The UC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni and Friends Network was created in 2010 to provide support and resources to the University of Cincinnati LGBTQ community. Our goal is to foster connections among LGBTQ alumni and their allies, and create a sustainable link back to their alma mater through programs, events, and activities.

UC Alumni Association is presently seeking alumni to serve as members of the leadership committee to assist in creating valuable program for our LGBTQ alumni and allies.

Get Involved

  • Join our mailing list. We are always seeking to identify LGBTQ alumni and allies to participate in our programs. Join our mailing list to learn more about opportunities to get involved.
  • Stay connected to UC's LGBTQ Center.
  • Attend an upcoming LGBTQ Alumni and Friends event.
  • Donate to LGBTQ causes at UC.

Support the UC LGBTQ Center

To celebrate Pride Month 2021, as well as the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQ Center last year, we invite our alumni to make a gift to the LGBTQ Center Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to support the mission and programs of the LGBTQ Center. Such programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Growing Lavender Graduation celebration
  • Training for Pride Advocates (student mentors who help with training)

Need-based grants to support students experiencing housing or food insecurities

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LGBTQ Alumni Events

Love Wins: A Conversation with Jim Obergefell

Join the UC LGBTQ Alumni Network and the LGBTQ Center for an intimate conversation with UC alumnus and LGBTQ civil rights activist Jim Obergefell on June 16. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

LGBTQ Safe Zone Training

"Safe Zone" refers to creating a learning environment where participants can take risks, be vulnerable, and learn. Whether you are an ally, looking to become one o rjust have questions, this is an excellent starting point for your knowledge journey.


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  • Ally | A person who is not LGBTQ but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways.
  • Androgynous | Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.
  • Asexual | The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.
  • Biphobia | Prejudice, fear or hatred directed toward bisexual people.
  • Bisexual | A person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
  • Cisgender | A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.
  • Closeted | Describes an LGBTQ person who has not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Coming out | The process in which a person first acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and begins to share that with others.
  • Gay | A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
  • Gender dysphoria | Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term - which replaces Gender Identity Disorder - "is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults."
  • Gender-expansive | Conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system.
  • Gender expression | External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
  • Gender-fluid | According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.
  • Gender identity | One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender non-conforming | A broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.
  • Genderqueer | Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.
  • Gender transition | The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.
  • Homophobia | The fear and hatred of or discomfort with people who are attracted to members of the same sex.
  • Intersex | An umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, these traits are visible at birth, and in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal variations of this type may not be physically apparent at all.
  • Lesbian | A woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women.
  • LGBTQ | An acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.”
  • Living openly | A state in which LGBTQ people are comfortably out about their sexual orientation or gender identity – where and when it feels appropriate to them.
  • Non-binary | An adjective describing a person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between, or as falling completely outside these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do.
  • Outing | Exposing someone’s lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identity to others without their permission. Outing someone can have serious repercussions on employment, economic stability, personal safety or religious or family situations.
  • Pansexual | Describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
  • Queer | A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with "LGBTQ."
  • Questioning | A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Same-gender loving | A term some prefer to use instead of lesbian, gay or bisexual to express attraction to and love of people of the same gender.
  • Sex assigned at birth | The sex (male or female) given to a child at birth, most often based on the child's external anatomy. This is also referred to as "assigned sex at birth."
  • Sexual orientation | An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.
  • Transgender | An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.
  • Transphobia | The fear and hatred of, or discomfort with, transgender people.

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Justin Gibson, Bus '05

Program Director of Alumni and Donor Experience, Diversity and Inclusion