There are a number of ways that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning students can get support:
Individual therapy through University Counseling
There are four University Counselors who all work with GLBTQ students, Dr. Christy Barongan, Ms. Beth Curry, Dr. Kirk Luder, and Dr. Jennifer Sayre. Dr. Luder and Ms. Curry both have special areas of interest and expertise in helping GLBTQ students. You can schedule an appointment with any counselor by calling University Counseling at x8590. If you are not comfortable telling the receptionist the reason for seeking counseling, it’s fine to let her know that you’ll discuss the reason with your counselor at your appointment.
Gay Peer Counseling
There is a program called GLBQ Confidential that is aimed at providing special peer support for gay/bi/questioning students who may not feel comfortable talking with straight peers about their sexuality. There are three gay peer counselors who are all available by cell phone or email at any time, and you can call any one of them. Look for their faces and phone numbers on the GLBQ Confidential posters you’ll see many places around campus, including Elrod Commons. The larger Peer Counseling Program is also a resource, as all University Peer Counselors have special training in helping GLBQ peers, so if you know any of the PCs personally and feel comfortable with them, you can call them as well. Look for faces and phone numbers on the Peer Counseling posters everywhere on campus. All contacts are strictly confidential.
Peer Support Groups
There is an active support group for gay, bi, or questioning undergraduate and law student men called General Trust that meets each week. Dr. Luder from University Counseling facilitates this group, which meets in a private, off-campus location. All the participants in the group take an honor pledge to protect the confidentiality of everyone in the group, and there is no pressure to come out. The group is intended to help provide support and to help students build friendships and a sense of community. If you are interested in this group, you can make your strictly confidential inquiry to Kirk Luder, M.D. at x8592 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a lesbian/bisexual/questioning women’s peer support group that runs intermittently depending on interest. This group is facilitated by Beth Curry, M.Ed. from University Counseling. If you are interested in this group, make your confidential inquiry to Ms. Curry at x4888 or email@example.com.
General Equality Initiative (GEI)
This is an official student organization with the mission of promoting acceptance and support of GLBTQ students. For information, please see the GEI Website.
If you feel that you have experienced discrimination or harassment because of your minority sexual orientation, you can contact any member of the Confidential and Impartial Resources team to help provide support and resolution of your difficulty. There are posters listing all CAIR officers around campus. For more information, go to cair.wlu.edu.