Gender, Relationships and LGBTQIAA

Addressing oppression, discrimination and assaults experienced by individuals as result of their gender, sexual/romantic orientation, or gender identity and promoting equitable laws, policies and practices

Despite rapidly growing cultural acceptance of diverse sexual and romantic orientations and gender identifications, oppression, discrimination and marginalization still exists. This topic explores the kinds of oppression, discrimination and assaults experienced by individuals as result of their gender, sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity. According to organizations like Amnesty International, discrimination against women, or members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is a violation of human rights and is considered a human rights abuse. Human rights don't discrimination; and in addition to developing awareness, this topic encourages students to advocate for change and advance rights and opportunities to all individuals no matter their gender or sexual orientation.

Ways to Get involved

  • Work with organizations that provide gender specific support to individuals or support for individuals who identify as LGBTQIA
  • Advocate for socially just civil rights and economic opportunities for women, transgender, and LGBTQI individuals
  • Volunteer at a women’s shelter and support legislation and programs that provide safe havens, education, and legal support for women experiencing abuse, homelessness, or trafficking
  • Learn about programs that support economic opportunities for women and individuals who identify as LGBTQIA in your community
  • Volunteer at a LGBTQIA event including Gay Prom, Pride festivals, ect.
  • Teach a workshop on self defense
  • Participate in trainings on relationships, sexual abuse, intervention, and support
  • Be an ally by registering for a Safe Space Allies Training
  • Learn about breast, ovarian or prostate cancers and support organizations that promote prevention, awareness, education and cancer research
  • Participate in events that bring awareness to instances of rape, harassment, and sexism in your community or workplace and advocate for necessary changes for prevention and justice