Gender and Sexual Orientation (LGBT+) Resources

This page provides resources that bring awareness to the challenges that people face based on their gender or identification as LGBTQ+ in order to promote communities of equity and justice and to support our students, faculty and staff.

Parker III, E. (2020, August 20). Do Colleges Need a Chief Diversity Officer? Inside Higher Ed.

Redden, Elizabeth. (2020, June 17). LGBTQ Rights v. Religious Liberties. Inside Higher Ed.

Ross, L. (2020, November 19). What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In? The New York Times. 

Boskey, E. (2020)What Does It Mean to Be Nonbinary? Very Well Mind. 

Links to IMDb, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions from IMDb.

Canals, S., Falchuk, B., & Murphy, R. (2018). Pose. - “Pose is set in the world of 1987 and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world." 

Crenshaw, K. (2016, October). The Urgency of Intersectionality. TED. – “Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.”

Dixon, T. M. and Garrison, V. (2017, April). The Trauma of Systemic Racism is Killing Black Women: A First Step Toward Change. TED. - “T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.” 

Egbuono, O. (2020). (In)Visible Portraits. - “(In)Visible Portraits shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words.” 

Etling, K. & Johannes, C. (2019). Queerly Beloved – “An experimental documentary that explores queer identity and empathy.” — produced and directed by UT students.

Fusion Comedy. (2016, October 5). How Microaggressionos are Like Mosquito Bites. Same Difference. YouTube.

National LGBTQ Task Force. (2016, January 3). Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers. YouTube. – “A teaching tool for breaking the big concept of gender down into bite-sized, digestible pieces.”

It's Pronounced Metrosexual. (2020). – "It's Pronounced Metrosexual reaches over a million readers a year in 238 countries. All the resources are free and un-copyrighted, which allows advocates of social justice to put them to creative use in their local communities."

National Center for Transgender Equality. (2018). Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life: A Guide to Being a Good Ally. 

National Center for Transgender Equality. (2018). Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive. 

SPEAKOUT Foundation (Gender Pronouns). – “SpeakOUT was founded in 2018 by Sean Walsh in an effort to make workplace inclusion tools and resources accessible to all audiences, not just employees at large corporations. SpeakOUT creates free, easily printable workplace resources, as well as feed-friendly resources for social media platforms. SpeakOUT works closely with LGBTQ support organizations and workplaces of all shapes and sizes to help with resource development and social media storytelling.”

The Human Rights Campaign (LGBTQA+ Glossary of Terms) – “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.”

The Safe Zone Project (LGBTQ Glossary of Terms) (Best Practices, Gender Pronouns). – “Our mission is to create and provide free online resources to make your Safe Zone trainings (and all of your LGBTQ+ educational opportunities) effective, fun, dynamic, and impactful.” – Online therapy has many benefits for members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you live in a rural area or just can’t find a therapist who understands the challenges facing LGBTQ+ individuals, online therapy makes it easier to access mental health care. Online therapy also allows you to engage in therapy on your terms. You can engage in therapy sessions via video or text, ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible.

Allen, S. (2019). Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States. Little, Brown and Co.

Brown-Long, C., & Mauger, B. (2020). Free Cyntoia: My search for redemption in the American prison system. Simon & Schuster. 

Khan-Cullors, P. (2018). When they call you a terrorist: A black lives matter memoir. St. Martin's Press. 

Lorde, A. (2007, August 1). Sister Outsider. Penguin Random House. 

Mock, J. (2014, December 2). Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More. Atria Books. 

Morris, M. (2016). Pushout: The criminalization of Black girls in schools. The New Press. 

Morrison, T. (2007, May 8). The Bluest Eye. Penguin Random House. 

Neale Hurston, Z. (1937, September 18). Their Eyes Were Watching God. J.B. Lippincott & Co. 

New York Public Library (2019). The Stonewall Reader. Penguin Books.

Ryan, H. (2019). When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History. St. Martin's Press.

Shah, T., Farr, T., & Friedman, J. (2016). Religious Freedom and Gay Rights: Emerging Conflicts in the United States and Europe. Oxford University Press.

Taylor, K. Y. (Ed.). (2017). How we get free: Black feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Haymarket Books.

Windsor, E. & Lyon, J. (2019). A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir. St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

Yoshino, K. (2006, January 17). Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. Penguin Random House, LLC. 

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The Queer Resource Center (QRC) at USU Eastern is on campus to advocate for and provide resources to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Allied (LGBTQIA+) students, faculty, and community.

The word queer can bring up a variety of emotions, as it has been used in discriminatory and hurtful ways in the past. In spite of its past usage, today queer is a widely accepted umbrella term used to describe this community. Is Queer OK to Say? Here’s Why We Use It.


Flock is a monthly hangout for LGBTQ people and allies in Carbon County. It is a safe space to build community, get support, and meet other people. We are currently meeting via Zoom. Contact the QRC for meeting dates and times.

Ally Training

Ally Training is an introductory training for workplaces, community members, groups, students, and others who wish to learn about the queer community. The training is held regularly on the USU Eastern campus (currently via Zoom) and is available for your group upon request. Please contact the QRC for more information.