Queer and Trans Guide
Gender Inclusive Student Housing: Any space can be gender inclusive except spaces that are specifically designated as single-gender residence halls or floors. Residence hall spaces that can be gender inclusive are (per Guilford College Intranet):
- Binford Hall
- Bryan Hall (in some selected suites)
- English Hall
- Milner Hall (except the first floor which is designated with all-men and all-women wings)
- Shore Hall
- North Apartments
- South Apartments
- All theme houses
Further information regarding gender-inclusive housing is accessible via Banner Web Intranet.
Preferred Name and Gender Policy: The College will use an individual’s preferred first name whenever and wherever possible in the course of conducting College business. Read more here.
Health Insurance: Effective January 2018, Guilford College’s self-funded Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical plan will cover gender confirmation surgery and hormone therapy services. Further information can be found by contacting Human Resources.
Reporting Discrimination: Guilford College recognizes that members who identify as LGBTQIA+ experience higher levels of discrimination and psychological distress than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Guilford strives to create a safe and compassionate campus community where all members feel welcomed, and can participate in the college experience fully without intimidation or bias. Guilford College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation. Information on reporting discrimination can be found under How to Report.
Resources: Please reach out to the Study Abroad Office for information and support.
Other On-Campus Resources
- Guilford College PRIDE is a student organization for undergraduate and graduate students who are part of LGBTQIA+ communities or allies who want to better support their LGBTQIA+ peers. PRIDE exists to promote understanding of LGBTQIA+ related topics and acceptance of the queer community through campus and community activities. The organization strives to create a supportive atmosphere on campus for members of the community.
- The Counseling Center provides confidential services at no cost to traditional students. Services include psychological consultations, short-term counseling and crisis intervention.
- The Friends Center is a collaborative endeavor between the college and the Religious Society of Friends. Its mission is to provide programs that nurture servant-leaders both at Guilford College and in the wider community through activities that are grounded in prayer, informed by Friends’ faith and practice, nourished by worship and spiritual formation and brought to fullness in Quaker community.
- The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department is an interdisciplinary major that examines gender and sexuality as socially created systems of identity and inequality that intersect with race, class, religion, nationality and ability. Students learn to analyze how gendered systems of power and oppression shape experiences, opportunities, social norms and social institutions, and they explore possibilities for creating liberating social change.
- Carolina Partners offers affordable health care resources through the Gender and Sexual Diversity Spectrum (GSDS) Initiative. Services include:
- Assessment and referral for transgender individuals seeking medical treatment
- PTSD & Trauma Treatment
- Anxiety & Depression
- Addiction & Recovery
- Life changes and general wellness goals
- Somatic Experiencing for trauma treatment
- Assessment for Mental Health and Addictions
- Family and couples sessions to address transitions and coming out
- Sexuality affirming therapy, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and fluid identities
- The Guilford Green Foundation creates unity through programming and philanthropy that advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQIA communities.
- The Interactive Resource Center invites people experiencing—or at risk for—homelessness to be part of a supportive community free of barriers. The IRC provides services that help our Guilford County neighbors reconnect with their own lives and with the community at large. The IRC’s community center at 407 E. Washington Street in Greensboro offers, among other critical resources: showers, laundry, barbershop, phone bank, mail room, computer lab, medical clinic, gardens and a bike maintenance area.
- PFLAG Greensboro holds monthly group support meetings as well as confidential individual consultations. They provide support for those who seek it, education through outreach to other organizations, and advocate in the Triad and our state and federal legislatures.
- The Southeastern Transgender and Ally Initiative (SETAI) was founded by members of the Greensboro transgender community and their allies. As an advocacy group, our mission is to support and assist transgender people in transition. We provide a safe space for transgender people, their families and friends to meet and share their experiences, as well as financial assistance.
- Stonewall Sports Greensboro is an LGBTQ & Ally non-profit sports league that strives to develop a well-connected and diverse community through organized competition and social events while giving back to the community. There are leagues for kickball, dodgeball, and volleyball.
- The Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro has a mission to promote the self-reliance of women by assessing needs, providing services and acting as a gateway to community resources. For those who need specific and individualized guidance, one-on-one counseling appointments with highly trained volunteer Community Resource Specialists provide encouragement, support, problem-solving, goal-setting and referral information.
- Youth Focus Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to helping Guilford County youth and their families learn to deal with today’s pressures. A powerful collaboration of medical professionals, therapists, administrators and volunteers, Youth Focus offers substance abuse counseling, foster care, young women’s housing, counseling, emergency housing, and school and educational groups. Youth Focus runs Act Together, an emergency housing facility for male, female and gender nonconforming youth.
- YouthSAFE is a place where LGBTQIAA youth come together to build community with one another, share resources, and build skills for responding creatively to the world around them.
- The YWCA Greensboro Emergency Family Shelter program provides shelter, food, case management and holistic support for families experiencing homelessness. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.