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Step into our library and browse the more than 600 books and 200 DVDs available for personal and academic use. We also house a dozen LGBT-focused magazines and tons of free educational materials, helpful handouts and brochures.


The LGBT Center Resource Library is located inside our center and open during regular center hours.

Lending Policies
  • Only UCR students, staff and faculty may check out films and books for home use.
  • DVDs may be checked out for two days, one DVD at a time.
  • Books may be checked out for one week, one to two books at a time.
  • Library users must complete a contact form each year before checking out resources.
  • Forms are available at the front desk.
  • Most magazines may only be enjoyed within the center.
  • Free issues of Frontier Magazine and Lesbian News are available to take with you.


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Suggested Reading

Br{ache the Silence has launched "Ourchives," a collection of community stories promoting LGBTQ inclusion in intercollegiate athletics.

The NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes (*pdf) provides policy details and best practices information connected to equal access for transgender athletes. We received our official endorsement from the NCAA Office of Inclusion on January 3, 2012.

Suggested Websites

UCR Student Recreation Center
Our campus recreation center offers ample workout space, diverse fitness classes and recreation, club and intramural team sports.

UCR Athletics Website
Consider this your gateway to the Highlanders athletics community.

Athlete Ally
Athlete Ally is a sports resource encouraging all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and to lead others to do the same. It provides social advocacy campaigns, on-campus trainings, and practical tools, including resources to locate and learn about allied athletes, coaches, teams, athletic clubs and sports-based advocacy projects around the country.
This website features information and entertainment connected to the LGBT sports community.

How safe and inclusive are your teams for LGBT athletes and coaches?
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  • Do you use or allow athletes to use language or jokes that demean or ridicule women, LGBT's or other minority groups?
  • Do your teams or coaching staff use anti-gay or anti-female slurs to tease or taunt each other?
  • Do your teams or coaching staff expect LGBT athletes or coaches to keep their identities a secret?
  • Do your teams or coaching staff know of and encourage the use of resources on campus that provide social support services for LGBT students?
  • Is homophobia discussed amongst the team?
  • How would you react if an athlete or coach came out to you?
  • How would you react if an athlete or coach came out publicly on campus or participated openly in LGBT events or organizations?
  • How would you react if a LGBT athlete brought a same-sex date to a team social event where hetero athletes brought dates?
Reasons why coaches need to address homophobia in athletics:

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  • Coaches have a responsibility to make their teams safe for all athletes, including LGBT athletes.
  • All athletes interact with LGBT peers, teachers, coaches, friends or family members.
  • Discrimination against LGBT coaches and athletes is often not addressed because they are too afraid to protest or there is no legal protection in place.
  • Because there are few LGBT coaches or athletes who feel safe enough to disclose their identities, other athletes and coaches often believe that destructive stereotypes of LGBT people are true.
  • Naming LGBT people in athletics as the problem rather than homophobia perpetuates ignorance, fear and bigotry.
  • Unless coaches take action against homophobia, the next generation of young coaches will inherit the same prejudices many of us who are coaching now have lived with.

Bi & Pansexuality

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Bisexual: The Bisexual Resource Center website uses “bisexual” as an umbrella term for people who “recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender (pansexual, fluid, omnisexual, queer, and all other free-identifiers).”

Pansexual: Able to be sexually attracted to any and all genders, sexes, identities and expressions.

Suggested Books and Films

Browse books and films on bi/pansexuality available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.

Additional Resources

Fluidity Tuesday Talk Group
This Tuesday Talk discussion group meets in our center on select Tuesday evenings. It is for those who want to talk about the genderqueer, bisexual, trangender, queer and questioning communities, as well as whether or not any labels connected to sexual orientation or gender identity are necessary.

Bisexual Resource Center
This website and organization offers support, advocacy and connection for the bisexual community.

Bi Basics Handout
This is a printable “bisexuality 101” handout.


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We care about your job search and experiences in the workplace. Use these resources to inform your career quest and prepare you for work life after you are hired.

UCR Career Center Resources

The Career Center offers services year-round and is a great place to start your search. Some especially helpful services offered are its InterviewStream program and career-related workshops, information sessions and career fairs.

