LGBTQ Community

Statement of intent:

The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides an inclusive, affirming, safe and welcoming environment for individuals and allies of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. The Office works to enhance awareness, understanding, and advocacy of the LGBTQ student community.

LGBTQ Community Office Hours (Spring 2014)

All Community Office Hours will be held in the Office of Multicultural Affairs Conference Room, 062G Elliott University Center on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:00-6:00 pm

Hosted by Sarah Colonna, Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Advocacy & Outreach, and sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Please contact Sarah Colonna ( for more information.

Safe Zone

SafeZone creates a network of allies who promote a campus environment that is open and welcoming to all LGBTQ students.

Safe Zone Trainings Dates (Spring 2014)

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Multicultural Resource Center, Conference Room (Faculty/Staff Training)-Limit 10 participants
  • Friday, February 7, 2014, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Student Health Services, Wellness Center Training Room (Student Training)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Student Health Services, Wellness Center Training Room (Faculty/Staff Training)
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Student Health Services, Wellness Center Training Room (Student Training)

To register for one of these training sessions, submit the Safe Zone Registration Spring 2014 form.

For more information, please email Jeffrey Coleman ( or Sarah Colonna (

Lunch N Learn

Lunch N Learns is the continuation of SafeZone training. Individuals who have been Safe Zoned trained are strongly encouraged to come to the Lunch N Learns. Bring your own lunch and join us for innovative thought provoking discussions!

Lunch N Learn Dates (Spring 2014)

  • Queer People of Color,” Thursday, January 21, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pm,Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House
  • “Masculinity,” Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pm, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House
  • “Queer People in the Bible,” Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pm, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Please contact Sarah Colonna ( for more information.

Multicultural Resource Center Library Resources

Here’s a glimpse into the growing Collection housed in the MRC Library. Please come by to check out these resources!


Degrees of difference [videorecording]: culture matters on campus
Addresses the issues of cultural sensitivity as they pertain to the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Psychotherapy with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients. [Program 4], The coming out process [videorecording]
  • Features three diverse personal coming out stories, including those of a young African American woman, a retired professional Latino man, and an affirming mother of a teenager who came out.
  • Examines the usefulness and limitations of Eli Coleman’s coming out stages, offers specific recommendations to therapists, and discusses the process parents go through when their GLB child comes out to them.
Prejudice [videorecording]: more than black & white
  • Muslims, blacks, gays, people with disabilities, and immigrants of every ethnicity and color: they and many other groups have stood in the spotlight glare of intolerance
  • What makes people prone to irrational hate and what steps can individuals and society take to eradicate it?
  • Susan Fiske and Mahzarin Banaji share their insights and experiences.
  • A pro-gay Baptist minister who formerly took a biblical stance against homosexuality and an ex-imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now speaks out for tolerance also offer their views
It’s elementary [videorecording]: talking about gay issues in school
  • An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men.
  • Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools.
  • Footage of classroom activities and discussions are presented with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. School-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers are also discussed.
Heterosexism 101 [videorecording]: what is this gay stuff anyway?
Paul Wesselmann leads a workshop on attitudes toward sexual orientation and homosexuality.


