LGBTQ+ students and allies are encouraged to take advantage of hundreds of student cohorts and organizations, including many that focus on LGBTQ+ advocacy, mentorship, leadership develpment and more. 

Student Life Multicultural Center

The Student Life Multicultural Center (SLMCC) provides students of diverse cultural backgrounds and identities with a variety of opportunities for involvement, including leadership groups and cohorts. A number of these opportunities cater directly to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. LGBTQ+ cohorts and leadership groups include: 

  • First Year Q*mmunity, providing social support for LGBTQ+ first-year and transfer students
  • Spiritual Q*mmunity, providing an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds
  • QPOC Q*mmunity, providing a space for Queer People of Color to come together over food and conversation
  • Q*mmunity Dialogues, providing an environment for queer and allied students to discuss their experiences and explore issues facing the community
  • LGBTQ Leaders Consortium, an umbrella for student organizations involved in support of and outreach to LGBTQ+ students at Ohio State
  • Lead Out Loud (LOL), providing experiential learning opportunities for LGBTQ+ students to build confidence in their leadership skills

LGBTQ Student Organizations

The Ohio State University boasts a number of LGBTQ+ student organizations, including: 

  • B’Nai Keshet, a group of Jewish LGBTQ and allied members working to create a safe space within the Ohio State Jewish community
  • Bi The Way, a club for bi/pan/polysexual/questioning individuals and allies (not currently a registered student organization)
  • Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL), an all-inclusive sorority dedicated to creating a supportive and nurturing environment for self-expression and personal growth
  • LGBT and Allies in Medicine, a diverse organization of LGBTQ+ and allied medical students working to educate the medical school community
  • Out in Business - Fisher, an organization created to unify and advocate for LGBTQ-identifying and allied Fisher College of Business students
  • Out in Social Work, a group working to affect the culture of the College of Social Work so that all students feel welcome and supported
  • oSTEM, providing support for LGBTQ and allied students, faculty and staff through education and professional connections
  • OutLaws, an organization of Moritz College of Law students, faculty and staff that promotes understanding of legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community
  • Pride, an all-inclusive LGBTQ+ club focused on providing a safe and fun space for students
  • SHADES, which engages people of color at various stages of coming out understand of their identity and make sense of the LGBTQ community
  • Students for Diversity in Education Through Service (SDES), which provides service and networking opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies
  • Trans*Mission, a social group providing a safe space for trans, non-binary, nonconforming and questioning students and allies to meet

Alumni Involvement

LGBTQ+ alumni can 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.