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Safe Zone


These workshops offer information on LGBTQ+ identities, terminology, ally development, and ways to support LGBTQ+ students on our campus.

Click here to see a list of UCM Safe Zone allies who have agreed to be listed publicly.

Click here to see a list of all gender neutral restrooms on UCM's Warrensburg campus.


Safe Zone Symbol 


Who can participate in the program?

Anyone in the UCM community can attend a Safe Zone workshop and become a Safe Zone ally, including staff, faculty, graduate assistants, and students. We hope that community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions will become participants.

What is expected of Safe Zone participants?

Participants are expected to display the Safe Zone symbol in a visible location in their office, cubicle, room, etc. The Safe Zone symbol identifies you as someone who is a supporter of the LGBTQ communities and individuals, and it signifies you as a person who is committed to creating an environment free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and bias. 

You are not expected to be the only resource for students on campus. Please become familiar with the resources available to students on campus so that you are aware of where to refer a student if needed. 

How do I become a Safe Zone ally?

Register for a Safe Zone workshop by using the form below.

If you have any difficulties, please email us at or call 660-543-4060. In addition to attending a workshop, please review the Safe Zone manual (see below), and once you have completed both steps you are encouraged to display your placard.

Workshop Dates

Watch this space for details about upcoming dates, or call us at 660-543-4060 for more information.


Group Workshops

If your department, office, or student organization would like to arrange a group workshop, please have a representative complete the form below.



Safe Zone Manual

The Safe Zone Manual includes a large list of terminology & definitions, additional resources for Safe Zone allies, resources for supporting students, potential scenarios you may encounter and tips for handling them, among other resources.


Ask Me: What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know

A short article and video about what LGBTQ students want their professors to know.

Ways to Support LGBTQ Students on Campus

In the Classroom

  • Include information about LGBTQ people who made significant contributions in the past.
  • When discussing current events, include LGBTQ issues.
  • Use examples of LGBTQ people in lectures and discussions so they are not marginalized.
  • Be clear with your students that homophobic/transphobic and heterosexist/cissexist comments and actions are not acceptable and will be addressed in an educational, informative, and nonthreatening manner.
  • Syllabus statements (see attached)
  • Pronoun/name usage – on the first day, give all students the opportunity to identify the name and pronouns they use.

At the Athletic Department

  • Ask the director of Athletics to have a discussion with coaches about how heterosexism/cissexism and homophobia/transphobia affect athletes.

At the Student Union

  • Make sure the LGBTQ student organization has adequate professional staff support and an advisor. If there is no one on the staff or faculty to take on this role, assist the group in identifying a local alum or local community member for the task.
  • Know names of local and national LGBTQ organizations, their associated acronyms and/or letters in the proper order (even if they change it occasionally).
  • Insist that the student government allot the LGBTQ student organization some reasonable funding. If they refuse, assist the group in finding alternative sources of funding.
  • Insist that fraternal organizations have a discussion on how they would deal with one of their members "coming out."

At the University Health Center

  • Make sure your professional and paraprofessional health educators are comfortable with phrases and concepts such as continual condom usage, anal intercourse, dental dams and are comfortable talking about sexuality that is not exclusively heterosexual.
  • Make sure your gynecological physicians understand that sexually active does not necessarily mean needs birth control.
  • Have an understanding of basic transgender health needs and appropriate ways of interacting with transgender students.

Inside the Residence Halls

  • If assigned roommates refuse to live with them, inform the LGBTQ student of the available options and allow them freedom to choose which option is best.
  • Ensure that handbooks and contracts have a statement regarding non-discrimination as it relates to sexual orientation & gender identity/express and Indicate where students should report if they feel harassed.
  • New student orientation programs should address LGBTQ issues and make new students understand that LGBTQ students are a welcomed part of campus life.

At the Student Financial Services Office

  • Ensure that staff has training on how the impact of a student's "coming out" at home can affect parents' financial support.
  • Include information about LGBTQ specific scholarship opportunities that exist.

