Student Groups and Programs

Team Q

Discussion Groups and Organizations

Workshops

Team Q

Team Q is the LGBT Center Peer Leader program for first-year and transfer students. Team Q is a way to make friends and learn about gender and sexuality in a supportive and open environment. As peer leaders, we offer guidance, support, and resources to first-year and transfer students. We plan queer-themed social events and are a great introduction to queer life at Tufts!

You do not have to identify as LGBT to attend Team Q events or be assigned a Team Q Peer Leader. Events are open to all Tufts students, but for events that require registration, Team Q mentees will receive priority.

To be assigned a Team Q Peer Leader, email Hope Freeman.

Meet Our Peer Leaders!

Team Q PLs are mentors, friends, and resources for first-year students, particularly those interested in gender, sexuality, and identity. Any interested first-year may request a Peer Leader. PLs will organize group meals, discussions, and help you explore all that Tufts and the Boston area have to offer. To be assigned a PL, email Hope Freeman.

HaydenHayden
Pronouns: he series or they series
Favorite queer thing: King Princess

Hey! My name is Hayden (he/they), and I am a sophomore studying Computer Science. I’m from the Bay Area in CA. I play on the Tufts Rugby team, so it’s not unusual to find me covered in oddly shaped bruises or limping around campus. This year I am living in Rainbow House so when Smash comes out for the Switch this winter feel free to swing by and come play it with me (even though I’ll probably lose). I decided to join Team Q because many of my friends I made at Tufts have helped me navigate my queerness and transness and I want to give back to my community.

EllaElla
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Favorite Queer Thing: Janelle Monáe

Hi! My name is Ella (they/them/theirs) and I’m a junior majoring in Religion here at Tufts! My hometown is Torrington, CT, which, if you’ve ever had to spend more than five consecutive minutes with me, you’ll know I almost never shut up about. When I’m not here at the LGBT Center, I work with the Office of Residential Life and Learning as a CDA in Lewis – if you have housing questions or need someone to talk to ResLife for you, I’m always available. I’m also involved in Catholic and interfaith life here at Tufts and am one of the co-facilitators for QWAND. I love talking and listening to new people and I’m passably good at finding solutions to problems (or at least figuring out where you need to go to find a better answer), so always feel free to reach out!

EleanorEleanor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Queer Thing: Hayley Kiyoko
Favorite Queer Thing at Tufts: Rocky Horror Shadow Performance

Hey! I’m Eleanor (she/her/hers) and I’m a hella queer sophomore dual degree student with the SMFA. At art school wheelthrowing is mainly my thang, but at the moment my Tufts degree is undecided. I live an hour south of Boston and recommend Mike’s Pastry in the North End or Sweet Cheeks Q by Fenway for anyone looking for great eats in the city. I like binge watching Netflix with my friends, cute lil succulents, and Marvel movies. I joined Team Q because my mentor really came through as the social support I needed my first year, and I wanted to give that support to someone else, so if you’re looking for someone to talk to, come my way!

SeanSean
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Queer Thing: poet, Justin Chin
Favorite Queer Thing at Tufts: Kareem Khubchandani/Lawhore Vagistan

Hey y’all! I’m Sean (he/him/his), and I’m a third year civil engineering major at Tufts! I have very strong feelings about public transportation, astrology (sag/aries/taurus), and Carly Rae Jepsen. On campus, I’m a member of the Tufts Burlesque Troupe executive board, Hype! Mimez, and Rainbow House. I’m also a drag performer (keep an eye out for Dawna Thyme), a volunteer leader with the Yes on 3 campaign, and a moderator of Tufts Memes for Quirky Queens. I’m so excited to welcome a new class of Tufts students! I’d love to talk to you about engineering, performing arts, or just making friends!

