A large group of Hamline community members marching in a pride parade

Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs

Affirming and supporting the LGBTQIA community

Hamline University's campus-wide Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs are focused on creating a dynamic campus community that affirms and supports sexual and gender diversity and promotes healthy and safe relationships. This work is part of the larger campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion work, to develop a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. LGBTQIA people come from every walk of life, and our communities include people who are affected by every system of oppression, not just homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

In order to create a supportive and welcoming environment, programs have been developed for faculty, staff, and students. These programs include campus wide training and other educational events, specific leadership training opportunities for students, and training for faculty and staff to develop and create more welcoming classroom and community spaces on campus. We work to create opportunities to foster mentoring relationships between faculty, staff, and students. Additional campus programs encourage faculty and staff to take leadership on LGBTQIA issues in their offices and academic departments and encourage students to take leadership in their academic work and in the student organizations where they are members and leaders.

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A note about language

LGBTQIA is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, and asexual. The intent is to represent these identities and also related identities not explicitly included in the acronym.

Trans* refers to the broad community that encompasses the spectrum of gender identities that includes but is not limited to: transgender, transsexual, crossdresser, drag, genderqueer, two spirit (and other indigenous community identities), androgynous, a-gender, bigender, and people who are gender diverse and gender expressive. The asterisk is used as a visible signifier of the complexity and diversity of trans* communities.

Hamline's LGBTQIA+ history

Hamline University has a rich LGBTQIA+ history. Mariah Timm, a previous Sexuality and Gender Diversity Programs intern, researched Hamline’s queer history and created the timeline below to honor the community members who fought for their rights and the rights and privileges we enjoy today so that we may remember their efforts and do the same for the people who come after us.

Timm extends an invitation to those who would like to continue this work:

“Hamline’s queer history is rich. Through adversity, our community has held strong and cared for one another. I am not a historian, nor someone who is tied to academia, but I am a queer person that feels revived in discovering and learning about queer ancestors. We’ve just scratched the surface of documenting the arc of Hamline’s queer story, and though unfortunately I am unable to continue this research, I would love to see this project live on. If any students, staff, faculty, or community members want to help contribute to our work, please email queer@hamline.edu.”

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