Gay and lesbian students: understanding their needs by Hilda Besner
  • In an average US school 10% of the student population is homosexual, yet only a small number of school districts have taken steps to address the problems associated with gay and lesbian students in the predominantly heterosexual educational setting.
  • This book aims to raise awareness of the problems encountered by these adolescents and of the effects of these problems on the dropout rate, academic achievement, substance abuse, AIDS, teenage pregnancy, school violence and suicide.
  • Designed to promote understanding and dispel myths about gay and lesbian teenagers,
  • Makes curriculum suggestions to advocate self-acceptance and tolerance and to reduce homophobia among heterosexual teenagers.
  • Seeks to explain how institutional homophobia has affected the belief system and behavior of a large segment of the American population.
Other kinds of families: embracing diversity in schools
  • The vast diversity found in schools and society today suggests an urgent need to reconsider the ways in which families are currently represented and addressed in school curriculum and culture.
  • They provide critical and theoretical analyses combined with narrative experiences to address such issues as multi-generational views of the schooling experiences of immigrant families, the educational needs of gay and lesbian families, the representation of adoption and adoptive families in childrenÕs literature, and the experiences of homeless students and their families with the educational system.
A journey to unlearn and learn in multicultural education
  • This collection of essays depicts a journey of unlearning assumptions, and gaining new understandings of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and global issues in teacher education.
  • Foregrounding learners voices and highlighting those intimate moments of awakening through a process-oriented and dialogic approach, this book speaks directly to pre-service and in-service teachers and informs teacher educators multicultural pedagogical theory and practice.
The health of sexual minorities: public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations
  • This resource offers a multidimensional picture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health across clinical and social disciplines.
  • Here are real-world matters of definition and self-definition (including sexual identity, gender identity, and anti-identity), meticulous analyses of stressor and health outcomes, an extensive coverage of research methodology concerns, and critical insights into the sociopolitical context of LGBT individualsÕ health and lives.
African American men in college
  • Examples of real-world programs and activities to enhance academic success in the college environment for African American men.
  • With contributions from leading practitioners and scholars in the field, African American Men in College explores the factors that promote a climate of academic success.
  • The book shows how participation in extracurricular activities can create a positive social climate and examines the advantages of developing communication and leadership skills. It shows how fostering relationships with administrators and community leaders can promote academic success.
  • The book also describes a proven mentoring program and examines the role spirituality and religion can play in bolstering successful college experiences.
Asian American youth: culture, identity, and ethnicity
  • The Asian-origin population in the U.S. constitutes the fastest growing ethnic group. As of 2000, this group constitutes 4 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • Asian American youth are quickly growing into their own subculture and carving out their own identity in American culture.
  • This collection addresses the important topics concerning Asian American youth as a distinctive group and examines such topics as immigration, assimilation, intermarriage, socialization, sexuality and ethnic identification.
Seeing the big picture: exploring American cultures on film
  • This work uses commercial films instead of documentaries to broaden students’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of the many cultures and co-cultures in America.
  • The selection of films depict cultures with insight, care and authenticity providing a tool for cross-cultural learning.
  • The film medium allows the viewer to experience a culture second-hand.Ê It can introduce the viewer to topics that might otherwise seem too controversial or sensitive.
  • Lesson plans have been built around each film including: setting the scene, viewing the film, spotlight on culture and communication, hands-on activities and further suggested reading and viewing.
Readings for diversity and social justice
  • For over ten years, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice has been the go-to anthology for the broadest possible coverage of issues related to identity and oppression from a social justice perspective.
  • This highly-anticipated second edition breaks even further ground, boasting over 40 more readings than previously available, updated and original section introductions, and three entirely new chapter sections on Religious Oppression, Transgender Oppression, and Ageism/Adultism.
  • Each chapter section is divided into Contexts, Personal Voices, and Next Steps. The first two parts provide vivid portraits of the meaning of diversity and the realities of oppression. The third part challenges the reader to take action to end oppressive behavior and affirm diversity and social justice.
Sex & social justice
  • Is a book of essays by Martha Nussbaum, the renowned classicist and philosopher.
  • Nussbaum is well known for her discussions of the place of homosexuality in Ancient Greece.
  • Her approach combines biography, literary analysis, classical scholarship, philosophical analysis, interviews, and statistics.
  • Nussbaum’s philosophical and literary sensibilities and her attention to the concrete details of people’s lives inform and enliven her discussion of feminism, human rights, and sexual orientation. Sexual politics, sexual communities: the making of a homosexual minority in the United States, 1940-1970
  • With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities supplies the definitive analysis of the homophile movement in the U.S. from 1940 to 1970.
Experiencing and counseling multicultural and diverse populations
  • The purpose of this book is to expose students of the helping professions to the unique characteristics of representative American subgroups and to effectively assist these same professionals as they work with clients and/or students from these populations.
  • These are grouped by race, gender, sexual lifestyle, age, etc., and the author of each chapter is both a trained helping professional and a member of the group in question.
  • This unique combination of qualifications lends both an academic and a personal perspective to the understanding of the populations represented.
  • Coming out under fire: the history of gay men and women in World War II
  • Allan Berube chronicles the story of the thousands of gay men and lesbian women who were among those proudly serving their country during the World War II years.
  • Coming Out Under Fire is an invaluable contribution not only to gay history, but also to an aspect of our military history that is often ignored yet still affects thousands of GIs and veterans.
Transgender warriors: making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
  • Feinberg examines perceptions of the body, the status of clothing, and the structures of societies that welcome or are threatened by gender variance.
  • The portrait gallery that closes the book contains photographs and capsule biographies of contemporary transgendered people.
Trans-gendered: theology, ministry, and communities of faith
  • Justin Tanis, a transgendered ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches, seeks to explore the spiritual nature of transgendered persons, to listen to the stories of others like himself, and to provide theological reflection on the ministries of, by and for this particular community.
  • The book includes an introduction to trans issues, an overview of gender variance and the Bible, reflections on the intersection of transgendered people and faith communities and how to create a genuine welcome for trans people in those communities, as well as a theological analysis of gender as a calling and transgendered body theology.


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