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Gender and Equality Center, LGBTQ Programs

The LGBTQ+ Program is a function of the Gender + Equality Center. The program works towards cultivating an affirming, educational, and diverse community for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff at the University of Oklahoma by providing engagement opportunities and educational resources. Learn more about our mission.


The LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board serves as the programming arm of the Gender + Equality Center’s LGBTQ+ Programs. From drag shows to trivia nights, the LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board plans a variety of events for the Norman campus community. Any student is welcome to volunteer and apply!


The LGBTQ+ Mentorship Program is a function of the OU Gender + Equality Center. The program seeks to provide support and guidance to students who are looking for a mentor in the LGBTQ+ community. New students will be paired with a peer mentor as well as an alumni with shared identities, professional, and/or academic goals.


LGBTQ+ Orientation is the first event of the semester, hosted by the LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board. We hope to connect our incoming students with on-campus and local resources to enhance their experience on campus.


Aspiring Ally focuses on the continued growth of an individual on their Ally journey. Through our Aspiring Ally & Aspiring Ally 2.0 trainings, we provide the participants the foundational knowledge as well as a tool kit so you can make the commitment to aspire to be better, do better, and to continue to grow and learn.


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LGBTQ+ Programs

Students holding a Pride flag in front of Evans Hall

The LGBTQ+ Program is a function of the Gender + Equality Center. The program works towards cultivating an affirming, educational, and diverse community for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff at the University of Oklahoma by providing engagement opportunities and educational resources.

Upcoming Events

Kiki & Coffee with GEC

Sep 23  |  10 AM  |  LGBTQ+ Community Lounge

Tired of the first week of school? Join us at our very first Kiki & Coffee with the GEC. You get to enjoy free coffee and chat with the GEC staff or an LGBTQ+ student leader about your experience or your class assignments. Coffee on us, bring your questions, and be in community with us!


LGBTQ+ History Month Kick-Off Brunch

Oct 1  |  11 AM  |  Beaird Lounge

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of LGBTQ+ Student Alliance and the legacy of queer activism at the University of Oklahoma. You will hear from our LGBTQ+ student leaders as well as our keynote speaker, Dr. Susan Stryker. Free Brunch provided. RSVP Required!


Neath the Western Sky - an LGBTQ+ History at OU project

Oct 25  |  6 PM  |  Meacham Auditorium, OMU

The LGBTQ+ Student Alliance is releasing a video project on LGBTQ+ History at OU featuring current LGBTQ+ student leaders and alum. The project will be released weekly starting October 3 on LGBTQ+ Student Alliance’s instagram account (@crimsonandqueer). There will be a showing of the project in its entirety on Tuesday, October 25 followed by a student panel.


Drag Workshop

Sep 25  |  12 PM  |  Associates, OMU

Want to learn how to perform drag from student performers? Want to know the insight of the business? Wait no further, come to our drag workshop where you will learn about how to perform, create your looks, and more! Lunch provided. Students MUST RSVP below


Proudly Gleaming: We Put A Spell On You

Oct 13  |  7 PM  |  Ballroom, OMU

As an official part of CAC’s Homecoming, this event will create a specific, intentional space to uplift and support our LGBTQ+ people as a recognized part of the OU family in one of our oldest campus traditions. The night will feature dancing, hors d'oeuvres, light refreshments, and more entertainment.


Fall on the Mall

Oct 26  |  6 PM  |  Walker Adams Mall

To close LGBTQ+ History Month, we are celebrating Fall on the Walker Adams Mall and be in community with each other at our event Fall on the Mall. The event will be in October 26 at 6 PM. We will have warm beverages, arts & crafts, and other fall activities for all students to enjoy



List of highlighted events hosted by LGBTQ+ Programs. Queer Tour on August 16. Drag Bingo on August 18. Meet & Greet on September 1. Pride & Politics: LGBTQ+ Issues on the Ballot on September 8. Drag Workshop on September 25. 50th Anniversary Brunch: LGBTQ+ History Month Event on October 1. Proudly Gleaming - Homecoming Dance on October 13. Rainbow Neath the Western Sky - LGBTQ+ History at OU Project throughout the month of October. Queers-giving meal on November 17.

The schedule may be subject to change and is not containing all events put on by LGBTQ+ Programs or the Gender + Equality Center. For more information about upcoming events or small-scale gatherings, please visit the Gender + Equality Center's engage page.


All-Gender Restrooms

An all-gender restroom is a lockable room with a toilet and sink, for use by one individual at a time, regardless of gender. The current signage for the restrooms could include “family restroom” or “unisex” but is meant to allow single-use, all-gender occupants. 

All-Gender restrooms are specifically advocated for to provide a secure and comfortable space for the members of the LGBTQ+ community who may identify as trans or non-binary, individuals with disabilities whose attendant is of another gender identity, and parents with children of the opposite sex to support inclusive environments.

Here you can find a Google map marking All-Gender Restrooms around Norman campus. If we miss any on campus, please let us know at

For an accessible list of these restrooms, please visit the link below


Name Change Process

For trans and gender non-conforming students, using their affirming name is important to one's overall well-being and success on campus.  Staff at the Gender + Equality Center can assist you in the process of executing a legal name change with the University.  We also understand that not all students are in the position to legally change their name, but would still like to use their affirming name.

While it would great to only be required to update this information in one location, OU's technology infrastructure is not currently set up in such a way as to make that possible.

Our staff is working on long-term solutions to make this process easier; however, in the mean time, we have provided as much information as possible below. If you need any assistance or have further questions, please reach out to us at


Get Involved!

Whether you are interested in trigonometry or trivia nights, there is an LGBTQ+ community group for you. There are many student groups at OU that focus on community building amongst LGBTQ+ individuals. You can find campus-wide student groups through the Gender + Equality Center such as the LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, the LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board, or the Mentorship Program.

You can also find many LGBTQ+ student groups in specific academic colleges such as Journalism, Business, or even graduate degrees at OU Health and OU Law. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, you can always start your own organization!

If on-campus options are not exactly what you are looking for or if you are already graduated, there are still many other opportunities to get plugged into the campus community as well the local community. 


LGBTQ+ Support Group

The University Counseling Center offers a wide variety of group counseling experiences, including LGBTQ+ identity support group. This group provides a safe and affirming space for students to process a broad array of issues including identity, interpersonal and/or romantic relationships, family concerns, academic and career stressors, and more.

Group counseling provides feedback and support, promotes social skills, and eases students' access issues. Group therapy is FREE for students. Groups generally consist of 4 to 12 group members. Groups meet weekly on Fridays for 90 minutes. 

Date: Fridays (starting September 16)                            

Time: 1 - 2:30 PM

Location: University Counseling Center

To sign up, call the University Counseling Center at (405) 325-2911 and state that you are interested in participating in the LGBTQ+ support group. The Center will follow up to gather more information.

Aspiring Allies

LGBTQ+ Aspiring Ally Training started in 2008, designed with the intent to change the culture on campus, one person at a time. To date, we have educated over 10,000 people about LGBTQ+ identities, experiences, and ways to show support. Our Aspiring Ally program has been received with open arms in a variety of ways and continues to grow! We are now a fundamental part of multiple degree programs, we offer Allly training to various Greek chapters, and even extend to our Health Science Center and Tulsa campuses. 

Allyship as a concept is a powerful tool to help move the social needle towards justice; however, all too often, well intentioned folks can cause harm to those with marginalized identities in really significant ways. Aspiring Ally focuses on the continued growth of an individual on their Ally journey. Rather than calling oneself an ally, an individual can make the commitment to aspire to be better, do better, and to continue to grow and learn. 


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