At the Career and Life Design Center

  • Display information about local career resources, such as LGBTQ-affirmative employers, for LGBTQ clients.
  • Provide staff with training about the social and political impact of LGBTQ issues in the workplace.
  • Be open to discussing LGBTQ issues with students as these relate to career choice, resumes, interviews, determining the policies of a company, and coming out at work issues.
  • Seek education or resources to provide transgender students regarding resumes, interviews, and the job search process.
  • Maintain a list of people who are resources for LGBTQ students.
  • Know which employers interviewing on your campus have non-discrimination and domestic partner policies for LGBTQ people and offer that information to students.

Across the UCM Campus

  • Take the time to examine your own personal feelings about LGBTQ people.
  • Have a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation & gender identity/expression. (We do!)
  • Utilize gender-neutral language as much as possible.
  • Practice pronoun usage!
  • Value their perspectives and opinions in your residence halls, your classrooms, and your committees.
  • Don’t tokenize.
  • Make your environment a safe place.
  • Publicly acknowledge LGBTQs presence on campus and in society. Do so at high levels and often.
  • Help heterosexual students understand that LGBTQ people are a presence on campus and in society—whether they like it or not. 
  • Support LGBTQ students because they add to the vibrancy of thought, activity and life on your campus; not because it's politically correct.

Support LGBTQ Faculty and Staff

  • Give equal benefits to their partners.
  • Assure their safety.
  • Value their perspectives and opinions on your staffs and committees.
  • Endorse an association for LGBTQ faculty and staff.
  • Invite their partners and families to university functions.

Making Spaces Welcoming for Trans and Non-Binary Students

Faculty, staff, and teaching assistance are all responsible for creating welcoming and inclusive environments in campus spaces. These tips may be helpful in ensuring that your classroom or office is a welcoming place for trans and gender non-conforming students, and ensuring that unintentional exclusionary practices are reduced and eliminated, allowing students to perform at their full potential. This reaffirms institutional commitment not to discriminate by gender identity or expression.

Classroom Guidelines & Staff Standards

Set a tone in your space of respect and critical inquiry. At the beginning of each semester, when establishing the guidelines for class or staff, including something like: “It is important that this classroom be a respectful environment where everyone can participate comfortably. One part of this is that everyone should be referred to by the correct name, correct pronunciation of their name, and their pronoun (like she, zie, he, or they).” Doing this sets a tone for challenging assumptions about people’s bodies, their identities and the ways they present themselves in terms of gender, and also race, ethnicity, class, ability, sexual orientation, and country of origin. This can also encourage critical engagement with the authors and subjects of texts and ideas in our classes and programming.

Previous Names

If a student has a previous name and/or pronoun that you are aware of because you knew them before they changed it, or because it is on the roster/records, do not use it or reveal it to others. Well-meaning comments like “I knew Gina when she was Bill,” even if meant to be supportive, reveal what might feel like personal information to the student, and unnecessarily draw attention to their trans identity.

Names & Pronouns

Allow students to tell you what name and pronoun they use. Avoid making assumptions based on the class roster, student records, or the student’s appearance. A great way to accomplish this in classrooms is to pass around a seating chart sign-in sheet and ask them to indicate these two items in writing, and then use then when you call on students or refer to them in class. In offices, include “name” and “pronouns” fields on sign-in forms.

Modeling Behavior

When facilitating a group discussion or meeting, ask people to identify their pronouns when they go around and do introductions. This will allow everyone in the room the chance to self-identify and to get each other’s pronouns right the first time. It will also reduce the burden on anyone whose pronoun is often misidentified and may help them access the discussion more easily because they do not have to fear an embarrassing mistake made by another student or staff. Model this by saying, “In our introductions, please state your name and pronouns. I’ll start: my name is Simon and I use he and him pronouns.”

