Community, Support, Advocacy
Our campus is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged LGBTQ+ community. There are many resources available for students, staff, faculty, and others at IU Bloomington who want to increase their knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues, culture, and history, as well as events and information that celebrate and enhance the community's understanding of LGBTQ+ people.
LGBTQ+ Mentoring Project
We have developed a mentoring program to support and provide guidance to incoming freshmen. We are looking for mature and responsible individuals who are capable of offering advice and providing guidance to their mentee.
Public Training Series
Creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people is an ongoing process, and requires a commitment to continue learning from everyone involved. The LGBTQ+ Culture Center is proud to assist in this process by offering a variety of Training Workshops. Each workshop focuses on a different issue or theme within the LGBTQ+ community. They are suitable both for beginners and more advanced learners, and are open to IU students, faculty, and staff.
Training Outreach Program
The Training Outreach Program is an opportunity to engage your department, office, student organization, or Greek organization in the challenging yet vital work of institutional equity for LGBTQ+ people. We will spend 1 hour learning about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community in general, followed by another hour discussing how your organization, specifically, can work towards equity. [link forthcoming]
Typically the LGBTQ+ Culture Center hosts a private counseling office and dedicated counseling intern who is especially knowledgeable of and sensitive to the needs of sexually and gender diverse individuals. Counseling services are offered free of charge, and the counseling intern accepts clients as their schedule allows and/or provides referrals as appropriate. Please note that due to the situation with the novel coronavirus, the LGBTQ+ Culture Center is not hosting a counseling intern for the 2020-2021 academic year; however, you can obtain counseling services through CAPS or the Center for Human Growth via the School of Education.
Free HIV testing
Free and confidential HIV testing is available in Room 101 of the LGBTQ+ Culture Center on Thursdays from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Testing is available weekly when classes are in session and intermittently during the summer.
Free Safer Sex Supplies
The LGBTQ+ Culture Center provides many free safer sex supplies, including various types of condoms, dental dams, and instructions for proper use. Supplies are offered free of charge. Interested students can find supplies near the back door of the Center, in the kitchenette.
The LGBTQ+ Library offers a wealth of materials and resources on gender and sexual diversity. These resources include books, videos, CDs, and zines. Anyone in the Bloomington area can become a patron of the LGBTQ+ Library; to register, you just need a photo ID.