In celebration of the upcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Pride Month in June, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our diverse LGBTQ+ community and recommit ourselves to advancing inclusive excellence for all members of the UCI community.
This year is especially significant because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York, which began on June 28, 1969, as a series of spontaneous uprisings near Christopher Street and led by gay residents and patrons of the Stonewall Inn. While a police raid was the immediate cause, the week-long uprisings reflected a refusal to tolerate the longstanding practice of police harassment and acceptance of social discrimination against gay people. The gay rights movement emerged in the next decade and the sense of urgency only intensified in the shadow of the AIDS epidemic.
By demanding life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, gay people have confronted and sought to change a social order that systematically marginalized them. Laws criminalized same-sex relationships. Church and state effectively prohibited same-sex marriage. Gay people could not openly serve in the military. Without specific federal protections, many were denied jobs or fired without cause. Laws did not protect individuals from the daily reality of social discrimination and stigma that only reinforced the marginality of LGBTQ+ people. Living openly in defiance of laws and social norms was a provocative act of courage. Like the civil rights and the women’s rights movements, the gay rights movement sought to recast the boundaries of full participation in American society.
Since the Stonewall incidents, the changing landscape has been encouraging, although uneven. Recent changes include, the decriminalization of sexual relations; legalization of same-sex marriage; expansion of hospital visitation rights; the opportunity for transgender people as well as gay people to openly and proudly serve in the armed services; and the proliferation of state laws prohibiting employment and housing discrimination and protecting the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
Even with this progress, a great deal remains unfinished. Homophobia is a reality that is exacerbated by other intersectional forms of hate such as racism. Examples range from the killing of 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida in 2016, to an increase in physical assaults across the country. Other concerns stem from the high rates of reported health care discrimination and poorer health outcomes. There has been a rollback of protections for transgender students and an imposition of new restrictions on transgender people serving in the armed services.
As UCI works to advance its campus commitment to inclusive excellence, I want to urge you to observe LBGTQ+ month and be an agent of change by participating in the below programs.
- Visit the Stonewall Exhibit Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States, UCI presents the art exhibit “Burning Time: A Graphic Book Collaboration.” Jointly produced by Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Professor Antoinette LaFarge of the Department of Art, it pairs eight poems and associated panoramic paintings to bring to life the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life. Continuing through May 23, 2019. Viewpoint Gallery, Student Center.
- Watch educational videos Bridging the Gap between Medical and Nursing Education and the LGBT+ Community shows how UCI’s School of Medicine and the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing are working to improve health care for the LGBTQ+ community through dialogue, education and understanding. The project leads are Ellena Peterson, Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine and Terrance Mayes, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, Henry and Susan Samueli College of Health Sciences.UCI’s Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences offers a video that shares views and experiences from both patients and medical support staff regarding efforts to treat LGBTQ+ health care needs.
- Complete SafeZone training Become an ally of the LGBTQ+ Community by taking a SafeZone training course. Visit the LGBT Resource Center for details.
By recognizing all members of our community, each of us can help achieve our campus aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. I encourage you to be an active participant in helping to build and sustain a community where all expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion and honor free speech.
Art exhibit commemorating Stonewall tells of mid-20th century LGBTQ experience
EVENT: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States, UCI presents the art exhibit “Burning Time: A Graphic Book Collaboration.” Jointly produced by Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Professor Antoinette LaFarge of the Department of Art, it pairs eight poems and associated panoramic paintings to bring to life the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life.
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, May 7, through Thursday, May 23, in the Viewpoint Gallery at UCI’s Student Center (bldg. 113, grid D5 on campus map: https://www.parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-CampusCore_2018.pdf
INFORMATION: The exhibit is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Student Center Parking Structure (grid C/D5 on campus map) or the Mesa Parking Structure (grid D3 on campus map) for $10 per day or $2 per hour. Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or email@example.com.
HIGHLIGHT: 4 p.m. Friday, May 10: An opening reception will feature light appetizers and remarks by Alexander and LaFarge.
BACKGROUND: The project began with a trove of photos that Alexander was given at a family retreat – forgotten images offering a poignant glimpse into the life of a long-dead gay uncle. He began to imagine what this man must have gone through, arriving in New Orleans from rural Louisiana as a youth in the mid-20th century. Alexander soon realized that his conjured story needed equally evocative artworks to form an emotional correlative of the uncle’s experiences, and he invited LaFarge into the project. In the exhibit – sponsored by UCI Illuminations, the School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts – text and art interweave to re-create a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration and desire.
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UCI has several gender neutral bathrooms (all person, all access) around campus. The gender neutral bathrooms are for ALL of our community members at UCI.
Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) serves as a resource for issues related to healthy relationships, emotional, verbal and physical abuse, sexual violence, gender issues and personal safety.
The UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) is responsible for the University's compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses. OEOD works to promote and integrate the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and inclusive excellence at UCI.
The mission at UCI Health Education is to improve the health of students by reducing risk for injury and illness, and to equip the UCI community with the necessary knowledge and skills to support that goal. The Health Education Center also provides free, anonymous HIV testing for all students, faculty, and staff at UCI.
Student Health Center (SHC) is a comprehensive outpatient clinic staffed with licensed primary care physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses certified in college health, mental health professionals, a certified Physician Assistant, a registered Nurse Practitioner, and a registered Dietitian.
Student Health offers basic radiology and clinical laboratory services, insurance consultation, plus an on-site pharmacy to make this a comprehensive and convenient service to students.
