LGBTQ+

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, fluid, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students face many pressures that their peers at school do not.  These pressures can include identifying your own sexuality, coming out concerns, and relationships.  Issues related to sexual identity also can make regular college stresses, such as getting along with your roommate, more complex.  This page offers some insights that college students identifying themselves as LGBTQ+ may want to consider.

One issue that students in college often face is coming out about their sexuality.  This can be especially relevant when you return home from school for breaks.  While you might be out to certain family members and friends, you may not be out to others.  It can be helpful to think about what you want to say to family and friends before you return home.  Family members, in particular, may be interested to know how your time at school has been and if you are dating someone.  Planning ahead for what you feel comfortable saying to these people can often be helpful and reduce anticipated stress.  Make sure that you have ways to diminish any pressure you may feel to reveal information you are not comfortable with others knowing.  This might include doing activities that you enjoy, spending time with friends, or being physically active.

You may also be concerned about coming out to your roommate or other individuals on your floor.  It is important that you consider your own comfort level when making this decision, as you should never feel forced to out yourself.  UNH has a commitment to diversity and this extends to the dorms as well.  If you are concerned about your housing for the next year, contact Residential Life to discuss your options.  They provide information for LGBTQ+ students on their website (http://residential-life.unh.edu/living/outoncampus.html).

Whether you are facing issues related to your sexual identity or just looking for friends, finding support from others in the LGBTQ+ community can be very helpful.  See the webpages for Campus, Community, and Internet Resources and the LGBTQ+ Support Group offered by the Counseling Center and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for ways to connect with others in the community both on and off-campus.