Address Mistakes

If you make a mistake about someone’s pronouns, correct yourself. Going on as if it did not happen is actually less respectful than making the correction. This also saves the person who was misidentified from having to correct an incorrect pronoun before it is planted in the minds of those who heard the mistake. As authority figures, especially, it is essential that you model respectful behavior.

Correct Others

Whether in office hours, when speaking with students in groups, or when speaking with faculty and staff, when someone else makes a pronoun mistake, correct them. It is polite to provide a brief correction, whether or not the person whose pronoun was misused is present. Allowing the mistake to go uncorrected ensures future uncomfortable interactions for the person who is being misidentified. For example, if a colleague uses the incorrect pronoun for a student, simply respond saying “I believe Gina uses she and her pronouns.”

Respect Boundaries

Avoid asking personal questions of trans people that you would not ask of others. Because of the sensationalist media coverage of trans people’s lives, there is often an assumption that personal questions are appropriate. Never ask about a trans person’s body or medical care, their old name, why or how they know they are trans, their sexual orientation or practices, their family’s reaction to their gender identity, or any other questions that are irrelevant to your relationship with them unless they invite you to do so or voluntarily share the information.


If you aren’t sure of a person’s pronoun (and there isn’t someone around to let you know), as, or refer to them by their name only – making a pronoun assumption is the worst option. One way to be respectful is to share your own first. “I use the pronouns he/him/his. I want to make sure I address you correctly. What pronouns do you use?” Another way to ask, “How would you like to be addressed?” This may be challenging at first, but a person who often experiences being addressed incorrectly may see it as a sign of respect and that you are interested in getting it right.

Reflecting Language

Using language that reflects respect for students’ self-identity – using their chosen name and pronoun, not assuming the gender identity of students, pronouncing names correctly, etc. – communicates that you are invested in creating and maintain a classroom welcoming to all students.

Forms and Paperwork

If you have students sign up for appointments, fill out paperwork, or otherwise provide any demographic data, provide fields for write-in name, gender, and pronouns. This can do in a file so future advisors, health care providers, and other staff can use correct language. It is appropriate to periodically ask, “Is there anything you would like to update in your file/in your paperwork?” This normalizes the process of changing names and pronouns.

Taking it further

If you want to take your awareness of these issues further, here are some additional ideas to consider. Educate yourself about trans history, trans law, and trans resistance. There are wonderful resources on the internet, in addition to many articles and books. Attend trainings, speakers, and other opportunities for allies to build skills and

competencies around trans issues. Explore where and when you have absorbed messages and assumptions about gender roles. Critical reflection can help expose transphobic systems and help deepen a commitment to gender self-determination for all people and to creating learning environments that invite gender non-conforming people to fully participate.

Original text by Dean Spade, Assistant Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

Edited by Avi Cummings, Graduate Student, UW Madison Dept. of History, and Simon Fisher, Graduate Student, Det. Of History; LGBT Center, UW-Madison.

Adapted by UCM Safe Zone, 2017

Being an Ally: Staff & Faculty

Staff, faculty, and teaching assistants all make important decisions about how to create inclusive classroom and office environment for LGBTQ students.

The following items are a starting point for thinking about student experiences in your classroom, office, or center.

Check your assumptions

If a student comes to you, what assumptions are you making about the student’s gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or primary partnership?

Use language that creates space and invites safety

Use gender-neutral terminology when exploring the student’s situation (i.e. “partner” vs. “spouse/husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend”; “they” vs. “he/she/zie”) until the student has disclosed a label, pronoun, etc. for others involved.

Listen for and honor the student’s language and self-identification

Remember that at different stages of identity development and within different cultures, how students perceive themselves may vary widely. Realize that how you perceive and label a relationship or process often varies considerably from how the student self-identifies and conceptualizes their experience.

Offer options and use questions to get a sense of what might be helpful

Again, check your assumptions. Be careful not to assume that just because someone identifies as LGBTQ that they would automatically find comfort in working with an LGBTQ therapist, police officer, advocate, doctor, etc. Using exploratory questions to determine what information or referrals might be useful is one way of respecting student’s identities and needs.

