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LGBTQA Student Services

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Asexual and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Resource Center at DePaul University exists to promote, foster and support a campus environment that is inclusive of people from all sexualities and gender identities. This mission is achieved through a range of services, educational programs and community building events that reflect the needs and interests of the diverse LGBTQA communities at DePaul.
The center is located in suite 305 of the O'Connell Building at 1036 W. Belden on the Lincoln Park campus. Email LGBTQAServices@depaul.edu  for more information.

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Student Organizations


Act OUT is an LGBTQA activist organization at DePaul. The organization meets weekly to discuss current issues facing the LGBTQA community in Chicago and beyond. During meetings, members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of queer theory and activism. Act OUT also engages in the Chicago community by volunteering with Queer organizations throughout the city.

Queer People of Color (QPOC) DePaul

Queer People of Color (QPOC) DePaul is a student organization that seeks to unite and provide a social space for individuals at DePaul University who identify as queer people of color. QPOC was developed with the guidance of LGBTQA Student Services recognizing that it is important to address the multiple intersecting identities that queer people of color possess. Meetings will consist of members sharing experiences through informal conversations, film screenings, and community building exercises.QPOC DePaul welcomes people from all backgrounds with an interest in learning about minority identities and backgrounds with an open mind.

Spectrum DePaul

Spectrum is a LGBTQA student organization at DePaul. Weekly meetings provide a range of activities: discussions about current issues in the LGBTQA community, guest speakers, off-campus events and more!

Trans, Non-binary, Asexual and Bisexual Resources

Gender Inclusive Restrooms at DePaul

Personal Information Change at DePaul (including name and gender)

  • If you have not undergone a legal name change, or are in the middle of the legal name change process:

    1. You can abbreviate your name to a first initial in DePaul’s systems without a government-issued document. Follow the Personal Information Change link to abbreviate your name to a first initial. For the documentation field, provide current valid identification.

    2. You can also elect to add a preferred name to your Campus Connect profile. The preferred name applies to first name only and will be utilized in most university's information systems including Campus Connect pages, Class Roster, D2L and Directory Information. For more information, please see the Preferred Name Information Page. Add a preferred name in Campus Connect at the following location: Campus Connect > Student Center > Personal Information > Names.

  • If you have not undergone a legal gender marker change, you can change your gender marker to "unspecified" in DePaul systems, using the Personal Information Change link. For the documentation field, provide current valid identification.

  • If you have undergone a legal name and/or gender marker change, you can change your primary/legal name and/or gender marker via the Personal Information Change link as well. Updated identification is required.

  • Name change in DeHUB

    1. Log onto https://dehub.campusgroups.com and login using your Campus Connect username and password

    2. Click on the gears symbol in the top right corner and select “Manage Account”

    3. You can change your first name to your preferred name and that will be reflected throughout the rest of the website.

Gender? Discussion Group

  • Gender? is a weekly discussion group for DePaul students who would like to discuss gender and build community in a trans, non-binary, genderqueer and gender non-conforming focused space. The group is open throughout the year. Please email mriley21@depaul.edu for meeting days and times.

Trans-focused resource websites

Genderqueer/Non-binary gender identities

Asexual resources

Bisexual resources

Coming Out in the Workplace

Workplace discrimination is a significant issue faced by the LGBTQ community. When applying for jobs and considering potential employers, there are many things for LGBTQ people to consider. In the United States, each state has separate legislation regarding LGBTQ people and workplace discrimination. Some states do not have any protections where others have passed anti-discrimination legislation protecting only sexual orientation and still others include both sexual orientation and gender identity. Differentiating the states that have full protection from those that have no anti-discrimination laws in place is made easier with maps and charts that break down the laws for each state and explain in simple terms. The Movement Advancing Project features an interactive map delineating these differences on its website:http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps.

