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Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center

Students at a Pride EventOur transgender, nonbinary, agender and genderqueer students face unique barriers to full participation at Michigan State University. They are often navigating coming out, managing relationships with unsupportive parents, transitioning, and interacting with faculty and staff who do not understand their identities.

The recent Trevor Project Inaugural National Study of LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found that 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth experienced discrimination due to either their sexuality or their gender identity. Fifty-four percent of transgender and nonbinary youth considered suicide in the past year, and 20% attempted. Fifty percent of transgender youth attempt or complete suicide by the time they are 20 years old. Further, GLSEN has found that transgender students in K-12 schools experience high rates of harassment (78%) and physical assault (35%).

The goal of the LBGTRC’s Trans Inclusion Project is to create a more inclusive campus of people of all genders. The Trans Inclusion Project will create opportunities for affirming and celebrating trans identity. Our hope is to provide necessary trans-affirming resources and to provide education and engagement opportunities for the entire campus community in regards to trans identity.

Give to the LBGTRC’s Trans Inclusion Project and Help to Create a More Inclusive Campus for People of All Genders!

What will the project do?

Donations to the LBGTRC’s Trans Inclusion Project will fund two major outreach and engagement events: Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Visibility. Funding will also be used to provide trans-affirming resources. Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is held annually on November 20.

On TDOR, we provide an opportunity for the campus community to honor the people killed each year by anti-transgender violence. This program serves as an opportunity for community building and mourning.

Transgender Day of Visibility is honored every year on March 31 and is a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness of the discrimination trans people still face.

Lastly, we will use this funding to support programs hosted by our transgender and nonbinary student leaders.

What difference will it make?

This funding will allow us to grow our Transgender Day of Remembrance event and to begin honoring Transgender Day of Visibility. The LBGTRC currently doesn’t have the funding to support all of our necessary projects. This funding will allow us to bring speakers and expand our outreach efforts. Creating safe and affirming spaces for our transgender and nonbinary students can make a positive difference in their experience at MSU.

Additionally, we will house trans-affirming resources in our offices, including garments related to transitioning. We will also increase our publications on trans identity, including our “Understanding Pronouns” pocket guide. We hope to both educate the community and provide necessary resources to the transgender and nonbinary community.

Who We Are

The LBGTRC is a student-centered campus resource that works to celebrate, affirm, and empower LGBTQ+ members for the Michigan State University community. Through education, engagement, advocacy, and student support, we work to create an inclusive campus culture for people of all genders and sexual identities. We provide intersectional educational and social programming and collaborate with student leaders and campus partners to build community and increase a sense of belonging. We strive to support LGBTQ+ students’ personal, academic, and professional success by offering mentorship, one-on-one support, and leadership development. Our trainings and workshops provide the opportunity for the exploration of personal identity and in the development of ally practices. All members of the MSU community are welcome at the LBGTRC.

Jesse Beal, Director of the LBGTRC

Jesse Beal is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center and has been a social justice and LGBTQ+ activist, educator and consultant for the past fifteen years. They present regularly at national conferences and at many colleges, universities, and nonprofits. Jesse is an experienced student affairs practitioner with a demonstrated history of working towards equity and inclusion in higher education. Their practice is collaborative, student centered, and justice based. They served as the Director of the Women’s and Gender Center at Amherst College, the Acting Director and Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Services at Suffolk University, and the Program Coordinator for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at Brandeis University. Jesse has also taught a recurring course at Tufts University about social justice pedagogy and young adult fiction. Jesse is the 2015 winner of the National Voice and Action Advisor of the Year Award from Campus Pride, for their years of work and dedication to make campuses more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students.

Oprah Jrenal, Assistant Director of the LBGTRC

Oprah Jrenal is the Assistant Director for the LBGT Resource Center (LBGTRC). In this role, she advises student groups and LBGTRC staff in their efforts to create supportive environments in which LBGTQ students can thrive. Oprah has served in residential life at institutions across the country. She has experience presenting on topics such as intersectionality, being a person of color (global majority) in predominately White spaces, White supremacy, supporting undocumented students, and community building, to name a few. Oprah is ecstatic to be joining the Spartan family. She earned her bachelors in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry from the University of Arizona and a masters in higher education from the University of Kansas. Oprah is pleased to share her light and love with MSU. Oprah has been with the LBGTRC since January 2018.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 20OOPCF1LBGTRC” in the note section.

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