Crisis Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386

JMU Employee Resources

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - All health plans offer up to four sessions at no charge to the individuals. Included are  such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services.

Faculty Resources for Diversity

Madison Caucus for Gender Equality - reaches out to and welcomes all JMU employees, understanding that gender-based workplace bias affects not only employees but also their families. Please consider joining the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality; there is plenty of work and good community to be shared.

MiResource Mental Health Local Clinician Searchable Database - Employees may search for clinicians that identify as “LGBTQ friendly.” Users of the site can, also, set search parameters on the Provider Gender, and Therapeutic Areas. 

Office of Equal Opportunity - to advance James Madison University's affirmative action goals and commitment to diversity and to ensure that the university fulfill its obligation under the law to prohibit discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by university policies and/or state and federal laws.

Safe Zone - voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the university community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment.

Staff Resources for Diversity

JMU Student Resources

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression Programming – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE) Programming works toward promoting James Madison University's commitment to diversity through education, support, advocacy and the fostering of equity for all students, inclusive of all sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

Madison Equality - JMU student organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and allies.

QUEST (Queers United for Educating Stem Together) - Support and advocate group for people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and work in the STEM field

Shades of Pride - Student Organization for Students of Color in the LGBTQ+ community

The JMU Counseling Center -  LGBTQIQA students may experience difficulties during their academic careers such as managing stress, anxiety, academic demands, periods of sadness, substance abuse, relationship problems, social problems, coping with harassment or discrimination, and identity development (including sexual identity). The Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling to any student who is interested in receiving additional support.

Local Resources

PFLAG - Parents, families, friends, and allies uniting with LGBT loved ones to promote support, education, and advocacy.

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center - Supportive network where LGBTQ people of all ages in the Shenandoah Valley and Greater Appalachia can thrive as equal, healthy, supported members of our society. Located in Staunton, Virginia.

Shenandoah Valley Equality (on Facebook) - The mission of Shenandoah Valley Equality (website) is to build inclusive community for LGBTQ people in the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah Valley Pride Alliance - 501c3 nonprofit organization. Celebrating the LGBTQ community and allies in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia!

National  and General Resources

Full List of LGBTQIA+ Terms

Asexual Visibility and Education Network - The world's largest online asexual community and a large archive of resources on asexuality.

Bisexual.org - A voice to the bisexual community, this site aims to share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.

The Center for Black Equity - offers programming geared toward LGBT people of color and their allies.They focus on equity in three areas: economic equity, social equity, and health equity.

Everyday Feminism - a repository of articles about class, gender, LGBTQIA issues, race, and other topics. 

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) - "GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuats to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues.

It Gets Better Project - to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

It's Pronounced Metrosexual - free online resource for learning & teaching about gender, identity, privilege, sexuality, oppression, & social justice in a fun, approachable way.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) - a non-profit social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - "to build the power of the LGBT community from the ground up." They also run Creating Change, the "largest annual gathering of LGBTQ activists, organizers, and leaders within the LGBT movement" in the US.

The Religious institute - a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

Transgender Law Center -  "works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression."

Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault - allows practitioners to pick and choose the information that is most useful to them, from basic information about the transgender experience to specific guidance for sexual assault service providers and advocates, law enforcement officers, medical and mental health care providers, and support group facilitators. The guide's core resource, "Transgender 101," helps to provide a basic understanding of this population.

TransWhat?  - Provides information on how to be a better ally for Trans people. 

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