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MSU LBGT Resource Center

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT) Resource Center leads and collaborates on university-wide initiatives that prepare students to thrive in our diverse world, and enhances the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by their sexuality or gender identity. 

The vision of the Resource Center is for MSU to be a global destination for leadership development and scholarship on issues of sexuality and gender diversity within the next decade. 

 

 
The Resource Center:

  • assists lesbian, bisexual, gay and/or transgender students in addressing personal and academic concerns

  • supports and empowers LBGT campus leaders and group advisors

  • collaborates on social networking and events for LBGT graduate students

  • leads and collaborates on campus-wide educational programs and training about gender identity and sexual orientation issues

  • coordinates responses to anti-LBGT bias incidents

  • provides consultation to faculty and staff on LBGT student and community issues

  • leads and collaborates in research initiatives on LBGT campus climate and student identities

  • provides administrative support for three LBGT-focused scholarships

  • serves as a liaison to LBGT alumni and faculty/staff organizations 

Contact the LBGT Resource Center:
302 Student Services Building, MSU Campus
(517) 353-9520
lbgtrc(at)msu.edu


 

State Resources & Organizations

Affirmations is a nonprofit community center serving Metro Detroit's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies. 

Al Gamea is a human services organization established for support, socialization, education and awareness in Greater Detroit's GLBT Middle Eastern community.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees to new areas through all the tools at our disposal: public education, advocacy, organizing, and litigation.

Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce was established to promote and empower our Metropolitan Detroit LGBT, allied business members, nonprofit members, corporate partners and their employees through leadership, advocacy and education.

Equality Michigan (EQMI) is Michigan's statewide LGBTQ political advocacy organization. EQMI has been Michigan's premiere LGBTQ anti-violence and political advocacy organization for over 25 years and counting. 

GLSEN Southeast Michigan is a chapter of the national education organization working ensure safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. There are over 30 Chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs, and to keep national staff informed of local events.

Grand Rapids Pride Center (previously known as the Lesbian Gay Community Network) aims to be the center of a vibrant and inclusive community that supports all LGBTQ individuals. Services include: social and supports groups; an extensive directory covering LGBTQ supportive or owned vendors, businesses, and organizations; a community calendar; online Learning Center promoting awareness and sharing resources, and much more.

Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR) strives to build strong LGBTQ communities in the Lansing area by addressing and assisting with the needs and concerns of individuals, families, and friends, and bringing together of all ages, races, and backgrounds to celebrate life together.

Lesbian Moms' Network (LMN) was created to pull together the larger community of lesbians who have chosen to become parents in the Greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. LMN is a network easily accessible for all the lesbian moms, their children, women in the process of choosing children, and their allies.

LGBT Detroit strives to increase awareness of and support to Detroit's dynamic LGBT culture through education and advocacy. LGBT Detroit's work to support and advocate for Detroit’s lesbian, gay, bi and transgender communities aims to transform their lives and increase their possibilities, including testifying before local and state legislatures, providing safe gathering spaces, and leading pride celebrations.

Matrix MAC Health (previously Michigan AIDS Coalition) provides information, risk reduction training, counseling and testing, and case management services for HIV, as well as testing and referral services for other sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) for at-risk populations in southeastern Michigan.

Metro Detroit Softball League (MDSL) is Metro Detroit's only LGBT softball league with over 400 players from all types of talented backgrounds, from seasoned veterans to beginners who have never played the game. MDSL also has tons of other activities, including their Bar of the Week after-parties, special fundraiser events, the MIST tournament, and more.

Michigan Gay & Lesbian Athletes (MiGLA) seeks to promote amateur GLBTQ athletic and outdoor events in and around Michigan. MiGLA seeks to foster and augment the self-respect of all GLBTQ persons and to promote respect and understanding from the larger community. All activities are conducted to be inclusive in nature.

Michigan Pride is a nonprofit organization that provides education, outreach, support, and events to enhance the lives of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people and builds quality relationships with all Michigan residents.

Out Loud Chorus is a mixed LGBTA choir that meets and performs in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Out Loud provides continuing musical education and performance experience as well as a social outlet for persons interested in choral music and its production.

OutPro is a program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The group provides opportunities for both social and professional networking through monthly gatherings attended by individuals at all career levels, representing a diversity of corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a grassroots network that unites people who are LGBTQ with families, friends, and allies with the commitment to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. 

Perceptions is a nonprofit community organization that offers educational, social and networking opportunities for residents of the Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City and Saginaw) and surrounding areas. Perceptions strives to foster a positive image for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender community and our allies.

Pride Source is published by Pride Source Media Group, LLC (PSMG) based in Livonia, Michigan. PSMG produces the award winning weekly LGBT print publication, Between The Lines and the Michigan Pride Source Yellow Pages.

Pridezone is a social and support group for youth ages 13-20 who identify as LGBTQ. It is a safe place to socialize, build community, have fun in an open queer space, and access support services. Pridezone also hosts fun events such as gardening, board game night, movie night, coming out over coffee, ice skating, cider mills, and craft nights.

Rainbow Book Club is a book club in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area dedicated to reading and discussing classic and contemporary works related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The book club tries to read a broad range of styles including nonfiction, literary fiction, genre fiction, life writing, and graphic novels.

Riot Youth is a program of the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor's youth-driven teen center. The Riot Youth is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and agender/asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth and their allies. Through leadership skill building, community organizing, networking and socializing, Riot Youth connects youth to build an inclusive community.

SafeHouse Center provides free, confidential services for any person living or working in Washtenaw County that has been impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Services include emergency shelter for those in danger of being hurt or killed, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and especially, hope. SafeHouse Center recognizes that domestic violence and sexual assault occurs by and against all genders and across all sexual orientations. The Center works to end the oppression of all people as well as value and celebrate the diversity of the community.

TransGender Michigan provides advocacy, support and education while serving to create coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conformist communities. 

Women Out and About (WOA) strives to help promote an open atmosphere for the social and professional support of lesbians in Michigan, and borders beyond. 

National Resources & Organizations

Accord Alliance promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by disorders of sex development (DSD). The nonprofit organization partners with patients and families, healthcare administrators, clinicians, support groups, and researchers to facilitate open communication and collaboration among all persons working together to improve care of those affected by DSD.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities.

Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is the oldest national bi+ organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

The Center for Black Equity (CBE) was established with the vision to build a global network of LGBT individuals, allies, community-based organizations and prides dedicated to achieving equality and social justice for Black LGBT communities through health equity, economic equity and social equity.

FTM International supports FTM families through outreach, advocacy, and community building. FTMI extends a supportive network of caring to parents, partners and spouses, children, family members, friends and to all who want to support the FTMs in their lives. FTMI aims to bring understanding as we listen and share our experiences, network with resources and information, and celebrate our families.

GLAAD works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT healthcare professionals. GLMA has become a leader in public policy advocacy related to LGBT health.

GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. GLSEN has grown into he leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

Health Recovery for LGBTs (part of recovery.org) connects people and their families with the information and resources to help them recover from substance abuse and behavioral disorders. They are a private resource and do not receive funding from any state or government programs, working instead with some of the country's most respected treatment organizations who support and sponsor our efforts. This page is geared specifically towards the ways that sexuality intersects with recovery.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) serves 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.

Immigration Equality is proud to advocate for and represent LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom. As the only LGBTQ organization with a staff of immigration attorneys, Immigration Equality impacts both the individuals they serve and the immigration system as a whole.

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) is a global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way. The IGLTA Foundation is the public charity subsidiary of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association providing support to industry organizations, leaders and communities to encourage pro-LGBT government actions, business practices, and other travel-related practices that have direct bearing on the physical and emotional well-being of LGBT travelers.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is the world federation of national and local organisations dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. ILGA focuses public and government attention on cases of discrimination against LGBTI people by supporting programs and protest actions, asserting diplomatic pressure, providing information and working with international organisations and the international media.

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) was founded in 1993 with the goal of ending shame, secrecy, and wanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female. While ISNA has since had to close its doors, the website remains functional as a historical artifact with accessible educational resources.

Lambda Legal is a nonprofit legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Matthew's Place is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation designed as an online village with resources to help young people thrive in this world, make a difference, and gain tools to lead healthy, productive, hate-free lives. It features interviews with individuals in the LGBT and allied community and an in-depth list of shelters, outreach centers, and empowerment programs that are welcoming of youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.

National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and their allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in the nation's capital and around the country.

National Coalition for LGBT Health is an initiative of HealthHIV, a national nonprofit focused on health equity. The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. 

National LGBTQ Task Force is a progressive social justice organization that builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. The Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is a nonprofit education organization working to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support.

On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQ Youth is a joint publication by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Time Out Youth Center, and the True Colors Fund. This guide is designed to help youth who are LGBTQ and aren't able to rely on their parents or guardians for financial support. It aims to answer some of the first questions a young person might have. Being on one's own is hard for everybody and especially daunting for young people who are LGBTQ — this guide is here to help.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world's premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving LGBT workplace equality. Out & Equal partners with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments. 

PFLAG (previously Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting LGBTQ people with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Pride at Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. Pride at Work is an officially recognized constituency group of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ community to further social and economic justice.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation (TYEF) provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender children, youth, and their families. TYEF's mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators, and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children.

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. The center envisions a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. 

YouthResource is a website group for young LGBTQ+ of color. The website is looking for stories of college experiences from LGBTQ+ people of color to be used to inform campuses around the country what they need to know to create safe and supportive environments. 

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