Many individuals from communities of color experience unique challenges when coming out to others with their sexuality and gender identity/expression and as a result the coming out process can be even more difficult. At the LGBT Resource Center, we acknowledge and recognize the hardships for some students of color and we strive to promote inclusiveness to the USC LGBT Community through events, educational discussions and training sessions. We respect the diverse identities of every fellow Trojan.
Coming Out Resources
LGBT Peer Mentoring Program – a confidential mentoring program for students coming to terms with their sexuality and gender identity/expression
Queer People of Color – USC Queer People of Color is the first club to focus on the Minority Groups which lie within the LGBTQIA community.
The center works closely with the ethnic-specific cultural centers on campus when the LGBT-perspective is presented at their different events. In addition, mini resource kits are at every cultural center and are updated by the LGBT Resource Center monthly with upcoming information about events and other LGBT-related activities. The cultural centers include The Asian Pacific American Student Services, The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and El Centro Chicano.
- Asian Pacific American QueerStory (co-sponsored by The Asian Pacific American Student Services)
- Black QueerStory (co-sponsored by The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs)
- Latino/a QueerStory (co-sponsored by El Centro Chicano)
- Gender Justice Month that addresses the ethnic and cultural diversity within the transgender community (sponsored by the Queer & Ally Student Assembly)
- Latino/Rainbow Floor Mixer (co-sponsored by The Rainbow Floor and Latino Floor)
- Somerville/Rainbow Floor Mixer (co-sponsored by The Rainbow Floor and Somerville Floor)
Los Angeles Communities of Color Supportive Resources
- Human Rights Campaign’s Resource Guide to Coming Out for African Americans
- Human Rights Campaign’s Guía de Recursos Para Salir Del Clóset
- API Equality: Los Angeles – works to build support for equal marriage rights and fair treatment of LGBT people in the greater Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander community
- Bienestar – works to enhance the health and well-being of Los Angeles Latino and other underserved communities
- Bayard Rustin Coalition – works to is to empower Black same-gender loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families in Greater Los Angeles
- In the Meantime Men, Inc. – works with African American men and sponsors a weekly group called, “Brothers Reaching Brothers Discussion Group”