InterviewStream is a virtual interviewing practice program available through this UCR website. If you have a webcam, you can practice interviewing anytime. If you do not have a webcam, you can schedule an InterviewStream appointment in the center.

Virtual practice interviews can be general, or industry-specific. Once you have completed a practice interview, you can send it to a counselor at the Career Center for feedback. Let them know you would like to practice handling questions regarding sexual orientation or involvement in LGBT groups, etc. so that the feedback session can fit your needs.

Career-related workshops and information sessions are offered almost daily at UCR. Workshops range from etiquette, to job search strategies, to resume critiques from actual companies, to those with titles such as "Yikes! I'm Graduating." Career fairs are another helpful resource the center helps organize. See the Career Center calendar for the dates, times and focuses of all upcoming workshops, information sessions and career fairs.

Sexual Orientation & Career Decision Making Guide

Adapted from resources created by Joyce M. Stern and Steven V. Langerud of Lawrence University's Career Center
Used with permission.


Everyone has concerns when searching for a job, but people who identify as LGBT may face additional issues related to their sexual orientation. At UCR, most LGBT students have experienced a supportive environment. The workplace, however, can vary dramatically in terms of support, openness, and protection for LGBT employees.

This guide is designed to help you understand some of the issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace, as well as to give you some additional resources that will help you to make career decisions that are right for you.

To Be (Out) or Not to Be (Out): That is the Question!

There are pros and cons in each position. Some research has shown that those who stay in the closet or "pass" as heterosexual are more likely to lose self-esteem or develop other emotional problems. However, in being out, you may face discrimination or harassment. The bottom line is that you must do what is comfortable for you to do now, keeping in mind that you can always change your decision.

If you have decided to come out in the workplace, there are several ways to do so. Coming out on the job is an ongoing process. You do not need to spend your first day at work introducing yourself as "John, the Gay Accountant!" Someone may directly ask you, "Are you married?" A reasonable response at the beginning of your process may be, "No, but I'm in a committed relationship," or "No, I'm dating, but not in a committed relationship." Of course, in some states, you may indeed be married. Using the term "partner" often signals people, as does talking about LGBT-oriented events. If co-workers have pictures of their family and friends on their desk, you could do the same.

Many people find that once someone comes out, co-workers will not make a big deal out of it. Some will be overly supportive, a few may be antagonistic, and the majority will simply accept you for the value of your work, not your personal life.


If you've been active in an LGBT group, how should you document this on your resume? Those who feel strongly about being out sometimes use their resume or cover letter as a way of "screening out" non-supportive employers. For those who do not want to be "outed" early on in the job hunt, a simple strategy is to not include any reference to any LGBT organizations or affiliations. However, employers and graduate schools want to know how you've spent your time and the skills you have developed outside of the classroom. If you were the president of an LGBT student organization with 50 active members, you have gained skills that are of real value to a potential employer!

As with other potentially controversial organizations (such as religious groups), you may choose to focus on the skills and accomplishments you developed rather than the affiliation. You could simply refer to the LGBT organization as "Anti-Discrimination Organization." You could also use a "skills-based" format for your resume, taking focus off the organization and emphasizing the skills gained.

Check out the UCR Career Center's resume web page for more resume writing resources and assistance.


Remember, no matter how you document your participation in a LGBT organization, you must be prepared for questions in an interview. An interviewer might ask, "I see you were president of Pride for two years. Can you tell me what kind of organization it is?" This is not necessarily an attempt to discriminate against you; they might just want to know what the letters stand for. If you have decided to be out, you can respond with a simple description. If you have chosen not to be out, you may want to refer to it as an anti-discrimination organization and then focus on the skills or achievements you have as a result of your work.

As with any issue that may come up during an interview, the key is to practice, practice, practice! InterviewStream is a virtual interviewing practice program available through this UCR website. If you have a webcam, you can practice interviewing anytime, from anywhere. If you do not have a webcam, you can schedule an InterviewStream appointment in the center.

