LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association

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NOTE TO UC FACULTY AND STAFF: More information can be found on our Bearcats Landing intranet site (UC login required). Please visit us there!


The UC LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) was established in 2018 with the support of the Office of the Provost. As an Association that represents both faculty and staff, we aim to help create a more equitable environment in which LGBTQ members of the university community can flourish in their work environments and be productive researchers, teachers, and staff members. We aim to do this in the following ways:

  • To advocate, provide support opportunities, and create a safe and secure professional environment for LGBTQ faculty and staff at the University of Cincinnati. This broad goal encompasses the following specific aims: to represent and advocate for LGBTQ faculty and staff visibility and concerns at the unit, college, divisional, administrative, shared governance, and university policy level.
  • Encourage and promote research, teaching, and other educational activities that address questions relevant to LGBTQ individuals, allies of the LGBTQ community, and to all members of the university community concerned with understanding the experiences of LGBTQ people.
  • In the spirit of President Pinto’s Next Lives Here direction and his administration’s commitment to diversity, this association shall seek to provide support and guidance for the University regarding issues that affect the well-being of LGBTQ faculty and staff members.

Mission Statement

The LGBTQ FSA is a network that supports resources and community geared towards the enrichment and empowerment of LGBTQ faculty and staff at UC. We advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression. 

Get Involved

The best way to get involved and learn about the social and educational events hosted by the LGBTQ+ FSA is by subscribing to our listserv. You can subscribe by going to

Ways to get involved:

  • Become a member (subscribe to listserv)
  • Join an FSA sub-committee
  • Become an LGBTQ+ FSA Mentor or Mentee
  • Attend one of our many social and educational events

UC faculty and staff can find more details about opportunities for engagement on the FSA page on UC’s intranet, Bearcats Landing.

If you have questions about getting involved, please email:


Every semester the LGBTQ+ FSA hosts a series of both social and educational events as well as general body meetings. Details can be found on Bearcats Landing.


Please consider this section as your go-to for quick and easy resources related to LGBTQ issues or needs.

Student-Led LGBTQ Organizations

Gender Neutral Restrooms on Campus

There are many single-user restrooms throughout campus. Some are gendered and some are non-gendered or gender neutral. UC's Department of Planning, Designing, and Construction is committed to meeting the diverse needs of UC students and has created a policy that requires any new building at UC to have at least one gender neutral restroom. They also plan to change the signage on all single-user restrooms to make them gender neutral by fall 2010. Some of these restrooms can be a bit tricky to find, but you can review the full list of gender neutral bathrooms.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is a professional counseling office within Student Affairs. We provide counseling, outreach programs, and related services for UC students and those concerned about their welfare. CAPS is located at 225 Calhoun Street, Ste. 200, and can be reached via phone at 513-556-0648.

Office of Gender, Equity & Inclusion / Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the university's programs and activities. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. UC's Title IX office is located in 3115 Edwards 1, and can be reached via phone at 513-556-6315

UC Women's Center

The Women's Center is committed to the personal, political, professional, and intellectual growth of women students at the University of Cincinnati by facilitating action, promoting intersectional justice, and fostering connections for all students. We strive to challenge gender inequities and advance the rights of all women through elevating student activism and leadership, bridging feminist theory and praxis, building mentorship and community networks, cultivating collaborative relationships with campus and community partners, and amplifying student voices.

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGSS is the academic home for the study of women and gender at the University of Cincinnati. Through interdisciplinary teaching, research and community outreach, it seeks to create a more inclusive and transformative understanding of women and men. The department explores the intersections of race, nationality, class, gender and sexuality. Informed by feminist perspectives, it nurtures the development of leaders, scholars and activists and builds scholarly community among core and affiliate faculty across the university. The department serves as a catalyst for curricular, institutional, societal and global change.

The Closet

The University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center has an initiative to provide clothing to for gender non-conforming, transgender, nonbinary, and questioning students to find gender-affirming gently-used or like-new clothing. Drop by the LGBTQ Center for more information. The closet is located directly outside of the Center, so even when the Center is not open students have access to clothing options.

Transgender Voice Therapy

UC’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech and Hearing Clinic is available to serve those in need of voice therapy services. They can treat clients who’s insurance has either run out or won’t cover this type of therapy (at a low cost).

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Health Sciences Building, Suite 325
Phone: 513-558-8503

