Does the University include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in its non-discrimination policy?
The University includes sexual orientation in its University’s non-discrimination policy! Gender identity and Gender Expression are not currently included, although many at VCU, including VCU GenderSafe and Equality VCU are working for that language to be added to the University's non-discrimination policy. For more information about diversity visit the Division for Inclusive Excellence.
Is there an active LGBTQ student organization?
Where should I go to find LGBTQIA+ resources?
Come by the Office of Multicultural Affairs! Commons 215! The University is also fortunate to have well-informed and sensitive allies in a number of offices, including the Counseling Center and the Wellness Resource Center.
Are other campus offices supportive and inclusive of LGBTQIA+ students and issues?
Yes! Support for LGBTQ students on campus is widespread. Here are just a few highlights: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Counseling services, and VCU Police fully support the LGBTQ community.
Where can I find resources on coming out?
Resources can be found at the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as well as the Counseling services.
What activities are sponsored on campus for LGBTQ students?
Discussion groups are offered by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs weekly and Queer action holds weekly meetings to promote advocacy. In addition to our many special programs offered throughout the year!
Who can I call in case I need emergency assistance?
The VCU police! You can even request a safe zone trained officer!
Are supportive faculty and staff easily identifiable?
Yes! VCU faculty and staff who have participated in safe zone trainings are given easily identifiable VCU safe zone stickers
Some places you are sure to find a safe zone trained faculty and/or staff member are:
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
The Counseling Center
The Wellness Center
The Gender and Sexuality Department
Residential Life and Housing
What Richmond-area resources are available for LGBTQ students and their allies? The city of Richmond is full of resources for LGBTQ students!
Diversity Richmond offers members of the Richmond community access to support groups, visiting exhibitions, and actively supports local LGBTQ causes.
The Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth (ROSMY) focuses on LGBTQ issues within area school systems, and serves as a welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth in the Richmond area. In recent years, ROSMY has hosted a successful alternative prom as well as discussion groups related to transgender issues and leadership development among youth.
The LGBTQ community of Richmond is also served by the Fan Free Clinic. The first HIV/AIDS clinic in Virginia, Fan Free Clinic provides free HIV testing and a transgender clinic.
GayRVA, Richmond’s leading online magazine dedicated to the LGBTQ community, provides an up-to-the-minute look into Richmond’s LGBTQ culture.
Southerners on new ground, S.O.N.G.: SONG RVA is a local, member-led Southerners On New Ground Affiliate based out of Richmond, Virginia. Committed to building a multi-racial and multi-issue LGBTQ left movement in the city of Richmond
For more information about LBTQIA+ living in Richmond feel free to reach out to Camilla Hill, Hillcl2@vcu.edu