Virtual practice interviews can be general, or industry-specific. Once you have completed a practice interview, you can send it to a counselor at the Career Center for feedback. Let the counselor know that you would like to practice handling questions regarding sexual orientation or involvement in LGBT groups so that the feedback session can be tailored to your needs.

Challenging Interview Situations

The following scenarios are provided by NYU's Office of LGBT Student Services and used with permission. They are provided here as "food for thought" and as way to prepare yourself for anything.

When Interviewers...
  • Use the wrong gender pronouns when addressing a candidate
  • Make statements about assumed heterosexual partners
  • "Do you want to get married?"
  • "Do you want children?"
  • Talk about the campus climate/culture/community being a great social environment - assuming heterosexuality
  • Use offensive terms, fag, dyke, queers (in the bad way)
  • Make comments that pigeon-hole candidate based on queer related experience from interview/resume
  • Engender food, items on the table, things that happen during the meal
  • Do not listen for pronouns used by candidate
  • Leave long pauses after candidate clearly has changed subject or vaguely answered a question
  • Try to use inclusive terms but use them incorrectly
  • Do not use terms candidate expresses - partner vs. girlfriend, gay vs. lesbian vs. queer
  • Avoid candidate's "gayness" - changing subject
  • Are racist, sexist, or classist
  • Try to figure out if candidate is queer - asking personal or leading questions
  • Are overly accepting of candidate's queer identity – in a fake way
  • Try to bring gay stuff into the conversation to be "cool"
  • Awkwardly try to prove they are queer-friendly (e.g., "Some of my best friends are gay!")
  • Only see that candidate is queer and nothing else
  • Make an assumption that a job candidate with LGBT experience is queer rather than a straight ally.
What to do if you are the Target of Discrimination

Discrimination can be subtle or obvious, individual or institutional. In any case, it is important to identify the problem and take appropriate steps to deal with the situation.

If you feel that you are the target of discrimination based on your sexual orientation, here are steps you can take:

Conduct an honest evaluation of the circumstances.

Can you identify specific situations in which your sexual orientation was an issue? If the problem is a poor evaluation, might there be legitimate improvements you need to make unrelated to your orientation? It's always a good idea to let emotions cool off so that you can assess the situation more clearly.

Document specific incidents.

Did a co-worker do or say something to you? Are there employer-sponsored events that are open to heterosexual couples but not LGBT couples? Does the work environment include homophobic materials such as cartoons in break rooms? Do co-workers or supervisors tell gay "jokes" in the office? Write down these incidents with dates, times, and names of others who were present.

After careful consideration, evaluate your next steps.

If you think there was an isolated lapse of judgment (e.g., a stupid "joke" told by a co-worker), your best step could be to simply document the incident and continue to work as usual. You could also speak to the person individually and explain why the joke was inappropriate. Take care to note this conversation as well.

Steps become more complex if you experience repeated acts of discrimination.

Talk with your supervisor.

If you have a solid relationship with your supervisor, a conversation with them outlining your concerns may be helpful. Approach the conversation calmly and with specific examples of incidents and concerns. After the meeting, document it. Take care to document any steps that your supervisor agrees to take in order to remedy the situation.

If the discrimination continues after this meeting, or it is your supervisor who has been discriminatory or abusive, you may need to make more formal steps.

Talk with Human Resources and/or another third party.

Check with your human resources department or employee handbook for more formal steps to take in a situation like yours. You may want to discuss the situation with them, or another third party. Talking to a counselor or an Employee Assistance Program representative may help you sort out the situation and determine your options. If your employer or state includes sexual orientation in their non-discrimination clause, you should also be able to find information regarding steps to filing a complaint.

File an internal complaint.

Filing an internal complaint is a step that should not be taken lightly. Although it may be rewarding and result in positive changes, it can also be quite stressful, and you may not get the results you hoped for. Negative consequences can include everything from a "cold" environment in the workplace to being suspended, or even fired. A strong support system within or outside of the work environment may help you deal with the stress and keep things in perspective.

Take legal action.

Finally, there may be legal remedies available to you. This depends on  many factors, including the non-discrimination policies of your employer and state, the type or level of discrimination, and documented evidence. Sexual harassment and discrimination allegations can be difficult to prove, and consultation with an attorney can help you analyze the situation and identify your options, which may include mediation or litigation. When choosing an attorney, research their experience with sexual harassment/discrimination claims as well as his or her experience working with LGBT clients. Local, state, and national LGBT organizations may be able to refer you to appropriate attorneys.

Seek support.

We all hope that we will be judged solely on the basis of our performance, and for the most part we find this to be true. However, if you find yourself in any of the situations described above, you do not have to go through it alone. Seek out support from LGBT groups in your area, talk to a professional counselor or lean on your family and friends. Although it may be of little comfort when you are going through this situation, many long-term changes in policy, laws, and cultural expectations have resulted from the hard work of people committed to establishing equal protection and treatment for all.

Career Decision Making for Trans/Genderqueer Students

When researching potential employers, consider the following:

  • Does the employer's nondiscrimination statement explicitly include gender identity and/or gender expression?
  • Does the employer's city or state laws explicitly include gender identity and/or gender expression?
  • Do employee health benefits cover hormones, sex reassignment surgeries, or other trans-related health issues?
  • Does the employer's place of work have trans-friendly restrooms?

The Transgender Law and Policy Institute gathers information on employer and union policies, as well as laws related to gender identity/expression.

More Resources
  • Transgender Law Center (TLC)
    TLC is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Part of its services include connecting trans-identified people and their families to sound legal services. TLC also utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.
  • Lambda Legal's "Out At Work: A Guide for LGBT Employees" is a helpful resource before and after you find employment.
  • The Human Rights Campaign Work Life section is a national source of information on workplace policies and laws surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • The Transgender Law and Policy Institute gathers info on employer and union policies.
  • Equality Forum's Fortune 500 Project details the list's organizations that do and do not have non-discrimination policies including sexual orientation.
  • ProGayJobs provides numerous resources to LGBT jobseekers to find jobs with companies that embrace diversity. Diversity-focused employers with opportunities can post jobs and advertise to the LGBT workforce.
  • If you are interested in working in the LGBT community doing policy work, social work, advocacy or education, check out for a list of LGBT-related non-profit organizations where you might find a great internship! Search "gay, lesbian and bisexual issues," to find over 500 agencies in the U.S.
  • has resources for several diverse populations including African Americans, Asian Americans, disabled people, LGBT people, Latino/a people, Native Americans and women.
  • Thank you to Consortium members for gathering these helpful resources!


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Suggested Books and Films

For Families With LGBT Children 
Browse books and films for families with LGBT kids available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.

Families Like Mine: For Those With LGBT Parents 
Browse books and films for families with LGBT parents available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.

Additional Resources for Families

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Trans Youth Family Allies
Support for transgender children and their families

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

Family Equality Council
Support for LGBT families

Women on the Move
Helps Inland Empire homeless LGBT youth find homes and provides scholarships through its Lavender Scholars program.

"A Perfect Son" *pdf
A Riverside mom's essay

"My Perfect Gay Son" *pdf
A Perris mom's essay

Financial Aid

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Emergency Loans and Funds Available at UCR

The Kalyn Smith-Tranquil'son Memorial Fund
This is an emergency funding source for UCR students in good standing who have been cut-off financially from their families because of their sexual orientation, gender, perceived gender, or work with the LGBT community. Students of all sexual orientations and gender identities may apply. Students need not pay back funds received, but are rather encouraged to donate to the fund when they are able.

Interest-free Emergency Loans
Emergency loans of up to $500 are available in the Financial Aid Office for registered students on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may borrow no more than three times during an academic year. A student photo ID is required for identification and current quarter fees must be paid. Repayment is due within 30 days or by the end of the quarter, whichever comes first. Get more information regarding eligibility and emergency loan policies.

Independent Status for UCR Financial Aid

LGBT students who lose parental financial support after "coming out" may need to establish independent status in order to receive additional financial aid. Each UC campus financial aid office has a student appeal process for adverse extenuating circumstances. LGBT Resource Center staff or another third party may provide documentation of the estrangement and extenuating circumstances. Additionally, the student must demonstrate how they have been supporting themselves since the estrangement. Based upon a review of the appeal and documentation, the financial aid administrator may exercise "professional judgment" to declare the student independent. Get in touch with UCR Financial Aid or an LGBT Resource Center staff member for assistance with this process.

Tuition Equity for Domestic Partners

The University of California offers tuition equity for domestic partners so that they have the same rights as married spouses. This includes changes to student financial aid. Students in California in registered domestic partnerships can be treated as independent from their parents for state-funded financial aid. Also, parents of dependent students who are in a domestic partnership may be treated like married parents for purposes of calculating an expected family contribution for state aid (this law does not change eligibility for federal aid). Students and parents who supply a copy of their domestic partnership certificate to the Financial Aid Office will be asked to provide additional information to the FAFSA. In turn, UC will calculate financial need equivalent to a married student/parent and provide funds accordingly.

LGBT Resource Center Awards, Scholarships and Internships


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What does “intersex” mean?

An intersex person is someone whose sex a doctor has a difficult time categorizing as either male or female. It could also refer to a person whose combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs and/or genitals differs from one of the two expected patterns.


Suggested Books and Films

Browse intersex books and films available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.

Additional Resources

Trans Guide
Gender Identity/Expression Resources for the UCR Community

Ideas for Allies of the Intersex Community
How to be a better ally to those who identify as intersex

Intersex Society of North America
Advocacy and support for intersex people

Intersex Initiative
Portland-based activism and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions

Bodies Like Ours
Intersex community forums

People of Color

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Suggested Books and Films

Browse books and films connected to people of color available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.


UCR Resources

QPOC and BlaqOUT Tuesday Talk Discussion Groups
These discussion group meets in our center on designated Tuesday evenings.

QPOC is for self-identified people of color. Its participants explore multiple identities and the intersections of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender.

BlaqOUT is for same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning students who identify as Black/African-American or of African descent. The group offers a space to come together and discuss community and life issues as well as shared experiences.

Student Organizations QPOC and LaFa
QPOC (Queer People of Color) is a student organization (different from the Tuesday Talk group) committed to activism and recognizing intersections in identities and social justice movements.

LaFa is a Queer/Latina/o student organization that seeks to bridge the gap between the Latina/o and Queer communities and create a safe space of its own to explore, support and educate everyone in imperative issues that affect Queer and Latina/o communities simultaneously

African Student Programs
This office supports the social, cultural and academic success of students of African descent at UCR.

Asian Pacific Student Programs
This office supports the social, cultural and academic success of our Asian Pacific Islander student body.

Chicano Student Programs
This office supports the social, cultural and academic success of Chicano/Latino students at UCR.

Native American Student Programs
This office supports the social, cultural and academic success of Native American students at UCR.

Ethnic Studies Department
Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary social and historical study of how different populations have experienced, survived, and critically engaged the United States nation-building project. 

Diversity Initiatives
UCR’s Diversity Initiatives support students of color, LGBT students, international students and graduate students. Opportunities for advancement are created for all students through certificate programs, overnight retreats, workshops, guest speakers and mentoring programs.

Additional Resources

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
The NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBT people. Its mission is to eradicate racism and homophobia.

Gay Asian Pacific Support Network
Advocacy, support, education and connection for gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islanders.

Trikone (LGBT South Asians)
Trikone provides a supportive, empowering and non-judgmental environment where LGBT South Asians can connect and promote awareness and acceptance of their identity. Trikone also publishes a magazine that we carry in our library.

This national nonprofit education and media organization empowers and supports indigenous LGBTQ/two-spirit people across North America. They educateothers about two-spirit culture and connectindigenous two-spirit people with the international movement.

POSE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the Iranian and Iranian-American LGBT community and their families with support and advocacy while providing awareness and education on LGBT issues through an open forum


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Suggested Books 

Browse books and films on spirituality available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.


Local Welcoming Congregations

Use our community resource directory to find local churches, synagogues, mosques and spiritual communities that welcome LGBT folks with open arms.


UCR Resources

Faith Talk
This supportive discussion group meets at our center on select Tuesday nights. Faith Talk is for LGBT, queer, and questioning students to explore their experiences with faith, spirituality, and organized religion. Please respect this meeting as a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community. See our calendar for upcoming Faith Talks.

Additional Resources

Activism Resources
Soul Force
Soulforce is an organization committed to freedom for LGBTQ people from religious and political oppression through “relentless nonviolent resistance.”

The Institute for Welcoming Resources
The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Vaishnava & Hindu Resources
Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association
This international organization is dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender. Its purpose is to educate Vaishnavas, Hindus and the public about the third gender and provide a positive place where devotees can connect, learn more about Krsna consciousness and advance their spiritual lives.

Jewish Resources
This organization, its retreats and programs help build community for GLBT Jews, partners and their allies.

Pagan Resources
LGBT Pagan Sites
This Pagan search engine page features links to multiple LGBT pagan sites.   

Christian Resources
Affirmation (Mormon)
This organization is comprised of LGBT current and former Mormons and their allies who believe in the worth of every soul regardless of their sexual or gender orientation. Its mission is to provide a positive forum and support, especially those who have experienced alienation as a result of their LGBT identity.

DignityUSA (Catholic)
This organization works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially LGBT persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy and support.

Integrity (Episcopalian)
This nonprofit is comprised of LGBT Episcopalians and allies. It has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and equal access to its rites. In addition to advocacy, activities include worship, fellowship, education, communication, outreach and service to the church.

Lutherans Concerned (Lutheran)
This organization works for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of their church and congregations. It teaches that Christ's message is for everyone equally, calls for the blessing of same-gender relationships and for the ordination of those called to minister.

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) (Ecumenical)
MCC is the first and largest church serving the LGBT community. Its ministry is provided through 222 local congregations in 37 countries worldwide.

More Light (Presbyterian)
This organization’s mission is to work for the full participation of LGBT people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church.

Open and Affirming (UCC/Congregational)
The open and affirming UCC welcomes LGBT persons into the full life of the church. Because UCC churches are not hierarchal, the local church is the basic unit of mission and has the freedom to determine its own mission in light of God's call.

Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) (United Methodist)
The RMN is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church.

Welcoming (Unitarian/Universalists)
This group of Unitarian and Universalists congregations is guided by the vision that someday it will be able to put itself out of business! It seeks to end oppression against LGBT people of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, be it subtle or overt.

Study Abroad

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The LGBT Study Abroad Resource Guide

Why Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be the most rewarding experience of your college education, both academically and personally. Here are a few reasons why:

  • You can earn UC credit for the work you do on EAP or transfer credit on OAP.
  • It's affordable.
  • The GPA requirements are reasonable (ranging from 2.5 to 3.5).
  • You don't have to go away for a year.
  • You don't have to be fluent in another language.
  • Programs are available for all majors and all class levels.
  • Many programs focus on the sciences.
  • Laboratory, internship, and field research opportunities are offered at many locations.
  • International experience looks great on your resume.
  • EAP/OAP focuses on safety.
  • It's not too late to apply!

Preparing to Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a golden opportunity to live another culture, soak up a new language, and redefine yourself as a global citizen. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or an ally this could include expressing your sexual and gender identities in new ways.

Take that into account that when you choose a study abroad location and program. Of course, you'll want to satisfy your academic and extracurricular needs, but also evaluate the aspects of the environment that could affect how you express your sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT life exists almost everywhere, but the degree to which it's visible at first glance varies. As you get to know people and places more intimately, you'll usually find a plethora of welcoming institutions and hangouts. Approach expressing your sexual and gender identity as just another cross-cultural challenge.

Be positive and flexible, use sensitivity and openness in every interaction, and your time abroad will be the most satisfying of your life.

While You're Abroad

You will find that attitudes and tolerance toward LGBT issues vary from country to country, and even within the United States. Some countries are more welcoming and legally protective than the United States, while others may be less accepting and more restrictive. All students need to be aware of the legal issues related to sexuality and gender in other countries. LGBT students need information regarding the receptivity and social climate of the host country.

