Queers & Allies Outreach: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns

Q & A is the LGBTQ Outreach and Consultation Committee for the Counseling Center.

Our Mission

Q & A works to facilitate the development of all University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff around issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and to improve the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) students through advocacy and education. Q & A is a committee under the auspices of the Counseling Center’s Outreach and Consultation Services division and is composed of professional staff from the Counseling Center, a graduate assistant, doctoral psychology interns, practicum counselors, Counseling Center paraprofessionals and staff from the LGBT Resource Center. 

What We Do


Q & A responds to requests from faculty, staff, student organizations, and various departments within our campus community to provide educational programming (e.g., workshops, group facilitation, etc.) around issues related to the well-being of LGBTQIA people, including but not limited to the following: homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, cisgenderism, supporting activism on campus, campus climate for LGBTQIA individuals, and accessing LGBTQIA resources. Programs facilitated by the Committee are open to members of the university community of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Programs offered by the Committee share a commitment to exploring and understanding the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression with various other indices of identity including race/ethnicity, nationality, gender socialization, social class, ability, and religious/spiritual tradition. Q&A hosts a drop in dialogue and consultation hour called “Q&A with Q&A” at the LGBT Resource Center on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. during the academic school year.

Q & A also works with the Ally Network Training Committee (ANTC) on campus. This committee facilitates  basic LGBT Ally Trainings, Transgender Ally Trainings, and Advanced Ally Trainings several times per year, moderating a listserv for allies on campus, co-sponsoring and co-planning ANTC events/meetings to provide more advanced training on LGBTQIA issues, nominating and honoring Notable Allies on campus, providing various resources and reading materials, publicizing local events for LGBTQIA people and allies, as well as providing opportunities whenever possible for allies to stand in solidarity with the campus LGBTQIA community and put into practice their skills and training.

Resources

LGBT Resource Center
LGBT Ally Network
Coming Out Brochure