LGBTQ+ Student Network
The LGBTQ+ New Student Network at UW Bothell provides support, community, events, information, and resources for any first year student or first-year transfer student self-identifying as part of the LGBTQIA+/queer umbrella. This includes but is not limited to students identifying as lesbian/gay, bisexual/pansexual, transgender (including non-binary/genderqueer), queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and/or questioning. Allies are also always welcome to attend events or request information.
If you are a student who would like to join the Network, receive updates about Network events or information/resources, or are in need of any help, please feel free to contact the Network Lead. Your information will be kept private. There are also other Networks that you are welcome to join.
Meet Your Network Lead: EJ Dorsey
My name is EJ, my pronouns are they/them/theirs, and I am the New Student Network Lead for LGBTQ+ Students. I am a senior majoring in Chemistry with a focus in Biochemistry, and minoring in both Biology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS). I have lived in the greater Seattle area for my entire life, with the exception of two years in Pittsburgh for school. When I am not in class, I can often be found in the Quantitative Skills Center or wandering campus providing baked goods to those who look like they could use a treat.
Off campus, I am a very busy volunteer with schoolchildren and younger. This is my seventh year of volunteering for OSPREY Camp, an outdoor school in Olympia that provides science education to fifth- and sixth-graders and I have recently taken on a new role as a volunteer mentor for the NASA OPSPARC challenge. I am passionate about volunteer work and spending my time to make others’ days better. When I am not volunteering, I am an avid writer, artist, and lover of bears. I look forward to working with you, and I hope your transition to Bothell is a smooth one—that is, after all, what we do in the Orientation and Transition Programs. Welcome!
If a resource you need is not listed here, please feel free to contact the Network (either through the Network Lead or through social media) to request it.
Local and On-Campus Resources
- Community events and meetings for students of UW Bothell and Cascadia.
- Free counseling appointments for UW Bothell students, addressing academic or personal concerns.
- Counseling for LGBTQ people, located in Capitol Hill.
- Resources, referrals, and support groups for trans and gender-nonconforming people, located in Capitol Hill.
- Safe space and events for LGBTQ youth (22 and under) in Seattle.
- Events, arts, lending library, and health services.
- Support groups in Seattle and Renton.
- LGBTQ resource center on UW Seattle campus providing events and advocacy.
- Events (including the Seattle Pride Parade).
- Events (including Trans Pride Seattle) and advocacy.
National and International Resources
- Advocacy and information on LGBTQ civil rights.
- Information and resources about asexuality.
- Media advocacy.
- Archieved free encyclopedia of LGBTQ people and history.
- Information and resources about intersexuality.
- Legal support for LGBTQ people.
- The NOGLSTP is an organization of professionals working in the
fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The organization’s mission is to
empower LGBTQ individuals in the STEM fields by providing education, advocacy,
professional development, networking and peer support.
- The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest
scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students. Its mission is to empower “promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential… to make a significant impact on society.”
- Scholarships for LGBTQ students.
- Advice on issues of sexuality, health, gender, and identity.
- Part Of the American College Personnel Association, the SCLGBTA was created to give voice to LGBT professionals and students in the field of Student Affairs. Its stated purpose is to increase awareness, eliminate oppression, and
provide support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in higher education for faculty, students and staff.
- 24-hour suicide and crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth with text and chat options.
- Resources for trans and gender-nonconforming students.
- Suicide and crisis hotline for transgender and questioning people, staffed by trans operators.
- Provides scholarship opportunities, college awareness for trans-inclusivity, and other resources dedicated toward trans students.
- Transgender College Student General Resource Guide
- Scholarships and funding for
- A more general overview of bullying, what it looks like, and the effects that can occur afterward, along with what to do to prevent bullying.
- Provides materials for the importance in understanding and creating a safer space for LGBTQ students.
- A concise and detailed list of resources. From scholarship opportunities, to awarness of issues LGBTQ students might face, this was compiled by outside sources for LGBTQ students.
LGBTQ can be at risk for sexual assault and relationship violence. However, because of having a marginalized identity, the process can be overwhelming, and often LGBTQ do not seek assistance.
I encourage everyone and anyone to take a look at the website. They include FAQ regarding processes and experiences, and best ways to navigate such a situation.
It is also important to note that the website has a collection of resources dedicated to many different identities that are not just LGBTQ related.
If you are not LGBTQ, please take the opportunity to look through the website should you need to.
Here are links to other parts of UWB regarding sexual assault and relationship violence. Please seek out these resources should you feel most comfortable doing so, ensuring that you are the priority in this situation.
A non-exhaustive list of some terms you may encounter.
- Aromantic: someone who does not experience romantic attraction. Somebody who experiences limited or partial romantic attraction may be called demiromantic or gray-aromantic. People who do experience romantic attraction are called alloromantic (or heteroromantic, biromantic, etc.).
- Asexual: someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Somebody who experiences limited or partial sexual attraction may be called demisexual or gray-asexual. People who do experience sexual attraction are called allosexual (or heterosexual, bisexual, etc.).
- Bisexual: someone who experiences attraction to multiple genders. Some people may use the term pansexual to further specify that they are attracted to people regardless of gender, or polysexual to indicate that they are attracted to multiple (but not necessarily all) genders. Bisexual, polysexual, and pansexual fall under the umbrella of multisexual orientations.
- Cisgender: someone whose assigned birth gender (male or female) is the same as their gender identity, i.e. someone who is not transgender.
- Gay: someone who experiences attraction primarily or exclusively to other people of the same gender.
- Intersex: someone whose inborn sex characteristics are ambiguous, not falling within the traditional classifications of "male" or "female". Intersex people are not necessarily transgender, and may have any gender identity.
- Lesbian: a woman who experiences attraction primarily or exclusively to other woman.
- Queer: a broad and inclusive term which may indicate a range of identities, including gender and sexual/romantic orientations; for example, somebody identifying as a queer woman may be bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, a lesbian, etc. Note: queer is a reclaimed homophobic slur, and as such may be offensive in some contexts and to some individuals. Be careful and sensitive in labeling others as queer.
- Non-binary or genderqueer: umbrella terms for someone who does not identify strictly as a man or woman. Non-binary people may identify as both male and female, as neither, or as something else entirely; many identities such as agender, bigender, genderfluid, gender neutral, and gender-nonconforming fall under this category. Non-binary individuals may or may not consider themselves transgender, but non-binary identity is generally considered part of the transgender umbrella.
- Transgender: a person whose assigned birth gender (male or female) differs from their gender identity. Transgender is a broad umbrella term which includes people who identify as transsexual, non-binary or genderqueer (which includes such identities as agender, genderfluid, and many others), trans women or trans men, or simply trans. People whose assigned birth gender is the same as their gender identity (ex. somebody who was assigned female at birth who identifies as a woman) are referred to as cisgender or simply cis (ex. a cisgender/cis man).
- UndocuQueer: a person who is both undocumented and queer, and therefore faces multiple types of oppression and silencing. The term UndocuQueer also refers to a movement of undocumented queer people.