Take the time to learn about:

  • LGBT organizations and support resources
  • Laws of the host culture
  • Norms/styles of behavior in the host culture
  • LGBT media
  • General attitudes toward LGBT persons
  • Meeting places

When You Return

A journey abroad is a time of personal growth and discovery. Many transformations in personal development and self-awareness can occur, prompted by the fact that the restrictions of the home culture have been removed. Returning home is therefore a time of transition that can be difficult at times. Ask yourself:

  • If you choose to come out while abroad, how will this affect your return to friends and family?
  • Will you be able to re-integrate these relationships upon your return or will you need to find a different supportive community?
  • Be aware before you come back home of the ways in which you may have changed both independent of, and as a result of, your coming out.
  • Consider the implications of coming out when back home. Family and friends may dismiss your sexual orientation and gender identity as temporary due to the experience abroad, rather than acknowledge it as a lifelong identity.
  • Use the LGBT Resource Center’s helpful programs and services. We are always here for you.

How To Get Started

Come by the Off Campus Academic Experiences office in Olmsted Hall 2322, or sign up on MyUCR Abroad for an information session to learn about study abroad opportunities and options.

How to Sign Up on MyUCR Abroad

  • Go to
  • Click the MyUCR Abroad link
  • Complete the student profile and sign-up
  • After filling in all of the information, click the yellow “Info Session” button to sign up for an information session.

UCR Off Campus Academic Experiences (OCAE)

UCR’s Education Abroad Program & Opportunities Abroad Program
Phone: 951-827-2508
Fax: 951-827-2618
Location: Olmsted Hall 2322
Hours of Operation: M-F, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.


Programs and Services

  • Travel Resource Library
  • International Student ID Cards
  • Hostelling International Cards

Additional Resources

UC Education Abroad Program LGBTIQ Community Resources
This resorce includes a list of destinations that are more LGBT-friendly and a list of destinations that require more caution.

National Center for Transgender Equality’s Air Travel Tips for Transgender People
Read air travel tips for transgender people. Includes those connected to identification and clothing.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators - Rainbow Special Interest Group
Information on the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students wanting to study abroad, things to consider before studying abroad, and country guides.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
The IGLHRC is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Culture Crossing
This is an evolving database of cross-cultural information about every country in the world.  The user-built guide allows people from all walks of life to share essential tips connected to country-specific etiquette and communication.  

Global Gay Guide Network
This worldwide directory features links to websites about gay bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels, tour groups, organizations and more.

Global Gayz
GlobalGayz is a gay-owned charitable travel and culture website focused on LGBT life in countries around the world. It is based on actual visits to countries. The site features stories, links, news reports and photo galleries for more than 190 countries.

Download a PDF of the LGBT Study Abroad Resource Guide

This resource was developed by LaSharon McLean Perez of the UCR Off Campus Education Experiences office in 2008.

Mental Health

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On-Campus Resources

UCR Counseling Center
Veitch Student Center
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Counselors available by phone 24/7 at these numbers (listen to the options if after hours):
2-TALK on campus phones

UCR Student Affairs Case Manager
The UCR Student Affairs case manager can provide direct, confidential help.
381 Highlander Union Building

UCR Police Department
3500 Canyon Crest Drive
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 951-827-5222

Off Campus LGBT Youth Resources

Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center and Youth Talkline
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)

The Trevor Project and Helpline
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
All calls are toll-free and confidential

Off Campus Resources

United States National Suicide & Crisis Hotlines
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center and Hotline


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What does it mean to be transgender and/or genderqueer?

A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.

A gender nonconforming person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders. Often includes a political agenda to challenge gender stereotypes and the gender binary system.

Suggested Books, Magazines and Films

Browse trans/genderqueer materials available in the LGBT Resource Center Library.

Additional Resources

Trans Guide
A guide to gender identity/expression resources at UCR.

Ideas for Trans/Intersex Allies *pdf 
This handout features ideas on how to be a better ally to those who identify as transgender, intersex or any other gender nonconforming identity or expression.

