Welcome to George Mason’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, & Questioning (LGBTQ+) Resources!
WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING MASON STUDENTS
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, & Questioning (LGBTQ+) Resources in University Life at George Mason University. Starting in 2002, LGBTQ+ Resources has worked for and with the LGBTQ+ and ally communities at George Mason’s campuses to create an environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning. Our Mission: LGBTQ+ Resources works to promote the academic success, health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students and their allies. We work to sustain and strengthen a campus climate of safety, equity, inclusion, and respect in which LGBTQ and ally students can succeed and thrive at Mason. We are also excited to tell you about a new initiative of ours, setting up a Trans Closet in our SUB I Suite 2200 space, as well as our newest program, starting in Fall 2020, the LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program!
Dear students, colleagues, and friends,
In light of the guidance from the university and to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community, we have decided to cancel upcoming events, including Pride Week. We are working on the feasibility of temporarily offering Safe Zone via WebEx.
We are still available to you as a resource in this uncertain time. While we are observing social distancing, a staff member will be available in the LGBTQ+ Resources suite during business hours and our whole team will be available via email and WebEx as needed.
Please reach out if you need anything. Let’s keep the most marginalized in our communities in mind as we opt out of social gatherings, support local businesses and people at a distance, and get through this time of anxiety.
The LGBTQ+ Resources team
GENDER INCLUSIVE RESTROOMS AT MASON
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Campus Climate Task Force, established in Spring 2011 by University Life and supported by the Provost’s Office and Mason administration, spent 18 months reviewing the issues and concerns across the university for students who are part of the LGBTQ community. One of the projects this task force undertook was locating the gender inclusive bathrooms at Mason. The LGBTQ Campus Climate Task Force created a list of these bathrooms in order to make these facilities more visible to faculty, staff and students.
We are currently refining our list of single stall user locking restrooms that includes all of Mason’s Virginia campuses to work with facilities and signage folks to advocate for the all gender restroom signage pictured here (consistent with current transgender and nonbinary inclusive best practices), but in the meantime, we have checked the Fairfax campus Unisex Restrooms (these restrooms may be labeled Unisex in a variety of ways– including being gendered as both male and female or the half person from a couple years ago), here is a current listing.
George Mason University has been ranked 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Campus Pride LGBTQ Campus Climate Index! We are among the top of the Virginia schools and aim to improve our ranking in the next year.
We are a member institution of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources, affordability, and rankings has recognized George Mason University as being one of the most inclusive campuses for LGBTQ students.
The general criteria used to identify the most LGBTQ-friendly colleges of 2018 include the following:
- Accredited, not-for-profit 4-year public or private institution
- The school offers students a professionally run LGBTQ support center staffed by at least one paid professional or graduate assistant directing LGBTQ resources
- LGBTQ scholarship or scholarship resources are offered
- The school has gender-inclusive housing
- LGBTQ clubs, organizations, and events are offered
We are located in Student Union Building (SUB) I, Room 2200. That’s the main (2nd) floor, across Patriot’s Lounge from the Info Desk.
Services are available on site, as well as through phone and email communication.
We also have office hours on Arlington and SciTech campuses. Dates and hours vary.