LGBTQA & Athletes

The LGBTQA - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning and Ally - Resource Center at UNL is located in 346 Nebraska Union.  We are committed to providing programming and services that help improve the campus climate for all UNL students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors of all sexual orientations and gender identities by developing and supporting more inclusive understanding of our identities through outreach, education, resources and programming.  The Center is a safe place to find out about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression for all members of the campus community.  We work collaboratively to provide education, resources, outreach and advocacy to help build and sustain a socially just campus community that is welcoming and inclusive for all.

We provide:

  • Collaborative and Campus-wide programming
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces and Ally Development presentations, workshops and materials  (more information on back)
  • OutSpeaking: LGBTQA panels and presentations
  • Student Involvement opportunities
  • Consultation, Resource Information, and Referrals
  • Assistance with bias incidents (check out:
  • A library
  • A place to hang out

Websites related to Athletes & LGBT:

Documents on NCAA Transgender Regulations/Rights

What is Safe Space?

Providing a safe space is a commitment to provide equitable access, dignity and safety for all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression.

What does creating LGBT Safe Space in Athletics mean?

  • Allowing participation without prejudice or discrimination.
  • Taking action:
    • Stop the use of anti-gay or other slurs or comments that demean groups of people because of their sex, race/ethnicity, religion, culture or other personal factors.
    • Respect the rights of all teammates to safety and fair treatment.
    • Encourage your athletic dept. or coach to schedule diversity seminars that address sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and gender in sports.
    • If you are a team leader, use your leadership to set an example for other team members.

What is an ALLY?

An ally is pro-LGBTQ and actively committed to diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and personal safety for all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression.

What does it mean to be an ALLY in Athletics?

  • Support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teammates who choose to identify themselves to others.
  • Speak out against anti-gay harassment directed at individuals or teams from spectators, opponents, coaches, or teammates. Your silence supports prejudice.
  • Understand the important role that heterosexual allies can play in making athletics safe and welcoming for everyone.

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