LGBQA TGNC Student Life

BE YOURSELF. Everyone is welcome here!

pride flag

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Asexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming (LGBQA TGNC) community at Illinois Wesleyan University includes students, faculty and staff with identities that span sex, gender and sexual orientation continuums (learn more about LGBQA TGNC identity here).  We are represented everywhere at IWU–from the classrooms and residence halls to different majors, student organizations, and office spaces. We are Titan athletes, performers, student leaders, fraternity and sorority members, and faculty and staff.  We are committed to living out the social justice mission of IWU, and having fun while we do. This site is a great place to start exploring the people and places that will support your identity at IWU:

Pride Alliance Members


Learn about sexual orientation and gender identity, and the ways that individuals come to understand themselves as Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts, Qs or parts of the plus. Revel in the opportunity to explore yourself as a wholly realized person, complex and intersectional. Take time to explore the culture and symbols that convey our common history and experiences.


Find out about our LGBQA TGNC social and support organizations, such as the IWU Pride Alliance and Safe Zone, or the Pride Alumni Community which serves alumni, students, faculty and staff. Add your name to our list of LGBQA TGNC faculty and staff.


Take part in signature events sponsored by our LGBQA TGNC community, such as the Lavender Graduation Celebration where we honor LGBQA TGNC seniors, the Safe Zone Reception where new allies are recognized and inducted and at which campus LGBQA TGNC progress is highlighted, the Drag Ball which features performances by student and local Kings and Queens, or the Pride Alumni Community's annual LGBT Homecoming Brunch. A complete listing of past events with LGBQA TGNC themes is available as well.

Gender Unicorn
The Gender Unicorn is a helpful tool designed by Landyn Pan and Anna Moore to help deconstruct and better understand the differences within sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. For more information visit the Trans Student Educational Resources website.


There are many places and spaces on campus that offer assistance and support to LGBQA TGNC people, such as the Hart Career Center, Health and Counseling Services, or Evelyn Chapel. Consider the Office of Residential Life's LGBQA TGNC Roommate Matching Process or consider a study abroad program grounded in LGBQA TGNC identity. LGBQA TGNC people are fundamental to the mission and efforts of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The IWU Bathroom map and a list of LGBQA TGNC campus allies are also included.


LGBQA TGNC life exists beyond the borders of IWU's campus, as well.  Explore our community organizations and supports, inclusive and welcoming faith communities, apply for and receive LGBQA TGNC targeted scholarships, or reach out for assistance to national hotlines.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is always happy to provide SafeZone training to different campus groups and communities upon request.



The Trans Pride Flag (above)
and Rainbow Flag (below)
symbolize LGBT inclusion.

Rainbow Triangle

Report acts of intolerance or bias (policy) that you have experienced or witnessed

No H8 (No hate)

all means all

See the exciting ways that LGBQA and TGNC people are included in IWU's diversity and inclusion efforts:

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The University Council for Diversity is excited to share the

2014-15 Diversity Progress Report
Learn more about the UCD, its charge, and how you can contribute

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