USF LGBTQ Support and Educational Services

Allies Workshops

(Offered every semester for students, staff, and faculty)

For more info visit the Gender and Sexuality Center
University Center 412
Telephone: (415) 422-4431

The Gender and Sexuality Center offers LGBTQ Allies Workshops where participants have a supportive space to learn more about the issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and their allies (LGBTQQIA) community. Participants develop skills to confront homophobia and learn about the LGBTQQIA resources at USF and in the community.

Concern Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Concern EAP
Telephone: (800) 344-4222
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week

Assistance resource for Faculty & Staff only; students should use the USF CAPS office (see information below).

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Gillson Hall, Lower Level
Telephone: (415) 422-6352

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) seeks to assist students in developing greater self-understanding and help resolve problems that interfere with their optimal personal functioning. It is normal to experience adjustment problems, especially during periods of transition. Consultation Services are available to students, faculty, family members, roommates, friends and staff when they have concerns about the psychological well-being of a fellow student, family member, friend, or colleague.

Gender and Sexualities Studies

Program Coordinator
Sarah K. Burgess, PhD
Telephone: (415) 422-6055
Location: Kalmanovitz Hall 343

Gender and Sexualities Studies offers a global, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and sexualities. The courses in the Gender and Sexualities minor consistently reflect USF's commitment to social justice and the diverse communities, local and global, that shape our understanding of the world, our lives, our knowledge, our labor, and our arts.

USF Queer Alliance

Queer Alliance is a social and support network for all queer people and allies that brings awareness of queer issues to its members and the student body of USF. The events planned contribute to the relationships of Queer Alliance and its current/prospective students.

Queer Alliance is an entirely student run club that meets every Wednesday from 8-9 pm in the Intercultural Center (UC 411). At the meetings members discuss issues that face the community and plan on-campus events (e.g., panel discussions, awareness programs, outreach events, etc.).

LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Caucus

Andrea Wise ( and Ammon Corl (, Co-Chairs
The organization was formed in the Fall of 2005 as a way to promote social justice for LGBTQ people. To learn more about the Caucus, please read our mission statement and by-laws. You will also find links to information about our activities, other LGBTQ organizations, and related information. All lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and allied straight staff, and faculty at USF are welcome to join.

Queer Support Group

Weekly support group for USF students. Contact CAPS for more information and to schedule an initial screening appointment (Telephone: (415) 422-6352).

Lavender Graduation (May)

For more info visit: The Gender and Sexuality Center
University Center 412
Telephone: 415-422-4431

When your graduation is near, we want to take time to recognize your contributions to our community. Please consider participating in our Lavender Graduation Ceremony. The goal of the ceremony is to promote excellence among the GLBTQ and Ally community and recognize the achievements of its diverse members. The members of the Lavender Graduation committee are actively engaged in addressing growing needs of our students.

University Ministry

Phelan Hall, Lower Level
Telephone: (415) 422-4463
Hours: M-T, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

University Ministry offers spiritual and pastoral counseling to students, faculty and staff. Resident Ministry Interns are also available in all of the residence halls.

University Policy and Reporting Procedures Related to the LGBTQQ Community

Student Reporting: The Fogcutter Student Handbook - Student Conduct, University Standards, Policies and Procedures – Act of Intolerance Section

Faculty and Staff Reporting: Human Resources Employment Policies – USF Equal Opportunity and Non Discrimination Policy & Sexual Harassment Policy

Local Resources

The Charles M. Holmes Campus at The Center (aka the SF LGBTIQ Center), 1800 Market Street, (415) 865-5555

PFLAG – SF ( Parents, families, and friends of Lesbians & Gays. Monthly meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month from 2-4 pm, in the St. Francis Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 152 Church Street near Market. Confidential help line at (415) 921-8850.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ( Work with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools and on campuses.

San Francisco Gay/Bisexual Men’s Therapy Group & San Francisco Gay/Bisexual Jungian Spiritual Group.  290 Divisidero St. SF 94117. Contact Rodney Karr (415) 931-1934.

Pacific Center: ( Mental health, peer support, HIV services, and social activities for LGBT individuals. 2712 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705, (510) 548-8283

Spectrum ( LGBT Community Center in Marin. 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. No.10; San Anselmo, CA 94960; (415) 457-1115

LYRIC: Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center ( Community center, information, career development, resources, services, including psychotherapy, for youth age 23 and younger 127 Collingwood St. San Francisco, CA 94114. (415) 703-6150

Billy DeFrank Community Center ( 938 The Alameda; San Jose, CA 95126; (408) 293-2429

AIDS Health Project. ( HIV emotional & psychological support. HIV testing, support groups (for both HIV + and – men). Program of the UCSF Dept of Psychiatry and SF General Hospital.

Magnet Gay men's health outreach center in the Castro, which offers testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as community support.  4122 18th St.; (415) 581 1600

East Bay Voice (, events calendar, resources for Contra Costa County

Transgender SF ( TGSF provides safe settings for transgender people to meet hold discussions and attend educational seminars on issues of importance to their community.

Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County ( Peer support social activities and health & wellness programs for LGBT youth and adults.

Gaylesta ( The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered psychotherapists in the greater San Francisco Bay Area

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)  Same-sex domestic violence

WOMEN, Inc. Lesbian Domestic Violence Program  Located in SF

San Francisco AIDS Foundation. ( 995 Market St, Ste 200; SF (415) 487-3000

Latino, Asian-Pacific-Islander, & African-American LGBTQ Organizations

La Raza Community Resource Center ( a gay-friendly, bilingual, multi-service, non-profit organization designed to meet the needs of Latino families and individuals. 474 Valencia, Suite 100; SF. (415) 487-3000, (415) 863 0764.

