LGBTQQ Support


Do you have questions or concerns about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning or intersex at RISD? Feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life or Student Affairs to discuss your individual questions or concerns. RISD is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students.   

Queer Student Alliance (QSA) at RISD provides a variety of programming, support, education, and social activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, straight, and questioning students at RISD. For more information contact the Center for Student Involvement

Local Resources

Youth Pride, Inc.
provides support, advocacy, and education for youth and young adults throughout Rhode Island who are impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

GLBT Helpline of Rhode Island

Queer Action of Rhode Island
Queer Action is a grassroots, direct action-oriented organization which strives to promote advocacy and equality for all issues pertaining to sexuality and gender.

LGBTQ Resource Center at Brown University

The University of Rhode Island Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Center

RI Commission for Human Rights

Southeast Asian Queers United for Empowerment & Leadership (seaQuel)
Southeast Asian American LGBTQQ and straight youth within the New England area: seaQuel is a program of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), an organization dedicated to confronting and ending violence in the street and the state, as well as interpersonal violence, specifically affecting the Southeast Asian community in Rhode Island. For more information, contact Mimi, seaQuel coordinator, at (401) 263-6298, email or visit 

National Resources

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

It Gets Better Project
It Gets Better Project on Youtube

OutProud: Be Yourself

RAINN Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network  

Housing & Mortgages for Gay & Lesbian Couples

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Scholarship Resources


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