Resources & Services

The Center exists to meet your needs, and to that end we offer a wide variety of programs and services. As a part of our mission of outreach and education, we offer workshops about the lives and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. These events can be designed to fit the needs of a particular audience and address issues specific to your group. We create these programs with members of our Speakers Bureau, a group of LGBT or allied members of the Penn community trained to relate their personal experiences to a wide range of topics. To request a specific workshop, please fill out a program request form.

Our staff also advocates on behalf of Penn's LGBT community for sensitive and inclusive University policies and practices. If you or someone you know feels they have been harassed or discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, we are here to help. Staff members are available to provide confidential assistance regarding these matters.

Mentorship

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center Mentor Program matches lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Penn students with a trained student mentor who can provide them with support concerning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Confidentiality is assured, and mentees determine how much communication and contact they have with their mentor. All students at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible.

If you would like to be matched with a mentor, please fill out our mentee form.

If you would like to volunteer to be trained as a mentor, please fill out our mentor form.

 

Outreach and Education

 

 

Outreach and Education

SafeZones:

 When you see the SafeZone placard outside a College House room or office, you have found a SAFE SPACE to talk about sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Every SafeZone member has attended a 4-hour seminar and signed a contract agreeing to provide a listening ear and positive resources/referrals. SafeZones is a joint effort of the LGBT Center and College Houses and Academic Services.

To find a SafeZone-trained staff member please click here.

Are you a College House staff member who wants to sign-up for the next round of Safezone training? >> Please fill out this form <<  Please note that Safezone training is limited to College House staff members.  If you have any questions about the Safezones, please contact Erin Cross, or if a SafeZone member truly is not providing a safe space for LGBTQ individuals, please fill out this form.

Task Forces:

 Join a working group of students, faculty and staff tackling specific topics like academics, health care, and issues specific to the transgender community.  Additional information is available on the task force page.

Faculty Affiliates:

 Find a list of faculty and staff who either identify as LGBT or conduct relevant research in gender and sexuality studies.

 

 

Advisory Board

 

Information

Communication, both print and electronic, is a big part of what we do. The Center has worked to create an interactive dialog using blogs, newsletters, and traditional media, including a large collection of books, videos, DVDs and periodicals written for and about sexual and gender minorities.

LGBT Resource Community Guide online edition

queer-E a weekly e-newsletter (every other week in summer)

Research Library

at the LGBTC (an online listing of all of our books and publications)

 

Individual and Organization Support 

The Center supports more than 20 political, social and professional LGBT organizations and taks forces. For a full listing and contact information see our community resource guide.


The Center also serves as a host venue for group meetings and events.  If you or your organization is interested in hosting an event at the center, please fill out the Room Reservation.  Please note there is a fee for non-penn related reservations.

 

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