Welcome to Oxnard College's LGBTQIA+ webpage. Oxnard College wants to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies.
We strive to create an affirmative supportive space to socialize, find support and encouragement, and to talk about challenges off and on campus.
We are here to create an inclusive environment that supports the needs of our diverse LGBTQIA+ community. We provide support in the form of the Rainbow Resource Center, the Rainbow Café Support Group, and the Prism Club (in development).
LGBTQ Scholarships for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Oxnard Community College addresses the needs of the students that identify LGBTQIA+ by:
- Implementing the Preferred Name Policy, which gives LGBTQ+ students the option to use a preferred first name that may be different from their legal name.
- Launching a pronoun guide to help the college be a more inclusive environment and affirm students’ identity.
- Providing Safe Zone training to employees so they can provide a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ students and colleagues.
- Hosting a weekly Rainbow Café to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to share their stories and meet new people.
- Creating an open, safe and inclusive space at the Rainbow Resource Center for OC's LGBTQIA+ and allies community, and providing support and resources in collaboration with local LGBTQAI+ agencies.
- Offering Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies (SJS R130) as part of the college’s social justice studies curriculum.
- Implementing All Gender Restrooms to accommodate our diverse student population
WHAT IS LGBTQIA+?
LGBTQIA+ is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more. While the plus in LGBTQIA+ may represent other sexual identities such as pansexual, gender fluid, queer, bi-curious, and so many more, it's also a wider signifier of inclusion and acceptance for all experiences.
A woman whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction is to other women. Some lesbians may prefer to identify as gay or as gay women, or also as queer.
The adjective describes people whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions are to people of the same sex.
A person who can form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or more than one gender. People may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime.
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. People under the transgender umbrella may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms— including transgender or nonbinary.
An adjective used by some people whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual or straight. This umbrella term includes people who have nonbinary, gender-fluid, or gender nonconforming identities. Once considered a pejorative term, queer has been reclaimed by some LGBTQIA+ people to describe themselves; however, it is not a universally accepted term even within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Sometimes, when the Q is seen at the end of LGBT, it can also mean questioning. This term describes someone who is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
An adjective used to describe a person with one or more innate sex characteristics, including genitals, internal reproductive organs, and chromosomes, that fall outside of traditional conceptions of male or female bodies. Do not confuse having an intersex trait with being transgender. Intersex people are assigned a sex at birth — either male or female — and that decision by medical providers and parents may not match the gender identity of the child. Not all intersex folks identify as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The adjective describes a person who does not experience sexual attraction. Sometimes shortened to “ace,” it is an umbrella term that can also include people who are demisexual, meaning they do experience some sexual attraction; graysexual, meaning those who may not fit the strictest definition of the word asexual; and aromantic, meaning they experience little to no romantic attraction and/or has little to no desire to form romantic relationships.
The ‘plus’ is used to signify all of the gender identities and sexual orientations is a symbol that represents additional identities.
Exploring your sexuality can be a big emotional challenge. It becomes even more challenging when your family, friends, and community are not supportive or acceptive of your gender identity and sexual preference.
Being LGBTQIA+ is often associated with a lot of social pressures and discrimination that can cause emotional distress. If you or someone you know is struggling with understanding their sexuality, facing social pressures related to their sexuality, or coming out, there are things you can do.
- Figuring it out-Sometimes figuring out who you are attracted to takes time. Identifying your gender identity and sexual preference is not always clear. There is no rush. Take your time and continue to explore. If questioning your sexuality is making you feel anxious or depressed don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. We offer free counseling here at the health center.
- Coming out and Living out- Accepting and understanding sexuality for gay or straight individuals is a learning experience. It is important to be honest with yourself and honor who you are by allowing others to know your true identity. There is no pressure or time frame. You get to decide when you are ready and who you want to "come out" to. Start by choosing friends or family in your life that you feel safe with and you think will be supportive and understanding. You are not alone in this process. "Coming out" for many can be scary or stressful. It may help to talk to others that have gone through a similar experience.
- Helping Out-If a family member or friend confides in you about their sexuality make sure you listen and are supportive. Let them know you are there for them and accept who they are. If you see they are experiencing emotional distress suggest counseling or encourage them to check out the many resources we have compiled.
We are all responsible for stopping discrimination and bullying. If you see someone being harassed or harmed offer your assistance to that individual and report it to an authority figure that can help. If you witness this type of discrimination on campus please report it right away. You can report it to your professor, dean of students, or campus police. (Title IX Information)
At Oxnard College you find the following on campus resources:
Rainbow Resource Center (RRC):
Mondays 11am -12pm, 1pm-5pm
For all OC students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and allies to:
Learn about local LGBTQIA+ resources
Promote health and mental wellness
Advocate for an inclusive environment
Rainbow Café Support Group:
Wednesdays, Thursdays 4pm-5pm
For all OC students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and allies:
To create a supportive community to socialize
Find support and encouragement
To talk about the challenges off and on campus
- Prism Club: still in progress
- Mental Health Services at OC Student Health Center: View Appointment Info
Diversity Collective of Ventura County
(From its website.) Diversity Collective Ventura County is a community based non profit 501c3 organization. Promoting advocacy, education, and mental and physical health for the LGBTQ community in Ventura County, California via our community resource center, programs and community events. We are the parent organization of Ventura County Pride, AIDS Walk Ventura and The Diversity Gala. All proceeds raised through fundraising efforts go to fund DCVC and it's community programs.
Weekly meetings for youth age 13-23
The Coalition for Family Harmony
Drop-in Support Group open to all people 18 and over
who identify as Transgender or Gender-fluid. Free of charge.
