You are always welcome to come by the office, 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, to relax, study, nap, print documents, and play board games. We have a small conference room too for quiet study, practicing presentations, small meetings, and more.
Do you have questions about identity, coming out, accessing resources, or navigating hard situations? Come by anytime to talk with student staff in our casual open space, or drop in any of the professional staff offices for some confidential conversation and advising. Jelani, Katherine, and Tiffany are in the GSCC, and Warren is around the corner on the first floor of the Red Gym.
Want to make an appointment? We can chat with you over the phone, in the office, or anywhere on campus. Call the office at 608-265-3344, email email@example.com, or contact any of the staff individually: About Us
When you’re ready to tell that first person about your sexual or gender identity – or any people anytime – give yourself time to prepare. Think through your options and make a deliberate plan of who, what, why, and how.
Remember that if you don’t choose to come out now, or ever, your identity and experiences are still legitimate and valuable. You get to decide what is right for you.
Docs & resources
- Making a coming out plan
This doc can help you think through best and worst case scenarios, support systems, and more.
- I think I might be trans, now what do I do?
Advocates for Youth offers this brochure by and for transgender youth. PDFs at the link in Amharic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- HRC coming out resource guide
The Human Rights Campaign has compiled a multi-page brochure of various resources for coming out.
- Tips for coming out as asexual
A writer for The Asexual Agenda offers advice on what coming out as asexual might look like.
- Coming out as genderqueer
This article from Everyday Feminism will help you think through coming out as GQ or nonbinary.
UW-Madison has a bias reporting system and a Bias Reporting Team that responds to every report submitted.
You can submit a report about any event that happened to you or that you witnessed anywhere on or off campus. You can provide as much or as little information as you wish, and you may submit anonymously.
When you submit, you can ask for follow-up or you can report just so the University can be aware of the incident for data collection purposes.
GSCC staff can help you fill out a report form at any time. We encourage you to report as much as you’re comfortable to help make the campus more inclusive and responsive.
Mental health emergencies
UHS offers 24-hour crisis intervention services for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student. If you are feeling desperate or thinking about suicide, or you’re afraid for the well-being of someone you know, you can call UHS at 608-265-5600 (select option 9).
If your situation is immediately life-threatening, please call 911 or get yourself safely to the nearest hospital emergency room (the three local hospital ERs are listed below):
- UW Hospital Emergency Room: 600 Highland Avenue, 608-262-2398
- Meriter Hospital Emergency Room: 202 S. Park St., 608-267-6206
- St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Room: 707 S. Mills St., 608-258-6800
Below are additional helplines and text lines for you. You’re important to us!
Sexual Health Emergencies
If you have experienced a sexual assault, we encourage you to seek out the campus resources that are here to help you.
For support for survivors of all forms of sexual violence, including medical and legal advocacy, support groups, and short-term counseling contact the 24-hour crisis line at 608-265-6389. Students may use the Campus or Community Office.
- Rape Crisis Center (Campus Location): 333 E. Campus Mall, #7901, 608-265-6389
- Rape Crisis Center (Community Location): 2801 Coho St., #301, 608-251-5126
- UHS Sexual Health Emergencies for emergency contraception, sexual assault, HIV post-exposure care
- Domestic Abuse Intervention Services is a community organization on the East side of Madison
- Forge has trans sexual violence resources and services based in Milwaukee
- Outreach LGBT Center hosts LGBTQ domestic violence support groups
Reporting & institutional support
Survivors of sexual or domestic violence have the option to access confidential sources, who are not mandatory reporters, including: UHS Counseling and Consultation, UHS Violence Prevention & Survivor Services, UHS Clinical Medicine, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, the Rape Crisis Center, the Employee Assistance Office, and if you are a McBurney Disability Resource Center client, then McBurney staff are protected too.
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center staff are mandated reporters and non-confidential employees. We will help you set up an appointment to report to the Dean of Students Office or any other agency if you choose to. We are here for you. It is your right to always have someone with you when reporting- one of us can join you or you can invite a friend or support person.
Crisis loans are available through the Dean of Students Office (DoSo). Common uses for a crisis loan include:
- Unexpected Medical Expenses
- Car Repair
- Travel Expenses for Family Emergency
- Replacement of items due to theft/fire damage
A copy of the application form is available to download from the website below. Let GSCC staff know if we can help you with this form or by connecting you with the Dean of Students office staff. You’ll want to work with DoS0 to have a short meeting to submit the form, and if you are eligible for the loan, it will be processed within a few days.
If you are in a housing crisis, like consistently sleeping on friends’ couches or in a car, these are some resources for you.
Dane County Housing Resource Hotline
The Housing Resource Line is a one-stop-shop for an assessment of your current situation. Caseworkers will assess your situation and, based on qualification for financial assistance, you may be eligible to receive help moving into or maintaining housing. Available in English, Spanish, and Hmong.
The Tenant Resource Center has additional resources:
Emergency and Transitional Housing Resources for Single Women
Emergency and Temporary Housing Resources for Single Men
Emergency and Temporary Housing Resources for Families
Know Your Rights: Discrimination
The Tenant Resource Center also has multilingual housing counselors and has resources en Español and lus Hmoob.
The links below are a good step toward getting immediate support when you’re having a hard time. The first four are all specific to serving LGBTQ people, and the Journey line is local to Madison.