Testing the Inclusive Climate of a Potential Workplace

Below are several areas to investigate that will allow you to get a sense of how LGBTQ-inclusive a potential employer is:

  • Does this employer/company have health insurance coverage that is supportive of LGBTQ people? Does that coverage extend to same-sex spouses, partners, etc? Does that coverage include resources for transgender people who are transitioning?
  • Does this company have a non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity? Even if the state you are in does not have protective legislation, individual companies/organizations may have inclusive policies.
  • Is there an "employee resource" or "affinity" group that focuses on LGBTQ issues?

When do I come out in the job application process? 

Whether in your resume or in the job interview itself, the decision of when and/or whether to come out in the job search process is one that often raises a lot of anxiety and questions. Should I say anything about my sexual orientation/gender identity? If so, when? How could I come out without taking away from the focus of the interview?

Coming Out on a Resume

If you choose to use your resume as a platform for disclosing your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, there are several ways that you can do so. One of the easiest is to highlight how you have served the LGBTQ community, either in the workplace, through volunteer work, or in academia.

  • The key to coming out in your resume is using whatever experiences you have with the LGBTQ community to highlight your skills and abilities.
  • Focus on including transferable skills so that no matter where your experience comes from, your new potential employer can see how your skills will fit into their workplace.
  • An example would be including service to a campus LGBTQ group as a way of learning time management, multi-tasking and event planning.
  • From the perspective of a potential employer, serving the LGBTQ community does not necessarily mean that you yourself are a member of that community.

Coming Out in the Interview

When it comes to the interview itself, you are faced with a whole new set of options and many of them change depending on if you have already alluded to your connection to the LGBTQ community. Some examples of how to bring up the topic during an interview include:

  • Tie your past experiences in with your unique skill set and present that to the interviewer (i.e. "While I was involved with my school’s LGBTQ group I was able to cultivate my ability to multi-task while learning valuable time management skills").
  • When given the chance to ask questions of your own, ask your interviewer if the company/organization has a group that focuses on creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ employees and if you could be a part of it if such a group exists.
  • If you are applying for a position that includes benefits, ask if the benefits package is inclusive of LGBTQ people/families.

Resources for Transgender Individuals 

In the interactive map referenced above, one of the features allows for people to see which states include anti-discrimination laws that protect not only sexual orientation, but also gender identity. The two are often confused, but the difference between them is an important one because transgender individuals are often faced with separate list of issues and questions that are unique from those faced by people discriminated against based on sexual orientation.

While there are more complex answers to many of these questions, here is a quick overview of some of the common questions for people who are interested in transitioning and transgender issues in the workplace.

  • If I have changed my name, which name should I use on my resume? Can I include job experiences that I obtained under my birth name?

    Often this decision comes down to where in the transition and legal name change process someone is. The name you decide to use in the process is up to you, but be aware that some jobs require background or reference checks and in those situations the name you give needs to match your legal records.

  • Does the organization/employer’s health benefits package include gender-affirming coverage?

    If you are interested in medical transition, this is an important question to ask or research when looking at a potential employer. Many insurance packages do not cover gender-affirming procedures, i.e. hormones and/or surgeries. Some packages do, but will only cover certain aspects of the transitioning process, making it that much more important to ask what would be covered if you worked for that company.

These are only two of the common questions that arise for transgender individuals when looking at potential employers. Below are links to two organizations that have compiled court cases, legal answers, and general advice designed to help transgender individuals navigate the application process and understand their legal rights in the workplace: 

Resources for Victims & Survivors of Oppression, Assault and Violence

Please use the below DePaul resources if you are experiencing or have experienced oppression, assault, or violence. 

Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention (Office of Health Promotion and Wellness)

Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Suite 302

Public Safety

Lincoln Park Campus 
Centennial Hall
2345 N. Sheffield, Suite 304

Loop Campus
Lewis Center
25 E. Jackson

Dean of Students Office

Lincoln Park Student Center 
2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite 307 

Lewis Center 
25 E. Jackson Blvd, Ste. 1400 

Human Resources

55 East Jackson, 8th Floor

Resources for LGBTQ Victims & Survivors of Sexual Assault (outside of DePaul)