Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
The Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Student Services is committed to promoting an open and affirming environment inclusive of the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity on campus. We seek to operationalize our commitment through support, advocacy, and education at Western Michigan University.
For our online bias reporting form, click here. All submissions are confidential and can be submitted anonymously.
Gender Inclusive Bathrooms
Gender inclusive bathrooms are available in various locations across campus. Click here for a map of gender neutral bathrooms on the campus of WMU.
Looking for a good way to meet new people and discuss LBGT issues that are meaningful to you? Cafe au Lit, a collaborative program of the Office of LBGT Student Services and Department of Gender and Women's Studies, is a great way to get your brain into shape with stimulating conversation about LBGT-interest pop culture, poetry, news and more.
Cafe au Lit will be hosted in the Trimpe Building in the Office of LBGT Student Services(room 1321). We will have food, coffee, and fun topics facilitated by knowledgeable featured guests.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Featured facilitator Dr. Jeffrey Angles will join us as we discuss Ihara Saikaku's collection The Great Mirror of Male Love, a Japanese book from the year 1687 about love between men. We'll explore the fascinating, early, non-Western collection of literature about love between members of the same gender and discuss what role non-Western sexualities have played in the early gay rights movement in the West?
Click the link below for the shared reading of The Sickbed No Medicine Could Cure
Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
More information to come!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Featured facilitator Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth discusses her article, Research and Policy in the English Language Arts - Doing What You Can: Considering Multiple Approaches to Addressing LGBT Topics in K-8 Language Arts Curricula, co-authored by Dr. Caitlin Ryan. We'll discuss ways for teachers to address LGBT topics in schools by using children's literature. Participants will have the opportunity to open discussions of multiple ways into LGBT and queer topics. Because the article is in-press, please contact email@example.com for the reading.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
More information to come!
Office of LBGT Student Services
Room 1321 Trimpe Building
All LBGTQ and ally persons are welcome and encouraged to serve as panelists and participate in our panelist training!
Are you a current WMU student, faculty or staff? Complete the following form to be considered for the 2015 OUT at WMU - Faces of Pride poster campaign. The poster will feature individuals from our campus community who self-identify as part of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and ally (LBGTA) community. Through visibility we are able to celebrate the diversity that exists in our community and educate our campus about the importance of LBGTA-inclusion.
We seek to compose a poster that reflects the diversity of our campus community. Participants will be selected based on available space, diversity of identities and university roles. Participant form submissions will be accepted through March 31 or until the poster is full.
Celebrate the Day of Silence, Week of Action with us!
Participants receive information on practical strategies to support LBGT people who are coming out, explore the complexities of sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and gain an understanding of respectful language use. Participants may choose to become members of the Safe On Campus (SOC) program by signing a pledge of support for LBGT people. SOC members are given a door sign to display in their campus living or work place. This indicates the space is safe for LBGT persons to discuss their concerns. SOC facilitators may be invited to residence halls, student organizations, and classrooms. Membership is always optional.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
1 - 4 p.m.
Video from the the 2nd Annual
Excellence in Diversity Awards
is available on our Resources page.