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Counseling Center

LGBTQA Students

College is a time where students explore and further define aspects of their identity. Students who identify as LGBTQA or who are actively exploring aspects of their sexual and/or gender identities may also experience the following struggles in college:

  • Adjustment to the LGBTQA campus climate
  • Anxiety and fears related to LGBTQA identity
  • Feeling singled out
  • Feeling invisible
  • Trouble finding a community on campus
  • Struggle to balance family and personal expectations and goals
  • Straddling two worlds and/or feeling on the outside looking in
  • Discrimination, harassment, cyberbullying or marginalization
  • Microaggressions
  • Balancing and integrating multiple identities

Caring and supportive connections to others help ease distress and loneliness. The Counseling Center is one of many places on campus where you can explore aspects of your identity and support your mental well-being.

Tips for Academic and Personal Success and Connecting to Others


Some Pace University Resources

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Other Resources

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How to Be an Ally

  • Listen
  • Learn about the range of identities on the LGBTQ spectrum
  • Use appropriate pronouns
  • Educate yourself
  • Be socially active
  • Allow yourself to have difficult and possibly uncomfortable conversations about sexual and gender identity
  • Acknowledge when you have offended or hurt someone or made a mistake
  • Speak up when LGBTQ people are targeted with unjust treatment, comments or jokes
  • Become aware of your own prejudices
  • Attend an event sponsored by an LGBTQA student organization

Resources for Allies

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