Professional Counselors are available during business hours to provide brief and crisis counseling and referral services. The Counseling Staff at Delta College are committed to treating all students with dignity and respect while providing competent and responsive care. All Counselors are licensed by the state of Michigan and comply with the ethics of their profession. All Counselors have completed Safe Space training and are knowledgeable in regard to LGBT issues and concerns.
Delta Safe Space
Safe Space is a nationally recognized program in public schools, colleges and universities. It provides an avenue through which all people can actively show their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) people.
Safe Space representatives (also commonly referred to as “Allies”) are identified by displaying the Delta Safe Space logo in the workplace (on a door, a notebook, coffee mug, computer, etc.). By displaying the Delta Safe Space logo, they are visually representing that they are committed to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone dealing with issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Students will know that it is safe to be themselves and to talk about issues involving this aspect of their lives. If you have any questions about Delta College Safe Space, please contact Denise Hill (S011, 989-686-9160, firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Liz Ullrich (G114, 989-686-9103, email@example.com ).
Delta Prism Alliance
The Prism Alliance is a Group of Delta College Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Faculty and Staff and their Straight Allies. Prism’s mission is:
- To establish a safe climate at Delta College for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, staff, and faculty
- To raise awareness of LGBT issues across campus through education and advocacy
- To increase tolerance and model acceptance across all levels of the college
- To advocate for LGBT faculty, staff, and students in an effort to end discrimination
- To promote the health and well-being of LGBT persons in an adverse society
- To act as a community liaison and welcome the participation and support of all who share in our mission
- To support the Delta College student gay/straight alliance (Unison) as appropriate and as needed
See Community Resources and Referrals for additional resources.
Delta College Unison
Unison is an organization that will amplify the voice of the LGBT community and their allies here at Delta. Our mission is to help educate the general public/student body on the issues that the LGBT community faces such as bullying, marriage rights, adoption rights, etc. Not only will we help educate the public, but be a safe haven for those on campus who feel unsafe or alone. We will be promoting bringing an end to bullying as well as harassment here on campus. We will also be promoting self confidence and being yourself, for we feel that everyone is an individual and should have the right to be who they are and not have to change for anyone.
Advisor: Lauren Smith, English Faculty
Phone: (989) 686-9496
Living Proud: SVSU's Gay Straight Alliance
Formerly called Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Living Proud is a student social group that informs and helps its members regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Ally issues on campus, in the community and around the world. For contact information, see http://www.svsu.edu/studentlife/student-organizations/special-interest.html (search for "Living Proud").
Parents, Family members, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (open to all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions) meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Our Saviour Lutheran Church (2525 Hemmeter, Saginaw, at the corner of Weiss and Hemmeter), 2:00-4:30PM. PFLAG offers support groups and a different speaker every month.
Mailing address: PO Box 632
Bay City, MI 48707-0632
Phone: (989) 941-1458
A non-profit community organization that offers educational, social and networking opportunities for residents of the Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City and Saginaw) and surrounding areas. Perceptions strives to foster a positive image for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender community and allies.
P.O. Box 1525
Midland, MI 48641
Phone: (989) 891-1GAY (1429)
American Civil Liberties Union
This link, part of ACLU’s larger site, focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights.
American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards Listings
Each year, the American Library Association publishes a list of books awarded the Stonewall Book Award, which is “presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.” An alphabetical listing of titles is available at: http://www.ala.org/template.cfm?template=/CFApps/awards_info/award_detail_home.cfm&FilePublishTitle=Awards,%20Grants%20and%20Scholarships&uid=9C44E5CF941CA463&list=title . Also, Delta’s library has a listing showing the local libraries that own copies of these books: http://www.delta.edu/files/Library/Library%20Research/AlA%20Stone%20Wall%20Awards%202011%20(3).pdf .
Bisexual Resource Center
News and information about bisexuality, articles, and a regularly updated collection of resources.
Serves as a national network for LGBTQ student leaders.
CenterLink (formerly known as The National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers)
Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resources Professionals
This site was created by university and college professionals who work in offices servicing LGBTQ populations.
Delta Lambda Phi
Fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive gentlemen.
Deaf Queer Resource Center
“The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities”. http://www.deafqueer.org/
Equality Michigan (formerly called Triangle Foundation)
Equality Michigan is Michigan’s foremost statewide, civil rights organization and is a leader in effective, innovative and visionary grassroots organizing and advocacy for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. For reporting hate crimes and discrimination, the Equality Michigan Reporting Line is available at 313-537-7000 or toll-free at 1-866-962-1147.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (LGBT Legal Advocates):
“Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.” http://www.glad.org/
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
A national gay and lesbian multimedia watchdog dedicated to “promoting fair, accurate, and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.”
GLBT National Help Center
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides confidential telephone and email peer-counseling for all ages, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network)
A national organization of parents, educators, students, and concerned citizens working to end homophobia in K-12 schools, and to ensure all students of all sexual orientations are valued and respected.