Remember that you may represent an entity that may not feel safe

Even if you have the student’s comfort and safety in mind, you may represent a profession, department, or other organizational entity that may not feel safe for your student. 

Honor the student’s fear, hesitation, concern, etc. and emphasize their control over wheat, when, how, and to whom they disclose. Not how past experiences of marginalization within traditionally oppressive systems (i.e. medical, legal. Police, mental health) may create additional barriers to getting help and support. Validate these experiences and fears whenever possible and emphasize your commitment to work with the student within their comfort zone.

Be cognizant of myths regarding “mutual” violence, roles, and gender

Remember that while there may be violence exhibited by both partners in a relationship, there is almost always one partner who uses the violence to control and coerce the other. Gender expression, apparently “roles” in the relationship, and physical size do not automatically tell you who is the abuser or survivor in any situation.

Be aware of how intersectional identities affect access to resources

Trans folks and queer women of color can face multiple barriers due to feeling of isolation within LGBTQ groups as a result of isolation within their cultural communities resulting from unrecognized and non-mainstream gender and/or sexual identities. Disabilities, poverty/SES, and other experiences of oppression, marginalization, and difference may also affect a student’s ability/willingness to access support from you and/or other resources. 

Adapted from “LGBTQ Quick Point” University of Texas at Austin Gender and Sexuality Center

Sample Syllabus Statement

I am a member of a Safe Zone network at UCM, and I am available to listen and support you in a safe and confidential manner. As a Safe Zone Ally, I can help you connect with resources on campus to address problems you may face that interfere with your academic and social success on campus as it relates to issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. My goal is to help you be successful and to maintain a safe and equitable campus.

LGBTQ Concerns & Title IX Issues

“Students, staff, faculty, and other employees; women, girls, men, and boys; straight, LGBT, and gender-nonconforming persons; persons with and without disabilities; and international and undocumented persons all have the right to pursue education, including athletic programs, scholarships, and other activities, free from sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment.” (from:

The language above, taken directly from UCM’s Title IX policy, specifically states that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities have equal right to pursue their education and other university-related activities without discrimination, violence, and harassment. It is important to note that this applies to trans-identified individuals in specific ways that may not be relevant for cispeople.

LGBTQ individuals’ concerns regarding applicability of Title IX protections are primarily related to the policy’s definition of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, namely the emphasis on sex stereotyping. LGBTQ people are not only protected by the “LGBT and gender-nonconforming” language, but also when discriminated against for their perceived non-conformity to sex stereotypes (e.g. such attitudes as “You’re a male, you shouldn’t be wearing a skirt,” or “You’re female, you should date men”).

Some situations which are especially relevant to transpeople in regards to discrimination include (but are not limited to):

  • Sexual harassment, based on an individual’s trans identity or on their non-conformity to sex stereotypes
  • Bullying and/or cyber bullying
  • Use of restrooms
  • Use of locker rooms
  • Club/Organization membership
  • Housing
  • Creation of a hostile environment, which limits or denies a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational or other programs

Reporting discrimination, harassment, and violence under Title IX

Discrimination, harassment, and violence based on a target’s LGBTQ identity does qualify as sexual harassment, and therefore faculty and staff must follow their specific mandatory reporting requirements as they would any other report of sexual misconduct. The faculty or staff member must complete a Title IX Mandatory Reporter Incident Report form, and would classify the incident as sexual harassment and select the appropriate bias. Form available here.

If a student wants to report that they have experienced discrimination or harassment, they can also use this link (using this form a student has the opportunity to report anonymously).

Gender Neutral Pronoun Practice

Practice With Pronouns

When you go to this site:

  • Click one of the sets of commonly used pronouns OR fill in your own.
  • Press “Start Practicing” to practice using the pronouns you chose.