The Counseling Center is concerned with issues facing the entire University community and provide services throughout the campus. Center staff provides individual counseling services, consultation, and workshops to campus student organizations, academic departments, and other University offices. In addition, the Counseling Center provides group counseling for a variety of different groups and issues, including groups for LGBT students, both undergraduate and graduate.
The Career Center provides a variety of career-related resources for students, faculty, and staff. These include career counseling, workshops, career fairs, and job listings.
Local Resources and Support Groups
LGBT friendly AA meetings located in Garden Grove and Los Angeles.
12391 Lewis Street, Ste. 102, 92804
4936 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
For meeting info: (818) 760-7122
Orange County Alcoholic Anonymous
Orange County Central Office
1526 Brookhollow Dr., Ste 75
Santa Ana, CA 92705
S. Orange County Central Office
27281 Las Ramblas, Ste 135
Mission Viejo, CA 82691
AA Spanish District Office
330 N. State College, Ste. 206
Anaheim. CA 92806
The Live and Let Live Alano Club
1730 Monroe Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Orange County California Area of Narcotics Anonymous
24 Hour Helpline: (714) 590-2388
Spanish: (888) 622-4672
UCI Alcoholics Anonymous
Open Meetings are for Faculty, Staff, Students and community members.
Meetings are daily Monday through Friday, Noon to 1:00 PM in Natural Sciences II.
Contact Donna Blue or Gary Roman for more information:
L.A. Central Office: Alcoholics Anonymous
4311 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. #104
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from sexual compulsion. SCA is a 12-Step fellowship, inclusive of all sexual orientations, open to anyone with a desire to recover from sexual compulsion. We are not group therapy, but a spiritual program that provides a safe environment for working on problems of sexual addiction and sexual sobriety.
12-step recovery program for those wanting to quit smoking marijuana. Land and online meetings are available.
1439 W. Chapman Ave. PMB 215
Orange, CA 92868
Cocaine Anonymous World Service Office, Inc.
Information, referrals, and printed literature available.
Orange County Cocaine Anonymous
Information and referral to bilingual support groups and for in/out patient treatment for heroin, cocaine, speed, and tobacco abuse. Also provides crisis intervention, literature and local referrals.
Hotline Open 24 Hours: (888) 234-5801
Provides referrals to 12 step meetings and support group information.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. They do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Their Policy Institute, the movementÕs premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, they work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
National hotline for LGBTQ people. GLBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564 GLBT National Talkline: 1-800-246-7743 Online Peer Support Chat M-F 1pm-9pm PST Sat 9am-2pm PST
The American Psychological Association's answers to common inquiries about homosexuality.
- What is sexual orientation?
- Is sexual orientation a choice?
- Why is it Important for society to be better educated about the LGBT community?
En Español: Respondiendo a sus preguntas sobre orientación sexual y homosexualismo La respuesta de la Asociación de Psychologia Americana a preguntas de homosexualidad.
Las preguntas incluyen:
- ¿Qué es la orientación sexual?
- ¿La orientación sexual es una opción?
- ¿Por qué es tan importante que la sociedad esté mejor informada respecto a la homosexualidad?
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) was founded in 2001 with two distinct goals: creating public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and facilitating the growth of an asexual community. Since that time we have grown to host the world’s largest asexual community, serving as an informational resource for people who are asexual and questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers and the press. AVEN members throughout the world regularly engage in visibility projects, included but not limited to distributing informational pamphlets, leading workshops, arranging local meetups and speaking to interested press. The AVEN community centers around the web forum, which provides a safe space for asexual and questioning people and their partners, friends and families to discuss their experiences.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
RehabCenter.net provides helpful advice about family involvement, using health insurance to pay for rehab, avoiding relapses, and finding after-detox support groups. At RehabCenter.net, you can find resources specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community including those regarding alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health and much more.
LGBTQ+ Clinics and Centers
Jeff Griffith Youth Center
Address: 7051 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone #: (323) 461-8163
Hours: Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Center OC (Orange County)
Address: 1605 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone #: (714) 953-5428
Hours: Monday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: By Appointment
The Center Long Beach
Address: 2017 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Phone #: (562) 434-4455
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles LGBT Center (5 locations)
Address: 1625 N. Schrader Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone #: (323) 993-7400
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
Address: 1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone #: (323) 860-7302
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Youth Center on Highland
Address: 1220 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone #: (323) 860-2280
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Address: 745 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone #: (323) 993-7440
Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
STD Treatment available by appointment: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Address: 1220 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Hours: Vary by program
The Center San Diego (4 locations)
Centre Street - Hillcrest
Address: 3909 Centre Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone #: (619) 692-2077
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Behavioral Health Services
Address: 3909 Centre Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone #: (619) 718-6447
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunburst Youth Housing Project
Address: 1640 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone #: (619) 255-7854 x103
Hours: Call for an appointment
Hillcrest Youth Center
Address: 1807 Robinson Ave., Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone #: (619) 497-2920
Hours: Wednesday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
SB179 Gender Recognition Act
Last fall, Governor Brown signed into law the Gender Recognition Act (California Senate Bill 179). The law streamlines the process for Californians to apply to change their gender markers and creates a nonbinary gender category (the letter “x” or “nb”) on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards, and gender-change court orders.
- California Legislation
- Transgender Law Center synopsis
- Equality California synopsis
- Pronoun Usage
If you have ideas, questions suggestions or would like to contact the SB179 Gender Recognition Act (GRA) committee, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful resources, vocabulary, concepts (coming soon)