About our Name Change

The LBGT Resource Center staff team is excited to announce our new name. On July 1, 2021, the LBGT Resource Center will become The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center!
 
On this page you will find: 
The purpose of this page is to inform our community about the change and share details that may impact internal and external partners. 
 

Rationale for the Name Change

In 2006, when the LBGT Resource Center was founded, the acronym representing our communities was far less standardized than it is today. Today our center’s name is an outlier among the Big Ten schools and Michigan’s public institutions. While it has served us well, the name “LBGT Resource Center” now presents many challenges.

Challenges with “LBGT Resource Center” include Center” include:

  • The acronym “LBGT” is not the common order of the acronym. The more correct and current acronym is “LGBTQA+” or LGBTQIA+.”
  • The name does not represent us well. People have assumed that the use of “LBGT” was an error on our part. 
  • The name is not as inclusive as we would like. “LBGT” leaves out many important identities.
    Our students are aware of these concerns and often ask us about changing our name. Critiques of our current name and requests for us to change have emerged in many informal conversations, as well as in more formal assessments.
The benefits of “The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center”:

  • It is more inclusive of the diversity of sexual and gender identities, including asexual and agender communities. 
  • It positions us as a resource for all students, as well as the faculty and staff we are already serving.
  • While our focus is on LGBTQA+ students, this new name conveys that we are a resource for everyone, including people of all genders and sexualities and all campus affiliations (faculty, staff, students, alumnx, parents, community members, prospective students, etc…), those hoping to support and affirm LGBTQA+ community members, and those seeking to learn. 
  • Our name change reflects a trend in our field. This shift also follows best and better practices in LGBTQA+ resource center work. This name is in alignment with our counterparts within the Big Ten and across the nation.
  • The inclusion of “Campus” demonstrates the breadth of our work and shows that we are more than a “resource.” We are community builders who create a space for students to be powerfully and authentically themselves. We are a “home away from home” and a safe haven. We shift culture and work tirelessly to create a more inclusive campus for all people to be exactly who they are. 
    • Further, naming us a “Campus Center” will underscore our position as a resource for the MSU community. We receive many requests for support each week from people across the country that we cannot address. This name change will help to communicate our role and relationship to the greater community, as well as our focus on MSU community members.

 

Requests for Internal and External Partners: 

We ask that our partners support our name change while the community becomes more accustomed to our new name. Our previous name, email, and website address appear on many MSU websites and on print materials distributed by numerous departments and offices. 

 The new name is: The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

 Notes about the name: 

  • Please do not use the ampersand (“&”)
  • The acronym for the Center is: GSCC

 Campus partners must update their web and print resources on July 1, 2021. Below you will find the new information or the anticipated date that information will be available: 

  •     New website: www.gscc.msu.edu [will be live by July 1, 2021!]
  •     New email address: gscc@msu.edu  [will be live by July 1, 2021!]
  •     Blurb about the Center:
    • The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center is a student-centered campus resource that works to celebrate, affirm, and empower LGBTQA+ members of the Michigan State University community. Through education, engagement, advocacy, and student support, we work to create an inclusive campus culture for people of all genders and sexual identities. We provide intersectional educational and social programming and collaborate with student leaders and campus partners to build community and increase a sense of belonging.

This is the new logo:

stacked signature

signature

 

LBGTRC Name Change T-Shirt Graphic Contest

Beginning July 1, the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Resource Center (LBGTRC) in the Division of Student Affairs and Services at Michigan State University will be known as The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center.

We are excited about our new name and want to celebrate that with the rest of the Spartan community. We would love our students to help design a T-shirt for The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center – one that you would love to wear!

Please consider putting your artistic ideas to work and submit your best design that reflects our commitment to LGBTQA+ communities, and BIPOC, transgender and nonbinary students in particular. The winner will receive one of the shirts designed by them, as well as some other swag. All who submit designs will receive a T-shirt, as well. In addition, you will be a part of this milestone in the center’s history, no matter which design is chosen.

T-Shirt Design Contest Rules:

  1. One entry per person
  2. You must be a Michigan State University student
  3. You will be required to assign all rights to the design to Michigan State University for its The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center regardless of whether your design is chosen as the contest winner.

Please submit your design with a signed Assignment of Rights (see below). Thank you for considering helping us in this important moment in the center’s history.

Submissions are due on April 30th at 11:59pm. Your submission is not complete until you complete the Assignment of Rights. 

Instructions: 

  1. Please enter your submission by completing this form
  2. Graphics must be submitted with a valid msu.edu email address.
  3. To submit your graphic, please use a .jpeg or .png file format.

If your design is accepted, you will be asked to submit editable files like in Adobe Photoshop (.psd) or Adobe Illustrator (.ai). 

  1. Please use a transparent background for the graphic.
  2. Following your submission, you will receive a request from the LBGTRC to electronically sign the Assignment of Rights. 
    1. If you do not receive a request to e-sign the Assignment of Rights within 3 business days of your submission, please contact lbgtrc@msu.edu
  3. Submissions are due April 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm.