During the COVID-19 crisis, we are all functioning in a new and challenging environment. Here are some resources to support the wellness of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff during this time. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share these resources with their students; you can link to this web page in your syllabus or Canvas.
In addition, the Office of Student Life is providing a COVID-19 Student Assistance page to connect students with resources to meet basic needs, including food, housing, and technology assistance. Organizations including the National Center for Transgender Equality and Ingersoll Gender Center have compiled extensive resource lists too.
Sharing Care and Fostering Social Connections
Langley, Western’s LGBTQ+ Director, is holding office hours via Zoom. Fall office hours are Mondays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. beginning September 24. Office hours with Langley can be a time to just chat and say hello! Students, faculty, and staff may sign up for an office hours meeting here. You can also contact Langley via email or phone (360-650-7500), including to find a different time to connect.
Participate in LGBTQ+ Western gatherings! In addition to one-time events, we’re hosting these multi-part gatherings open to students, staff, and faculty. Follow LGBTQ+ Western (@lgbtqwestern) on Instagram and Facebook and sign up for emails right here on the website to stay up to date on virtual gatherings.
- Weekly drop-in Queer Yoga with Kelsey Johnson from the Counseling Center;
- Weekly drop-in Mindful Self-Compassion practice with Chris Edwards in the Counseling Center. Details here;
- A year-long Queering Research Series: Racial Justice, Health Justice with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Details here.
The Counseling Center is holding a weekly Queer Connections Care Space.
CASAS is holding a virtual art-based support group for survivors of all sexual orientations and gender identities starting October 20. Art supplies provided! Info here.
Check out sweet video messages of care for our LGBTQ+ students. We have messages from student leaders, staff, and faculty!
Many of Western’s LGBTQ+ student clubs have created ways for students to connect digitally. Info about clubs with online connections is here.
The LGBTQ+ Director has shared messages providing resources for self-care and learning while physically distancing. Read these messages here.
Online Communication Tools
Sharing your pronouns. Anyone can share their pronouns on platforms including Canvas and Zoom. Even if people regularly assume your pronouns correctly, sharing your pronouns can be a meaningful act of solidarity with transgender students, faculty, and staff who share their pronouns to avoid being misgendered. Directions for indicating your pronouns in Canvas are here. Directions for editing your name in Zoom are here, and you can add your pronouns after your first or last name.
Changing reaction skin tone in Zoom. Zoom users can change the color for their reaction skin tone by clicking on their profile picture and then settings. Directions to do this are provided by Zoom.
LGBTQ+ Resources Beyond Western
- “11 Self-Care Tips According to Expert Queer Healers,” from them.
- “14 Black LGBTQ+ Folks on How They’re Taking Care of Themselves Right Now,” from Self
- Northwest Network: The Seattle-based NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse continues to provide 1-on-1 services for survivors that are free and confidential.
- Ingersoll Gender Center: Ingersoll is hosting its weekly trans peer support group virtually over Zoom. Meetings take place every Wednesday from 7-9pm.
- National Center for Transgender Equality: NCTE has a COVID-19 guide, which includes links to relevant LGBTQ+ organizations and mutual aid resources.
- Trans Lifeline: “A peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers…If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us.”
- Trevor Project: “The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.”
- BEAM, the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective, offers free videos and journal prompts.
- Although not LGBTQ+ specific, Insight Timer and Liberate are two meditation apps that include guided meditations focused on LGBTQ+ affirmation.
- Rainbow Reconnnection’s Facebook page shares info about many online/virtual resources for LGBTQ+ people and their families during COVID-19.
- Also check out the Resources on Racial Justice for more great links.