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LGBTQ Initiatives

Meet Appy Frykenberg, our Intercultural Specialist, and liaison to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied students, staff and faculty.


The guiding philosophy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) initiatives through the Multicultural Center inspire reflective thought and increase awareness of identity and community through an understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The programming, leadership development, training, educational resources and service-learning opportunities enhance the learning community of Ohio State students, staff, faculty and the Central Ohio community toward extraordinary experiences for all.

LGBTQ programming initiatives further the academic mission of the University and the mission of the Multicultural Center through courageous dialogues, intentional presentations and community-based learning.

We do this via programs and services in four primary areas:

Student Cohort Groups

Leadership Opportunities

Education Programs

Signature Events


The Q*mmunity Groups offered for LGBTQ students by the Student Life Multicultural Center focus on intersections between identities, community building, personal development and leadership. The groups are implemented with the support of student leaders, professional staff and in partnership with LGBTQ student organizations and Central Ohio community resources.

Our Q*mmunities include:

CORE: Coming Out for Racial Equity

This is an initiative of the Student Life Multicultural Center that is committed to racial justice. The aim of this group is to help to build a cohesive community connecting racial justice issues with the struggles for LGBTQ equality. Our time together will be spent establishing a shared understanding of terminology, discussing the tactics that have been used to divide LGBTQ communities and communities of color, planning for anti-racist organizational transformation and building alliances across race, gender and sexuality.
Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6 p.m.


First Year Q*mmunity

This group seeks to provide social support for LGBTQ first year and transfer students joining our campus community. Through small group discussions, social outings and peer mentors, students increase their awareness of campus and community resources, build community and explore their many social identities and their intersections and develop skills toward self-advocacy.
Meetings happen weekly on Mondays at 8 p.m.


Spiritual Q*mmunity

This group strives to provide an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds. Through dialogue and fellowship, students have the opportunity to explore personal, religious and spirituals ideas. This is a group that creates space to ask questions, connect with others and seek resources.
Meetings are the 4th Sunday of the month at 3 p.m.


Students of Color Q*mmunity

This group is committed to building community amongst students living at the intersections of race, sexuality and gender. We encourage connection through conversation, and the creation of a supportive social space celebrating the unique experiences of LGBTQ students of color at Ohio State.
Meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m.


Q*mmunity of LGBTQ Students and Allies

This group is dedicated to creating space for LGBTQ and Allied students to connect socially, find support and develop their passions and interests regarding social justice and LGBTQ communities. Community is built through education, service and social activities to foster an environment of understanding, respect and unity on our campus. Student leaders plan and facilitate each of these fun and engaging gatherings.
Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month at 7 p.m.


The Student Life Multicultural Center is committed to the belief that leadership is a tenet of personal and professional success that is not necessarily contingent upon holding a formal leadership position within an organization or in the workplace. Rather, leadership is exemplified by caring, ethical behavior and a commitment to creating inclusive, socially just environments.

Leadership development opportunities include:

Lead Out Loud (LOL)

The overarching objective of LOL is to provide experiential learning opportunities for LGBTQ students that promote self-awareness, build confidence and enable individuals to develop their own unique leadership style and skill set. Via engagement in dialogue, seminars and community service projects, LOL inspires and guides students in making positive differences on our campus, in our communities and in the world.

Out for Change Retreat

Each semester, the Student Life Multicultural Center offers LGBTQ students the opportunity to take part in an OUT for Change Retreat.  Via either a one-day, or overnight, off-campus experience, students take part in interactive activities and low-ropes initiatives to promote togetherness and a sense of community. The retreat focuses on developing collaborative skills, improving communication across difference and creating personal action plans to create positive social change on campus and in our communities.

LGBTQ Leaders Consortium

Ohio State has a variety of LGBTQ oriented student organizations that tackle both political and social issues that affect the lives of LGBTQ students and their allies. The Leaders Consortium serves as an umbrella for these student organizations involved in the support and outreach to LGBTQ students at Ohio State. This program provides a vehicle for the officers of these students groups to develop professionally, build community, collaborate programmatically and secure funding and on-going training, and consultation.
The Consortium meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at 1 p.m.


Signature Events are the hallmark programs of the Student Life Multicultural Center and demonstrate a strong tradition of building community and raising visibility every year. Signature events are implemented with the support of professional staff and in partnership with student organizations.

Signature LGBTQ specific events include:

September:  Bi VisiBIlity Week 

October:  LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day

November:  Trans* Celebration Week 

December:  Queer Family HoliGay Dinner

January:  Day of Service

February:  OUT for Change Retreat

March:  Herstory Honoring Queer Women

April:  Rainbow Celebration 

June:  Buckeye Pride 


Education Programs focus on the most salient issues impacting the LGBTQ community. The scope of these programs adapts to address the changing needs of LGBTQ people in local and national contexts, as well as in the centralized context of the Ohio Sate campus community. Education programs are implemented with the support of professional staff and in partnership with the GLBT Alumni Society, other campus units and Central Ohio community resources.

Within the scope of educational programs are:

Ally Week

Ally Week is set to take place September 14-18. Ally Week is an initiative that seeks to reach out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to stand up with, and advocate on behalf of, people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class or other social identity different than their own. Each of the week's events and programs are heavily focused on the themes of awareness, education and action. 

The Revolution

The Revolution is a series of facilitated dialogues and activities, wherein participants come together to create more connections and meaningfully engage with student leaders around campus committed to diversity and social justice work. SLMCC staff selects a certain number of students to invite, ensuring that we have a range of people from different backgrounds and identities included. Together, we share a transformative experience in which we are able to deeply and meaningfully explore the significance of our and others' social identities, and learn about ways we can advocate for each other, ultimately working toward positive social change for our campus and local community. 

Safe Zone Project

For some, just gaining a basic knowledge of LGBTQ issues is the starting point. For others, learning to be an active ally to LGBTQ members of our campus community is a step they want to take. Regardless of where you are, the Safe Zone Project was created to provide a forum for sharing of information, breaking down stereotypes and opening up dialogue. The Safe Zone training is designed to raise awareness and discuss ways to make the spaces we live, and work in, more welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ people. Email for training requests.


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For additional information about programs services, please contact Appy Frykenberg,