Finding a sense of belonging on campus is exciting, but can present challenges, too. The Ohio State University is committed to ensuring LGBTQ+ students are connected to resources and community, so that students feel safe, heard, and valued on campus, including students who may be marginalized within the LGBTQ community, such as QTPOC students and trans students.
Physical spaces play a significant role in ensuring every Buckeye feels secure on campus. Ohio State makes gender-inclusive housing available to both undergraduate students and graduate students living on campus.
In addition to providing inclusive housing, Ohio State ensures that gender-inclusive restrooms are available throughout campus. A list of gender-inclusive restrooms is available online and through the OSU app. Open the app, select More, and under the Campus section is Gender Inclusive Restrooms. Here is a link to download the app.
Ohio State encourages its LGBTQ+ students to take advantage of hundreds of on- and off-campus opportunities to get involved. Student organizations and communties on campus provide safe spaces for Buckeyes to make friends and create memories that last a lifetime.
The Center for Belonging and Social Change offers LGBTQ Initiatives throughout the year, recognizing important dates such LGBTQ History Month (October), Trans Awareness Week (November), Trans Day of Visibility (March), and Pride Month (June). The CBSC also offers LGBTQ*mmunity, a weekly Community Connections space for LGBTQIA+ students and allies at Ohio State.
There are also currently 17 active LGBTQ student orgs.
LGBTQ+ alumni can also get involved within the Ohio State community by joining the Scarlet and Gay LGBTQ Alumni Society, which sponsors a scholarship program, hosts events and collaborates with community organizations to promote education and awareness of LGBTQ issues.
Outside of Ohio State, there are LGBTQ groups across Central Ohio. Check out our page on Central Ohio Groups & Resources.
Everyone deserves the freedom to worship in an environment that is safe and supportive of their identities. For faith related support and resources at Ohio State, check out the University Interfaith Council. For religion-based student organizations, you can search the student org directory for groups that are classified as religious/spiritual. You can also Find an LGBTQ-affirming place of worship using the Lavender Listings. For more information, visit our Faith pages.