TaraTara
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Favorite Queer Thing: Steven Universe, especially Stevonnie and Garnet, also Kate McKinnon

Hey, I'm Tara! I'm a very queer super super senior, which means I took 2 years off, but don't let that intimidate you! I study Engineering Psychology at Tufts, which I love (please ask me about it!). I joined Team Q because I want to be a resource for first years, since I know that starting college can be overwhelming (friends, learning the environment, exploring identity, etc.). Also, I am a knowledgeable elder queer with lots of experience. You can talk to me about queerness, gender feels, mental health, learning differences, and how to navigate all these things on campus, or whatever else you want to talk about! I like art, hiking, crafting, cooking, video games, and spending time with friends and my bird Bebe (pronounced B B). I live off campus, but I can meet you wherever. If you ever decide to visit, I will make you mango sticky rice and bubble tea :)

 

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Events

Orientation 2018

LGBT Center Open House
Wednesday, August 29
3 - 5 p.m.
LGBT Center: Bolles House 226 College Ave.
Come meet Team Q and other queer first-year students. All are welcome!

STRUT: A Dance Party
Friday, August 31st
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Hotung Café
Co-Sponsored by the LGBT Center and the Women's Center
Join us for a night of queer music and dancing!

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Discussion Groups and Organizations

Tufts is home to a wide variety of LGBT organizations. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty/staff, and alumni are all represented by different groups. We have support groups, discussion groups, social organizations and outreach teams. Please browse our menu below for more information.

Undergraduate Discussion Groups
Ace Space

Ace Space is a space for asexual-spectrum (i.e. asexual, aromantic, demisexual, demiromantic, grey-a, bi/pan-romantic, etc.) queer, and questioning individuals. The group will primarily focus on discussion of personal experiences with these shared identities, and these conversations will be facilitated by students who share some of these lived experiences. We meet at the LGBT Center on Wednesdays at 9:00pm.

Email Elizabeth for more information.

QWAND (Queer Women and Non-Binary Discussion)

Interested in joining a weekly conversation group with other women? The student-led group will determine the discussion each week, but topics that we have discussed so far include being queer at Tufts, coming out, relationships with our parents, bisexuality, racism in the community, and dating. Last year the meetings averaged about 15-20 people, with new people showing up weekly! We have lots of social events including movie screenings, dinners, and just hanging out. We meet at the LGBT Center Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

Email Ella or Ani for more information. 

Queer Men's Group

The Queer Men's Group is a social and supportive space that will discuss issues in contemporary queer life at Tufts and beyond. Topics for the week will vary depending on the interest of the group. Above all, queer men's group is meant to be a space where students can explore their identities, connect with others, and build community in an intentional setting. Important: You do not have to identify as a binary queer man to participate in our discussions. We are a trans and non-binary affirming space and we welcome all students who want to be involved in these discussions. We meet at Rainbow House (45 Sawyer Ave) on Tuesdays at 8 pm.

Email Owen more information. 

PLUS (Place of Love and United Support) Discuss Students Group

This is a support/discussion group focused on the issues that face bisexual, pansexual, and fluid students here at Tufts and in the larger community. It is a confidential, safe space. Whether coming out to ourselves, our families, the queer community or the world at large, we all have a story to tell. 

Email Grace for updates.

LOQSOCA: Loving Ourselves as Queer Students of Color in Action

The mission of LOQSOCA (Loving Ourselves as Queer Students of Color in Action) is to provide a space, both physical and communal, where the multi-faceted identities of students who are queer and express all gender identities of COLOR at Tufts University are free from attack. LOQSOCA aims to create a community that values the self-celebration, self-care, affirmation, and love of these individuals, within their own communities and throughout the Tufts community. Beyond toleration — we seek meaningful inclusion, equal opportunity, heightened awareness and enrichment of the QPOC community and safety throughout campus. We aim to be united in supporting the social equality and liberation of queer people of color from oppression and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and RACE. 

Facilitators for this group are still to be determined. Please check back later for updates. 

T-Time

T-Time provides a confidential space for individuals who fall outside the traditional cisgender male/female binary. This group will focus on discussing personal experiences with these shared identities. The group will be facilitated by students who share these lived experiences.

Email Jenny for updates.

QUERY: Coming Out/Questioning Group

Students Who Are Questioning or Coming Out

Questioning your sexuality or gender? Thinking about coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans? Join the Questioning and/or Coming Out Support Group. Thoughts and feelings about sexuality and the possibility of coming out can feel challenging, confusing, and also exhilarating. This support group offers an opportunity to talk with a small group of your peers about sexuality and the coming out journey in a confidential setting. For more information, email Hope Freeman or call her directly: 617-627-5770.

