LGBTQIA+ Resources at Mercy College
Here at Mercy College we are committed to providing an inclusive, safe living and learning environment for all LGBTQIA+ students. Where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities feel heard, affirmed, valued, and respected.
Resources for Students
Tips for Coming Out
- Coming Out General Tips
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual+ (English) (Spanish)
- Coming Out: Living Authentically as Transgender or Non-Binary
Inclusive Classes and Events
Mercy College offers a variety of LGBTQIA+ themed courses as well as guest lectures and other events that discuss LGBTQIA+ topics and relate to your specific career.
In the next year, the Campus Life office continues to offer virtual events, like Drag Queen bingo, and plans to restore in-person events surrounding National Coming Out Day in October as well as events that explore the history of gay rights, such as the Stonewall riots, and early pioneers, are being considered to help students feel at home among trusted allies and supporters.
Mercy's Annual Lavender Graduate ceremony honors our LGBTQIA + students, staff and faculty to acknowledge their accomplishments and contribution to Mercy.
LGBTQIA+ Frequently Asked Questions
What does LGBTQIA+ Mean?
LGBTQIA+ stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and to be inclusive to everyone, the LGBTQIA full acronym has changed to add the plus at the end. This works to allow the acronym to cover new subsects of the community.”
Does Mercy have an LGBTQIA+ Club?
Yes, Mercy has the GLOW UP club with the aims to educate, empower, and transform the unknowing minds of others through the use of workshops and partaking in community events to spread the awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community. GLOWUP offers support and raises awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community at Mercy College. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to part of the LGBTQIA+ community to join GLOW UP?
No, Allies are always welcomed!
Does Mercy have LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff?
Yes, Mercy College actively engages in recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce of faculty and staff of all races, colors, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Are LGBTQIA+ topics taught in the classroom?
Yes, Mercy College has various LGBTQIA+ courses in several academic departments. In addition, many courses also explore LGBTQIA+ topics and issues from various perspectives.
Are there counseling or therapy services for LGBTQIA+ students?
Yes, the Mercy College Student Counseling Center offers preventative and clinical services to all Mercy College students. Our goal is to provide support and assistance so students can successfully engage in their college experience. Counselors provide psychological evaluation and brief treatment lasting one to eight sessions.
What do I do if I experience discrimination in the classroom?
Discrimination of any kind at Mercy College is not acceptable or tolerated. We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination directly to the Mercy College Title IX Coordinator or the Mercy College Office of Campus Safety using this link: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?MercyCollege&layout_id=16.
What are the right terms to use?
Language is fluid, changes over time, and different people may use the same term differently. A good practice is to educate yourself on the ways concepts and terms are used. You can do this by attending LGBTQIA+ community events, participating in Safe Zone training, or reviewing resources such as the terminology page on this website.
Isn’t the word “queer” and insult? How can using “queer” be a sign of pride?
The word queer has often used been as an insult. Many people in the community have decided to reclaim the word to take away others' power to hurt them. It is also useful as a word that encompasses all identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella or to note a political identity. However, you should only call someone queer, if they have indicated that they are okay with that word being used for themselves.
What do I do if my roommate or friend comes out to me?
If someone comes out to you, this shows that they trust you and are willing to put themselves in a vulnerable place in order to be honest and open with you. It is important to be as supportive as possible in this situation. First, you can thank them for trusting you enough to open up to you. Then, you can let them talk and express their thoughts. Throughout the entire conversation, do your best to show that you support them and that you are still there for them. It is very possible that they feel nervous, embarrassed, and/or afraid that you will not want to stay friends with them. Try to alleviate these fears. It might be a very new situation for you, and you might not react perfectly, but the most important thing to do is show that you support them and are willing to listen. It is okay to ask questions, but be sensitive.
What’s the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?
The relationship between sexuality, gender identity, and sexual orientation is complex and sometimes hard to decipher. Sexual orientation refers to individuals’ attractions to others–who they love and date, and to whom they are physically and/or emotionally attracted. The terms lesbian, gay, and bisexual refer to one’s sexual orientation. Gender identity refers to individuals’ internal and individual experiences of gender. Transgender refers to one’s gender identity. Simply put, gender identity is concerned with who one is, and sexual orientation is concerned with who one loves.