Welcome to MC Pride & Allies
October is nationally recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month. During October the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements are recognized and celebrated. The Rainbow Flag is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the LGBTQ movement. The Rainbow Flag as we know it today was developed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. At the time, there was a need for an LGBTQ symbol which could be used year after year for the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. Baker explained that his colors each stood for a different aspect of gay and lesbian life: Red for life, Orange for healing, Yellow for the sun, Green for nature, Blue for art, and Violet for spirit.
We are Montgomery College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies faculty and staff group, a college-recognized organization within the College. Our vision and goals are to:
- Defend LGBTQ people's civil/human rights, in the DC area and beyond, in wake of recent administration attacks/tweets,
- Defend the DACA dreamers (those LGBTQ and not), defend Muslims under attack and other at-risk groups, especially transgender women of color, in the military and not, who are disproportionately at risk for hate and discrimination,
- Affirm urgent need for defending/supporting LGBTQ people in our MC community, each campus,
- Affirm continuing need for Safe Zone, Bystander and Consent training -- all the awareness and communication skills that make our campuses and communities more welcoming,
- Raise dialogues about and affirm the need for domestic partner benefits for employees and MC Pride College and Campus Coordinators.
PRIDE+ Club is a Rockville LGBTQ student club! Pride + is meeting every other week from October 8th - December 17th. Students will be meeting from 12:30 - 1:30 pm on Thursdays via Zoom. For more information, students should email or communicate with group leaders via Instagram new windowor Twitternew window. If you have questions, send an email.
Information for students and employees including scholarship and grant program for LGBTQ+.
The Community College Scholarship empowers LGBTQ community college students to fulfill their ambitions in community college. Whether you are eager to complete community college and pursue your passions out of the classroom, or if you are earning credits in order to transfer to a four-year college or university, Point can provide financial aid and coaching to help you realize success in higher education. The 2022 scholarship application window is now open! Apply between March 1-May 3.
Students accepted into the scholarship program will receive a financial scholarship each year of their community college experience as well as admissions counseling, coaching and financial education at the Point Community College Conference. Scholarship recipients can also access the Point Foundation network of LGBTQ scholars, more than 300 alumni, and many others dedicated to seeing LGBTQ students succeed. See eligibility tab for requirements.
Gain new understanding of gender, gender identity, gender expression and the diverse range of sexual and affectional orientations. Acquire resources and referral information and practice communication skills for classroom or office discussions or unexpected disclosure. It's your choice about how visible and active to be as an ally after class.
By taking the SafeZone training, you help foster a welcoming academic environment for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender--or questioning identity. LGBTQ students often feel unsafe at school, resulting in reduced attendance to avoid risk, bullying, or bias. Additionally, you can empower students to cope with ignorance or discrimination, build community among peers, and focus on their studies.
Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:
- Describe the foundation and goals of a Safe Zone program
- Increase your awareness, knowledge and skills in order to be an affective ally for LGBTQ students
- Identify resources and referral options at MC and in the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQ community
- Strengthen your network and community of allies across the College
Learn more about Safe Zone Trainingnew window.
Register for SafeZone Training on MC Learns through Workday.
Montgomery College Safe Zone Membership Pledge
I, ________________________________ acknowledge that I am an Ally for and with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning members of the MC community and am committed to providing a safe, confidential support network for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty.
My participation in the Safe Zone project means that I am committed to being a safe person to whom individuals who have concerns about LGBTQ issues can speak.
I will strive to educate myself and others about LGBTQ issues and confront homophobia and heterosexism in the MC community. Furthermore, I realize that my actions as a LGBTQ ally have little meaning if I participate in other forms of oppression.
I acknowledge that I may make mistakes and that it’s okay if I don’t have all the answers. I realize that I have a network of fellow Safe Zone allies, and I will rely on them for support and assistance just as they can rely on me for support and assistance.
Finally, I am committed to treating everyone with the dignity and respect that they
are entitled to as human beings.
Signature: _____________________________________________________ Date: _________________________
Trainer Signature: ______________________________________________ Date: _________________________
Posting a Safe Zone sticker may bring a variety of possible reactions from those around you who notice it. The Safe Zone sticker might make some people uncomfortable. There may be times when someone seeks you out to dispute the purpose of safe zones, or to confront you on general issues related to LGBTQ people. You do not need to engage in discussion with people who seek to challenge you, Safe Zones, or LGBTQ people. You are there to provide support and resource information, not to defend issues.
