LGBTQIA+ Community

The University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services welcomes a diverse student body and staff. Our office values cultural empathy and cultural humility, and we stand with each individual of our UNR community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, country of origin, and socioeconomic class. We understand that our LGBTQIA+ students may experience unique concerns, compared to their peers, and our counselors are here to provide support. Counseling can be a helpful tool when coping with issues of identity, relationships, anxiety, depression, social oppressions, academic stressors, and many other concerns.

Counseling Services is dedicated to ongoing continuing education on many aspects of culture and identity, including taking part in LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone training and Transgender Mental Health training. We have updated our client paperwork to ask for pronouns and preferred name. Counseling Services has counselors on staff who work closely with the LGBTQIA+ community and who specialize in working with queer and trans students, including offering an LGBTQ+ Support Group.

We hope that you will reach out to Counseling Services and the many other supportive resources on campus. Please do not hesitate to contact Counseling Services at (775) 784-4648 to set up an appointment to discuss any issue.

Did You Know?

  • The Queer Student Union (QSU) at UNR is a student-based political/social group which supports progressive LGBTQIA+ issues. 
  • The University of Nevada, Reno started LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone trainings in 2015 and has reached approximately 300 campus allies and growing. 
  • UNR hopes to apply to be included in the Campus Pride Index of inclusive, safe campuses. 
  • The Pride Collaborative within The Center: Every Student, Every Story, aims to support the LGBTQIA+ UNR campus community. 
  • UNR Residential Life strives to accommodate student's individual requests for safe, inclusive, accessible housing and is planning for how they may expand their gender inclusive housing offerings. 
  • There are currently 35 all-gender restrooms on the UNR campus, an initiative that advocates are working on greatly expanding. 
  • UNR has updated their class roster system to identify students by their preferred names. 
  • LGBTQ+ faculty and staff at UNR have organized to form a LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Group. 
  • The Advocates and Allies committee has been formed to report to the University President on issues impacting our queer and trans campus communities. 
  • Student and staff health insurance provides coverage for many gender transition procedures and services. 
  • We still have work to do on campus regarding systems for identifying pronouns and chosen names for students and staff, collecting data on gender identity and sexual orientation, and expanding needed services for trans students, but advocates are working to address issues and welcome your voices to the table.

Helpful Resources

If you want more information on LGBTQIA+ resources, you may find additional information at the following links:

Campus Resources

Reno/Sparks Community Resources

Additional Resources

All-Gender Restrooms

We recognize that our building is not currently equipped with all-gender restroom facilities, a goal that UNR is working toward. The Counseling Services supports our community members in using the restroom that feels most comfortable for them, without questioning, harassment, or discrimination. NRS 651.070 protects that all persons are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression.

All-Gender Restroom Locations

  • E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center, First Floor, R106
  • E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center, Third Floor, R301
  • E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center, Third Floor, R302
  • Howard Health Science Building, First Floor, R0159
  • Howard Health Science Building, Second Floor, R0213
  • Joe Crowley Student Union, First Floor, R101
  • Jot Travis Building, Second Floor, R0254
  • Legacy Hall, Second Floor, R203
  • Mackay Mines, Second Floor, R201
  • Mackay Mines, Second Floor, R202
  • Mackay Mines, Second Floor, R202
  • Mackay Mines, Ground Floor, R001
  • Mackay Mines, Ground Floor, R002
  • Mackay Stadium, Southwest Women's Restroom, R101
  • Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, First Floor, R100
  • Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Third Floor, R302
  • Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Third Floor, R303
  • Morrill Hall, Second Floor, R201
  • Nye Hall, First Floor, R103
  • Nye Hall, First Floor, R104
  • Peavine Hall, First Floor, R108
  • Pennington Medical Education Building, Ground Floor, R001
  • Scrugham Engineering and Mines Building, Fourth Floor, R401
  • Scrugham Engineering and Mines Building, Ground Floor, R001
  • Sierra Hall, First Floor, R0111
  • Sierra Hall, First Floor, R0112
  • Sports Medicine Center, First Floor, R100
  • Thompson Building, First Floor, R101
  • Virginia Street Gym, First Floor, R103