LGBTQA Office Mission and Vision
The mission of the University of Idaho LGBTQA Office is to provide a safe and welcoming space for students and other members of the University community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Our vision is for the University of Idaho to become a campus that promotes the full inclusion of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. To this end, we will work together to eliminate homophobia, heterosexism, and gender identity oppression.
What does LGBTQA stand for?
LGBTQA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, and Ally. This acronym represents what has come to be recognized as a standard range of sexual and gender identity-based individuals and groups. We include A (Ally) in recognition of the many people on our campus who support, affirm, and advocate for LGBTQ people and causes. Increasing numbers of people use the word “Queer” as an umbrella term inclusive of the full spectrum of identities.
What does it mean to be an Ally?
An ally to the LGBTQ community is someone who works to support and affirm LGBTQ people, while challenging traditional notions of gender and sexuality which are unnecessarily restrictive and oppressive. Allies are welcome in all programs and services offered by the LGBTQA Office. Email for more information on the University of Idaho Safe Zone allies program.