All-Gender Restrooms on Campus: In addition, we recommend downloading the crowd-sourced app called REFUGE. It is map-based and works all around the world. For now, it's far less complete than the information linked here, but the map/location-based interface is important. We all need your help identifying JMU restrooms, reporting on their accessibility, and pinning them in their correct locations within the app.

Career and Academic Planning: LGBTQ+ Career Considerations page.

Gender Inclusive Housing Pilot Program at JMU, Office of Residence Life. Click the linked topic for more information. Students seeking housing accommodations are encouraged to contact Dawn Ohanessian at 540-568-7057 or the Office of Residence Life at 540-568-4663.

Self-Determination: JMU does not currently offer a single method for students or staff to enter their own name and/or pronouns in the databases that determine our identities on campus. Work underway focuses on adding a "preferred name" field to legal names, which would still be displayed. Access to these resources is rapidly changing, but try these options:

  • CANVAS NAMES: In the purple navigation column, choose “Account." Then choose "Profile" and click the "Edit" button in the upper-right corner. This option does not appear to be available for faculty.
  • CANVAS PRONOUNS: In the purple navigation column, choose “Account," then “Settings.” On the resulting page, click the grey “Edit Settings” button on the right. Make your choice and click the gold “Update Settings” button.
  • MYMADISON: Select either the "Student" tab or the "Employee" tab, then locate the "Personal Information" section and click the "Personal Information" link, therein, to make changes.
  • EMAIL: At this writing, only faculty and staff can change their names displayed in Outlook email by accessing the web version of Outlook, clicking the setting (gear) icon, then "options," then "general," then "My account." Name fields are there.
  • JACards: The university has announced that students can obtain a JACard with preferred name on the front and legal name on the back. JAC Card Services is on the second floor of SSC. You may want to call ahead with a name change request (540-568-6446).
  • CLASS ROSTER WORKAROUND: Safe Zone has also developed a questionnaire that instructors can use in Canvas to generate accurate spreadsheet rosters with names, pronouns, pronunciation, etc. for use in class.

The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Program - strengthens, maintains, and promotes a campus community that welcomes all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, through education, support, advocacy, and fostering equity. It is located on the 1st floor of SSC. (540) 568-LGBT.

Madison Equality (Formerly known as Harmony)- is JMU's support community for LGBT*QIQAP+ students. The primary mission of the club is the promotion of acceptance through education and awareness. Anyone supporting equality for all is welcome. See also the Madison Equality Facebook Group and the Madison Equality Facebook Page.

JMU LGBTQ Employee Group - an opportunity for JMU queer and ally employees to network and connect socially with potential opportunities for organized advocacy, activism, and collaborative leadership in the pursuit of a safer, more equitable employment experience for all LGTBQ and allied colleagues. Here's the Facebook Page.

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center -The Shenandoah LGBTQ Center is a 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. From support groups for individuals and families to outreach, education, and advocacy, Shenandoah LGBTQ Center is committed to addressing the unique challenges faced by the rural LGBTQ community.

Shenandoah Valley Equality - The purpose of Shenandoah Valley Equality (formerly SVGLA--Shenandoah Valley Gay and Lesbian Association) is to build inclusive community for LGBTQ people in the Shenandoah Valley. 

Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) - is a non-profit agency that provides support services for Richmond area gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Our youth center offers support groups, a computer lab, a library, and social opportunities for GLBTQ youth age 14-20. Side by Side also conducts trainings and workshops for adults who work with youth.

Equality Virginia - is a statewide, non-partisan lobbying, education and support network for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and straight allied (GLBT) communities in Virginia.

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