Gender Spectrum
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA)
TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. It envisions a society free of suicide and violence in which all children are celebrated.

Gender Justice L.A.
Gender Justice LA is a grassroots nonprofit working to elevate the collective power of LA’s transgender community, with the end goal of eliminating gender-based oppression.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute
This nonprofit is dedicated advocacy for the transgender community. It brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

Transgender Law Center (TLC)
TLC is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Part of its services include connecting trans-identified people and their families to sound legal services. TLC also utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.

International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people and advocates for freedom of expression, understanding and acceptance of all people including: transgender, cis-gender, transsexual, crossdresser, agender, genderqueer, Intersex, two- spirit, hijra, kathoey, drag king, drag queen, queer, lesbian, gay, straight, butch, femme, faerie, homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual and you!

FTM International
This organization serves the female-to-male community.


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Suggested Books 

Browse books connected to youth and available at the LGBT Resource Center Library.

UCR Youth Outreach Events

UCR Pride Prom
Each May, UCR student organization Queer Alliance invites local high school and community college youth to our Pride Prom.

Additional Resources

Models of Pride Annual Conference
“Models of Pride” is a free, one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of LGBTQ youth (ages 12-24), and their allies.

Trans Youth Family Allies
This organization provides support for transgender children and their families.

Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance
This is an Inland Empire organization for LGBT and questioning youth (ages 13-20), as well as their families and friends.

Safe Schools Palm Springs/Desert Communities
This organization counsels bullied students and their families when school districts do not follow laws providing support for LGBT students or those perceived as such. It also assists school administration in making the school environment one that celebrates diversity as a strength.

It works primarily within the three major public school districts in the Coachella Valley: Palm Springs, Desert Sands and Coachella Unified. However, Beaumont, Banning, and the high desert area are often included in their service range, and if their support were needed elsewhere, the organization would certainly respond. 

Gay Straight Alliance Network
This youth leadership organization connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development and training. The network supports young people in creating safe environments free from LGBT ignorance and bullying.
Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN is a leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued as an asset.

Oasis Magazine
This magazine/blog features LGBT-related entertainment, pop culture and news stories.

Marriage Equality

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1138 Rights Denied Couples Who Can’t Marry

See a few of the 1138 rights denied same-sex couples not allowed to marry

Where Does Each State Stand?

Map of Marriage Equality

Lambda Legal’s Safety Scale (Last updated July 2011)

A History of Prop 8

January 2000-May 2008

May 2008- February 2012

Same-Sex Marriage

The following states and districts issue same-sex marriage licenses: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington DC and Washington state. This allows same-sex couples to access all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.

Video: President Obama supports gay marriage

Civil Unions

Civil unions offer same-sex couples some of the benefits of marriage under state laws (but not federal laws). Currently, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii permit same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.

Domestic Partnerships

Same-sex couples living in California, the District of Columbia, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state can take advantage of domestic partner laws that, like civil unions, offer access to the state-level rights. In addition, Colorado (designated beneficiaries), Hawaii (reciprocal beneficiaries), Maine (domestic partnerships), Maryland (domestic partnerships), and Wisconsin (domestic partnerships) offer limited statewide spousal rights to same-sex couples within the state.

Suggested Books and Films

Browse books and films on marriage in the LGBT Resource Center Library

Additional Suggested Books (not yet available in our library)

  • Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage by David Moats
  • Creating Civil Union: Opening Hearts and Minds by Linda Hollingdale
  • From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage and Family in
  • Lesbian and Gay Relationships by Gretchen A. Stiers
  • Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America by Jonathan Rauch
  • Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights by Kevin Bourassa & Joe Varnell
  • Legalizing Gay Marriage by Michael Mello
  • Same Sex Intimacies: Families of Choice and Other Life Experiments by Jeffrey Weeks, et al
  • Same-Sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political by Kevin Alderson & Kathleen A. Lahey
  • Why Marriage?: The History Shaping Today's Debate Over Gay Equality by George Chauncey
  • Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry by Evan Wolfson
  • Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage by Davina Kotulski

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