Sexual and Gender Identity

Resources in the Truman Community:

If you are interested in joining a student group, you can check out PRISM, Truman’s pride alliance. Meeting times, location, and contact information is located on their website.

The Truman State University Safe Zone Program was created to have a network of knowledgeable faculty, staff, and students in order to create safe and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Anyone can come join us and become a Safe Zone ally. Training sessions are for people to learn more about LGBTQ issues and LGBTQ issues regarding students at Truman. Contact Summer Pennell at with any questions you may have.


The Women’s Resource Center programming and services center around the health and well-being of women.



National Resources:

Human Rights Campaign – As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC is also an excellent resource for news, information, and data relating to LGBTQ+ issues in the United States.

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. 

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. A great resource for educators and for checking out news and data relating to LGBTQ+ K-12 youth.


The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people and is the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group. If you are looking for comprehensive research, data, and ways to take action, check out their website.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. 

NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C.

Today, NCTE has grown to a staff of 17 and works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies and society.

GLAAD – Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.