LGBTQIA2S+ Resources

The WorkLife Office celebrates the richly diverse population on campus and in the surrounding community. Our mission to create an inclusive, responsive work environment includes the recognition and connection of LGBTQIA2S+ members at MSU. Below are resources and services that are useful for all, but specifically for our LGBTQIA2S+ friends who may find them most helpful; whether it's navigating pronouns, joining resource groups or exploring queer-friendly spaces on campus, the WorkLife Office has you covered.

LGBTQIA2S+ Resources at Michigan State University

  • Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)An interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, sexuality, feminist theory, and women’s studies. GenCen administers the following undergraduate academic programs:

    • Women’s & Gender Studies B.A.
    • Women’s & Gender Studies Minor
    • LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies Minor
  • The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center: This center is dedicated to leading and collaborating on university-wide initiatives that prepare students to thrive in our diverse world, and enhancing the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by society for their sexuality or gender identity/gender expression. The LBGT Resource Center also offers several resources that are helpful and informative for all, including the QUEST: Building Capacity for LGBTQA+ Inclusion

  • Queer Theory Playground: QTP is a practice space for queer-identified queer rhetorics and composition scholars at Michigan State University. This entity is also responsible for hosting the Queer Conversations events at MSU.  

  • Syllabus Language: Name and Pronouns: For faculty or academic staff members seeking recommended inclusive language for your course syllabi, consider the following:

    • Name and Pronoun Policy: Many people choose not to use/do not identify with the name on their birth certificate, school ID, or other forms of identification. Please let me know your correct name and pronouns, particularly if your chosen name does not appear in D2L. If you would like to change your name, you can do that through StuInfo. Your gender marker can be changed by filing a request at the Office of the Registrar at the Hannah Administration Building. More information about MSU’s name policy can be found on The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center's website.

    • Name and pronoun systems update (read in full here): In spring of 2021, the Short-Term Work Group on Names and Pronouns was convened to review and provide recommendations to improve how Michigan State University captures and utilizes names and pronouns in existing university information systems. With the purpose of acknowledging and supporting how students, staff and faculty at MSU identify, the recommendations include: 

      • Modifying systems to update data collection practices
      • Updating university data collection policies to provide options for self-identification
      • Creating system inventory guidelines to inform required modifications
  • EPIC: Employee Pride and Inclusion Coalition 

    It is the mission of EPIC: Employee Pride and Inclusion Coalition to create an inclusive and welcoming community that supports faculty, staff, and administrators of diverse sexual and gender identities. We view our work through an intersectional lens, centering those with multiple marginalized identities. We strive to improve the campus climate for the MSU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) community by:

    • Continually developing and reviewing MSU policies to advance MSU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Utilizing connections with Spartan leadership to establish a voice at every level of the institution
    • Creating an intentional space for gathering and building community
    • Sharing support and resources
    • Increasing visibility
    • Addressing recruitment and retention of faculty and staff
    • Collaborating and consulting with The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center to support the needs of LGBTQIA+ students
    • Attending to and advocating for ongoing and changing needs
    Find EPIC on Facebook.

Towards a Respectful Workplace Website

Work doesn’t just put food on the table and a roof over our heads. It’s central to our sense of identity, meaning and purpose, achievement, and belonging. Yet many people dread their jobs because of demoralizing interactions that they face there every day. For them, work has become a place where they are made to feel worthless, unwelcome, incompetent, ashamed, or unsafe. The Respectful Workplace site helps define workplace cultures, provides tools for employees and supervisors, and houses the Well-being at Work Guide, which offers tips and sourced content to help discuss and establish a healthy and productive environment. 

Webinars from MSU Community and WorkLife Office

Greater Lansing/Michigan Organizations & Resources

  • American Civil Liberties Union - Michigan (ACLU): The Michigan chapter of the ACLU - a national organization dedicated to protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. One of the key issues of ACLU Michigan is LGBT advocacy.

  • Between the Lines: Pride Source Media Group, LLC, produces this weekly LGBTQ print publication. Between the Lines newspaper is the largest and longest-running LGBTQ publication in Michigan. It features local, national and international news and upcoming events across the state.  

  • Equality Michigan (EQMI): Michigan’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer anti-violence and political advocacy organization.

  • Human Rights Campaign in Michigan (HRC): The Michigan chapter of the HRC - the largest national civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.

  • Just B Yoga: Donation-based yoga studio dedicated to inclusivity, accessibility, sustainability and social justice. The studio is LGBTQ and body positive and offers a LGBTQ yoga class each week.

  • Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR): LAHR is one of the oldest LGBTQIA advocacy organizations in Michigan. The mission of LAHR is to pursue justice and equality for LGBTQIA people through community-led advocacy, connection and education.  

  • Lansing LGBT Family Law Attorneys: This legal team specializes in helping LGBT families across Michigan with issues such as adoption, divorce, custody arrangements, and child support.  

  • Michigan Pride: Michigan Pride is a non-profit that provides education, outreach, support and events to enhance the lives of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people and builds quality relationships with all Michigan residents. This organization hosts an annual Pride event.

  • PFLAG of Greater Lansing:  PFLAG is a national organization that unites people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer with families, friends and allies. This local chapter of PFLAG meets regularly at Salus Center in Lansing, MI, and has a Facebook group.

  • Salus Center: The purpose of the Salus Center is to create space for learning, teaching, community, support, and service. In addition to being a place where folks can gather a variety of resources, Salus Center is a gathering place where everyone is welcome, necessary, and essential to/for the whole. Located in downtown Lansing, MI.   

  • Suits and the City: Once a month, this Lansing-based group hosts an after-work cocktail social for LGBTQ professionals.

  • Transgender Michigan: The mission of Transgender Michigan is to provide advocacy, support and education while serving to create coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conformist communities.   

  • University of Michigan Transgender Services Clinic: The Comprehensive Gender Services Program (CGSP) at Michigan Medicine helps transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary adults access and obtain the highest quality gender affirming medical care.

  • Adoption & Foster Care Resources:

    • Note: the following list was compiled by LGBTQIA2S+-identified individuals as affirming organizations for LGBTQIA2S+ people and families

      • Greater Hopes Family Services: This organization helps children of all ages be placed with loving adoptive families. Greater Hopes supports relative adoptions and direct consent placements where the child’s parents choose the family who adopts their child.

      • Hands Across the Water: Provides adoption and foster care services and support, including pregnancy resources and parent education. The organization works with those who are single and both married and partnered couples.

      • Samaritas: Offers foster care and adoption services, regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

National Organizations

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): The ACLU works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. LGBT Rights are one of the key issues of this organization.

  • Gay Parent LGBTQ Magazine: A nationally distributed publication dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting.

  • Human Rights Campaign: The largest national civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.

  • Lambda Legal: The oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): The first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women with a longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice. This public interest law firm litigates precedent-setting cases and provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates.   

  • National Resource Center on LGBT Aging: Offers a technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.

  • NOH8 Campaign: The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media and visual protest.

  • PFLAG: PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. The organization is committed to advancing equality through support, education and advocacy. There are over 400 chapters of PFLAG throughout the United States.

If there are other resources you are seeking, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (517) 353-1635 or

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