Delta College offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support and foster an environment that is open, safe and inclusive for people from multicultural backgrounds and experiences, and of all sexualities and gender identities.
Support on campus
Unison is an organization that will amplify the voice of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies here at Delta College and will help to create education and awareness for the campus community.
For more information, contact Alison Ginter (email@example.com).
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 Karry Kiste-Toner at D112, 989-686-9434, firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz Ullrich at G114, 989-686-9103, email@example.com.
View a list of the Safe Space representatives (PDF) at Delta College with office numbers and phone extensions.
Delta Prism Alliance
Delta's Prism Alliance is a group of more than 50 faculty and staff members working toward improving conditions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and other gender non-conforming students and employees on campus.
This group's mission is to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues across campus through education and advocacy. Formed in 2006, the Prism Alliance is an important part of Delta's diverse community, directly contributing to Delta College's mission – “educating, enriching and empowering our diverse community of learners.”
To learn more about the PRISM Alliance's history and activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta College is pleased to provide employees, students and visitors access to single occupancy and all-gender restrooms at the main campus and downtown centers. We are committed to providing the level of privacy and safety sought by our transgender students, employees and visitors. Any member of the campus community or campus guest is welcome to use the all-gender, single-occupancy restrooms.
Please see the list of campus resources for our main campus, downtown Bay City, downtown Midland and downtown Saginaw for locations of these restrooms.
Local community resources
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers HIV Services
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers HIV Services offers prevention, treatment and counseling for HIV. This includes medical care, an onsite laboratory, medication, insurance, testing, transportation assistance and other supportive services. Their Hearth Home location in Saginaw provides HIV support groups, food/household pantry for HIV-positive persons, anonymous/confidential HIV testing, condoms, education other related information.
Great Lakes Bay Pride
A non-profit community organization whose mission is to provide inclusive sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) education, advocacy, networking, and resources to individuals and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
PFLAG offers support groups and a different speaker every month for family and friends of lesbians and gays.
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
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 5K Run Walk 4 Recovery & Wellness in late September to raise funds to support the AIDS Care program.
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center's HIV/AIDS Care Program is offers free, confidential HIV prevention information and HIV testing for Delta College students. 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 at 989-776-6000 extension 7514 to make an appointment.
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.” The awards list of titles is available at www.ala.org/rt/glbtrt/award/stonewall/honored. Also, Delta’s library has a listing showing the local libraries that own copies of these books, as well as a general list of LGBT books that can be found on the shelves of Delta’s library at library.delta.edu/lgbtq-awareness.
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
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”. 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 866-962-1147.
Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) National Sorority
Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) National Sorority is dedicated to providing a social support system for young college students. GRL has been referred to as the first national lesbian sorority, however they strive to be inclusive of all members, whether they identify as lesbian, bisexual, ally, transgender, questioning, straight, or with no label.
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.”
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.”
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.
A commercial site that publishes The Advocate and Out (magazines which are also available in the Delta College library) and hosts various LGBTQ-related websites (which are not being endorsed by Delta College).
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a site dedicated to LGBTQ resources.
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.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
A worldwide federation of 1100 member organizations from 110 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.
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
National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues which works to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of college fraternity and sororities by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.
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.
Learning for Justice
LGBT Communities, Smoking and General Health
LGBT HealthLink (a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and other health disparities within our communities): www.lgbthealthlink.org/
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (a government site that explains the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention; this link is for LGBT health): https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/browse-objectives/lgbt
LGBT National Help Center
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564; LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer support, community connections, and resource information. Our services focus on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.
LGBTQ Addiction & Mental Health Support Resources
Substance abuse and addiction rates in the LGBTQ+ community are higher than in any other sector of society. Societal stigma, discrimination, mental and physical abuse, and and co-occurring mental health disorders are just a few of the unique substance abuse triggers among this population. The good news, however, is that LGBTQ+ resources for addiction and mental health are readily available to help members of this community conquer substance abuse. www.addictions.com/lgbtq-addiction-mental-health-resources/
National Center for Transgender Equality
Works on changing laws, policies and society to improve the lives of transgender Americans. transequality.org
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.”
OutRight Action InternationalOutRight Action International fights for the human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere.
OutRight works at the international, regional and national levels to research, document,
defend and advance human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world.
This is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.
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.
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.
Trans Student Educational Resources
Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment. Founded in 2011, it is the only national organization led by trans youth.
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 churches listed below may not reflect the totality of local, LGBTQ+ friendly churches. Please contact Shelly Raube, LGBTQ+ Liaison & Coordinator, at email@example.com if you are a leader or member of a congregation that would like to be included in this resource.
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
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
"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."
United Church of Christ
4100 Chestnut Hill Dr.
Midland, MI 48642
“We are an Open and Affirming church with a strong sense of social justice that drives individuals to ministries of service and commitment to stewardship. Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.”
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."