Started in 1998, the President’s Commission on GLBT Issues has been working ever since to improve the welfare of the university GLBT community. The commission is broken down into several subcommittees that tackle individual problems and plan events.
The university-recognized student organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally community of IUP. Meets weekly (Tuesdays 7:00–9:00 p.m.). Organizes on-campus activities, including speakers’ panel.
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University Health Service, this unit provides education and training by staff and peers on topics including relationships, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault, and sexual orientation. For further information, contact Ms. Malinda Levis, Executive director of the Center for Health and Well-Being, G-2 Suites on Maple East, 724-357-1358.
This department provides both individual and group counseling to all interested students. A counseling group for students dealing with issues related to their sexual orientation is offered frequently. The center has a lending library, primarily for student-clients, including various GLBT titles. For further information, contact Dr. Rita Drapkin, Counseling Center psychologist and group coordinator, G-31 Suites on Maple East, 724-357-2621.
This office is designated to handle concerns related to discrimination or harassment, including sexual orientation and gender identity. For further information, contact Dr. Pablo Mendoza, assistant to the president for Social Equity, or Ms. Valerie Mercado, compliance officer and Title IX coordinator, B-17 Delaney Hall, 724-357-3402.
The main office is located 103 Stabley Library. For further information, contact Dr. Lingyan Yang, director, 724-357-4753.
Part of a larger network of such commissions at all State System schools, this group is charged with examining the status of women at universities, identifying areas that need improvement, recommending solutions for problems, promoting networking, and encouraging leadership among women.
Most of the resources in the Indiana community are those offered on campus. Here are the local resources of which we are aware:
This local church is designated as a welcoming congregation, an official designation within the Unitarian religion of those congregations that are intentionally welcoming of those of all sexual and gender orientations. For further information, contact Reverend Joan Sabatino, 724-464-5352.
Community group dedicated to ending homophobia.
Located in Squirrel Hill (east side of Pittsburgh), this organization provides resources for the GLBT community such as an information phoneline (412-422-0114), meeting spaces for many Pittsburgh GLBT organizations, Friday night youth group (7:30–10:00 p.m., under 22), youthline (412-422-1633), library, and a newsletter.
Located in the Garfield area of Pittsburgh, this is a full-service community mental health facility which provides services to the GLBT community and their significant others, as well as a full range of services for HIV+ individuals and their significant others. 412-441-9786
An organization dedicated to promoting positive visibility of the GLBT community in the media, GLAAD is responsible for much of the attention paid to GLBT concerns in television and print today.
The most prominent gay rights group in the U.S., the HRC focuses on legislation and the election of gay-friendly officials. The site contains news briefs, information on officials, and advice on such issues as adoption, domestic partner agreements, and schools.
The NGLTF is a mobilizing organization that focuses on building up the gay rights movement from the local level. It offers training on activism at local, state, and national levels.
The largest ally organization in the U.S. is PFLAG, a group of some of the staunchest supporters of the GLBT community. They offer support not only to family and friends of gays and lesbians, but to GLBT people as well. Directions are given on the site for starting a local chapter.
Up-to-date news and events for intersexed individuals. There is a lot of information on where and how to obtain books, medical information, and people.
The Advocate is the most respected newsmagazine for and by the GLBT community. Issues can be purchased at IUP’s Co-op Store.
Curve is a popular magazine among lesbians and is noted for its humor and fearlessness in dealing with issues that face lesbians and bisexual women.
A popular news site and online personals column, Gay.com is most well known for its chat rooms and instant messenger service.
The glossy mag of the gay community, Out focuses on human interest stories, celebrity news, and fashion.
Queer Nation is an online comic that explores the possibilities of gay and lesbian superheroes. It is both humorous and angry.
A site for transgendered people—silly.
Resources for gay interests and issues, including civil rights and AIDS information.
A great place to find a wide variety of resources for bisexual individuals. Chat with people, browse through lists of books, post and browse personals, and even find out what events are happening near you.
Discrimination, harassment, or bullying because of sexual orientation or gender is not acceptable, and there are measures that can be taken with the help of the law to take a stand for LGBT rights and equality.
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