The CWC Welcomes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Students
- Exploring your sexuality and/or gender identity and have a lot of emotions that you want help working through?
- Self-medicating with substances or using another unhealthy behavior to cope with distressing thoughts about your sexuality and/or gender identity?
- Comfortable with your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, but have another significant concern (ex., I feel depressed because I had a death in the family, I experienced a recent sexual assault and I don’t feel safe, etc.)?
The CWC is a safe and affirming environment to discuss and address concerns related to how your sexual orientation and/or gender identity may impact family and friends, worldview (religion, spirituality, or other values), career and finances, or mental and physical health. We are also here to support you if you are dealing with the effects of systemic oppression and discrimination, violence, harassment, or bullying because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
“This is a video from UF students and Faculty to everyone, giving a message of love an acceptance to the LGBTQ community and anyone willing to listen. We have the power to make things better for ourselves, it just takes some courage”
What to Expect
When we first meet with you, we will support you in connecting with appropriate and affirming resources, including:
Sexual Orientation Services and Resources
A PDF with links to specific LGBTQI resources including provider databases, social justice organizations, informational website, guides, crisis support, information for friends and family, and blogs.
CWC and Transgender Guidelines
The CWC follows best practices for serving Trans students that are outlined by professional organizations, including the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), American Counseling Association, and American Psychological Association. Our counselors are ready and excited to serve you as you explore your gender identity, or any other issues whether related or unrelated. If you are interested in receiving a letter of support to begin hormone therapy or surgical procedures, we encourage you to discuss this with your counselor early on.
TransCare Services at UF
The CWC has coordinated with the Student Health Care Center to develop a brochure outlining areas of care and service of interest to transgender students (or students who are interested in exploring their gender identities) at UF.
Here’s what students are saying about their experience in our LGBTQI+ groups:
- “Being able to relate with other people who are in similar situations as me.”
- “Very friendly and confidential environment. I felt very comfortable expressing anything…”
What do you wish you had known about group before you joined?
- “I wish I had known how much I would enjoy it and how much it would help me, as I would have participated even earlier!”
What did you learn about yourself from your group experience?
- “I learned that I’m stronger than I previously believed.”
- “[Group] definitely helped me explore my personal identity and helped me in expressing myself/coming out to others outside of the group.”
- “…I learned to be more gentle with myself and appreciate each step of my journey.”