The GLBTQ New Student Network at UW Bothell provides support, community, events, information, and resources for any first year student or first-year transfer student self-identifying as part of the LGBTQIA+/queer umbrella. This includes but is not limited to students identifying as lesbian/gay, bisexual/pansexual, transgender (including non-binary/genderqueer), queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and/or questioning. Allies are also always welcome to attend events or request information.
If you are a student who would like to join the Network, receive updates about Network events or information/resources, or are in need of any help, please feel free to contact the Network Lead or connect with us through any of our social media profiles (see sidebar). Your information will be kept private. There are also Networks for Students with Disabilities, Undocumented, and Veterans. You are welcome to join multiple New Student Networks.
Meet Your Network Lead: Reed Redline
Reed has developed a keen sense of awareness in regards to various identities within the GLBTQ Network through his own experience of growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness and struggling with his sexuality. While no longer a Jehovah’s Witness, Reed has developed his own personal sense of self within the identity of being gay and has made the identity his own. One of the reasons he is in the Community Psychology program at University of Washington Bothell is to better his understanding of the psychology behind how shame is used to police identities.
Feel free to to contact Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat, ask for assistance, or set up an in-person meeting.
September Get Together!
Sunday, September 25th, 10:15-10:45am
All LGBTQ and allies, this is a perfect opportunity to get to know more of you attending University of Washington Bothell! We’ll have a small get together before convocation. After that, we’ll have a BBQ where you can continue the conversations!
What does it mean to be an Ally?
Tuesday, October 20th, 2-4pm
This is an event for those that consider themselves allies, thought about what it means to be an ally, or for those that just want to know more about how to support LGBTQ people.
Movie Night: Wreck it Ralph
Thursday, November 17th, 5:30-7:30pm
For all the underdogs out there, or for anyone who has felt like they’re not good enough – here’s a sweet movie to make you think otherwise. Or if you just like video games, this movie is for you as well. We’ll have a space set up with pizza and drinks. Bring your blankets to movie night. We will also have UW blanket giveaways!
If a resource you need is not listed here, please feel free to contact the Network (either through the Network Lead or through social media) to request it.
Local and On-Campus Resources
Pride Alliance at UW Bothell
Community events and meetings for students of UW Bothell and Cascadia.
UW Bothell Counseling Center
Free counseling appointments for UW Bothell students, addressing academic or personal concerns.
Seattle Counseling Service
Counseling for LGBTQ people, located in Capitol Hill.
Ingersoll Gender Center
Resources, referrals, and support groups for trans and gender-nonconforming people, located in Capitol Hill.
Safe space and events for LGBTQ youth (22 and under) in Seattle.
Events, arts, lending library, and health services.
Support groups in Seattle and Renton.
UW Seattle Q Center
LGBTQ resource center on UW Seattle campus providing events and advocacy.
Seattle Out & Proud
Events (including the Seattle Pride Parade).
Gender Justice League
Events (including Trans Pride Seattle) and advocacy.
National and International Resources
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Advocacy and information on LGBTQ civil rights.
Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)
Information and resources about asexuality.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Archieved free encyclopedia of LGBTQ people and history.
Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
Information and resources about intersexuality.
Legal support for LGBTQ people.
Scholarships for LGBTQ students.
Advice on issues of sexuality, health, gender, and identity.
24-hour suicide and crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth with text and chat options.
Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)
Resources for trans and gender-nonconforming students.
Suicide and crisis hotline for transgender and questioning people, staffed by trans operators.
A non-exhaustive list of some terms you may encounter.
Aromantic: someone who does not experience romantic attraction. Somebody who experiences limited or partial romantic attraction may be called demiromantic or gray-aromantic. People who do experience romantic attraction are called alloromantic (or heteroromantic, biromantic, etc.).
Asexual: someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Somebody who experiences limited or partial sexual attraction may be called demisexual or gray-asexual. People who do experience sexual attraction are called allosexual (or heterosexual, bisexual, etc.).
Bisexual: someone who experiences attraction to multiple genders. Some people may use the term pansexual to further specify that they are attracted to people regardless of gender, or polysexual to indicate that they are attracted to multiple (but not necessarily all) genders. Bisexual, polysexual, and pansexual fall under the umbrella of multisexual orientations.
Cisgender: someone whose assigned birth gender (male or female) is the same as their gender identity, i.e. someone who is not transgender.
Gay: someone who experiences attraction primarily or exclusively to other people of the same gender.
Intersex: someone whose inborn sex characteristics are ambiguous, not falling within the traditional classifications of "male" or "female". Intersex people are not necessarily transgender, and may have any gender identity.
Lesbian: a woman who experiences attraction primarily or exclusively to other woman.
Queer: a broad and inclusive term which may indicate a range of identities, including gender and sexual/romantic orientations; for example, somebody identifying as a queer woman may be bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, a lesbian, etc. Note: queer is a reclaimed homophobic slur, and as such may be offensive in some contexts and to some individuals. Be careful and sensitive in labeling others as queer.
Non-binary or genderqueer: umbrella terms for someone who does not identify strictly as a man or woman. Non-binary people may identify as both male and female, as neither, or as something else entirely; many identities such as agender, bigender, genderfluid, gender neutral, and gender-nonconforming fall under this category. Non-binary individuals may or may not consider themselves transgender, but non-binary identity is generally considered part of the transgender umbrella.
Transgender: a person whose assigned birth gender (male or female) differs from their gender identity. Transgender is a broad umbrella term which includes people who identify as transsexual, non-binary or genderqueer (which includes such identities as agender, genderfluid, and many others), trans women or trans men, or simply trans. People whose assigned birth gender is the same as their gender identity (ex. somebody who was assigned female at birth who identifies as a woman) are referred to as cisgender or simply cis (ex. a cisgender/cis man).
UndocuQueer: a person who is both undocumented and queer, and therefore faces multiple types of oppression and silencing. The term UndocuQueer also refers to a movement of undocumented queer people.