UNL has implemented a gender-inclusive housing policy. Any student who identifies as LGBTQA+ is eligible to apply.. This means that any student who identifies as LGBTQA+ is eligible to apply. For more information on the policy and its full wording, please click here.
The form to fill out is available here. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Melissa Peters, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Leadership and Diversity Initiatives at email@example.com or by phone at 402)-472-3872. Students may also contact the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at (402)-472-1652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mark's on the Campus has Student Outreach including a study lounge during the fall and spring semesters.
2 nights of the week: Sunday and Wednesday 7 - 11 p.m.
Free coffee, free food, free pop, and free wi-fi! Call 402-474-1979 for more information.
St. Mark's is located at 13 & R Street. The Study Lounge is a non-religious program of St. Mark's On the Campus Episcopal Church. St. Mark's is an inclusive community and the Study Lounge is open to all students of all beliefs.
RSOs are Recognized Student Organizations on UNL. For more information, see http://involved.unl.edu/student-organizations
There are three LGBTQA-centric RSOs on campus:
- Spectrum UNL – Located in 234 Nebraska Union. Meets Thursdays during the fall and spring semester, also holds office hours
- The Change – Resource Center Volunteers, meets Tuesdays during the fall and spring semester.
- Allies & Advocates for Equality at the Law School
Email lists you can join for news, discussion, and event information:
Committee for GLBT Concerns (CGLBTC)
LGBTQA+ Resource Center
For the ALLY, LGBTQA+ Resource Center and LGBTQNews listservs, please email email@example.com.
Facebook: SpectrumUNL (Undergraduate LGBTQA group), the Committee on GLBT Concerns, and the LGBTQA+ Resource Center also have facebook pages.
Follow the LGBTQA+ Resource Center:
Outlinc A community center without walls. They have a listserv, sponsor activities, a calendar of events and business directory online. Outlinc works to make Lincoln a better place to live, work, and play for LGBT folks and allies. Visit their website: http://www.outlinc.org
Also check out their resource directory: http://outlinc.org/resource-directory
PFLAG-Lincoln meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Unitarian Church in Lincoln, 63 & A Street. There is a social half hour at 6:30 pm, a program at 7 pm, and support groups for those who want to participate at 8 pm. The meeting is over at 9 pm.
Support group for Parents of Gender Creative and Trans Kids:
Join other parents of gender non-conforming children for support and conversation. Parents of children of all ages are welcome to attend...from pre-school to adult. Group will meet the second Saturday of every month at First Plymouth Church (20th & D St) at 11:00am in room H. For further information or questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- ACLU Nebraska:A Constitutional rights group with a strong commitment to equal rights for all people of all orientations and identities.
- Queer Nebraska Youth Network:The Queer Nebraska Youth Network is a grassroots organization that aims to create a healthy, empowered, and visible community of LGBTQ+
- Professional Transgender Resource Network of Nebraska:The Professional Transgender Resource Network (PTRN) was established in the spring of 2009. PTRN is an inter-disciplinary coalition of professionals and our mission is to provide education, advocate for individuals, and increase the awareness in our communities surrounding transgender health care and individual needs.
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Nebraska:The Nebraskan field organizer is Drew Heckman. You may contact him at email@example.com.
Rainbow Clinic Community members can also access counseling services on campus through the Rainbow Clinic, Family Resource Center and Psychology Training Clinic (please see campus resources for more information).
325 Burnett Hall
East Campus Loop and 35th Street
Teachers College 49
Scott Winrow, UHC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), University Health Center, second floor.
Trans* Students interested in a support group, please contact Dr. Scott Winrow at (402) 472-7450
The Women's Center, 340 Nebraska Union
Victim Advocate through the Women's Center: (402) 472-0203
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP services are available to faculty, staff, and their domestic partners (living in the same household). EAP is located in the 501 Building on city campus, (402) 472-3107; 1-800-755-2655 (outside Lincoln).
Community referrals are also available through the LGBTQA Resource Center
- In Lincoln
- Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP)
- Provides services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
- 1120 K Street, Suite 100
- On Campus
- University Health Center (UHC)
- 1500 U Street on the City Campus
- Free HIV testing is available on Monday in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center on campus. Call the UHC for current information.
For students interested, the University Health Center does prescribe PReP, a daily medication that significantly lowers a person's chance of contracting HIV. For more information, contact the health center.
To see Transgender specific medical information please visit the Trans* Guide and see Health Services.
This site offers transgender and gender non-conforming students a compository of resources and advice to help ensure that all students of all gender identities and expression have a productive and enjoyable experience at UNL.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEX AND GENDER?
Sex refers to the biological, chromosomal and anatomical features associated with maleness and femaleness in the human body. Gender, on the other hand, refers to social construction of masculinity and femininity in a specific culture. It involves gender assignment (the gender designation of someone at birth), gender roles (the expectations imposed on someone based on their gender), gender attribution (how others perceive someone’s gender) and gender identity (how someone defines their own gender).
WHAT IS TRANSGENDER?
Transgender is an umbrella term covering behaviors, expressions and identities that challenge the binary male/female gender system in a given culture. It is a self-identified term that can apply to anyone who transcends the conventional definitions of “man” and “woman” and whose self-identification or expression challenges traditional notions of “male” and “female” (including transsexuals, crossdressers, drag queens and kings, genderqueers, masculine-identified females, feminine-identified males, two-spirit people, male-to-females, female-to-males, bearded women, trans men, trans women and others who cross or transgress traditional gender categories).
WHAT IS INTERSEX?
Intersex refers to a person who is born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia or an internal reproductive system that is not considered “standard” for either male or female. Approximately 1.7% of children are born with mixed sexual anatomy that makes it difficult to label them male or female. “Intersex” is the preferred term to hermaphrodite. Although many intersex people do not identify as transgender, many of the workplace issues relating to transgender people overlap with those that affect intersex people.
WHAT IS AN ALLY?
An ally is pro-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) and is actively committed to diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and personal safety for all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression. An ally is someone who confronts heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexual and genderstraight privilege in themselves and others and has a concern for the well being of transgender, intersex, queer and other LGBQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning) people and a belief that transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia and biphobia are social justice issues.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
For information on the transgender and intersex communities at UNL, check out the TransGuide, a handbook for transgender and intersex students at UNL. ALso see the Trans 101and Tips for Being a Trans* Ally guidefor more information. For more definitions and other resources, please see the GLAAD’s Transgender FAQ.
Many buildings at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have gender inclusive restrooms. Below is a list of public gender-inclusive/unisex restrooms available on the UNL campus.
Canfield Administration Building
Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
Kauffman Academic Residential Center
Mabel Lee Hall
Raymond - Neihardt Residential Center
Scott Engineering Center
University Housing Office
Adele Hall Learning Commons
Gender Inclusive Changing Facility for Members
18, 218, 312
BuildingFamily Resource Center
Food Industry Building
Barkley Memorial Center
Gender Inclusive Changing Facility for Members
All of the gender-inclusive/unisex restrooms listed above are one-room or one-stall facilities with locks that can be used as changing facilities.
All of the gender-inclusive/unisex restrooms listed above are one-room or one-stall facilities with locks that can be used as changing facilities.
UNL's Campus Recreation Center now features one family/gender-inclusive changing room with toilets and showers, on the north side of the building. Visiting teams are able to reserve this room, so sometimes it may not be available, usually on Thursdays and Fridays. Please note that the Campus Recreation Center swimming pool and spas can only be accessed through gendered locker rooms, which have lockable restroom stalls.
This fall a gender inclusive housing option was made available to students at UNL. The option has been very popular with students. Given the popularity, Housing will be setting aside twice the amount of space for GIH for next year. This means that any student who identifies as LGBT+ is eligible to apply. For more information on the policy and its full wording, please click here.
The form to fill out is available here. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Adam Fitzwater, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Leadership Development and Diversity Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (402)-472-7053. Students may also contact the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at (402)-472-1652 or email@example.com.
On-Campus Residenty Requirement
All incoming students under the age of 19 or students who have not completed or transferred 27 or more accepted semester hours of post-secondary education prior to the first day of fall semester classes are required to live in University-approved on-campus housing.
For detailed information, and to learn about exemptions to this policy, visit this website: http://housing.unl.edu/residency-requirements
Single-room Residence Hall Housing
For students who are unable or do not wish to apply for gender-inclusive housing, there are other options available listed below.
Single rooms are available in the following traditional residence halls:Pound - Limited number of single rooms available.. Shared gender-specific restrooms on each floor. Predominantly upper class. Coed building. Academic year and summer contracts available.
Selleck - Limited number of single rooms available. Shared gender-specific restrooms on each floor. Academic year and summer contracts available Coed building. Freshmen, upper class, and graduate students. Academic year and summer contracts available.
There are three suite-style residence halls located on City Campus, available to freshmen and upper class and non-traditional students:
Knoll Residential Center - Fully furnished with snack prep area and living area. Restroom in the suite. Coed building, but residents living within a double bedroom suite (4 students in a suite, 2 bedrooms) or a single bedroom suite (4 students in a suite, 4 bedrooms) unit must be of the same biological sex.
University Suites - Fully furnished with snack prep area and living area. Restroom in the suite. Coed building, but residents living within a double bedroom suite (4 students in a suite, 2 bedrooms) or a single bedroom suite (4 students in a suite, 4 bedrooms) unit must be of the same biological sex.
Eastside Suites - Fully furnished with snack prep area and living area. Restroom in the suite. Coed building, but residents living within a double bedroom suite (4 students in a suite, 2 bedrooms) or a single bedroom suite (4 students in a suite, 4 bedrooms) unit must be of the same biological sex.
There are two apartment-style residence halls located on City Campus, available only to upper class, graduate and non-traditional (20 yrs or older) students:The Courtyards - Fully-furnished 4 and 2 bedroom units with full kitchen and living area. Restrooms are shared with one other resident. 12 and 9 month contracts available. Coed building, but residents living within a 4 or 2 bedroom unit must be of the same legal sex.
The Village - Fully-furnished 4 and 2 bedroom units with full kitchen and living area. Restrooms are shared with one other resident. Academic year contracts available. Summer contracts occasionally available. Coed building, but residents living within a 4 or 2 bedroom unit must be of the same legal sex.
Other Single-room Options
Husker Hall is a coed housing facility located on 23 St. and Vine St. (3 blocks from City Campus), available for graduate and non-traditional (23 yrs or older) students at UNL. All rooms are singles, with shared kitchen facilities available. Free shuttle service to city and east campuses. Only one occupant per room. Academic year and summer contracts available.Burr - Single rooms located on East Campus, reserved for upper class students, graduate students and students with valid reasons for having single rooms. Shared gender-specific restrooms on each floor. Shuttle service to city campus. Coed building.
Fedde - Single rooms located on East Campus, reserved for upper class students, graduate students and students with valid reasons for having single rooms. Shared gender-specific restrooms on each floor. Shuttle service to city campus. Coed building. Academic year and summer contracts available.
UNL provides apartment-style family housing units to single full-time students residing with dependent children, and legally married couples (with a marriage certificate recognized as legally binding by the State of Nebraska). Undergraduates must be enrolled for 12 credit hours during each regular academic semester. No hours are required during the summer months if the tenant is pre-registered for a full academic load for the fall semester. Graduate Students enrolled for fewer than 9 hours must submit a letter from their department chairperson indicating that they are considered a full-time student in that department. This letter need not be submitted until an apartment is offered and accepted by the student.
There are many apartments and rental housing available around both City and East Campus. The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) provides tips and resources for those who are seeking off-campus housing. Visit the ASUN’s student legal services page for more information.
For trans-friendly health care in Lincoln, please contact the resource coordinator the resource coordinator or call 402.472.1752.
University Health Center
TheUniversity Health Center (UHC) staff is committed to providing LGBTQ-friendly health services to students, staff, and faculty. Students get primary medical care clinic visits at NO CHARGE. Other services are at reduced cost for students. The UHC requires that all medical forms have legal sex and name information for insurance purposes. However, you may also choose to identify your preferred name, pronouns, and gender. These will be entered into your medical record so that staff at the UHC can correctly and respectfully address you.
The UHC is located on City Campus, with an East Campus branch in the Nebraska East Union. On City Campus the building is located at 1500 U St, on the intersection of 16 St. and Vine St. Call (402) 472-5000 to schedule an appointment (have your NUID number ready). Or visit theUHC website for more information.
The Univeristy Health Center (UHC) provides certain trans*-related health care services. These include:
- Routine acute & preventative health care
- Office visits for injury or illness
- Wellness exams, physicals, annual exams, pap smears
- STI/HIV testing
- Laboratory services ordered by either UHC or non-UHC providers
- Mental health services
- Filling hormone prescriptions
The UHC also refers out other health care services. These include:
- Initiating and monitoring hormone therapy
- Filing compound hormone prescriptions
- Surgical care
There are also two gender-neutral restrooms in the UHC. These are located:
- First floor in room 135 (on the way to the specialty waiting area)
- Second floor across from room 209
Student Health Insurance - StudentBlue
UNL, in partnership with Aetna Student Health and Aetna Dental Group, offers medical and dental insurance to all students. The insurance covers 100% of all University Health Center (UHC) services with a reduced pharmacy plan for medications from the UHC Pharmacy. Graduate students with Graduate Assistantships are automatically enrolled in this program. Please see theUHC website for premiums and coverage details.
UHC Student Advisory Board
The University Health Center Student Advisory Board (UHCSAB) is a group of selected students with the responsibility of representing the student body to the UHC and presenting the health concerns of the university community. The SAB makes recommendations to the UHC staff and the UNL Administration. All SAB meetings are open to the public and are held every other Tuesday in the University Health Center Conference Room C from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you would like to see more trans-oriented services offered, we welcome you to attend the meetings and voice your opinion. If you would like to be on the SAB, selections are normally made at the end of the fall semester.
Please review the UHC Notice of Privacy Practices for details.
Getting Hormones Counseling
In order to get a prescription for hormones, health care providers often require a letter of referral from a qualified and licensed counselor. The University Health Center (UHC) provides Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at reduced cost to students. For other counseling options, please contact the resource coordinator or call 402-472-1652 for a list of trans-friendly mental health care providers.
The University Health Center (UHC) Pharmacy will order hormones for students, staff and faculty with a valid prescription. Prices are comparable to, and usually lower than, community pharmacies.
Most pharmacies in Lincoln are able to fill hormone prescriptions, but not all are trans-friendly. Quality of service, price, and the amount they will give an individual at once will vary depending on the specific pharmacy you go to and your insurance plan. You should consider calling the pharmacy ahead of time to make sure they will fill your prescription. If you have questions, please contact the resource coordinator.
There are surgeons in the Lincoln-Omaha area for almost all transitional surgeries except genital Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). Please contact the resource coordinator ((402) 472-1752 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for a list of surgeons offering transitional services.
Trans-friendly Counseling in Lincoln
Please contact the resource coordinator or call 402-472-1652 for a list of trans-friendly mental health care providers.
University Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services
The University Health Center's Counseling and Psycholgical Services (CAPS) provides counseling at reduced rates to students taking seven or more credit hours. CAPS forms have a "Transgender" option for designating gender.
CAPS is located on the second floor of the University Health Center (1500 U St.), with a branch in the Nebraska East Union. Call (402) 472-5000 to schedule an appointment.
All CAPS services are confidential. All records are accessible only to CAPS staff. Records are accessible to other University Health Center medical providers on an as-needed basis only. Information is released only with the written consent of the client, except as required by law.
All students are eligible for CAPS services. Students taking seven or more credit hours qualify for reduced rates. The first three counseling visits are free of charge for all students, and all following visits are based on an hourly rate. There is a charge for all visits with a psychiatrist.
Gender and Sexuality
Dr. Scott Winrow provides counseling surrounding issues of gender, sexuality and transition. Call (402) 472-7450 to schedule an appointment.
CAPS provides individual, group and nutritional counseling for issues relating to weight, body image, disordered eating, food preoccupation, exercise obsession and eating disorders. See the CAPS website for details.
- Services include: Initiation and monitoring of masculinizing and feminizing hormonal treatment and referrals to institutions that offer gender affirming surgery and post-operative management when needed
- Referral is not required
- Fourth Wednesday of each month, 1:45 to 4 p.m.; by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment: 402.472.5000
This page provides information on options and processes for students wanting to use a preferred name, change names and/or gender, on university forms and records.
Any student who goes by a chosen or preferred name (other than their legal name) is able to add that name in Peoplesoft through myred.unl.edu. Their preferred/chosen name will show up on class and grade rosters, in the UNL Directory, and on Blackboard. Diplomas may have a different name that is easily associated with your legal name (e.g., Charles can be Chuck or Samantha can be Sam but Jennifer cannot be David).
Changing Birth Certificates Issued in Nebraska
For information on changing your birth certificate in other states, please see this guide: Changing Birth Certificate Designations: State-by-State
For those born in Nebraska, the state will issue a new birth certificate reflecting a name and sex change rather than amending an existing one. To change legal sex, a letter from an SRS (Sex Reassignment Surgery) surgeon is required. To change name, an original or certified copy of the court order indicating a name change is required. (Please note that if you are changing your gender marker from female to male, you may be contacted by the Federal government to sign up for selective services. You must submit a copy of your unchanged birth certificate in order to avoid this and being charged with a crime.) Contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Vital Records below:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
Changing Driver's Licenses Issued in Nebraska
For the state of Nebraska, the applicant must submit a Certification of Sex Reassignment form completed by a physician. The form states: 'I certify that the above named applicant has undergone the necessary sex reassignment procedures required for social gender recognition and is requesting that a driver license/ID card be issued.
For information on changing your driver's license in other states, please see this guide: Driver's License Policies by State
Transcripts and Registration Records
To change the name or legal sex on university records, bring legal documentation to Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building South. Legal documentation can be your (changed) birth certificate, a court order indicating a legal name change, and/or a passport reflecting the changes. Contact Student Services (402) 472-3635) for up-to-date information on requirements.
Note that to change your sex marker in university records, you are not required to provided an updated birth certificate. An amended driver's license will be sufficient.
Note that people transitioning from female to male (FTM and/or trans men) are required to sign up for selective services after getting their legal gender marker changed on their driver’s license. However, trans men can be exempted from this by presenting their unchanged, original birth certificate.
NCards are now available with preferred name on the front of the card, and legal name on the back. For new students with a preferred name in the system (through adding a preferred name through myred.unl.edu), the name will be available on the first card acquired. Replacing an NCard to reflect a recently changed preferred name requires a $15 replacement fee.
New NCards reflecting legal name changes (the NCard does not indicate sex) are available at no cost. New NCards simply reflecting change in appearance (expression/presentation), meaning ones with new pictures, are available from the NCard office for $15. The NCard Office is located in the first floor of the Nebraska Union.
As of June 10, 2010, sex reassignment surgery is no longer required by the U.S. Department of State to change the gender marker on a U.S. passport or passport card. A letter of certification and support from an attending physician is required, as well as an application for a new passport. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information and to see how to apply. The Lincoln Post Office on 700 R Street has passport applications.
Social Security Cards
In order to change your legal name on your social security card, you need to have a copy of the court order declaring your legal name change and another form of United States government-issued identification document, such as a driver’s license, a U.S. passport, or a state ID that isn’t a driver’s license.
You can either mail your documents with the accompanying form (linked below) to the social security administration, or go to the social security office in-person. Bear in mind that it will take longer to receive your updated social security card if you mail in the documents. After the social security office receives the necessary documentation, you will receive your updated social security card in the mail, so be sure that your address is correct. Keep in mind too that you need an updated social security card in order to properly track your earnings so that they are correctly credited to you.
Lavender Graduation and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Program and Reception.
April 20, 2017
Nebraska Union Colonial Room
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Participation forms for Lavender Graduation are due April 3, 2017.
Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Applications are due March 17, 2017.
Nominations for the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community are due March 17, 2017.
The Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Recipient is recognized at the event.
To Apply for Lavender Graduation CLICK HERE
To Apply for the Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship CLICK HERE
For a map of safe spaces and Allies on campus click HERE
- All segments of the population are represented in leadership/administration.
- No one group dominates the discussion at meetings.
- Ethnic/racial, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation and other slurs or jokes are not welcome.
- Language is inclusive. It is appropriately gender neutral. Preferred names and pronouns are used.
- Group cliques are absent.
- Variety in appearance is the norm.
- Multiple and intersecting identities are acknowledged and valued.
- Warm, collegial relationships exist between people of diverse backgrounds.
- There is sensitivity and awareness of different religious and ethnic holidays & customs.
- Selection of food & refreshments takes religious & personal preferences into account.
- Non-discrimination policies include sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQA+ information is included in all leadership, multicultural and diversity education and workshops.
- Individuals from historically underrepresented and underserved groups find the organization a comfortable place to work.
- LGBTQA+ issues, how they relate to the organization, and how policies, practices, and activities can be developed and implemented that meet the needs of individuals and groups are discussed. Inequity is addressed.
- Attempts to create and maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment are evaluated and updated regularly. Resource allocation is equitable.
- LGBTQA+ people would say that the organization is visibly supportive; it is safe for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression to be visible and open. Support for other minority, underrepresented and underserved groups is visible and available.
- Family members and relationships are recognized. Partner benefits are available.
- Publications, fliers, posters, and other written materials are monitored and updated to make sure they do not exclude historically underrepresented groups including LGBTQA+ people (by representing heterosexuality and gender conformity as the norm).
- There is a strong commitment to treat all people equitably and with respect.
- Buildings are accessible for people with disabilities. Gender neutral restrooms and changing facilities are available. For a list of gender neutral restrooms go to: under gender neutral restrooms.
Safe space cards are available to individuals, organizations, groups and departments who want to provide a visible sign of their commitment to:
- Providing equitable access to their programs, services, and resources;
- Treating everyone with dignity; and
- Developing and maintaining an environment where individuals know they will be accepted for who they are and personal safety is valued.
While we cannot guarantee that challenging events or situations will never occur, we can commit to addressing and eliminating bias, prejudice and discrimination and acting in ways that demonstrate that we will support fair and respectful treatment of all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Because we have not yet developed a society free of bias and discrimination, visible signs of inclusion are needed for individuals and groups who have historically not been included.
The LGBTQA+ Resource Center is regarded as a Brave Space where all members of the UNL community are welcome and where people with different life experience and ideas are encouraged to learn from one another. For more information on Brave Spaces, please contact Pat at email@example.com
The UNL ally card is a visible symbol of an individual's commitment to be supportive and accepting of all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression and is actively committed to diversity and inclusion, mutual respect, and personal safety for all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression. An ally is an individual who is aware that inequity, prejudice and discrimination exists and will act in ways to support and assist in creating and maintaining inclusive environments.
The above definition reflects an understanding that we are all in this together. We regard ally behavior as being more about how you behave than about how you identify (a verb or adjective rather than a noun).
The four dynamic stages of being an ally are:
- Education/becoming knowledgeable,
- Skills development, and
- Taking action!
Beyond Taking Action is building capacity and community (common unity). It is by working together and supporting each other that we can help create change.
A more common definition or understanding of allies is one where allies are defined as non-members of the target group. For the LGBTQA+ population, this defines a straight cisgender ally. While it is important for individuals to be free to openly identify their orientation and identity to others, it should not be a requirement. When we incorporate identity as a main component of our definition of an ally we are presuming that all allies, by definition, are not LGBTQA+ (where the A stands for asexual/aromantic). Therefore, we are treating identities that can be somewhat fluid as if they are not. There are pros and cons to having orientation as a primary component of the definition of an ally - it can be powerful and sometimes more effective in a particular situation, for straight cisgender allies to speak up and act on behalf of a community or individual that has less power and privilege in a situation. And, some allies want their orientation to be known to others. It is perfectly acceptable to be out as a heterosexual. It is also normative and accepted to be straight and it can help some individuals feel more comfortable identifying as a straight ally.
On the other hand, there is a breadth of diversity within the LGBTQA+ community. Sexual orientation and gender identity (our self-identification), although not changeable, can be somewhat fluid and our gender expression may and can vary. Our own definitions and expression of who we are can vary. And not all LGBTQA+ people, like non-LGBTQA+ people, are supportive and accepting of the LGBTQA+ community or knowledgeable and accepting of the diversity that exists within the community. When individuals come out to themselves and others also varies. Being an ally to one's community should not depend on how one identifies. How an individual identifies is based on the individual's definition. While it is impossible to totally take identity out of the definition of ally, it is not required. In defining an ally based on behavior, individuals can choose when and how they identify themselves to others based on their orientation and identity.
See the Trans* Guide page for Tips on Being a Trans* Ally or stop by the resource center for a print copy.
An advocate is an individual who is proactive and actively working to improve conditions and the environment so that it is more socially just. Some define advocates as members of the target group who are working on behalf of their community or communities. While it is not possible to totally take identity out of the definitions of ally and advocate, the operational definition used by the LGBTQA+ Resource Center @ UNL is an individual who is pro-LGBTQ and actively committed to diversity and inclusion, mutual respect (our allies deserve to be treated with the same respect and dignity that we all deserve) and personal safety (providing an environment where we are committed to providing an environment where all people of all orientations and identities are safe from prejudice and discrimination).
When we assume that allies are straight, we then require those LGBTQA+ individuals who work for equity for the LGBTQA+ community to be out or living openly. If we are LGBTQA-identified and claim the label ally and it is associated with a heterosexual identity, it implies that our identity and orientation is known (and fixed) at that point in time. It also means we need to define and identify advocates (as non-members of the target group working for their community). We have opted to use a definition of allies that does not require people to make known their orientation or others allies (as non-members of the group/community). We hope that all individuals are comfortable with this lack of distinction about sexual orientation and gender identity in posting their commitment to being an ally even though it is not entirely possible to remove identity when using the word ally. We encourage people to consider ally behavior and advocacy as the key.
We also have an out ally list, where we list our allies names and departments or organizations on campus. When individuals pick up a safe space or ally card we ask them to sign for the card, provide an email contact, and the location that the card will be posted. We also provide the opportunity to subscribe to one of our listservs and/"or InQueery, our newsletter, which is published monthly during the academic year.
If you have comments, suggestions, or questions or would like more information or materials related to creating inclusive spaces, safe space and ally cards, please contact Pat Tetreault, director of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at UNL.
