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On-Campus Resources

Feeling safe and supported is important for all students within the JMU community. The Office of Residence Life (ORL) is currently offering a gender inclusive housing program in Jennings Hall and in the Apartments on Grace. Students seeking housing accommodations are encouraged to contact Dawn Ohanessian at 540-568-7057 or the Office of Residence Life at 540-568-4663.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone is a 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

Madison Equality

Madison Equality is JMU’s student-led LGBTQ+ organization that focuses on fostering a supportive and inclusive educational and social environment.

Health and Safety

The University Health Center provides health care and learning opportunities that help students be well, stay well and do well.


The Counseling Center offers a wide range of services designed to support students in their personal and professional endeavors with the goal of promoting well-being in all aspects of life.

University Career Center

University Career Center provides helpful job searching information and resources.

Universal Restrooms at JMU

Universal restrooms (also known as Gender Inclusive) are defined by JMU as a single occupancy restroom which can be used by people of any sex or gender. Most are accessible and several are fully ADA compliant. Please note that some of these are located in residence halls that may only be accessed by students who live in the building, or are the guest of a resident.

Local Resources
Health and Safety
  • Shenandoah Valley Equality -The mission of Shenandoah Valley Equality is to build inclusive community for LGBTQ people in the Shenandoah Valley.
  • PFLAG - Blue Ridge - Parents, families, friends and allies uniting with LGBT loved ones to promote support, education and advocacy in the Charlottesville and surrounding central Virginia area.
  • Shenandoah LGBTQ Center - The Shenandoah LGBTQ Center was announced on July 13, 2018 in response to the severe lack of resources available in the Shenandoah Valley and Greater Appalachian region for LGBTQ individuals and their families.
  • Equality Virginia - Statewide, non-partisan lobbying, education and support network for the GLBT communities in Virginia.
  • Virginia Anti-Violence Project – Organization working to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities across Virginia.
National Resources
Health and Safety
Mental Health
  • Trevor Project - Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
  • It Gets Better Project - Communicates to LGBTQ youth that it gets better with videos and other helpful information.
  • Help Guide.Org - Information on understanding and preventing suicide.
Education and Advocacy
  • Consortium of High Education LGBT Resource Professionals - Works to seek climate improvement on campuses and to advocate for policy change, program development and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers.
  • Campus Pride Index - Assists campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBT campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful.
  • Human Rights Campaign- Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of more than 700,000 members and supporters nationwide and are the largest national GLBT civil rights organization.
  • Lambda Legal – National organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
  • National LGBTQ Task Force – Task force focused on freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people.
  • Point Foundation – National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Ally Resources
  • GLAAD - Provides resources and tips on how to be an ally and a friend.
  • - a resource for people that are curious or confused about personal pronouns.
  • Glossary of LGBTQ Terms (from LGBTQIA Resource Center, University of California at Davis)
Faculty and Staff Resources
  • LGBTQ Employee Group - Benefits advocacy, data collection and social events.
  • 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
  • Online Resource Guide
Identity Specific Resources
  • Trans at JMU Resource Guide
  • National Center for Transgender Equality – Advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people.
  • Trans Student Educational Resources – Youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
  • Trans-Health – Online magazine of health and fitness for transsexual and transgender people.
  • FORGE – Milwaukee-based organization whose mission is to support, educate, and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).
  • Trans Lifeline Phone Number: 877-565-8860 – Organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans* lives by responding to the critical needs of the community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) – Legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.
  • – A project that hopes to give a voice to the bisexual community, share accurate information, answer questions, and provides resources to learn more.
  • Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) – Organization committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.
Additional Resources
  • Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) – National non-provide volunteer-run organization for, by, and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities committed to social justice.
  • National Black Justice Coalition – Civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance – Federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.
  • Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement – Organization that seeks to achieve the collective liberation of trans*, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organization, advocacy, and education.
  • Immigration Equality – Organization that advocates and represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom.
  • American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Allies Veteran’s Service Organization
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