University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

International LGBTQ+ Students

On-Campus Resources for International LGBTQ+ Students

UMN Offices

International Student and Scholar Services

Chirayu Dongre is our designated counselor for international LGBTQ+ students at Internationatl Student and Scholar Services. He advises and counsels students on F-1 student visa issues, as well as on personal, cultural, and academic concerns.

He arrived in the United States as an immigrant while a high school student. He received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Chirayu has worked with very diverse student populations, including LGBTQIA students, throughout his career. You are welcome to contact Chirayu at if you would like to connect with him.

Gender & Sexuality Center for Queer & Trans Life

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life provides education, advocacy, outreach, and support to students, staff, faculty, alum and community members.The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life serves students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, allies and many other gender and sexual orientation-creative identities.

The GSC's work centers around four fundamental tenets; education, advocacy, outreach & support. GSC collaborate with academic departments, implement institutional policies and practices and support student development to ensure our students not only receive academic support, but find community support from the time they enroll for their first semester to when they graduate.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services provides support and counseling for UMN students about their personal concerns. It does not mean that you have to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder to talk with a counselor; it is a service to talk to someone who is safe, confidential, and professional about sexual and gender identity among many other issues. If you have concerns about being out to your family, relationship challenges with your partner, questions about your identity, or anything that is causing you stress, the counseling staff at SCS will be there to provide support and resources to you.

The staff are well-experienced to work with international students and LGBTQ+ students. Visit their website for more information about making an appointment with SCS.

Boynton Health Mental Health Clinic

The Boynton Health Mental Clinic is here to support your wellbeing including concerns related to being out to your family, relationships, questions about your identity, or anything else. Options include individual counseling, group support, and medication management.

The Tretter Collection

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies houses over 3,000 linear feet of material about the GLBT experience. It includes published material, organizational records, personal manuscripts, informational files, films, music, textiles, posters, and other items.

Transgender Health Services at Program in Human Sexuality

The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) approach to transgender health care is comprehensive. PHS services are intended to provide clients with a “whole self” approach to healthcare. PHS offers individual, group, and family psychotherapy, psychiatry services, specialty medical care, hormone therapy, consultation and advocacy about gender issues, and referrals for surgical interventions.

Academic Programs

Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota promotes feminist scholarship, teaching, and programming that centers on the relationship between knowledge, power, and social justice. GWSS challenges traditional disciplines and their methodologies, employs decolonizing and feminist pedagogies, and programming with cutting-edge speakers and events.

Graduate Student Fellowship

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment provides funding to support academic initiatives in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota. Named for U of M alumnus Steven J. Schochet, the Endowment hosts lectures and symposia, highlighting important work being done in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota and beyond. The endowment also directly supports research by offering a full-year Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies, for PhD candidates at the University of Minnesota. For more information about programs at the GSC, please email

Student Groups

Queer Student Cultural Center

The Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC) is a social space and resource that aims to promote awareness for queer issues on campus as well as provide aid to students who need it. The QSCC offers:

  • A safe space that gives everyone the opportunity to be open about their sexuality and/or gender identity without fear of judgement or being outed.
  • Information about community events and opportunities, safer-sex (including supplies), job and internship opportunities, UMN's GLBT minor, and mental health resources.
  • Free internet and printing, as well as an expansive library of books, magazines, and movies. Students can read in the space or rent out items!
  • Weekly LGBTQIA+ student groups. To see a full list of groups as well as the current semester schedule, visit QSCC Groups page!

QSO: Understanding Self and Others for Queer and Questioning Students (Student Counseling Services)

The QSO group at Student Counseling Services provides an opportunity to explore relationships, communication, and self-awareness while giving and receiving support from peers. SCS has several Understanding Self and others groups, and this group is particularly focused on providing a safe space to explore aspects of sexual and gender identity and how diversity in these areas impact relationships in unique ways. Exploring identity, coming out to others, navigating safety, and connecting with community are all likely themes, but like other USO groups, each session will address topics determined by members.

Call the front desk at 612-624-3323 to schedule a screening.

Reclaiming Our Stories as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC (Boynton Health)

Reclaiming Our Stories is a space at Boynton Health Service for people of color who also identify within the LGBTQIA+ community to come together with one another and share our experiences. Mixed race, multi cultural, international students and adopted folks we see you. In this space we can work to share our stories, as well as have our stories held by our community. We will work to build safety and trust in order for us to be able to come forward as our authentic selves, without feeling the need to sacrifice parts of who we are. In this space we can work together to affirm one another, better understand ourselves and our community, explore our identities, and the systems that impact us such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, weightism, fatphobia, as well as many other systems that impact our existence in the world. The group will be facilitated by a provider who identifies as a queer person of color.

Call Boynton Mental Health at 612-624-1444 for more information.

International LGBTQ Discussion Group

The International LGBTQ Discussion Group is led by the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life. It is a space for international LGBTQIA students to share and discuss their cross-cultural experiences and personal thoughts about sexuality and gender. Please contact Louise Lau at for more information.

The LGBTQIA Leadership Retreat Program

The LGBTQIA Leadership Retreat Program facilitated by the Gender & Sexuality Center focuses on defining and applying leadership with a social justice lens. Over the course of 2 days, University of Minnesota undergraduate students will have to opportunity to build community while exploring intersecting identities and oppressions.

Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied is a space by and for People of Color who identify as LGBTQIA and/or Same-Gender-Loving. Named after the famous documentary "Tongues Untied" by Marlon Riggs & Essex Hemphill, the group serves to connect students, staff, faculty and the Twin Cities community by holding discussion groups that focus on how race, sexuality and gender impact our lived experiences. This program is designed to enhance and center the experiences of queer indigenous people and people of color.

Tongues Untied serves the needs of our growing community by:

  • Providing social and educational gatherings for U of M students
  • Hosting discussions and panels for local public school Gay-Straight Alliances upon request
  • Connecting with local community organizations or color such as The Exchange, Twin Cities Black Pride, and the MiniBall Scene

Lavender House

Lavender House is open to any students who identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual community. Students in this Living Learning Community are able to explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities and sexuality in a safe and affirming environment. There are two communities: a first year and second year community!

oSTEM @ Minnesota

The name of our organization, oSTEM, stands for out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. oSTEM is a national, non-profit society dedicated to serving LGBTQIA+ identified college students who are pursuing their studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

oSTEM @ Minnesota works to foster community and visibility for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty as well as provide support in professional and personal development. We are a group of highly motivated students who feel strongly about the importance of creating spaces that are welcoming and safe for people of marginalized identities.


OutLaw is the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student association at the University of Minnesota Law School. Founded in 1984 and originally named Lambda, Outlaw acts as a support system and social organization for LGBT students, faculty and staff, as well as those concerned with the legal issues affecting the LGBT community.


Undergraduate Compass is a student group that is focused on advocacy and creating professional opportunities for Carlson's LGBTQ+ community. This group is also for allies looking to enhance their understanding of diversity & inclusion and participate in networking opportunities.