Temple University seeks to create a supportive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Please stop in at the Wellness Resource Center to learn more about how you can get involved with LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual) programs on campus.
· A poem written by HEART Peer Educators
Who am I?
Who is he,
who is she?
Society assumes our sexual identity
But what lies below
Might not equate what we prefer to show
And who we kiss
Well that might miss
What's expected of our gender roles
OBI you can't predict me
Klein it's not the past, present, or future me
I'M HERE TO STAY
Accept who I am today
Who am I?
Who is he,
who is she?
If anyone's wondering, tell them I'm just me.
We have a list of resources of on and off campus options you may find helpful. You are also welcome to stop by our office if you would like more information! Follow this link to download your LGBTQIA Guide to Temple University, 2015-16.
Wellness Resource Center
Mitten Hall, Lower Level
Click here for our new 2016-2017 Student Guide to LGBTQIA Life at Temple University!
Tuttleman Counseling Services
1810 Liacouras Walk, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Wed 9 AM - 12 PM
Licensed psychologists and counselors can provide individual or group counseling, as well as referral to other resources in the Philadelphia area. Issues that can be addressed include: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, eating disorders, loss and grief, procrastination; shyness, self-esteem, family problems, sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, racism, sexism, academic performance, and career decisions. Group counseling sessions are available as well.
The Wellness Resource Center invites members of Temple University’s LGBTQIA community (students and staff) to Queer Lunch! Bring your own lunch to this monthly event and join us in providing a safe place for courageous conversations. We meet on the last Monday of each month during the fall and spring semesters. Please direct inquires to Morgen Snowadzky, email@example.com. Follow @tuheartwrc on twitter for exact dates and times!
OuTu: You’re Here, You’re Queer, Now What?
The Wellness Resource Center and university partners are excited to host an LGBTQIA welcome week event! ‘OuTu’ is designed to showcase the broad variety of opportunities and organizations that are open and welcoming to incoming and returning LGBTQIA students. Mark your calendar for August 21st from 2-4PM in room 217 at the Student Center! Reach out to Morgen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Halley (email@example.com) with questions.
National Coming Out Week (NCOW)
National Coming Out Week kicked off at Temple University in the fall of 2006. This event was conceptualized by two University Housing & Residential Life colleagues, Andrew Dies and Nu’Rodney Prad. Rather than celebrating on the annual National Coming Out Day on October 11th, events and activities were created during the week prior to bring awareness to Nation Coming Day itself. Original partners making up the NCOW committee consisted of University Housing & Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities, the Health Education Awareness Resource Team (Wellness Resource Center), the Queer Student Union, and the Residence Hall Association. Partner base has expanded over the past three years to include: the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Campus Recreation, the Office of Leadership Development, and Student Center Operations. Programs that are generally hosted through this committee include: panel discussions (race, sexuality, religion), come out-speak out monologues, and the NCOW Fest!
Lavender Graduation is an annual event recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of graduating seniors of the LGBTQA community at Temple. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and assist in celebrating the contributions of our graduates. For more information regarding Lavender Graduation, visit our site here! This intimate afternoon event provides opportunity for LGBTQIA and ally students, faculty, staff and alumni to connect one last time before graduation and summer break.
LGBTQIA students can be found as members in a wide variety of organizations throughout the university. Check out the following If you’re looking to connect with an LGBTQIA specific group.
The MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship has been established to provide academic financial support for an undergraduate Temple student active in the LGBTQ community. Activity may be demonstrated inside or outside of Temple University. Preference shall be given to students with financial need, but active leadership and advocacy for LGBTQ causes is paramount.
"The mere existence of an LGBT scholarship at Temple is both empowering and inspiring. Being designated a MarcDavid scholar has given me the courage to be myself and the confidence to serve as a constant voice for my community.
Thanks to the support of the inaugural MarcDavid scholarship during my junior year, I was able to focus my extracurricular efforts on producing the final 4 episodes my Mid-Atlantic Emmy®-nominated web series One of the Guys. Now, in my second year as Temple University’s MarcDavid Scholar, I am spending the fall semester of my senior year as an Associate Producer for Doug Spearman’s feature film Welcome, Sinners – a gay love story taking place primarily in Philadelphia.
It was Harvey Milk that first said, "You cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life ain't worth living." On a very personal level, it is initiatives like this scholarship and events like Temple's inclusivity programs that give me – and the thousands of other LGBT students like me – hope for a better tomorrow.
Thank you for your support."
- Michael Busza, Previous Marc David Scholarship Recipient
Offered through the college of Liberal Arts and is an 18 credit hour minor. Classes include subjects that cover women’s studies, sociology as well as concepts, theories, history and political sociological issues pertaining to the LGBT community. It gives students the opportunity to explore topics such as sexuality, sex and gender.
Interested in exploring career opportunities or learning more about being out in the professional world? Contact Temple’s Career Services and ask for LGBTQIA specific guidance and resources! Follow this link to their website for more information.
The goal of the Safe Zone LGBTQI Ally program is to foster an affirming campus environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, or intersex identified students and staff. LGBTQI Allies provide valuable support and information about sexuality resources, and help to offer welcoming, safe spaces for LGBTQIA persons within our campus community. Being an Ally indicates an acceptance of LGBTQIA identities and a commitment to working against discrimination directed toward LGBTQIA persons. This four hour interactive training will review LGBTQIA terminology, assumptions, forms of oppression, resources, and the role of an Ally and support techniques. After completion of the training and brief post-training quiz, those who would like to be identified as an Ally will be given a plaque to post in their work space.
To learn more about Safe Zone at Temple University, follow this link. Here, you can find information regarding upcoming workshops and related LGBTQIA events. Please contact Dr. Kimberly Chestnut (Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Dexter (email@example.com) with questions.
Gender Neutral Bathrooms
Gender neutral bathrooms:
- Wellness Resource Center, Lower Level Mitten Hall (1)
- Saxby’s Coffee (1)
- IBC Gym (1)
- The Student Center on the 3rd floor near the Dean of Students office (1)
- J and H residential hall on the 1st floor (2)
- Morgan Hall North (12) (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, and 25th)
- Morgan Hall South (4) (3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th)
Single stall restrooms with a gender preference:
- Starbucks in Tech Center
Temple Academic Buildings:
1810 Liacouras Walk
"Staff Only" Sign
Beury Hall/B Wing
"Staff Only" Sign
Resources include the Temple University harassment policy, counseling services, and the ability to search for an Ombudsperson or file a complaint.