• Chosen Name and Pronouns

    FIU has a Chosen First Name Policy that enables all Panthers to display their chosen first name and pronouns to the university community where feasible. FIU acknowledges that a chosen first name should be used whenever possible in the course of university business and education to affirm, reflect, and/or express their gender, culture, and/or other aspects of their social identity at FIU. In doing so, we uphold the values of our FIU as an institution that respects the diversity and the dignity of each member of our community.

    All Panthers may enter a chosen first name and pronouns into PantherSoft through a self-service option. Please note: Implementation of this roll-out into a variety of university systems will occur over time.

    All Panthers are also encouraged to download and read the Inclusive Language Guide created to assist the FIU community with using accurate terms and good faith effort to create a nurturing and supportive environment for all.  

    For more information on how to correctly use people's pronouns, you may consult There, you will find additional resources and explanation around pronoun use. You also may request our 1-hour training on Chosen Name and Gender Pronoun Use through MPAS.

  • The Coming Out & Pronoun Use Guide

    As part of our Safe Zone Training program, we developed a one-page guide for Advocates who wish to effectively support LGBTQA* people in their coming out process. 

    This guide includes specific ways to appropriately share, ask about, and use pronouns as a way to affirm other people's gender identities. 

    Please click the image below to download the full Guide, which also includes on- and off-campus resources.


  • Campus & Community Resources

    As part of our Safe Zone Training program, we developed a one-page guide for anyone at FIU who wish to effectively refer people to on- and off-campus resources.

    This guide will be updated as policies change and resources evolve in our communities. Please check back for updates to this guide!

    You may click the image below to download the full Guide, which also includes our coming out process and pronoun guide for Advocates.


  • The Flying Gender Unicorn

    Developed by Associate Director of LGBTQA Initiatiaves at FIU, Dr. Erica Jayne Friedman, the Flying Gender Unicorn is a tool used to expand on a discussion of differences between sexuality identity, sexual attraction, emotional attraction, gender identity, gender expression, and gender assigned at birth.

    The Flying Gender Unicorn is an evolution of TSER's Gender Unicorn. Now able to "fly off," escaping the limitations of the gender binary, the flying gender unicorn acknowledges the spectrums and variations that occur in our gendered biology (genitals, hormones, chromosomes, etc.). A conversation specifically about the prevalence, rights, needs, and experiences of intersex people are included using this tool. Additionally, the tool offers more diversity in the options for gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity, and attraction than the original Gender Unicorn.

    Please click on the image below to download a PDF copy of The Flying Gender Unicorn.

    The Flying Gender Unicorn

  • Relevant TED Talks
  • Gender Inclusive Restrooms

    Florida International University supports all individuals in using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.  For those who would like to use a gender-inclusive restroom, we have many on campus. We also continue to work with the University administration to provide more of these restrooms in buildings across our FIU.  Below individuals will find a list of the locations of all gender-neutral single stall and multi-user restrooms If you find a restroom on our list is labeled incorrectly, please email

    Gender Inclusive Restrooms

    Students are also encouraged to download the Refuge Restrooms phone application for iOS and Android phones. The Refuge app is an open-source, location-based tool that helps the user find the gender inclusive restroom closest to them. No matter where you are (on- or off-campus), if you find a gender inclusive restroom that is not listed in the Refuge app or website, you can add the location so others can find it!

  • National LGBTQA Resources

    Collegiate Organizations and Resources

    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals 


    Campus Pride 

    Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearning House

    Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

    Transgender Academics

    GoGrad Guide Guide to the Most Progressive LGBTQ Graduate Degrees 


    Advocacy Organizations

    GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
    Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation."

    GLBT History Project
    October is National GLBT History Month.

    (Gay, Lesbian, And Straight Education Network)
    "Creating safe schools for GLBT people."

    GSA Network
    Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

    HRC (Human Rights Campaign)
    Working for LGBT equal rights.

    Advocacy group that provides attorneys for LGBT rights cases.

    (Parents, family, and friends of lesbians and gays)

    Education and advocacy for gay and lesbian families.

    GLBT Historical Society A Home For Our History.

    NCLR (National Coalition for Lesbian Rights) Advocacy group that provides legal representation.

    NGLTF (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) "The national progressive organization working at the grass roots for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."

    NOW (National Organization for Women) The largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

    Stop the Hate

    SLDN (Soldiers’ Legal Defense Network)
    National organization devoted to assisting those affected by "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue."

    The Advocate

    The Trevor Project

    Coming Out and Learning About Sexual Orientation

    • Provides factual information about sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS. Includes a comprehensive bibliography.
    • Contains 2,506 files about a wide range of queer issues from religion to culture.

    Bisexual Resources

    • Provides information and support for bisexual men and women.
    • Maintained by the Bisexual Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation dedicated to the support of the bisexual community.

    Family Resources

    • Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    • Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

    Intersex Resources

    • Includes contact information, medical information, a library, articles, newsletter, bibliography, store, FAQs and writings about the intersex condition.

    Youth Resources

    • Advocates for Youth
    • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
    • GLSEN for youth and by youth working to help network Gay/Straight Alliances.
    • Provides factual sexuality and sexual health information for LGBT youth.

    Other Helpful Resources

    • Provides news, resources, and ways of fighting anti-gay discrimination.
    • The oldest pro-feminist men’s movement in the world. The group is pro-feminist, gay-affirming, anti-racist, and dedicated to gender equality and civil rights for everyone. http:///

    Resource List adapted from Safe Schools South Florida

  • Circulation and Borrowing Policies

    Come and explore FIU World’s Ahead Resource Library of magazines, books and CD’s & DVDs available for educational, personal and academic use. In our resource library we have the latest LGBT-focused magazines and tons of free educational materials, and brochures.



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