1566 - 1st known execution in North America of a person for same-sex sexual activities (by the Spanish in Florida).
1610 - Virginia adopts “sodomy laws” of England, making sex between 2 men a capital crime punishable by death.
1777 - In a move seen as “liberal” at the time, Thomas Jefferson proposes a revision of Virginia law to reduce the penalty for sodomy from death to castration (never enacted).
1778 - Gorthold Enslin beomes 1st American discharged from the army for sodomy.
1860 - Walt Whitman publishes first “Calamus” poems in Leaves of Grass celebrating his “love of comrades.”
1869 - Hungarian psychologist Benkert invents the word “homosexual” to describe people attracted to the same sex.
1924 - The Society for Human Rights, America’s first gay rights organization, is founded in Chicago. Police and media harassment forces its disbandment in less than a year.
1942 - US military revises code on homosexuality. Previously, soldiers could only be expelled if witnessed committing “sodomy.” Now, being gay is enough for dismissal.
1945 - World War II ends. The Veterans Benevolent Association is founded in New York to fight dismissal of gay soldiers.
1950 - Undersecretary of State John Puerifoy speaks of a “pervert peril” in testimony before Congress leading to “witch hunts” for gays who work in the government.
1953 - Newly elected President Eisenhower bans employment of gays by executive order, (not repealed until 1975).
1958 - One Magazine, a publication affiliated with Mattachine, wins a case against the US Postal Service, which had banned distribution of any publications on homosexuality through the mails as “obscenity,” before the Supreme Court.
1965 - Gay and Lesbian people picket outside federal offices in Washington to protest the government’s employment discrimination against gays. First public protest by gay people in the nation’s capital.
1969 - STONEWALL: Angered by police harassment, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a New York gay bar, fight back during a raid, initiating several days of violence known as the “Stonewall Riots.”
1973 - The American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from a list of illnesses, ending a century of efforts to “cure” gays by psychologists.
1974 - Elaine Noble becomes the 1st openly lesbian or gay person elected to a state office (Massachusetts State House of Representatives).
1980 - Embracing support from the “Moral Majority,” Ronald Reagan wins the presidency having pledged to “resist the efforts…to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality.’
1981 - A new disease appears disproportionately among gay men, earning it the tag “gay cancer” and the name “Gay-Related Immune Deficiency.” Later known as AIDS.
1982 - Wisconsin becomes the 1st state to ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Today Nebraska and Iowa allow discrimination.)
1983 - The first Gay Games are held in San Francisco.
1986 - In California, Becky Smith and Annie Afleck become the 1st openly lesbian couple to be granted legal, joint adoption of a child.
1987 - 500,000 attend the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed for the 1st time.
1988 - The National Education Association adopts a resolution calling for every school district to provide counseling for students struggling with their sexual orientation.
1988 - Lesbian and gay men celebrate the 1st annual National Coming Out Day, October 11.
1989 - Denmark becomes the first nation to legalize gay marriage.
1990 - President Bush signs into law the Hate Crime Statistics Act, the 1st federal law to include the term “sexual orientation.”
1992 - Colorado passes Amendment 2, prohibiting local entities from enacting civil rights protection for lesbians and gays in the future. In 1996, the Supreme Court will uphold the district court’s decision declaring “A State cannot so deem a class of persons a stranger to its laws.”
1993 - Massachusetts becomes the 1st state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against public school students.
1993 - President Clinton’s promised lifting of the ban on gays in the military meets with such Congressional and military establishment opposition that he signs the so called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” compromise.
1993 - Norway becomes the 2nd nation to legalize gay marriage.
1995 - Coors Brewing Company and Walt Disney Company begin offering health benefits to domestic partners of their employees.
1996 - The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA,) which would have prohibited discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, fails in the Senate by a vote of 50-49. It is the 1st time a vote on lesbian and gay civil rights has come before the full Senate.
1997 - Ellen DeGeneres and her television character, Ellen Morgan, come out. Ellen is the 1st prime time show to feature an openly gay or lesbian lead character. Right-wing groups call for a boycott of ABC and its “anti-family” parent company Disney. The boycott fails.
2000 - Vermont becomes the first U.S. state to legalize civil unions.
2003 - U.S. Supreme Court strikes down remaining state sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas. Lawrence v Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case. In the 6-3 ruling, the Court struck down the sodomy lawin Texas. The court had previously addressed the same issue in 1986 in Bowers v. Hardwick, where it upheld a challenged Georgia statute, not finding a constitutionalprotection of sexual privacy (from Wikipedia).
2006 - United States Senate fails to pass an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America that would amend the constitution to only recognize marriage as being between a man and a woman. New Jersey provides for civil unions for same sex couples.
2008 - Connecticut provides marriage equality.
2009 - President Obama signs a referendum allowing the same-sex partners of federal employees to receive benefits.
Iowa and Vermont provide for marriage equality.
2010 - President Obama signs the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.
Washington DC and New York vote for marriage equality.
Soulforce’s Equality Ride comes to Lincoln. The students in WMS211: Applying Social Justice to LGBTQA Programs & Services class coordinates a free screening of Equality U at the Ross Theatre and an Open Mic night at Meadowlark Coffee House with the Soulforce Riders (after their visit to Union College).
2011 - Ryan Lowry and Mitch Lee enter and win the Lincoln Journal Star Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!
1970 - Lou Crompton organizes interdisciplinary course in Gay Studies, the second such course to be given at an American university.
1971 - Lincoln Gay Action Group starts in January, with student president, Joe Creason. Gay and lesbian students, led by Joe, met in October 1970 to form a group, but did not ask for formal recognition till January 1971. Lou Crompton served as the advisor for the Gay Action Group and the UNL Gay/Lesbian Student Association.
1979 - According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), LGBTQA history month originated with the first marches by gays and lesbians in 1979 and the success of a second demonstration of half a million people for people living with AIDS on 10/11/87 in Washington, DC.
1985 - ASUN is asked by GLSA to include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policy. ASUN passed the policy but President Gerard Keating vetoed it and a veto override failed. Other senates took it up and passed a policy. As a result of that debate, several student organizations at UNL added sexual orientation to their constitutions (as a protected status). The Residence Hall Association (RHA) was one of the organizations doing so. In April of 1985, Margie Winn, COLAGE Chair, and Rodney Bell, UNL GALA Chair, asked ASUN to adopt a resolution asking the Board of Regents to adopt a resolution empowering ASUN President Bryan Hill to lobby the student senates at UNO and UNMC as well as the Faculty Senates at UNL, UNMC and UNO to add sexual orientation, marital status, and disability to sections 3.0 and 5.2 of the Regent by-laws.
