Students can find much useful information on mental health, personal development, and academic issues. A virtual pamphlet put out by another university may, however, refer to services available only to students at that university. Morgan students should, of course, contact the MSU Counseling Center in Carter Grant Wilson 202 or call 443.885.3130.
INFORMATION FOR LGBTQ (LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER STUDENTS)
Morgan State University LGBTQ Advisory Board, appointed by President David Wilson, is composed of faculty, staff, and students. Its mission is to increase the resources and services to the LGBTQ community on campus and create a safe and welcoming environment for all students. Contact co-chairs Dr. Kevin Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Elizabeth Gunn (email@example.com).
S.O.U.L. (Students of Unified Love, formerly Rainbow Soul) Morgan State University's gay-straight alliance meets weekly on Tuesday evenings in the University Student Center.
The Morgan State University Counseling Center provides LGBT-affirming individual and couples counseling as part of its services to Morgan students.
The Coming Out/LGBTQ Support Group, sponsored by the Counseling Center, is a confidential support/counseling group for students in any stage of the coming out process. This group has met for 8 semesters and is open to new and returning members. Contact Claudia Leight, counselor, for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
R.A.P.P. (Real AIDS Prevention Program), sponsored by the Counseling Center, is a peer program for gay/same gender loving/bisexual men. The group holds educational, enjoyable events and discussions with the goal of promoting condom use and safer sex among men who have sex with men. This group is also known as SEXMe (Safe Experiences Xcite Me). Contact Claudia Leight (email@example.com).
Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGST) offers an academic minor with courses on sexuality and gender, and holds discussions and events throughout the semester. An academic symposium on Intersections of Sexuality, Gender, Race and Ethnicity is held every other year in March. The 2015 symposium had the theme, "Masculinities", with keynote speakers and panels on a variety of issues related to this theme. The WGST program sponsors several seminars and events throughout the year. Contact the WGST coordinator, Dr. Anika Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- GLCCB (GLBT Community Center of Baltimore): The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) seeks to achieve equality, understanding, and respect for the diversity of the greater Baltimore GLBT community while also providing quality support services, facilities, and professional resources for the development and well-being of individuals and groups.
- Chase Brexton Community Health Center: The Chase Brexton Community Health Center is committed to delivering accessible health care throughout the lifespan, providing health care for the LGBT community, and ensuring that all patients, regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, have access to high quality health care.
- B’More Proud Queer College Coalition: The B'MORE PROUD Queer College Coalition is the primary intercollegiate network and clearinghouse serving college & university students/faculty/staff in the Baltimore-Metro LGBTQIA community. We seek to promote personal and professional growth of this community through leadership development, academic scholarship, educational programming, and social networking opportunities. Bmore Proud sponsors an annual LGBTQ Leadership Summit each spring at one of the participating campuses. Morgan State University is a member institution of this coalition and supports the annual Leadership Summit.
- Equality Maryland lobbies in Annapolis and across the state to create equal protection under the law for LGBT Marylanders and their families.
- Baltimore Gay Life LGBT Community Newspaper: offers news articles pertinent to the GLBT community and provides information about daily events in the community.
- Hearts and Ears: Hearts & Ears, Inc. is a non-profit organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning individuals with mental health issues and concerns. Drop-in center and provides weekly support groups that address addictions, mental health, and general concerns
- LGBTQ affirming religious groups in Baltimore: Unity Fellowship Church: www.ufcb.org, is a primarily African American, LGBTQ affirming Christian congregation in Baltimore; and The Open Church, www.theopenchurchmd.org. See also Many Voices: www.manyvoices.org, A Black Church Movement for Gay and Transgender Justice. Other LGBT affirming religious institutions in the area are listed at www.gaychurch.org/find_a_church or http://www.gaychurch.org/list-churches-by-state/?loc=MD.
Online LGBTQ Resources
- HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Equal rights
- NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
- PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays: PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, and their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
- The Trevor Project and Lifeline –866-4-U-TREVOR , 866-488-7386 [U.S. CALLS ONLY]
The Trevor operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project also provides guidance and vital resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school.
- Suicide.Org, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Suicide resource page
- GLBTNearME.org: “The GLBT National Resource Database” – Database offering information about many local social resources, community centers, etc.
- GLBT National Help Center - The GLBT National Help center provides confidential telephone and internet peer counseling.
- GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Network: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. The network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to:
- Create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions,
- Educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and
- Fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF): The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, established in 1973, works to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of the movement. As part of a broader social justice movement, the NGLTF works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
- Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- Soulfource: Soulforce, guided by the spirit of truth and empowered by the principles of relentless nonviolent resistance, works to end the religious and political oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people
- National Center for Transgender Equality: The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.
Links for HIV/AIDS information:
AIDS Info, a service of the US Department of Health and Human Services offers information of HIV prevention, research, and treatment.
Following the motto, “Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution,” The Black AIDS Institute brings together Black people in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Action Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that provides emotional, financial, and educational support.
Links for Relationship Violence/ Sexual Assault
The House of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers, offering prevention, intervention, and advocacy.
The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault MCASA works to end sexual violence in Maryland.
Turnaround, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault/ abuse, through counseling, education, support services and advocacy. www.turnaroundinc.org
Interactive Alcohol Awareness and Education: