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Campus, Local, and National Resources

While UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services offers many resources, the UMKC community can also find support across campus as well as in Kansas City, the state of Missouri, and nationally.

Phone and Hotline Crisis Support

In Crisis? There is help. People care, want to help, and are here to listen.

Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth Hotline & website)- 1-866-488-7386 – Trevor Chat

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project  – 1-816-561-0550

National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE(4619) – online hotline (like instant messaging)

Domestic Violence Hotline- Advocacy Services for Deaf Victims -TTY- 1-800-787-3224

Campus Resources

Offices across UMKC offer numerous resources for our LGBTQIA students. We are grateful for our colleagues across campus who are committed to providing Safe Spaces and inclusive programs services for all Roos!

Campus Policies

  • UMKC and the University of Missouri System, include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in its policies against discrimination. Please report any form of discrimination and/or harassment to the Title IX Office.
  • UMKC acknowledges that many students use names other than their legal name to identify themselves. Students can use a preferred name to update their chosen name in Pathway (PDF).
  • At UMKC, gender-inclusive housing options are available in all residence halls. Students may request to live alone, with one other person, or in a group. Residential Life has implemented a gender-inclusive housing option that all students can opt into. During the application process, students will identify if they would like to live in a gender-inclusive housing assignment. Students will be matched with other students who have similar requests.
  • UMKC includes the design of gender-inclusive restrooms in all of its new buildings, and we are always looking for support in expanding these options in existing buildings. For a complete list, review the gender-inclusive restroom guide.
  • If you are aware of, witness, or experience a bias or hate incident: Submit a report to the Office of Affirmative Action by clicking here to file a report.

Kansas City Resources

Kansas City offers several great organizations, groups, and services for our LGBTQIA community. Kansas City also has inclusive protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in their local laws. Here are some great community organizations.

Kansas City Resources

 

Passages: Kansas City’s LGBT Youth Center

Passages KC's LGBT Youth Center since 1990Passages is Kansas City’s only youth center dedicated to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth, and straight allies, operating now for over 28 years! We are open every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 9 PM to ages 14 to 20.

 

Perform OutKC

Perform Out KC LogoPOKC, established in 2008 as an educational-outreach performing arts program for LGBTQIA youth ages 14-22. Their purpose is to provide a safe and supportive place for youth to assist in the development of a positive image through self-exploration with hopes of seek self-reward.

 

Camp Magazine

Camp Magazine cover June 2016Camp, Kansas City’s monthly magazine for the LGBT and Allied communities.

 

Kansas City Center for Inclusion

Kansas City Center for Inclusion logoTo operate exclusively for charitable purposes by providing a safe, welcoming community space where LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education, resources, and activities; and by providing community outreach in building a cohesive LGBTQ+ community in the Midwest.

 

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes advocacy and education to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

 

PROMO

Promo logoPROMO is Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.

 

Good Samaritan Project

Good Samaritan Project logoThe Mission of Good Samaritan Project (GSP) is to provide advocacy, care and education to those affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

KC CARE Clinic

KC Care Clinic logoJust as it was formed to do in 1971, the Kansas City CARE Clinic exists to promote health and wellness by providing quality care, access, research and education to the undeserved and all people in our community. Today the clinic provides health care services in primary caretesting & screening, sexual health, and dental care.

 

PFLAG-Kansas City

PFLAG Kansas City logoPFLAG Kansas City offers help for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQIA) youth, their families, and communities around the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

AIDS Walk Kansas City

AIDS Walk Kansas City logoThe Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education.

 

Mid America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce logoThe Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education.

 

KC Pride Fest

Pride fest logoGay Pride Kansas City is a mix of volunteers and board members who represent a wide cross section of the Kansas City LGBTQIA community. What motivates these individuals is their drive to offer the Kansas City LGBTQIA community great informational and educational events which move the community forward.

Is your organization missing? Or does this information need to be updated? Please email us at lgbtqia@umkc.edu with your information.

National and International Resources

Many national and international organizations also offer great support and resources for the LGBTQIA+ community.

National and International Resources

The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN)

AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

 

Bisexual Resource Center

The Bisexual Resource Center was founded in 1985 by a group of bi activists after a regional conference. First named the East Coast Bisexual Network, it became a 501(c)3 in 1989 and was renamed in the mid-90s. The BRC is the oldest national bi+ organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.

 

Campus Pride

Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

 

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

 

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

 

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

 

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA)

ILGA – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – is the world federation of national and local organisations dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people across the globe.

 

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

 

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

 

National Coalition for LGBT Health

The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. The Coalition strives to address the entire LGBT community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. The Coalition is an initiative of HealthHIV, a national nonprofit focused on health equity.

 

National LGBTQ Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We’re building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.

 

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

 

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.