State & Regional LGBTQ Resources

Statewide Resources

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) :  Non-profit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes advocacy and education to the LGBTQ community. KCAVP is the only LGBTQ specific domestic violence or sexual assault services in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska or Iowa.  816-561-0550

Out, Proud and Healthy in Missouri A statewide effort to raise awareness of LGBTQ health disparities in Missouri and connect people with resources and community.  1-573-884-8606,

PROMO Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.  Additional Missouri resource lists available on PROMO’s website based on region.


Kansas City Area Resources

ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri:  Works to extend rights to segments of our population that have been traditionally denied their rights, including women, people of color, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, mental-health patients, prisoners, people with disabilities, and immigrants.  1-816-756-3113

AIDS Service Foundation:  1-816-931-0959

CampKC:  A magazine expressing the voices of LGBTQ and Allied people in Kansas City.  1-816-221-0199

Equal Center Kansas City’s for youth-by youth Gay Straight Alliance Network, connecting queer youth across the metropolitan area.

Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America:  GLAMA is a partnership between the Kansas City Museum and the LaBudde Special Collections of the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri – Kansas City to collect, preserve, and make accessible the documents and artifacts that reflect the history of the gay and lesbian community of the Kansas City region.  1-816-235-5712

GLSEN, Kansas City Chapter GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  1-913-608-5428

The Good Samaritan Project The mission of the Good Samaritan Project (GSP) is to provide advocacy, care and education to those affected by HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.  1-816-561-8784

Heartland Men’s Chorus:  Provides excellence in performance while advancing men’s choral music, building community, and reaching out to diverse audiences. The members of HMC have joined together for the purpose of making music as a not-for-profit, volunteer chorus of gay and gay-sensitive people who are making a positive cultural contribution to the entire community.  1-816-931-3338

HRC Kansas City:  A diverse volunteer group working for HRC’s (Human Rights Campaign) mission in Kansas City.

Jobs With Justice A coalition of community, labor, student, and religious groups committed to fighting together for economic justice in Missouri.  1-816-753-0689

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) Non-profit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes advocacy and education to the LGBTQ community. KCAVP is the only LGBTQ specific domestic violence or sexual assault services in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska or Iowa.  1-816-561-0550

Kansas City Free Health Clinic:  1-816-753-5144

Kansas City Pride 

KC Legal: Lesbian, gay and allied lawyers; Facebook page

The LGBT Guild:  LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kansas City is a grassroots organization of licensed mental and medical healthcare professionals.

LGBTQIA Resource Center at University of Missouri - Kansas City:  1-816-235-6556

LIKEME Lighthouse:

Mid America Freedom Band :  A band focusing on the LGBTQ community in the Kansas City area.

Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce:  MAGLCC is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics, and education.  1-816-474-3558

Midwest Alternative Family Alliance:  Supporting LGBT parents in the greater Kansas City area and beyond to build families and raise children in a community that is respectful, encouraging, and inclusive.

Passages:  Kansas City's only youth center dedicated to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth, and straight allies, operating now for over 23 years! We are open every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 9 PM to ages 14 to 20.  1-816-932-0334

Perform OUT KC:  An educational outreach performing arts program for LGBTQA young adults ages 14-20.  1-816-659-7899,

PFLAG – Kansas City:  1-816-765-9818,

Planned Parenthood Northland:  The Northland Center offers the following services specifically for clients who identify as transgender: Hormone Therapy, post-operation exams, and ongoing annual exams.  Client eligibility: you must be age 18 or older, able to give informed consent, and willing to work with social services providers as appropriate.  1-800-230-PLAN (7526), 2900 NE 60th Street Suite 100, Gladstone, MO 64119

Synergy Services:  1-816-587-4100


Mid-Missouri/Columbia Area Resources

The Center Project:  Mid-Missouri’s sexual orientation and gender-identity based community space. Located in downtown Columbia, we offer a friendly, safe facility for a wide variety of groups and events.  1-573-449-1188,

Family Dental Center:  1-573-777-8997

Family Health Center 1-573-214-2314

The JC Transgender Support Group 

Mid-Missouri Crisis Line:  Toll-free, 24 hour general crisis line that offers confidential services to a 20-county region in central Missouri.

