities.

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Tips for Advising

The LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota is a growing population on all of our campuses. The growing rate of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ is directly linked to our society’s acknowledgment, understanding, and respect of this historically marginalized group and their identities and experiences. 

There is a long history and a currency of oppression, marginalization, and othering of members of the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ individuals are still being discriminated against both in public and private spaces and by their peers, coworkers, classmates, professors, friends, and the community.

Tips for Supporting/Advising this Population

  • Model inclusive practices and share your pronouns (if comfortable). It is the student's decision to share (or not share) their pronouns.
  • Respect the student’s identified name and/or pronouns (if they use pronouns).
  • Pronouns are not used in some languages and among some communities or by some individuals so be mindful of that.
  • Recognize that this is non-negotiable.

Referring Students

If a student is looking for support on topics related to the LGBTQIA community, the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life might be a good starting referral point. Connect with them at [email protected].

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life Office
40 Appleby Hall
128 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Office Hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Phone: 612-625-0537