Welcome! University Counseling Services strives to be an affirming space for diverse sexual and gender identities and expressions. These are some of the ways in which we do that:
Clinicians who specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals are available. Clinicians who specialize in addressing the specific needs of trans students are available.
Clinicians will welcome clients who want to explore sexuality and gender-related concerns and can provide referrals and resources for additional support.
All staff members, including administrative staff and trainees, attend a 2-hour Safe Zone workshop.
Paperwork allows for clients to notify staff about their pronoun of use and the name that they use, in addition to legal name (required by law). Paperwork also allows for clients to self-identify regarding their gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual attraction.
Students who are exploring or preparing for medical transition can request consultation with a clinician in order to obtain a letter for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), if needed. Find out how to schedule an appointment here.
UCS clinicians lead the Rainbow Group, a weekly LGBTQ support group that is available to all students. Advanced registration required.
UCS provides support for the peer-led trans support group at VCU’s Wellness Center.
This link provides information on a number of VCU and Richmond resources.
This link has a long list of national educational and organizational resources.
Resources for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Students.
Resources for Coming Out.
Glossary of Relevant Terms.
Gender Identity Basics for Allies.
Learning more about how to practice allyship.
From VCU's Safe Zone program – This link provides information about the Safe Zone program.