Pride Clinic, Santa Paula West
254 W. Harvard Blvd. #C
For more information, please call (805) 299-0200
This link will take you to an outline of the journey to acceptance that LGBT* individuals and their families experience, described in stages.
Runaway and homeless youth shelter services (ages 12-17)
Oxnard LGBTQIA+ Community
Gay Straight Alliances of California Network
One Step a La Vez
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Mental Health Crisis: 911 or 866-998-2243
Medical Emergency: 911
Abuse/Rape/Domestic Violence: 805-656-1111
Alcohol/Drug Services: 805-577-1724
Information and Referral Services
Ventura County: Dial 211 or go to http://www.211ventura.org
LA County: https://www.211la.org/
The Homeless Youth Handbook provides homeless youth and youth-serving organizations with resources state-by-state, and has LGBTQ+ specific section.
The Trevor Project is an excellent online resource for LGBTQ people and allies. It has 24/7 phone, text, and chat lines, and all kinds of other resources.
Lambda Legal describes itself as "...the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work."
According to its website: "The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.
By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country."
From the website: "This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us. Our hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves. Our volunteers are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the lives of transgender people."
This pamphlet, produced by Each Mind Matters is a helpful guide to understanding the basics of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. It offers suggestions to aid in the "coming out" process, as well as some guidance about if and when mental health is in jeopardy/what to do to get help.
Q Christian Fellowship formerly The Gay Christian Network
From the website: "
We recognize that the church has not and does not always make it easy for those who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, same-gender loving, queer, pansexual intersex, asexual, genderfluid, or questioning to reconcile these aspects of themselves with their Christian identity. We are witnesses to both the harm that faith communities can inflict, and the hope and healing that is possible.
By gathering together, embracing our differences, and celebrating our shared trust in God’s love in Christ, we seek to point toward the full inclusivity to which God is calling us. Just as Jesus led by example in his life on earth, we are dedicated to living out a transformative example of fellowship in the world.
I see the SAFEZONE placard in various places around campus. What does it signify?
The SAFEZONE placard identifies the bearer or poster as someone that pledges commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, and ally individuals. In order to earn the right to post or bear the placard, attendance at a special SAFEZONE training is required.
I have transitioned and would like to change the personal information on my school records. How do I do that?
To change your personal information in your VCCCD records you just need to complete and submit the Request to Change Personal Information form.
I have not changed my name legally yet, but wish to have a different name on class rosters. How do I do that?
To change your name as it appears on class rosters, simply send an email from your @my.vcccd.edu to email@example.com
Use the following verbiage:
To Whom it May Concern in Admissions and Records,
My name as it appears in OC records and class rosters is [fill in your legal name]. I would like my name to appear on class rosters as [fill in the name you want to see on class rosters] from now on.
If you have any questions, please contact Joel Diaz.
I graduated from Oxnard College before I transitioned, and would like a new diploma with my correct name on it. How do I do that?
To obtain a new diploma with the correct name on it, you complete and submit the Duplicate Degree/Certificate Request form.
I have transitioned and would now like to change my birth certificate. What is the procedure?
According to Lambda Legal, it depends upon the state, each with its own laws, procedures, and fees. By the way, Lambda Legal is worth a visit: www.lambdalegal.org. This non-profit organization has all kinds of state-by-state info on legal rights for LGBTQ people covering topics such as document change, healthcare, marriage, parenting, and more.
How would a trans man or woman make a gender change in a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued documents?
The National Centre for Transgender Equality is a one-stop shop for information on both federal- and state-issued document changes, along with downloadable forms for many requests.
Why do we need to use all the terms (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, tran*, queer, etc.)? Don't they divide instead of unite?
The terms for the community of people that encompasses people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual are as broad as that community itself: As society’s understanding, recognition, and inclusion of diverse sexual identities and gender expressions has grown, so has its acronym, terminology, and flags.
The acronym LGBTQ only covers about one-third of the labels that self-described members of the LGBTQ community use to define their sexual orientation and gender identity. While talking with any member of the LGBTQ community might feel more satisfying than talking to a group of non-LGBTQ people, the various experiences different groups within the community have makes it important to identify people who see themselves as part of one of those more specific groups.
Choosing labels for themselves is a powerful way for individuals to say who they are and start the process of finding support and community from people like them. But being labeled in ways they don’t want to be, or being doubted when they express a desire to use different labels than they used to, can heap hurt and frustration on top of a teen who might already be struggling to find their place in the world.
A good approach to navigating the long list of LGBTQ labels is to familiarize yourself with them.
Readings and Stories
Understanding the Sex/Gender/Sexuality Spectrum
Historical Look at Gender and Colonialism
Research Based on Cass Model
If you like reading research, check this out!
Understanding LGBTQ+ legislation and advocacy:
Did you know "more than 10% of LGBTQ+ voters, more than a quarter of transgender voters, and over 40% of BIPOC transgender voters were unable to vote due to being unknowingly dropped from the voter rolls" (HRC)? Read more about voting barriers for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The Equality Act has already passed in the House but needs to pass in the Senate. Learn more about how you can help advocate for the Equality Act.
Lawmakers across the country have recently proposed a number of bills that target the transgender community. Learn more about the truth behind these bills.
See state maps that show the laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ people in areas of non-discrimination, healthcare, youth, and more.
Specific Anti-LGBTQ+ bill examples
Legislation Affecting LGBTQ+ People
Conversion therapy costs an estimate $9.23 billion dollars a year in the United States. Read more on why.
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