UC Davis Today: A welcome place for LGBT

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A welcome place for LGBT

“Open, safe and inclusive.” 

Those are the words at the heart of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center on campus. Whether challenging homophobia, responding to hateful vandalism or offering a safe haven to visitors, the center promotes a campus culture where all people feel welcome.

Through its doors, the LGBT Resource Center offers educational programs, counseling, queer and intersex awareness weeks, training, mentoring, retreats, internships, social and speaker events, library resources and a peer education program.

One example of its outreach is a poster titled, Words that Hurt and Why. “Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others,” it reads. 

The center, founded in 1992 on a recommendation by the Chancellor's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, added “Transgender” to its title two years later and, in 1999, hired its first full-time coordinator so it could more broadly serve the campus community. 

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is located in the Student Community Center and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

(During Crafternoon at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center in the Student Community Center on the UC Davis campus, (from left) UC Davis students Nico Reynoso, Sarah Hernandez and Yesi Aelar create sock puppets. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

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