The Faculty Senate adopted a resolution at UNL. AAUW- UNL Chapter also adopted a resolution in favor of non-discrimination.
1988 - COLAGE (Committee Offering Lesbian and Gay Events) was denied funding by ASUN (COLAGE was a committee for UPC).
1989 - UNL GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae) incorporates as a non-profit organization.
Homophobia Awareness Committee meets as an informal group.
Lou Crompton retires from the English Department after 34 years. Professor Crompton also founded the Gay Caucus for Modern Languages.
ASUN election survey indicates that 69% of students favor condom machines in the residence halls. ASUN proposed distributing condoms from the ASUN office but the bill fails.
The Board of Regents passes a resolution that reads in part (as reported in the 1989 GALA Nebraskan):
“Be it resolved by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska that: 1. Students on each campus of the University of Nebraska shall be admitted and enjoy the programs and privileges of the University without regard to individual characteristics other than qualifications for admission, academic performance and conduct in accord with University policies and rules and laws applicable to student conduct. 2. Employees on each campus of the University of Nebraska shall be employed and equitably treated in regard to the terms and conditions of their employment without regard to individual characteristics other than qualification for employment, quality of performance of duties and conduct in regard to their employment in accord with University policies and rules and applicable law. Be it further resolved that this Resolution shall become a policy of the Board of Regents and shall be incorporated into the University Policy Manual.”
1991 - Vern Williams meets with Dr. Griesen to discuss issues faced by Gay and Lesbian students at UNL and about the informal group of faculty, staff, and students who were meeting on a semi-regular basis to address these issues and to look into the extent of discrimination which gay and lesbian students experience at UNL. Dr. Griesen officially appoints The Homophobia Awareness Committee with the primary purpose to promote a positive, inclusive environment for gay men and lesbians in the university community.
1992 - Committee sends request to Chancellor Spanier for a Coordinator of Gay and Lesbian Concerns. Sexuality Education Coordinator position is created at the UHC in the Department of Community Health Education and Pat Tetreault is hired as the first and only person in this position.
1993 - Can you tell which one is straight? Poster (joint project of GLSA and Affirmative Action & Diversity Programs Office)
1994 - National Coming Out Day article in the Lincoln Journal Star.
GLSA held a 20th anniversary banquet on April 9th at the Arbor Room in the East Campus Union. Lou Crompton, Eric Jolly, David Bolkovac and Gwen Fischer were given awards for their work on behalf of lesbians and gays on campus.
Tony D’Augelli is brought to campus with the assistance of the Chancellor and starts the CGLBTC annual Symposium Series, which brings a nationally known speaker to UNL to talk about LGBTQA Issues.
1995 - Safe Space/ALLY Cards are designed for distribution at UNL by Pat Tetreault, Sexuality Education Coordinator and designed by John Whiteman. The cards were distributed by the Gay Lesbian Student Association on National Coming Out Day.
1996 - NU-wide benefits committee votes to deny domestic partner benefits to NU employees, tabling the topic until unspecified “financial, legal, and other issues have been resolved”. For a history of our ongoing struggle to obtain equitable benefits, visit www.unl.edu/cglbtc/.
1997 - Someone You Know student group organizes NCOD activities including chalking; anti-chalking occurs;
First Graduate Assistant for LGBTQA Students located in Student Involvement, after the Chancellor approves and funds the position at the request of (and with the documented need for the position) by the Committee on LGBTQA Concerns.
UPC sponsors “Love makes a family” exhibit
Allies against homophobia and heterosexism is a new student group on campus.
1998 - Matthew Shepard murdered in Wyoming
Hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression is included as part of the then annual Take Back the Night march
1999 - In April ASUN introduces a bill to designate the group as an ally organization; bill passes. In their first action in 5 years, the ASUN student court ruled that the contested government bill did comply with student government by-laws.
Gina Matkin and Pat Tetreault provide a “How to be an ALLY” Workshop in the Nebraska Union.
2000 - Abel passes safe space bill. Controversy results so the ALLY card is only posted on the Abel Residence Hall Association door rather than on all entrances to Abel.
RHA passes bill declaring it a safe space.
University Health Center Insurance includes domestic partner coverage for students.
The first Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQA Community is awarded by Chancellor Moeser to Vern Williams.
2001 - 2001 ASUN approved a bill in April to acknowledge and comply with the university non-discrimination policy; a proposal to display an ALLY card was killed in April in the Human Rights committee. ASUN did declare itself an ALLY-friendly zone although only President Nathan Furst displayed a card in his office window. ASUN declared itself a safe space for Muslim students after the 9/11 attacks.
NU-wide report on domestic partner benefits provided to the Board of Regents.
Human Rights Chain around the Capitol for Equal Rights for LGBTQA people.
2002 - 2002 Campus Climate and Needs Assessment Study completed and made available on the CGLBTC web site.
2003 - LGBTQA bulletin board vandalized for three times and replaced. New bulletin board on main floor provided (previously located on the 3 rd floor)
Part-time Assistant Director for LGBTQA Programs & Services Student Involvement (SI) obtained via the work of the CGLBTC; D Moritz is hired.
1st LGBTQA History Month dinner held at the Culture Center.
UAAD educational panel on Domestic Partner Benefits held (the video is available for use from UAAD. http://uaad.unl.edu/)
Student Award for contributions to the LGBTQA community created and incorporated into the Student Impact Awards and the Chancellor’s Award recognition events
2004 - LGBTQA Teach-in; ASUN adds more groups to non-discrimination by-law (agreeing to add gender identity/expression);
2005 - 10 Year Anniversary of ALLY Cards at UNL. A week of programming takes place, including the display of a “giant” safe space ally card that individuals can sign. The ALLY Listserv is created. The signed “card” now hangs in the LGBTQA Resource Center at UNL.
A UNL LGBTQA History is developed and displayed by Pat Tetreault, Sexuality Education Coordinator, as part of the 10 year anniversary and in honor of LGBT History Month.
2006 - The 54th Nebraska Annual Symposium on Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities, Volume Editor and Conference Organizer: Debra A. Hope, Ph.D.
UNL began offering a minor in LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor at the start of the fall semester – the program is one of the first of its kind in the Midwest.
2007 - ASUN passes three resolutions to support LGBTQI students at UNL by directing the campus life committee to work collaboratively to establish a roommate re-assignment process for LGBTQI students that is more expeditious and confidential than the current process; to encourage housing to provide information to Residence Life staff about housing options for transgender and intersex students living on campus; and to create the Ad Hoc Committee, Employee + 1 benefits, in its research efforts to explore employee + 1 benefits that have been explored or implemented and report back to the Senate at its first Spring 2008 meeting.
