For a full list of groups affiliated with MSU, please view our LGBTQQIA organizations map, located here!
Student organizations reflect attention to personal and social support, campus and community political action, intersections of LBGT identities and race, ethnicity, nationality, spirituality and academic and professional affiliation. Student organizations at MSU have a complex and lengthy history. The comments below only begin to touch on the details, but should help you understand some of the differences between groups.
Residence Hall Groups
The residence hall LBGTA groups primarily focus on being safe spaces for personal and social support and on campus-wide education. Each residence hall neighborhood has a group, as provided by the RHA constitution. Some groups have their own permanent meeting room; some groups meet in various locations around the neighborhood. Funding for each group comes from RHA.
PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) is the West Circle LBGTA caucus that focuses on creating a strong community for students to be part of. Everyone is welcome and meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about the queer community and making great friends! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. [PRIDE web page] [PRIDE Facebook page]
PRISM (People Respecting the Individuality of Students at MSU) is the South Neighborhood—Case, Holden, Wilson and Wonders Halls—LBGTA caucus. Contact email@example.com for more information. [PRISM web page] [PRISM Facebook page]
RING (Respecting Individuals On Neutral Grounds) is the North Neighborhood—Mason/Abbot, Snyder/Phillips and Shaw Halls—LBGTA Caucus. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. [RING Facebook Page]
Spectrum is the East Neighborhood—Akers, Holmes, Hubbard, McDonel, Van Hoosen, and Owen—LGBTIQQA Caucus. Contact: email@example.com for more information. [Spectrum web page] [Spectrum Facebook group] [Spectrum blog]
LIGHT (Living In Great Harmony Together) is the Brody Neighborhood LBGTA caucus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. [LIGHT Facebook page]
Council Of Progressive Students
The Alliance is one of six COPS groups, and receives funding through the Programming Board of ASMSU (the MSU student government). It is the oldest of the existing LBGTA queer student groups in the country, tracing its history on campus to 1970.
The Alliance of Queer & Ally Students The Alliance has a tradition of campus and community political action and serving as a voice in MSU student governance. Contact email@example.com more information.[The Alliance's Facebook Page] [The Alliance's web page - under construction]
Registered Student Organizations
There are usually 500-600 organizations registered through the Department of Student Life. RSOs have access to some University facilities, but have no permanent meeting place and more difficult access to funding than other groups, although funding is available.
Intersection is an organization for LGBTQ Spartans of color and their allies. This group provides a safe space for personal support and educates on issues related to intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality and LBGT identities. For more information, contact the LBGT Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the Intersection Facebook page.
Trans*Action is a student organization for transgender students and their allies. Contact TransactionMSU@gmail.com for more information or visit the Trans*Action website for more information.
Beyond Binaries is a student organization working to aid and support those who identify as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, or as any of the spectrum of sexualities that are not gay or straight, including asexual, and those who identify as their allies. Contact email@example.com for more information. [Beyond Binaries Facebook Group]
Q-Cross is an organization that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer or questioning individuals who have felt rejected by the Church and would like to be in a community with people that understand Christianity differently. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. [Q-Cross Facebook Group]
Other Student Groups
Contact these groups for information about their meeting locations and time.
OurSpace is a small, confidential support group provided by the Counseling Center for LGBT, queer, or questioning students who would like to meet in a safe setting. The group is not currently meeting for Fall 2013, but if there’s more student interest this could change. Students do not need to be Counseling Center clients and a formal pre-group screening is not required. View a full list of Counseling Center groups for this semester here.
LBGT Graduate Student Group The grad group has at least one get-together a semester and encourages individuals to organize events by use of the listserv; to join the listserv:
> Send an email to email@example.com. In the body of the email, write ‘subscribe lbgtagrads’. You will receive a confirmation email which you must respond to in order to be added to the distribution list. The list is confidential, but anyone may post to it!
> You must respond to the confirmation email per the directions to complete the process!
> If you want to get OFF of the distribution list, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org that says ‘unsubscribe lbgtagrads’ in the body of the email.
Contact the Center (email@example.com, 353-9520) if you have more questions about this group.
Triangle Bar Association This group seeks to increase social acceptance and provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant and queer (LGBTQ) students, families, faculty, staff and allies in the legal community. [Triangle Bar Association Facebook Page]
Delta Lambda Phi This fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men seeks to develop dignified and purposeful, social, service, and recreational activities for progressive men, irrespective of sexual orientation, to lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society and to promote a strong and positive image, which respects the diversity of all individuals, irrespective of sexual orientation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.dlp.org/msu.