Mid-Missouri PrideFest An annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community in Mid-Missouri. This family-friendly event includes entertainment, food, vendors, information on community organizations, children’s activities and more.  1-417-850-1509,

One Love LGBT Group:   A community for, but not exclusive to, all Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Asexual, Queer, Intersex, Questioning, Asexual, and Allies in the Jefferson City, MO area.

PFLAG: Columbia/Mid-Missouri:  573-864-1431,

Planned Parenthood:  Columbia PP offers the following services specifically for clients who identify as transgender : Hormone Therapy, post-operation exams, and ongoing annual exams.  Client eligibility – you must be age 18 or older, able to give informed consent, and willing to work with social services providers as appropriate.  1-800-230-PLAN (7526), 711 N Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203

Rainbow House:  1-573-474-6600,

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network of Central Missouri (RAIN) The mission of Rain-Central Missouri, Inc. is to provide comprehensive STD, HIV, and Hepatitis education, early detection and care coordination for at-risk individuals, families, and communities.  1-573-875-8687,

Transgender Health Network This site includes a list of Trans*friendly providers in the mid-Missouri area.

University of Missouri LGBTQ Resource Center:  573-864-1431,

National LGBTQ Resources

Gender, Sexuality & Social Justice

American Civil Liberties Union:  Summary of ACLU publications and cases related to LGBTQ Issues

American Institute of Bisexuality:  A voice to the bisexual community, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network:   AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.

Bisexual Resource Center:   An international organization providing education about and support for bisexual and progressive issues.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE):  National and international organization specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents.

Everyday Feminism:  Learn how to heal from and stand up to everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization – articles about class, gender, LGBTQIA issues, and race.

GLAAD:  GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network:  GLSEN is an education organization ensuring safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.  Recommended publications: National School Climate Survey, Legal Guide, State of the States Report (all available online)

Human Rights Campaign:  HRC publishes excellent “coming out guides” that are suitable for use as a reference or as a resource to give to students. These guides, including one in Spanish, are available free upon request and via the internet.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association:  ILGA affiliates operate worldwide to organize and document LGBTQ activism, as well as to record and create global responses to incidents related to homophobia and transphobia. Affiliates are organized by region: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, North American, and Oceania.

National Center for Lesbian Rights:  Advocating for LGBT equality rights through litigation, legislation, and policy initiatives.

National LGBTQ Task Force:  The Task Force was the first national LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization.

PFLAG:  PFLAG’s support and coming out pages provide support to help both family and friends of LGBTQ people and LGBTQ people themselves.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States:  SIECUS has served as the national voice for sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 40 years.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Tolerance Project:  Encouraging people from all walks of life to fight hate and promote tolerance.


Gender/Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Resources

I Think I Might Be Transgender…Now What Do I Do?

International Foundation on Gender Education

Janet Mock (blog)

National Center for Transgender Equality:  A social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.

Know Your Rights Guide

Project Health – TransLine:  A national online transgender medical consultation service that offers health care providers up-to-date transgender clinical information and individualized case consultation across a broad range of clinical transgender issues. TransLine is staffed by expert medical providers from LGBT clinics from around the nation who can help providers give the best possible care to transgender patients.

Trans Academics: is designed to provide educational and community resources for those with an academic or personal interest in the spectrum of gender identities. This site is no longer actively updated – it is an archived site, and still has a very active listserv which you can join via the website.

Transgender Law:  A non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society.

Transgender Law Center:  Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

TransWhat?:  A Guide Towards [Trans] Allyship

Vancouver Coastal Health – Transgender Health Information Program:  British Columbia wide information hub providing access to information about gender affirming care and supports.


Queer/Trans People of Color

AmbienteJoven (Spanish language website)

APANET:  Listserv for Asian/Pacific Americans, closed list for subscribers only

Black AIDS Institute

Blacklight:  Blacklight was founded in 1979 by Sidney Brinkley in Washington, D.C. It was one of the first publications for African American Lesbians and Gay men in the United States.