5th Annual History Month Dinner conducted in partnership with the Lied Center for the Performing Arts. Tim Miller is brought in by the Lied for a 2 week residency and keynote speaker at the Dinner. Tim Miller provided performances, campus and community visits, and a workshop developed at the workshop – educational and entertaining events with the largest number of participants – both campus and community – to date.
The LGBTQA Assistant Director position in Student Involvement becomes a full-time position and the LGBTQA Resource Center opens in the fall in NU 342. Pat Tetreault is hired for the full-time position and serves as the founding Director of the newly established resource center.
2008 - The 6th annual LGBTQA History Month dinner theme is Intersecting Identities. The dinner is held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts with Dorothy Allison as keynote speaker. The dinner sponsors are the Committee on GLBT Concerns, LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies Minor and LGBTQA Programs, Services and Resource Center.
Safe space ally cards are updated to reflect a social justice approach and clarify the distinction between safe space provision and being an ally, resulting in two distinct cards: Safe Space (equitable access, dignity and safety in regards to programming and services) and ALLY (a personal commitment to be pro-LGBTQA+ and actively committed to diversity and inclusion for all people of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expression). The GLBT Speakers Bureau, Out on Campus, collaborates with Citizens for Equal Protection and PFLAG-Cornhusker to develop OutSpeaking: A LGBTQA collaborative speakers bureau at UNL and in Lincoln.
2009 - The first Lavender Graduation is held at the Nebraska Union.
Louis Crompton, longtime LGBT Advocate at UNL, dies and is survived by his partner/husband of 40 years. The Louis Crompton Scholarship is established in his name.
The 7th annual LGBTQA History Month Dinner is held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel with keynote speaker Nathaniel Frank, author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America.
Outlinc, Lincoln's LGBT Community Organization is started.
2010 - The second annual Lavender Graduation is held at the Nebraska Union.
The first class on Applying Social Justice to LGBTQA Programs & Services is taught by Pat Tetreault. The class will be offered every other spring. The class organizes an open mic night with the Equality Tour who are in Lincoln for a stop at Union College. The students also organize a showing of the documentary about Soulforce’s Equality Riders at the Ross Theatre.
The LGBTQA Resource Center moves from one room (342 NU with the Director’s office on the second floor) to a three room suite (345 NU), that includes space for the Director’s office, a library room, and a reception and “hang out” space. It is painted a lovely lavender with a rainbow on the west wall.
David Csontos, playwrite and UNL Staff member writes and directs two original plays for UNL that are sponsored by the LGBTQA Resource Center, “My Night with Rock Hudson” and “My Imaginary Friend”. David also directs Sprinkles, an original play written by David Houck for production at UNL.
The Art of Safe Space and Ally contest and Display is held in the Rotunda Gallery, the result of a student project by Andrew Lim with assistance from the Resource Center.
The UNL non-discrimination policy is updated:
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, religion or political affiliation.
2011 - The Prairie Pride Film Festival is produced by Allies and Advocates for GLBT Equality at the Law College with assistance from the LGBTQA Resource Center. Held at the Joyo Theatre in Havelock.
Employee + 1 Benefits Campaign is coordinated by the Committee for GLBT Concerns and assisted by a grant from Campus Progress, obtained by Emily Schlichting.
David Csontos writes and directs “The God Show”, with the production sponsored by the LGBTQA Resource Center.
The third annual Lavender Graduation and Advocate Appreciation is combined with the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Reception with Robyn Ochs as keynote speaker.
Robyn Ochs provides a variety of presentations and class visits April 20 – 22.
The Human Rights Campaign participates in Big Red Welcome weekend! UNL is one of the stops for the HRC Equality Bus Tour and will have their bus and information at Party at the Union on Saturday, August 20th and at the BRW Street Fair on Sunday, August 21st.
NUTR230 for Peer LGBTQA Educators will be taught for the first time in the fall.
2012 - The 10th anniversary of the LGBTQA History Month Dinner and the 5th birthday of the LGBTQA Resource Center! Seventeen years of safe space and ally cards at UNL. The LGBTQA Resource Center moves to 346 Nebraska Union, the largest and most visible space during its history. The "new" space is also painted lavender with a rainbow on the south wall of the center, which continues to be a place for visitors to sign.
In April of 2012, the UNL non-discrimination policy is updated and gender is now listed as gender identity.
Lavender Graduation and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community are combined into one event.
Employee +1 Benefits are approved by the Board of Regents and will be implemented in January of 2013.
2013 - Employee + 1 (domestic partner benefits) are implemented at the University of Nebraska. Locally, a fairness ordinance is passed in Omaha. A Fairness Ordinance for Lincoln is approved by the City Council but a petition is started, which achieves enough signatures to put the ordinance on the ballot for approval by the city's voting public. It is unknown when the vote may be held.
2015 - Gender Inclusive Housing Option becomes available in the Fall.
2003 - 1st LGBTQA History Month dinner held at the Culture Center.
Speaker: James Griesen, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
2004 - Annual LGBTQA History Month dinner held in the Nebraska Union on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus
Speaker: Kris Gandara
2005 - LGBTQA History Month dinner held in the Nebraska Union
Speakers: Amelia Montes keynote; Kris Gandara (slam poet)
2006 - LGBTQA History Month dinner held in the Nebraska Union
Speaker: Fr. Don Hanway keynote
2007 - 5th Annual LGBTQA History Month Dinner conducted in partnership with the Lied Center for the Performing Arts.
Speaker: Tim Miller is brought in by the Lied for a 2 week residency and keynote speaker at the Dinner.
2008 - LGBTQA History Month Dinner held in the Lied Center for the Performing Arts
Speaker: Dorothy Allison keynote
2009 - LGBTQA History Month Dinner held at the Cornhusker Hotel
Speaker: Nathaniel Frank keynote
2010 - Annual LGBTQA History Month Dinner held at Embassy Suites Hotel
Speaker: Jewel Gomez keynote
2011 - Annual LGBTQA History Month Dinner will be held at Embassy Suites Hotel
Speaker: Sarah Schulman
2012 - LGBTQA History Month Dinner is held at the Cornhusker Hotel.
With Sharon Groves, Human Rights Campaign Faith and Religion Outreach Director. Poetry by Stacey Waite and music by Vince Learned. A pre-dinner social is sponsored by OutLinc.
2013 - Kit Yan, Asian Amercian Trans* Slam Poet is the keynote speaker at the 11th annual history month dinner. Kit also conducts a writing and speaking workshop and performs during the week prior to the dinner. Other speakers during the month include Eric Alva, and Hudson Taylor.
2014 - Gloria Bigelow, comic, author and teacher, is the keynote speaker at the 12th annual history month dinner. Gloria also conductes a workshop on writing jokes the day before the dinner.
