LGBTQIA+

All Boston University faculty and staff should feel welcome.  This important goal is embodied in BU’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy  that includes people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, intersex,  asexual, and nonbinary as well as those who are questioning their gender identity.

A campus resource for faculty and staff is the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty and Staff. The Center lists information about events, focus groups, employee networks and resources.

Check out the BU Out List that promotes visibility, connectedness, and sharing of resources among LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and students. This is coordinated by the LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Community Network.

BU’s Human Resources lists information including: policies, guidance on name/pronoun updates and coming out in the workplace on this page – Resources for Trans and Non-Binary Employees.

The FSAO is available to provide sensitive and confidential emotional support and assistance to faculty and staff grappling with personal or work-related concerns related to sexual orientation or gender identity.   We recognize that the process of coming out and gaining acceptance from family, friends and colleagues is often challenging and that experiences of stigma and discrimination negatively impact mental health.  We can make referrals to behavioral health providers who specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community and in providing gender affirming care.

The FSAO is also an ally and resource for faculty and staff seeking to affirm their gender in the workplace.   We can provide information and assistance in negotiating the administrative processes and serve as a liaison between the employee and the organization, protecting the employee’s confidentiality while developing a personalized plan and a timeline.  We can accompany an employee in sharing gender affirmation information with others or communicate on behalf of the employee with managers, coworkers, and administrators.  Our aim is to support employees in coming to work as their authentic selves.

Managers and co-workers have an important role to play in creating a safe and welcoming environment.

Creating An LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Workplace

How to Be a Better Ally to the LGBTQ+ Community  Harvard Business Review April 2023

Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workplace.  Harvard Business Review.  March 2020

The Trevor Project Trans & Gender Identity Resources

PLAG Transgender Resources

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network

Mental Health Resources

Trans Lifeline   Provides confidential peer support in English and Spanish.

The LGBT National Help Center
Offers confidential peer support connections for LGBT youth, adults and seniors, including phone, text and online chat.

The Trevor Project
A support network for LGBTQ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention, including a 24-hour text line (text “START” to 678678).

How to Find the Right Mental Health Professional National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) LGBTQIA+

      • The FSAO can help connect you to a mental health provider who accepts your health insurance and aligns with your identity. Contact us.

Depression Looks Like Me  This program aims to educate and empower LGBTQ+ people with depression.

SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline

Mental Health in the Bi+ Community Bisexual Resource Center

LGBTQIAP2S+ Affinity Group – Mindful Self-Compassion Circles of Practice.  Free, live, online 45 min drop-in sessions for self-compassion meditation. Mondays at 9 am.

Headspace offers meditations and mindfulness practices that highlight and affirm LGBTQ+ experiences.  Within the Headspace app, search for Pride Affirmations and Celebrating Coming Out.  Free for BU employees.

Additional Resources

A recording of a September 2022 presentation, Supporting Gender Diverse Children and Teens, led by Becky Smith, LSW, from Out at Home, a program of The Home for Little Wanderers.

New York Public Library’s annotated reading list of Transgender/Nonbinary-centered books