BU’s Queer Activist Collective (“Q”)

The Queer Activist Collective (“Q”) is Boston University’s largest LGBTQ+ student organization dedicated to promoting awareness, visibility, and full inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. We are dedicated to creating programming that is uplifting and affirming for all LGBTQ+ community members, especially for QTBIPOC, TGNC folks, and all others who have historically been excluded from mainstream LGBTQ+ spaces.

In the absence of an official student-facing LGBTQ+ resource center at BU, we strive to connect and provide BU community members with the resources, support, and community they need and deserve.

This fall, you can find us on Fridays in the Howard Thurman Center! We host weekly programming that includes events such as mental and sexual health workshops, BU faculty & staff panels, Know Your Rights legal workshops, game nights, allyship workshops, charity drag shows, and much more. We also work on initiatives as needed to ensure BU is inclusive and the needs of LGBTQ+ students are being met.

For questions, more info on how to get involved, help connecting with resources, or ideas on how we can better support you and the LGBTQ+ community at BU, please email us at queer@bu.edu

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Fall 2021 Meetings

Note: Green badges & masks are required for entry to all meetings.

Mental Health Resource Fair
Wednesday, October 13th | 12:00-4:00 PM
We’ll be tabling at BU Student Government’s Mental Health Resource Fair! Come hang out, learn about LGBTQ+ mental health resources, & play with emotional support animals!
For more details, click here.

Tie Dye Social
Friday, October 15th | 5:00-7:00 PM
Join us for tie dyeing & your favorite lawn games including cornhole, Jumbo Jenga, Spikeball, & more! Tie dye supplies & items (shirts, socks, hats, cloth masks) will be provided. 1 item per attendee. You’re also welcome to bring your own items to tie dye!
Tie dyeing is first-come, first-served while supplies last. Open to BU students. 
For more details, click here.

Queer Sex 101: A Sex Ed Workshop with LB Moore (they/ze)
Friday, October 22nd | 5:00-6:30 PM
Wanna learn about all things sex-related you should’ve learned in school? Join us for Queer Sex 101 with sex educator LB Moore (they/ze)! During this 90-minute interactive workshop, we’ll cover the basics & also dive into some of the areas that are often untouched by most sex ed conversations: language, navigating dysphoria, impacts of (various forms of) transition, queering safer sex materials, & pleasure! There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.
For more details, click here.

Gays & Ghouls: A Very Queer Halloween Party
Friday, October 29th | 9:00-11:00 PM
Calling all gays & ghouls! Dress in your queerest & spookiest attire & join us in BU Central for a night of 80’s-themed Halloween festivities, complete with music, surprise drag performances, & games! The fiercest-dressed fiend will also win a prize in our costume contest! The dress code is anything spooky, witchy, &/or 80’s-themed! Open to BU students.
RSVP here.

… More events to be announced!

We strive to ensure our meetings are safe & accessible for all LGBTQ+ folks. Please contact us at queer@bu.edu for questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation (e.g. ASL Interpreters, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART); assistive listening devices; hearing or induction loops) no later than 10 business days prior to the event. All locations will be mobility accessible. All-gender bathrooms will be available (click here for a map of their locations).

Current Initiatives

LGBTQ+ Resource Guides: In the absence of an official student-facing LGBTQ+ resource center, Q works to provide comprehensive & up-to-date resources to LGBTQ+ students. Check out the resource guides here: linktr.ee/BULGBTQResources

Community Spaces

  • TGNC Community Space: for BU students who are transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, gender-transcendant, or questioning
  • QTBIPOC Community Space: for BU students who are LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, People of Color to connect with one another
  • Ace/Aro Community Space: for BU students who are asexual &/or aromantic

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity & Allyship Workshops: Discussions on how to better support LGBTQ+ folks, especially those who are a part of communities within the LGBTQ+ community (e.g. QTBIPOC, survivors, folks living with disabilities, TGNC folks, etc.). 

Gender-Affirming Product Fund: a fund to to which BU students who are trans & gender non-conforming (TGNC), questioning, or experiencing gender dysphoria may apply to discreetly receive free gender-affirming products. 

Demand BU Institute Gender-Neutral Housing for First-Year Students: learn more & sign the petition here

Guide to Hosting Inclusive & Accessible Events on Campus: a guide for BU student organizations & all others who organize events on campus to ensure their events are inclusive & accessible for all students.

Lavender Graduation: a ceremony to honor LGBTQ+ BU students & acknowledge their accomplishments & contributions.

Click here to learn more about how you can support these initiatives as part of our Initiative Committee!
LGBTQ+ Resources

Check out our comprehensive LGBTQ+ resource guides, which include info such as support groups, free therapy options, legal guidance, financial assistance, helplines, upcoming wellness events, and more:

BU-Specific Resources

These resource guides can also be found at linktr.ee/BULGBTQResources.

 

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Panelists & attendees from Q’s BU LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Panel, 02/26/2021