According to the 2011-2012 RISD diversity survey, over 18% of RISD students identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). The office of Counseling and Psychological Services supports LGBTQQA students and strives to maintain a welcoming environment for all RISD students. Call 401-454-6637 if it might be helpful to speak with a counselor.

Resources at RISD:

Queer Student Association (QSA) – a student organization that is dedicated to educating the RISD community on topics and issues relating to sexuality and gender. It is open to all students, regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.

Office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) – assists the RISD community in shaping a culturally inclusive and supportive environment in which all members contribute to and benefit from during their time at RISD.

Office of Student Affairs – provides opportunities for all students to develop personally, socially and intellectually. In support of the academic mission, we foster the skills engaged citizens need for success and achievement. The Office of Student Affairs also handles complaints of harassment, hate crimes, and other civil rights violations.

Safe Zones – look for offices and workspaces displaying the RISD Safe Zone symbol. Safe Zone is a program which recognizes that all sexual orientations and gender representations are part of our culture and are acknowledged and supported. The Safe Zone Program provides a visible network of allies for students seeking support, information, and assistance regarding gender and sexual orientation. Members displaying the RISD Safe Zone decal have participated in training through the program and are committed to providing an environment in which every student and employee is free to thrive within a community that is based on respect and dignity.

Health Services – provides students primary and clinical care and has information available on health promotion, protection, education and disease prevention. Health Services staff are sensitive to the unique health and wellness needs of LGBTQ individuals and are available to provide quality care and referrals.

RISD Student Policy Related to Gender Identity/Expression.

Resources in Providence/Rhode Island:

Youth Pride, Inc. – goals are to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies through empowering programs of support, education, organizing and advocacy, while working to change the homophobic, biphobic and transphobic environments in which they live.

Options Newsmagazine – Rhode Island’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Newsmagazine Since 1982. Provides LGBTQ news, resources, social services, business guide, events calendar, etc. Available online or free at selected locations.

TGI Network of Rhode Island – mission is to serve the needs of the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Providence Chapter – promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons, and their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

24-Hour Crisis Helplines:

Samaritans of Rhode Island Suicide Prevention Resource Center1-800-365-4044
Established in Providence in 1977, the Rhode Island branch of The Samaritans is a statewide, independent, nonprofit, non-religious, philanthropic organization for individuals, families and other community stakeholders who seek information relating to suicide prevention, grief support, education and resources.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 1-866-488-7386