RISD Student Diversity
Today, RISD is a community committed to understanding, valuing, and making meaning of the total human experience. Differences of ability, age, belief systems, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender expression / identity, nationality, race, sexual orientation and socio economic status are rich opportunities that inform curricular and co-curricular experiences. Because inspiration isn’t limited to the RISD campus, Providence’s rich neighborhoods and communities afford a host of artistic and cultural possibilities.
LGBTQQ Student Support & Advocacy Groups
RISD Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA): Support and social group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and straight ally students. For more information contact the Office of Resident Life.
Brown Queer Alliance: Student advocacy and support organization for Brown University. 863-3062. For meeting times and locations visit their website.
Student organizations within Brown Queer Alliance
Quest: A confidential weekly support group for queer, questioning, and coming-out students coming to understand sexual and gender identity.
AQUA: Alliance for Queer Understanding & Awareness. An educational activism group that develops and facilitates training & programming on a range of LGBTQ issues.
RUQUS: A discussion/action group of radical queers dedicated to anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-war, pro-feminist, pro-environmental justice, pro-trans, pro-queer organizing and politics.
QPAC: LGBTQ political action group.
Hi-T: Social group for queer students and allies.
BiTE: Bisexuals talk and eat. Discussion and social group.
Girls’ Night Out: Social group for queer women.
Queer Community Committee: Service & event planning for the Brown community.
GenderAction: Education, advocacy, and discussion group concerning transgender, transsexual, gender queer, polygender, two spirit, and gender variant issues.
The Next Thing (TNT): LGBTQ students of color.
RISD Sex Club: Student organization dedicated to promoting healthy attitudes about sex. Sex education, porn parties, events.
PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays 1st Tues., 6:15-8:15 p.m., Providence Center, 520 Hope St., Prov. 751-7571; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Pride Inc: Support, education & advocacy for LGBTQQ young people age 13-23. Drop-in center at 171 Chestnut St., Providence 02903
The Way Out support group meets Tues., 4-6 p.m. Call 421- 5626 or email email@example.com
Lifelines RI: Support and advocacy for transgender, transsexual, two spirit, gender variant and intersex people (TGI). 369-9680 or 455-7322, firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of the excellent resources on this guide are from Options News Magazine.
GLBT Helpline of RI: Resource list, events, and support.
Campus Pride: Resources for queer college students.
LinkPink: New England’s guide to gay-friendly business.
RI-LGBT News: Low-volume email distribution list for LGBT & AIDS news from RI. Not a discussion list. Email email@example.com to subscribe.