Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Illini Union, Room 323

The mission of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is to foster an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. The Center is a resource not only for the LGBT community but for the entire University of Illinois community. The GSRC seeks to help in the efforts to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexist attitudes and beliefs on the campus, and to work to make the environment safe and affirming for all students, faculty, staff, and LGBTQIA+, queer, non-binary, and GNC students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois in particular. 

Helpful Resources

Core Campus Resources

24 Hour Resources

After Hours Support

  • Emergency Dean After Hours Support for Health and Safety Emergencies for Students

LGBTQ+ Resources

LGBT National Youth Talkline

LGBT National Youth Talkline
5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Friday
1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday

​​Free and confidential peer support for the LGBTQ and questioning community ages 25 and younger. The LGBT National Youth Talkline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, and factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

Learn more about the LGBT National Youth Talkline.

Preferred First Name

Students and employees may designate a preferred first name, which certain University systems will then use. For students, these systems include class rosters, the display name in Banner Self-Service, and the display name in a number of learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Compass, and Moodle), most online phone directories, and on the University i-card. The University will also retain your full legal name, which is used when required by the University, such as in tax documents, contracts, academic transcripts, diplomas, and certain health records. For further details (including information about surname changes), students can refer to the Office of the Registrar. Employees can refer to their local HR department.

Learn more about changing your preferred first name.

The Trevor Lifeline (suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth)

If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, call the TrevorLifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386). A chat and text option are also available.

You can also visit a counselor online with the Trevor Lifeline.

Trans Lifeline
US: 877-565-8860; Canada: 877-330-6366 

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that is divested from police. They are run by and for trans people. If you have medical/police/EMT trauma, they do not call 911 without consent.

Learn more about Trans Lifeline.

Q-Chat Online Support Group
(For teens 13-19 years old)

Find and give support, have fun, connect around shared interests, and get good information. Chat with like-minded peers in live chats designed for you and by you, facilitated by folks who care.

Learn more about Q-Chat Support Group.