Gay Asian Pacific Support Network

Indigenous Peoples Task Force

Latino GLBT History Project

Mused Mag

My Sistahs:  Resources for women of color; not specifically LGBTQ but does include LGBTQ specific articles, peer counselor, and resources.

National Black Justice Coalition:  NBJC is a national civil rights organization of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and allies dedicated to fostering equality by fighting racism and homophobia.

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance:  A federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organization, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.

NativeOUT – Two Spirit Resource Center:  Resources for Two Spirit articles, books, films, and historical documents.

The Peculiar Kind

Sylvia Rivera Law Project:  SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

Trikone (LGBT South Asians)

Women in the Life


Intersex/Disorders of Sexual Development/Differences of Sexual Development

Bodies Like Ours

Intersex Society of North America:  The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

The Intersex Spectrum


People with Disabilities

BENT: A Journal of Cripgay Voices

Blind LGBT Pride International

Deaf Atzlan (Deaf Latina/o Network)

Deaf-Hotline – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-779-4TTY (4889)

Deaf Queer Resource Center

Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf



GALIP:  The GALIP Foundation - which stands for “God’s Agape Love (put) Into Practice” – is a non-profit organization "dedicated to bringing the reconciling message of God’s love and reconciliation to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered [sic] community.” You can search for affirming churches in your area.

God Loves the Gays:  A queer son of a pastor who writes and shares resources with the goal of making people feel okay being queer and Christian.

The “Not All Like That” (NALT) Project:  Videos of Christians (mostly families) explaining how they fully support LGBTQ people and that being Christian shouldn’t mean being anti-gay.


Youth Resources

Advocates for Youth

Family Acceptance Project:  Research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBT children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families.

It Gets Better Project:  The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to LGBTQ youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

The Trevor Project:  Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

TrueChild:  TrueChild helps donors, policy-makers, and practitioners reconnect race, class and gender through “Gender transformative” approaches that challenge rigid gender norms and inequities. We are especially interested in the impact of gender on at-risk communities, including those that are of color, LGBTQ, or low income.

We Are The Youth:  Sharing stories of LGBTQ youth in the United States.

Youth Resource:  Resources for LGBTQ youth.


Higher Education Resources

Campus Pride Network:  Campus PrideNet is a national online community and resource network committed to student leaders and campus organizations who work to create a safer campus environment free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and genderism at colleges and universities.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals:  The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals Best Practices for Supporting Trans* Students (PDF)

College Guide for LGBTQ Students (from Maryville University)


Crisis/Mental Health

Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims, Inc. (ASADV):  Mission is to provide support for the Deaf community and to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals, families, and children who are or have been victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.  VP: 585-286-2713   TTY/Fax: 585-232-2854

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP):  Non-profit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes advocacy and education to the LGBTQ community. KCAVP is the only LGBTQ specific domestic violence or sexual assault services in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska or Iowa.  1-816-561-0550

National Domestic Violence Hotline:  Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.  24/7 Confidential Support Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Call and you will be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organized based on the first 6 digits of your telephone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the zip code of their current location.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  Call the hotline to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area anytime.  24/7 Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Crisis Chat also available.

Trans Lifeline:  A non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.  US: 1-877-565-8860  Canada: 1-877-330-6366

Trevor Project:  24/7 free crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth:.  Hotline 1-866-488-7386, TrevorText: available on Fridays (3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST); Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.  TrevorChat available 7 days a week (2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST)



The Fenway Institute – The National LGBT Health Education Center:  The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

GLBT Advisory Committee, American Medical Association

HIV/AIDS Resource Locator

LGBT Health

National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health:  Committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals and communities.

National Healthcare Equality Index (HRC’s annual hospital survey)

Transgender Health Network:  Includes a list of Trans*friendly providers in the Mid-Missouri area.


Counseling Center
Humphreys 131
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4060
Fax: (660) 543-8277


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