See our Full List of Resources for Student who are Questioning or Coming Out

Graduate Organizations
GLBT Grad Group

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans Grad Group at Tufts is for all Tufts grad and professional school students, including Arts and Sciences, the Fletcher School, the Medical School, the Dental School, the Veterinarian School, and the Friedman School of Nutrition. Each semester, the LGBT Center (Medford Campus) hosts a Grad Student Wine and Cheese Reception to help GLBT graduate students and allies connect with each other. In addition, the Grad Group meets intermittently for parties, movie nights, and other social events.

Join Our Listserv to find out what's going on with Grad Students!

Also of interest: Club Café in Boston's South End (209 Columbus Ave. at Berkeley St.) has a monthly party for Boston area GLBT Grad Students on the first Friday of the month. Call the Club Cafe for details: 617-536-0966.

Fletcher GLBT Student Group

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Fletcher Student Group's goal is to raise awareness of sexual and gender minority issues both in the field of international relations and at the Fletcher School. The Fletcher GLBT group is open to both sexual and gender minorities and allies.

Contact information coming soon!

TUHSQ

The Tufts Biomedical Queer Alliance is an organization dedicated to connecting and strengthening lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, and allied (LGBTQIA) students and professionals at Tufts' Boston Campus. For more information, visit the Tufts School of Medicine Students Groups and Activity Funding page

Other Organizations
Tufts PRIDE for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff, please email Hope Freeman for information about Tufts PRIDE, upcoming events, and to join our listserve.

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Workshops

The LGBT Center offers workshops to student groups, university offices, and academic departments. We can work with you to tailor the workshop to your needs, but please do allot the appropriate amount of time for each session. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a workshop, please contact lgbt@tufts.edu

Fundamentals and Definitions: Gender Identity and Expression 101

Everybody has a gender identity, and yet we don’t have many intentional spaces to think about what this means and how gender impacts all of our lives differently. The Gender Identity and Expression workshop outlines fundamental concepts and terminology about gender. One goal of this training is to help create a safer and more supportive community for trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming students by equipping participants with some important vocabulary and pointing them to places where they can learn more.

Choose this workshop if you are looking for definitions related to gender identity and expression and need to grow your understanding of what it means to be trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or cisgender.

Workshop Length: 75-90 minutes

LGBT Identities 101

This workshop is an introduction to important concepts and terminology related to LGBT identities. We will outline the difference between gender and sexuality; explore how queerphobia (biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) impacts students at Tufts; and think about how to interrupt anti-queer microaggressions. This workshop gives participants a chance to ask questions and consider how they can create more inclusive spaces on campus for all students.

Choose this workshop if you are looking for a broad introduction to LGBT identity and want to learn how you can become a better ally to all LGBTQ individuals, at Tufts and beyond.

Workshop Length: 75-90 minutes

Making Safer Spaces: When Should I Call Someone Queer?

Ever feel like you just don’t know what word to use to describe someone’s gender or sexuality? How can you keep up on the most current words and trends in LGBT vocabulary? Do the words some people use to describe themselves confuse you or make you uncomfortable? What do all those letters stand for anyway? In this facilitated conversation we will explore the complexities of LGBT terminology and the opportunities that we have to affirm each other’s sexuality and gender through language. And yes, we will answer the question in the workshop’s title!

Choose this workshop if you want to broaden your understanding of LGBTQ vocabulary and have an in-depth conversation about how gender and sexuality are discussed in your group/office/club/profession.

Workshop Length: 75-90 minutes

Pronoun Fluency

Our most popular offering, the Pronoun Fluency workshop is designed to give faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to gain familiarity with pronoun usage and strategies of address. Do you have questions about non-binary pronouns? Do you keep calling someone in your life by the wrong pronouns? Are you unsure how to talk to new people without gendering them? This workshop explores how to create safer spaces for all members of the Tufts community through pronoun usage. Workshop includes tips and a practice activity!

Choose this workshop if you need a practical, hands-on opportunity to improve your knowledge or usage of pronouns, especially if you struggle to get other people’s pronouns right!

Workshop Length: 90 minutes