FAQs

WHAT DOES THE ACRONYM "LGBTQA" REPRESENT?

While this acronym specifically stands for, “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual,” in this context, we use it as an umbrella term for the entire community. While it doesn’t include a letter for them all, we use it to include all marginalized sexual and gender identities. We acknowledge that abbreviating the list of identities included in our community risks invisibilizing some identities, and as such this practice is problematic. Since we have yet to come up with a more holistic way of addressing the entire “non-heterosexual, non-cisgender” community without identifying ourselves as the negative of another group, this is what we will use for the time being. Check out the Trans Student Educational Resources LGBTQ+ Definitions.

CAN I INTERVIEW SOME LGBTQA STUDENTS FOR MY PAPER/PRESENTATION?

We’re excited to hear that you’re doing work around LGBTQA+ topics and issues! As you prioritize this learning, we hope that you will also prioritize the safety of our community members. The Center does not share names or contact information of Northeastern students with researchers under any circumstances, regardless of their position at the university. For people in marginalized gender and sexual identities, such a disclosure, also known as “outing,” creates an array of very real safety risks. There are many other research sources available to you, including the Northeastern University Library and the LGBTQA Resource Center library. Questions about LGBTQA+ research at the NU library? Reach out to librarian Kathy Herrlich.

CAN I CHANGE MY NAME AT NORTHEASTERN WITHOUT A LEGAL NAME CHANGE?

Yes! Check out our Name and Gender Marker resource page for specific information and instructions.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE CENTER?

Our Fall and Spring semester hours are 9:00-7:00pm, Monday-Thursday and 9:00-5:00pm on Fridays.

The Center is open limited hours during the summer of 2021.