Aguilas (, a ssupportive, culturally sensitive environment for gay/bisexual Latinos. 1841 Market St. 3rd floor; San Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 558-8403

AQU25A (Asian & Pacific Islander, Queer & Questioning, 25 & Under, All Together) Asian & Pacific Islander, Queer & Questioning, 25 & Under: Drop-in support/social group for young queer Asian/Pacific Islanders. Also provides trans resources and groups. 730 Polk St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, 94109. (415) 292-3400.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (\ Dedicated to furthering the interests of gay & bisexual Asian/Pacific Islanders by creating awareness, by developing a positive collective identity and by establishing a supportive community.

Our Love ( Community support and resources for HIV prevention, safe-sex promotion and support for African-American HIV +/- men.

API Family Pride ( API-Family Pride is a nonprofit organization dedicated to end the isolation of API families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members through support, education, and dialogue.

Internet Resources

Alternative Sexuality: Information and explicit discussion regarding selected topics of alternative sexuality

American Psychological Association: ( Answers to Your Questions about Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality. This site provides answers to commonly asked question about sexual minority people as well as information for related groups and organizations

Be Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth: This site contains a brochure developed by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (PFLAG) The Bisexual Foundation

Bisexual Resource Center:

Bay Area Bisexual Network BABN: in San Francisco


Bisexuality-Aware Professionals: Listings of professionals who are sensitive to the unique needs of bisexual clientele

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE):

LGBTQ Consortium of Higher Education:

Day of Silence: The Day of Silence, project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in collaboration with the United States Student Association (USSA), is a student-led day of action where those who support making anti-LGBT bias unacceptable in schools take a day-long vow of silence to recognize and protest the discrimination and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT students and their allies.

Gaygate: This site provides a list of national organizations for sexual minority people, as well as information about current news and events related to sexual minority issues.

Getting Real Association: This site provides information about sexual minority youth in schools and steps schools can take to be supportive of all students.

Harvey Milk Institute: Queer arts, culture and education.

Hillgirlz: ( For Lesbians and features a Calendar of Events, Business Listings, Classifieds, E-cards and more.

Logo: GLBT Entertainment programming (via internet or TV/cable)

National Youth Advocacy Organization:

National Coalition for GLBT Youth:

Napa Valley Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus:

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration:

Youth Resource:

GLBT Historical Society:

LGBT Bookstore Online:

LGBT News in the San Francisco Chronicle:

LGBTQ Talk Radio Online:

List of LGBTQ Resources in San Francisco:

List of Queer Events in San Francisco:

The Queer Cultural Center Supporting Queer Artists:

Resources on Queer Comedy in the Bay Area:

San Francisco LGBTQ Community Center:

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus:

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band:

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival:

Transgendered Events/Mixers/News/Resources:

National Organizations

Campaign to End Homophobia:

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders:

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline:

Gender Public Action Coalition:

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network:

Human Rights Campaign:

Institute for Gay & Lesbian Strategic Studies:

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund:

National Center for Lesbian Rights:

National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education:

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force:


Alternative Family Magazine:

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere:

Family Pride Coalition:

Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays:

Faith & Religious

Gay Catholics:

Cathedral of Hope:

Gay Anglicans:

Gay Christians:

Gay Baptists:

Gay Buddhists:

Gay Jews:

Gay Lutherans:

Gay Mormons:

Gay Muslims:

Gay Presbyterians:

Gay United Methodists:

Soul force - Mel White:

United Church of Christ:

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches: (list of affirming churches)


The Advocate:


Extensive listing of Gay/Lesbian Publications:

The Lesbian News:


Planet Out:

Web Castro:

Self-Help Books & DVDs

Out & About Campus: Personal Accounts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered College Students, edited by Kim Howard & Annie Stevens (April, 2000). Los Angeles: Alyson Publications.

Inspiration for LGBT Students & Their Allies, Order online at For more information, call the Collegiate Empowerment Company, Inc. toll free at 1-877-EDUTAIN (338-8246).

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, Hutchins, L., & Kaahumanu, L. (Eds.). (1991). Boston: Alyson Publications.

It’s Elementary, Talking About Gay Issues, It's Elementary is the first film of its kind to address anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with kids about gay people.

Coming out to Parents: a Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents, 2nd edition, by Mary Borhek (1993): Pilgrim Press.

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence, by Marion Dane Bauer & Beck Underwood (1995): Harper Trophy.

Mom, Dad, I'm Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out, American Psychological Association (APA); 1st edition (2001)

Beloved Daughter, 3rd Edition (English & Chinese), API Family Pride, San Francisco, 2002

Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian, Gay and Jewish, Balka & Rose, 1989

Coming Out Within: Stages of Spiritual Awakening for Lesbians & Gay Men, O’Neil & Ritter, 1992.

Just as I Am: A Practical Guide to Being Out, Proud, and Christian, Williams, 1992.

Daily Reflections for Black Lesbian and Gays, Keith Boykin. Avon Books, 1999.

Straight Parents, Gay Children: Inspiring Families to Live Honestly and with Pride, Robert Bernstein, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003

Our Daughter Martha: A Family Struggles with Coming Out, Marcy Clements Henrickson. Pilgrim Press, 2001

A Whosoever Church: Welcoming Gays and Lesbians into African American Congregations, Gary David Comstock, Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.

Is It A Choice? Answers to 300 Most Asked Questions About Gay And Lesbian People by Eric Marcus.

Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences by Griffin, Wirth and Wirth

Loving Someone Gay by Don Clark, Ph.D

Coming Out Stories Resources

Coming Out: Realizing Bisexuality in a Straight World :

Gay/Lesbian Issues – Coming Out Stories Gallery: