Celebrating the LGBTQ+ 社区 at UHart


UHart celebrates and observes National LGBTQ+ 历史 Month each October. This month provides an opportunity for our community to learn more about and celebrate the history, 文化, 以及女同性恋的贡献, 同性恋, 双性恋, 变性人, 酷儿, 非二进制, 不符合标准的身份.

LGBTQ+ month was originally known as Gay and Lesbian 历史 Month. Additional identity acronyms were added over time to increase inclusivity of LGBTQ+ communities. First observed in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, October was selected to coincide with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 1、10月. 14, the date of the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979.

At a time when attempts are being made to erase our community through anti-LGBTQ bills, 书禁止, and the elimination of access to health care for our trans community members, it is more imperative than ever that we as a community educate ourselves.  

Please see a listing of resources that will help to raise awareness and offer support to 酷儿 and trans students, 工作人员, and faculty and promote a sense of inclusion and belonging on campus and beyond.


Pronouns are used in everyday speech and writing to take the place of people's names. We frequently use them without thinking about it. Like names, pronouns are an important part of our identity and deserve to be respected. Often, when speaking of someone in the third person, these pronouns have a gender implied. We cannot always know what someone's gender pronoun is by looking at them. These associations are not always accurate or helpful. Mistaking or assuming peoples' pronouns without asking first, may mistake their gender and could send a harmful message. When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, 这会让他们觉得不被尊重, 无效, 驳回了, 疏远了, 或伤害. 代词有很多种形式. They are linguistic tools that is used to refer to people, 比如他们/他们/他们的, 她/她/她的, 他/他/他的. 

  • Asking our community members what their gender pronouns are and consistently making use of them correctly is one the most basic ways to show your respect for their gender identity.  
  • Discussing and correctly using gender pronouns helps to set the tone of allyship. 它会让一切变得不同, especially for new community members who may feel particularly vulnerable in a new environment

How can I be Inclusive in using and Respecting Gender Pronouns?

Strategies to incorporate gender pronouns in everyday use:

Edit your email signature to include your pronouns.

Verbal introductions and check-ins are great opportunities to solicit gender pronouns. As names and pronouns can change over time, it is preferable to regularly incorporate these questions into meetings and introductions. Asking about a person's pronouns may initially feel awkward or uncomfortable, but it is preferable to making hurtful assumptions and using the wrong pronoun. 下面是一些你可以做到的方法: 

  • 你用了什么代词?"
  • "How would you like me to refer to you?"
  • “你希望别人怎么称呼你??"
  • "Can you remind me which pronouns you like for yourself?"
  • "My name is Joshua and my pronouns are he, him, and his. 你呢??"
  • Wear your pronouns sticker on your lapel.


  • While we want to do our best to use someone’s correct pronouns, mistakes can happen. 如果这真的发生了, 最好是道歉, 说出你想用的代词, and move on without dwelling on the mistake.
  • Overly apologizing puts the other person (the person who was just misgendered) in an uncomfortable position. Some people in this position might feel pressured to say, “It’s okay,” even though it’s not. Using the wrong pronouns can be incredibly harmful.


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In celebration of LGBTQ 历史 Month, our podcast episode this month is 薰衣草恐慌 从 NPR的Throughline. 这一集于2023年8月10日播出. 从1950年代开始, thousands became victims of a purge on 同性恋 and lesbian federal employees, ordered at the highest levels of the U.S. 政府, through a program spurred by a panic that destroyed careers and lives and lasted more than 40 years. Today, it's known as the "Lavender Scare." In a moment when LGBTQ+ rights are again in the public crosshairs, we tell the story of the Lavender Scare: its victims, 它的支持者, and a man who fought for decades to end it.