2000 - Vern Williams, Career Services
2001 - Luis Diaz-Perdomo, University Health Center
2002 - Pat Tetreault, University Health Center
Barbara DiBernard, English Department
2003 - Louis Crompton, Emeritus, English
George E Wolf, Emeritus, English
Ryan Fette, Student Recipient
2004 - English Department, College of Arts & Sciences
Robert D Brown, Emeritus, Educational Psycholog
James V. Griesen, Student Affairs
Linda Major, Student Involvement
Dan Franks, Student Recipient
2005 - Joy S Ritchie, English
Kris Gandara, Student Recipient
2006 - Debra Anne Hope, Psychology
Student Recipient: Spectrum/QSA Transition Team
2007 - Janice Deeds, Student Involvement
Father Don Hanway, Retired Pastor, St. Mark’s on the Campus & CGLBTC
Allen Ratliff, Student Recipient
2008 - Debbie Krahmer, University Libraries
Greg Gifford, Student Recipient
Amanda Garrett, Student Recipient
2009 - Bill Waters, OASIS/the Culture Center
Heath Harding, Student Recipient
2010 - James (Jim) Cole, Psychology
2011 - Robin Whisman, Campus Recreation
Jason Lucht, Student Recipient
2012 - Reverend Stephen Griffith
Emily Schlichting, Student Recipient
2013 - J.B. Milliken, President of the University of Nebraska
Scott Schneider, Student Recipient
2014 - Danny Ladely, Director of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
Annie Pigaga, Student Recipient
2015 - Jonathan Frederick Walz, Curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art
Robert Lipscomb III and Grant Thomas, Student Recipients
LGBTQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning
LGBTQA+ = LGBTQ, Asexual, Ally and Advocate and other identities (+)
GLSA = Gay, Lesbian Student Association
UAAD = University Association for Administrative Development
CGLBTC = Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Concerns
ASUN = Association of Students of the University of NE
UPC = University Program Council
RHA = Residence Hall Association
Information was compiled by Pat Tetreault from minutes, files, personal communication, and articles. Research of the Daily Nebraskan archives was conducted by Jacy Farris. The information included is not an exhaustive history and is accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Do you have historical information relevant to the UNL timeline? We would appreciate hearing from you. Please email any information or comments to ptetreault.unl.edu.
Please note that each person who uses any or all of these terms does so in a unique way (especially terms that are used in the context of an identity label). Asking people for further information and/or clarification about the way in which they use the terms is encouraged. This is especially recommended when using terms which we have noted that can have a derogatory connotation.
Ace is a popular nickname for a person who is asexual. It is a phonetic shortening of "asexual", and has lead to some symbolism regarding the playing card "ace". Some asexuals use the ace of spades or ace of hearts to represent their orientation. The ace of hearts is more commonly used for romantic asexuals, whereas an aromantic asexual would generally use the spade (from Wikipedia).
An individual who confronts privilege and inequity on a personal and institutional level. The definition used at UNL Is an individual who is pro-LGBTQA+ and actively committed to diversity and inclusion for all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression. Some define allies as non-members of the target group as in straight or heterosexual allies. To read more about what you can do as an ally please visit the tab on Inclsuive Spaces
A person who does not fit neatly into the masculine and feminine gender roles in their society and may identify as intergender, agender, or gender fluid, transmasculine and/or transfeminine; appearing and/or identifying as neither man nor woman, presenting a non-traditional or gender variant expression of their gender identity.
A person who is not sexually or romantically attracted to anyone or does not have a sexual orientation. Asexuality may not be an indicator of sexual behavior.
One’s expressions of masculinity, femininity or androgyny in words, self-expression, or characteristics.
What human beings use to attempt to determine the gender/sex of another person and/or to express one's sex/gender. For example, hairstyle, gait, vocal inflection, body shape, facial hair, clothing choices. Cues may vary by culture. Gender expression may or may not be congruent with or influenced by the sex a person is assigned at birth.
A person who either by nature or by choice does not conform to society's gender-based expectations (e.g. transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, cross-dresser, etc.). Preferable to “gender variant” because it does not imply a normative standard.
A person’s choice and/or manipulation of “gender cues.” Gender expression may or may not be congruent with or influenced by a person’s biological sex.
A person’s psychological sense of being masculine, feminine, or another gender (e.g., masculine, feminine, androgynous, genderqueer).
A gender diverse person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders. This identity is usually related to or in response to the social construction of gender, gender stereotypes and the gender binary system.
A person whose body does not fit into the dyadic categories of male or female, due to genital, gonadal, chromosomal, reproductive, and/or hormonal variation; intersex indivduals may have typical masculine or feminine identities, or may identify as gender diverse.
Policies, procedures and arrangements of a society used to benefit one group at the expense of another through the use of language, media, education, religion, economics, etc.
When a member of an oppressed group has incorporated the inaccurate stereotypes, prejudice and stigma applied to the oppressed group.
A person who is sexually attracted to individuals from a variety of sexual and gender identities/expressions.
It is best not to assume what pronouns an individual may use or prefer. If you are unsure what pronouns an individual may use, respectfully ask if what pronouns the individual prefers or uses. Some examples are she/hers; his/him; they/theirs; ze/hir. Additionally, not all individuals go by their legal or given name. Whenever possible allow for the use of preferred names and pronouns.
1. Originally conceptualized as an umbrella term which embraces a matrix of sexual and gender identities and orientations of the not-exclusively- heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. However, not all LGBTQA+ individuals have reclaimed the word as it has been used as a weapon in the past. Some individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQA+ community identify as Queer, and may not identify with one of the other identities in the LGBTIA terminology. The use of the word Queer is an example of a reclaimed word that was formerly used as an insult. In the 1980s the term began to be used by LGBT activists as a term of self-identification and was adopted by academics. Context is important when using the word queer as many individuals both within and outside of the LGBT community are uncomfortable with the use of the word. Similarly, other reclaimed words are or may be offensive to the in-group when used by outsiders. Being clear on how individuals identify and their comfort level with the word as an identifier is important.
When the boundaries between "traditional" masculinity and femininity are blurred. It may be used as an umbrella term for any gender non-conformity or variation. It may also be used as a personal identity for an individual whose psychological identity varies from the sex or gender they were assigned at birth. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.
A person who identifies psychologically as a gender/sex other than the one they were assigned at birth. Transsexuals often take steps to transform their bodies hormonally and surgically to match their inner sense of gender/sex.
These definitions were adapted from Eli Green and Eric N. Pertesen’s Trans and Sexuality Terminology. For a more complete list of terminology, please visit http://trans-academics.org/trans_and_sexuality_termi.
UNL Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender-identity, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, religion or political affiliation.