Gay Friendly Churches
Gay Church is a website dedicated to ministering to the gay and lesbian Christian community (GLBT) and friends. The site features a "gay and lesbian welcoming Christian church directory" searchable by state.
The following link is an About.com site of well-maintained links for different denominations. It does not identify specific churches, but links to general sites for the GLBTQ organization of that religion.
First Congregational Church of Saginaw
403 S. Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607
"We believe in God's extravagant welcome to all people, whoever you are, wherever you are in life's journey, you are welcome here! Some places say that and then try to make you "repent" and conform to their image, rules, and laws - but we believe that you are made good and beautiful just as you are!"
Gospel of Jesus Christ Metropolitan Community Church
Contact: Rev. Beth Rakestraw
PO Box 2731
Midland, MI 48641
"The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (national home church) is a Christian church with a special outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities."
St. John's Episcopal
123 N. Michigan Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48602
"St. John's doesn't have any public statement or policy regarding ministering to the LGBT community but the Episcopal Church welcomes all people regardless of sexual orientation to participate in the life and ministry of the church."
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland
6220 Jefferson Ave.
Midland MI 48640-2934
Phone number: 989-631-1162
"On May 20, 2001, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland voted unanimously to become a Welcoming Congregation. A "Welcoming Congregation" is a congregation in the UUA that has chosen to join other congregations in publicly and successfully welcoming bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people into their communities."
Unity of Bay City
3736 State Street Road
Bay City, MI 48706
"Unity believes that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive for our ministries, publications, and programs to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. It is imperative that our ministries and outreaches be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity."
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
301 East Genesee Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607
1106 N. Washington Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708
2091 Professional Drive, Flint, MI 48532
Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tim Neal, HIV/AIDS Care Program Team Leader, (989) 776-6000, Ext. 7516
Tom Brubaker, Community Relations Coordinator, Team Leader, (989) 776-6000, Ext. 7514
For over 25 years, Sacred Heart has been providing free, confidential HIV/AIDS services, including health care coordination, prescription and dental assistance, housing assistance, patient navigation, client support groups, care outreach, HIV prevention education, and free HIV testing. Sacred Heart hosts the annual AIDS Walk Great Lakes Bay Region in late September to raise funds to support the AIDS Care program. Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center’s HIV/AIDS Care Program is offering free, confidential HIV prevention information and HIV testing for Delta College students (on the main campus). Testing is conducted using a mouth swab called OraSure which is 99% accurate. The testing process take approximately 15 minutes. Interested students can contact Tom Brubaker at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center by calling 989 776 6000, extension 7514 to make an appointment. For a list of other testing locations, click here.
The Hearth Home
732 Hoyt Street, Saginaw, MI 48607
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ricardo Bowden, Manager
Providing HIV support groups, food/household pantry for HIV-positive persons, anonymous/confidential HIV testing, condoms, education, other related information. Office Hours: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. All services are free.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a site dedicated to LGBT housing discrimination issues: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/LGBT_Housing_Discrimination. Also, a private mortgage company has put together a document related to buying a house with a same-sex partner; here is a PDF of the document: http://www.totalmortgage.com/documents/Same_Sex_Guide.pdf. While the college does not endorse particular companies, the information in this document may be helpful.
Human Rights Campaign
The United States’ largest gay and lesbian national lobbying organization centers on
comprehensive lesbian and gay rights and HIV/AIDS issues.
International Foundation of Gender Education
An advocate and educational organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity.
Intersex Society of North America
Devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anatomy that someone decides is not standard for male or female.
It Takes a Team
In 2000, The Women’s Sport Foundation and tennis great Martina Navratilova teamed up with six other organizations to create the Homophobia in Sports Project. In October 2002, the project began distributing an anti-homophobia educational kit, consisting of a curriculum guide, video and posters. A comprehensive guidebook is available free on the Web site.
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Lambda 10 Project
Online community for gay, lesbian, and bisexual fraternity issues.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
This organization works to secure civil rights for LGBTQ people and person with HIV via education, public policy work, and litigation, addressing discrimination in employment, housing, and the military; AIDS and HIV-related policy and health care reform; parenting and relationship issues; challenging anti-gay ballot initiatives and sodomy laws; and immigration.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Self-described as the “frontline activist organization and national resource center for grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations.”
PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
This national non-profit grassroots organization promotes well being of LGBTQ people, their families, and friends through education and advocacy.
www.pflag.org (National Organization)
Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry
Stop The Hate
Stop The Hate is an educational initiative of Campus Pride and supports colleges and universities in preventing and combating hate on campus as well as fostering the development of community. The national program serves as the premiere source of anti-hate educational resources for higher education institutions and campus communities.http://www.campuspride.org/stop-the-hate/
Triangle Foundation - see Equality Michigan