LGBTQ+ Community Lounge
The LGBTQ+ Community Lounge, located on the first floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, is a place where people of all identities within the LGBTQ+ community can gather and connect with one another in an accepting environment. The lounge was opened in the fall of 2015 in response to calls from student groups such as Queer Inclusion on Campus (QuIC) who expressed a need for a space specifically set aside for the LGBTQ+ community. Featuring comfortable furniture, a large flat screen television, and plenty of table space to study, the lounge is a great place to meet other LGBTQ+ students at OU.
LGBTQ Program Advisory Board
The LGBTQ Program Advisory Board works to build a welcoming and affirming campus by creating programs focused on growing a culturally rich campus through LGBTQ community awareness, social justice and diversity education, and leadership opportunities.
The advisory board includes undergraduate and graduate students who applied and were interviewed and selected to volunteer their time to put on events and programs throughout the academic year. Applications are accepted during the Spring Semester; however, incoming first-years students can apply during their Fall Semester.
An LGBTQ Ally is an individual with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to confront injustice and advocate for equality, while supporting all persons, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, who are experiencing discrimination.
In its 9th year of linking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students with faculty, staff, and peers, the LGBTQ Ally program is an LGBTQ cultural and awareness training that allows participants to focus on understanding LGBTQ concepts and issues, developing an awareness of biases and recognizing heterosexual and cisgender privilege, and exploring their own ally journey and ways to become an advocate to create an LGBTQ-affirming campus.
LGBTQ Allies are identified on campus by buttons, signs, and t-shirts that carry the offical LGBTQ Ally logo. If you see this logo, the person displaying it has gone through the official three hour training and is a resource for the campus community.
Interested in becoming an LGBTQ Ally?
Our next sessions (and other events!):