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Where is the Office of LGBT Life located? Can students use this space? The Office of LGBT Life is located by the east entrance of the Dobbs University Center in room DUC 232E. Students are welcome to use the space. When you walk in the Office, you’ll regularly find a mix of students studying, eating their lunches, talking about life, and relaxing.

What ways are there to get involved at the Office of LGBT Life? The Office of LGBT Life accepts both work-study students and volunteers to work on a variety of projects. Students can also serve on the Advisory Committee.

Do you have to identify as LGBT to attend programs, groups, and events? No. The majority of our programs, groups, and events are open to everyone. Some of the discussion groups, though, are identity-based and are only open to students that identify with that particular group. Visit the discussion group page for more information.

Who can check out the books and DVDs in the library? How long can you check them out for? Current students, faculty, and staff all have access to our library materials. Books may be borrowed for one month at a time and DVDs for one week. For more information, visit our library resources page.

What role can faculty/staff members have in the Office of LGBT Life? As a division of Campus Life, the Office of LGBT Life only serves students. Faculty and staff are welcomed and encouraged to get involved with our programs and provide resources to students. For more information about the relationship between the Office of LGBT Life and Emory Faculty/Staff, visit the resources page.

Are there safe sex materials available at the Office of LGBT Life? Yes. The Office always has condoms, dental dams, and lube pillows in stock at all times as well as informational pamphlets. For students interested in testing or additional materials, visit the Office of Health Promotion.

How do I get updates on what the Office is doing? Our website will be updated regularly with information. We are also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To subscribe to the out@emory listserv and receive our weekly newsletter, please visit our contact page and fill out the form.

Emory-Specific Questions

What are the resources for trans* students that are starting to transition? Emory Student Health and Counseling Services are available to provide referrals for health care providers. For more information, visit the trans* resource page.

Name changes: Where can I change my name and how can I do it? For information on name change procedures for OPUS, LearnLink, and Student Health, visit the trans* resource page.

What should I do if an Emory student or faculty/staff member says or does something that is discriminatory? For assistance, contact the Emory Office of Equity and Inclusion. Danielle Steele can also provide support and resources.

What LGBTQ-Friendly policies does Emory University have? For information on Emory policies, visit the laws and policies section of our resources.

How large is the LGBTQ community at Emory University? What is the climate like for out LGBT faculty, staff, and students? Throughout our site, you can see images of different LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. For more specific information and to see some of our out students, staff, faculty, and alumni, visit the Out@Emory section of our resources page.

Where can I find out which faculty members are doing research on the LGBTQ community? What about classes that discuss LGBTQ-related subjects? For information on research and classes, visit the academics section of our resources page.

Coming Out Questions

What resources are there for questioning students and/or anyone considering coming out? The Office of LGBT Life has informational pamphlets, books, and DVDs to help with questioning students and anyone considering coming out. You can also meet other students in the community for support. For immediate or serious concerns, visit the Student Health and Counseling Services. The Counseling Center also offers a support group for LGBT students. Call 404-727-7450 for more information.

Can students schedule time to meet with Danielle for support? Yes. Danielle is available for individual appointments. For serious issues, please contact Student Health and Counseling Services.

General Questions

What does LGBTQ stand for? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning

What does queer mean? Why do people use the word queer? Queer can describe sexual orientation and/or gender identity or gender expression that does not conform to heteronormative society. People often use the word queer as an umbrella term. 

What does trans mean? Why do you use it? Trans is an umbrella term for anyone outside of typical gender norms. The term encompasses, but is not limited to, identities such as transgender, transsexual, transman, transwoman, genderqueer, agender, and people with intersex condition.  While finite lists of identities can sometimes exclude, the use of trans attempts to recognize and acknowledge the multiplicity of ways individuals experience gender.