There are several ways that students of UM-Dearborn can find support and community. Below are multiple levels of support organizations and resources available.
Resources for LGBTQ+ Students
- The LGBTQ+ Program Manager is available year-round to offer advising, resources, and navigation through the UM-Dearborn system.
- The CSJI keeps narcan and fentanyl test strips in-house at all times for those who need them.
- CAPS has counselors on staff during the school year to assist students through issues pertaining to mental health and mental wellness.
- PRIDE is a social LGBTQ+ organization at the University of Michigan-Dearborn with the goal of serving as a place to foster a positive LGBTQ+ community. PRIDE is focused on social development and addressing issues facing the community on campus.
- Compiled list of resources for those facing housing insecurity/homelessness
- LGBT Detroit is an organization based in Detroit with several support groups focused on identities such as HIV/AIDS-positive people, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, and substance abuse within the LGBTQ+ community.
- Affirmations is an LGBTQ+ organization in Ferndale with many support groups running both virtually and in-person. They also host many resource guides on their website for topics such as LGBTQ+ terminology, housing, and counseling.
- Transcend the Binary, a program built out of Affirmations, works to empower the transgender and gender nonconforming community through access to affirming care, resources, research and education.
- The Ruth Ellis Center is based in Detroit and provides trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ young people, focusing their work on young people of color, those experiencing homelessness, those involved in the child welfare system, and/or those experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.
- SAGE Metro Detroit is a local chapter of the national Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), an organization dedicated to improving the lives of the US's LGBTQ+ older adults. Programming and services to ensure the wellbeing of aging LGBTQ+ people are offered.
- The Trans Sistas of Color Project aims to uplift, influence and impact the lives and well-being of trans women of color in Metro Detroit.
- Equality Michigan is an educational and legal organization focused on advocating for LGBTQ+ people's rights in Michigan. They offer support and services for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced discrimination, violence, or harassment based on their identity.
- The Trevor Project is a national chat line that offers peer-to-peer support for LGBTQ+ young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and those living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Sexual Health and Wellness
The CSJI is proudly partnered with Corktown Health to offer a variety of sexual health products free of charge to UM-Dearborn students. Corktown Health, Detroit’s LGBTQ+-focused health center, offers primary care and case management for the Detroit and metro areas with specific understanding around LGBTQ+ identity and needs.
UM-Dearborn students can pick up free safer-sex kits, condoms, and other resources in the CSJI courtesy of Corktown Health. At-home HIV test kits and custom safer-sex kits can be ordered and mailed to any address at Corktown’s website. STI testing from Corktown is also coming to UM-Dearborn.