The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Asexual (LGBTQ+) community at Illinois Wesleyan University includes students, faculty and staff with identities that span sex, gender and sexual orientation continuums (learn more about LGBTQ+ identity here). We are represented everywhere at IWU–from the classrooms and residence halls to different majors and student organizations. 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 a lot of fun as we do it. This site is a great place to start exploring the people and places that will support your identity at IWU:
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. Explore the culture and symbols that convey our common history and experiences.
Find out about our LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ faculty and staff.
Take part in signature events sponsored by our LGBTQ+ community, such as the Lavender Graduation Celebration where we honor LGBTQ+ seniors, the Safe Zone Reception where new allies are recognized and inducted and at which campus LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ themes is available as well.
There are many places and spaces on campus that offer assistance and support to LGBTQ+ people, such as the Hart Career Center, Health and Counseling Services, or Evelyn Chapel. Consider the Office of Residential Life's LGBTQ+ Roommate Matching Process or consider a study abroad program grounded in LGBTQ+ identity. LGBTQ+ people are fundamental to the mission and efforts of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The IWU Bathroom map and a list of LGBTQ+ campus allies are also included.
LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ targeted scholarships, or reach out for assistance to national hotlines.
The Trans Pride Flag (above)
and Rainbow Flag (below)
symbolize LGBT inclusion.
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