While it’s helpful to be aware of these possibilities ahead of time, the following consequences are even more likely. You may expect to:
- Find that LGBTQ people censor their speech less and are more open with you so that there is more genuine communication between you.
- Find that students and colleagues are more at ease, anticipating a non-judgmental atmosphere in your workspace.
- Find people turning to you for support or information about LGBTQ issues and concerns.
- Perhaps not notice any difference in the interactions you have with others, but to know that you are making a difference.
- Know that you are making a personal contribution to improving the campus environment.
Note: report any defacing of signage to the CEIO, Sharon Bland, and to Public Safety.
When to Refer an LGBTQ Student to a Mental Health Professional
Most of the students you will encounter are seeking support, advice, or information. Occasionally, you may see a student who is experiencing psychological distress. This may be evident in the following:
- When a student states they are no longer able to function in their normal capacity within their classes; when they have seen a drop in grades or academic performance.
- When a student can no longer cope with their day-to-day activities and responsibilities.
A student may state they are no longer going to classes or they have been late for
their job and may be fired soon if this continues.
- A student expresses depressive symptoms such as: sleep disturbance, sudden weight
loss or weight gain, crying spells, fatigue, loss of interest or pleasure in previous
enjoyable activities, and/or inability to concentrate or complete tasks.
- A student expresses severe anxiety symptoms such as: feelings of panic, shortness
of breath, headaches, sweaty palms, dry mouth, or racing thoughts.
- A student expresses suicidal thoughts or feelings.
- A student has no support. They have no friends or have no friends with whom they
can talk about their sexual orientation or gender identity. This person may not need
counseling, but could benefit from a support group and the Counseling Center can make
that assessment and referral.
- A good guideline to use if all else fails: If you are feeling overwhelmed or worried about a student, refer them to a counseling professional!
The Montgomery College Counseling and Advising Centers’ Counseling and Disability Support Services (DSS) faculty assist students with academic, personal, and career concerns. The primary emphasis is on supporting students to achieve their educational goals. Counselors do not provide ongoing therapy services to students, but can provide brief personal counseling on a short-term basis to deal with an immediate concern. Brief personal counseling is defined as any sessions regarding a concern that is not academic in nature. Counselors will also refer students to local community counseling resources which can provide further support and treatment for ongoing mental health needs.
Visit the College's Personal Counseling websitenew window for additional information.
Student Health and Wellness Center for Success
Your health and wellness can have an impact on academic success. The Student Health and Wellness Center for Success (SHaW Center)new window identifies, provides, and connects students to resources that support success. Some common challenges students face are access to health care, housing, food, mental health support, and personal safety. Montgomery College's network of community resources helps remove those obstacles to support your academic success. The SHaW Center also provide Mental Health Resourcesnew window to students.
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- GLAAD: Where We Are Today (PDF, )
- LGBTQ+ and Popular Culture (PDF, )
- Asian Americans and Religion Resourcenew window
- How To Stop Arguing about Religion and Make Your Pointnew window
- LGBTQ+ Faith Resourcesnew window
- A Guide to Responding to Microaggressions (PDF, )
- Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobianew window
- How Homophobia/Biphobia/Transphobia Impact LGBTQ+ People of Colornew window
- How Homophobic-Transphobic Campus Can Hurt LGBTQ+ Students (PDF, )
- How to Respond to Microaggressoins (PDF, )
- Measuring Multiple Minority Stress: The LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale (PDF, )
- Personal Assessment of Homophobia (PDF, )
- Personal Self-Assessment of Antibias Behavior (PDF, )
- Responding to Microaggressions and Bias (PDF, )
- Sexual Orientation Microaggressions Youth (PDF, )
- What is Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia, and Acephobia?new window
- Who Am I? The Costs of Homo(and bi and trans)phobia and Heterosexism (PDF, )
- Advising Trans Student - The Trans Umbrella (PDF, )
- Communities of Colorsnew window
- Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All (PDF, )
- Results of National Surveys About Students' and Advisors' Experiences in Gender Sexuality Alliance Study Clubsnew window
- San Diego State University Safe Zone Training Manual (PDF, )
- Suggestions for Creating a Non-Homophobic Campus Environment (PDF, )
- Supporting The Mental Health Of LGBTQ+ High School, College, And University Students (PDF, )
If you have questions or feedback, please contact us via email.