  • Caracole - Provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS
  • Cincinnati Men's Chorus -  A chorus of gay and gay supportive men supporting the community through song
  • Cincinnati Pride - Non-profit organization which produces the annual LGBTQ pride parade and festival
  • Crossport - A not-for-profit social support organization serving transgender individuals in Greater Cincinnati and surrounding area
  • Diverse City Youth Chorus-Cincinnati - Young people aged 13- 22 are invited to sing with Cincinnati’s only performing arts organization for LGBTIQ and straight youth
  • Equality Cincinnati - Equality Greater Cincinnati's mission is to work for full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Greater Cincinnati and to prevent discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Equality Ohio -  Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression
  • Gay & Lesbian Community Center - a private foundation whose purpose is to fund worthy projects that advance quality, visibility and education of our diverse LGBTQ community.  The Center produces the annual Pride Night at Kings Island and maintains a web site offering resource information for contacting the regional organizations that support our communities.
  • GLSEN Cincinnati - The local chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Working for safe, respectful K-12 schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Heartland Trans Wellness - Heartland Trans Wellness Group is a Cincinnati, Ohio based project working to create community and improve resources for transgender people.
  • HRC Cincinnati - Local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign
  • Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire (ISQCCBE) - An incorporated non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise funds in support of charitable organizations and to represent the LGBTQ and allied community in support of community functions
  • Lighthouse Youth Services - An agency dedicated to providing the best services to children, youth and families in need
  • Muse-Cincinnati's Women's Choir - A women's choral community dedicated to musical excellence and social change
  • Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio - A leading reproductive health care provider, educator and advocate for Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky communities
  • Ohio Lesbian Archives - the Ohio Lesbian Archive is one of a handful of lesbian archives in the United States. Open by appointment for students for research or anyone curious about lesbian culture and/or wanting lesbian empowerment.
  • PFLAG Cincinnati - A non-profit organization of volunteers who offer support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals, families and friends in a safe and caring environment
  • The Recovery Village - Substance abuse resources in Cincinnati. An online directory of drug and alcohol rehab, detox and treatment resources.
  • Queen City Rainbow Band - A Greater Cincinnati-based gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and allied organization created to promote unity, generate pride and provide education through music and visual performance.

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  • Ally | A person who is not LGBTQ but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.
  • Androgynous | Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.
  • Asexual | The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.
  • Biphobia | Prejudice, fear or hatred directed toward bisexual people.
  • Bisexual | A person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
  • Cisgender | A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.
  • Closeted | Describes an LGBTQ person who has not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Coming out | The process in which a person first acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and begins to share that with others.
  • Gay | A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
  • Gender dysphoria | Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term - which replaces Gender Identity Disorder - "is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults."
  • Gender-expansive | Conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system.
  • Gender expression | External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
  • Gender-fluid | According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.
  • Gender identity | One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender non-conforming | A broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.
  • Genderqueer | Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.
  • Gender transition | The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.
  • Homophobia | The fear and hatred of or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex.
  • Intersex | An umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, these traits are visible at birth, and in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal variations of this type may not be physically apparent at all.
  • Lesbian | A woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women.
  • LGBTQ | An acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.”
  • Living openly | A state in which LGBTQ people are comfortably out about their sexual orientation or gender identity – where and when it feels appropriate to them.
  • Non-binary | An adjective describing a person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between, or as falling completely outside these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do.
  • Outing | Exposing someone’s lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identity to others without their permission. Outing someone can have serious repercussions on employment, economic stability, personal safety or religious or family situations.
  • Pansexual | Describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
  • Queer | A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with "LGBTQ."
  • Questioning | A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Same-gender loving | A term some prefer to use instead of lesbian, gay or bisexual to express attraction to and love of people of the same gender.
  • Sex assigned at birth | The sex (male or female) given to a child at birth, most often based on the child's external anatomy. This is also referred to as "assigned sex at birth."
  • Sexual orientation | An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.
  • Transgender | An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.
  • Transphobia | The fear and hatred of, or discomfort with, transgender people.

In the case of an emergency, please dial 911

The Trevor Project

non-judgmental hotline with LGBTQ-sensitive trained counselors you can contact through a call, text, or chat during a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Available in the United States.

Contact Information:
a) Trevor Lifeline
Available 24/7

b) TrevorText
Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
Available Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Standard messaging rates apply

c) TrevorChat
Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project’s website.
Available 7 days a week, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET

Trans Lifeline

A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm.

Contact information: 1-877-565-8860, available 24/7

GLBT National Help Center

The GLBT National Help Center provides telephone, online chat, and email peer-support. They speak with callers of all ages about bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, coming out, relationships, safer sex, and more. They also have a massive resource database for social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, sports, leagues, student groups, and more.

Contact information:
a) Toll-Free National Hotline
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

b) Youth Talkline
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
For teens and young adults up to age 25

c) Online Peer-Support Chat
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
One-on-one confidential peer support; not for casual chatting.

d) Trans Teens Online Talk Group
Weekly moderated group for trans teens ages 12 – 19
Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. ET

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide


Drugwatch is a health guide for LGBTQ+ individuals that covers physical health, mental health, and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Association, feel free to contact any of the board members listed below, or email us at

Board Members

Headshot of Chad Freeman, Co-Chair

Chad Freeman, Co-Chair

Director, LGBTQ Center


Headshot of Rachael Nolan, Co-Chair (Faculty)

Rachael Nolan, Co-Chair (Faculty)

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Headshot of Chad Uhl, Communications

Chad Uhl, Communications

Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Marketing and Digital Media, College of Law

Pronouns: he/him/his

Headshot of David Jenkins, Programming & Social

David Jenkins, Programming & Social

Sr Financial Aid Adviser

Headshot of Alex Brogaard, Recognition & Scholarship

Alex Brogaard, Recognition & Scholarship

Coordinator of Special Projects & Programs, Office of Advising & Academic Services

Pronouns: he/him/his

Headshot of Donnie McGovern, Member At Large

Donnie McGovern, Member At Large

Dir Academic Student Advising

Pronouns: he/him/his