LGBTQIA+ Student Services provides programming, advocacy, support, outreach, information and referrals to educate and empower LGBTQIA+ members of Metropolitan State University. We value all women and LGBTQA people, as well as their varied identities and experiences, and seek to create a university-wide climate that supports and advocates for the diverse needs of these communities.
Through advocacy, educational and social programs, LGBTQIA+ support services are designed to enhance the educational experience of all LGBTQIA+ students and their allies at Metropolitan State. The office serves all members of the Metropolitan State community interested in gaining a better understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Preferred Name Request Form: Metropolitan State recognizes and supports the members of its community who wish to use preferred names where legally permissible. All you need to do is fill out the
- Metropolitan State has an impressive library collection of books and media about women's and LGBTQIA+ topics. Start with the Library Guides.
- Women's and LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
All-gender restroom directory
- Student Center: One on each floor next to the gendered restrooms
- Jason R. Carter Science Education Center: Two on the first floor across from the gendered restrooms
- New Main: Two on either end of the second floor (near the executive suites)
- Saint John’s Hall: One on the second floor at the end of the annex (near the College of Individualized Studies’ offices)
The Lavender Bridge
The Lavender Bridge is Metropolitan State's LGBTQIA+ student organization. This organization strives to provide a safe, accepting environment for university students through mutual support and informational social activities. Lavender Bridge is an active organization that offers a variety of opportunities for the university’s LGBTQIA+ students, their friends, families and allies. Join us for:
- Minnesota AIDS Walk (May)
- Twin Cities Pride (June)
- National Coming Out Day (October)
- Film screenings
- Panel discussions
- Collaborative events with other student organizations
Ally development program
Please visit our Eventbrite page for workshop schedule.
The Metropolitan State LGBTQIA+ ally training program began in spring 1996 and has trained over 200 students, staff and outside community members to be allies to the LGBTQIA+ community. An ally is a person who works toward combating homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism on both a personal and institutional level. Members of the university community who want to become recognized allies attend a three-hour workshop and are provided with ally stickers to display in their offices.
Get updates on national and local LGBTQIA+ news and details about upcoming programs, events and meetings at Metropolitan State featuring a variety of diverse LGBTQIA+ speakers and topics. Email us if you want to be added to the listserv.
Support the LGBTQIA+ and Allies Student Scholarship Fund
Help Metropolitan State deliver quality, accessible and affordable education for all students—make a gift today. Please designate LGBTQIA+ and Allies Program or Scholarship with your gift.