The Safe Space network is made up of University faculty, staff, and students who are committed to being allies to the entire LGBTQ community. All members complete a two-hour training that consists of general information about the LGBTQ population and how to be an ally. At the end of the training, participants are given a distinctive rainbow-colored sticker that reads, “I am sensitive to and supportive of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, and questioning people.” These stickers can be seen all around Grounds to visibly designate safe spaces.
The LGBTQ Center’s Speakers Bureau consists of LGBTQ and allied students, faculty, and staff who volunteer their time to educate the University community about LGBTQ issues. The Speakers Bureau presents in an open Q&A panel format that allows for a great deal of interaction between the audience and the members of the panel.
We are happy to present in classrooms, residence halls, Greek organizations, diversity workshops or retreats – just about anywhere! If you are interested in having the LGBTQ Center Speakers Bureau present to your organization, or becoming a panelist, contact Acacia at lgbtqSpeakersBureau@gmail.com
Queer Health 101
These are monthly meetings bringing the university and community together to learn from speakers, presentations and panels on various health related topics as safe sex, HIV testing, trans* health, mental health and healthy bodies with a queer focus. Informal discussion will follow each topic. For more information, please contact the Health Education Intern, Connor.
Free HIV Testing
The LGBTQ Center, in conjuction with the AIDS/HIV Services Group of Charlottesville, sponsors free HIV testing. Tests are confidential and are conducted using OraSure, a quick and painless method that involves no blood or needles. For more information, please contact the Health Education Intern, Connor.