The following is a list (in no particular order) of various LGBTQ+ themed organizations and groups. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it always accurate due to the ebb and flow of student organizations, please click here to do a search of your own for student groups. Click here for more information on how to start your own student organization.  LGBTQ+ identified groups and leaders may seek advising with a GenEq staff person, see their contact information here. Lastly, there may be organizations that aren’t registered with the school, so if you’re looking for something in particular make sure to ask a staff person!

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Quick Resources

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer + (LGBTQ+) Programs and Services

Billy Curtis, Director of the Gender Equity Resource Center
billyc@berkeley.edu
Marisa Boyce, Program Coordinator of the Gender Equity Resource Center
mboyce@berkeley.edu
(510) 643-5730
202 Cesar Chavez Student Center #2440

Queer Alliance Resouce Center (QARC)

A19 Eshleman Hall
http://queer.berkeley.edu

QARC is an organization run by other students. We aim to provide resources to individuals and organizations in the LGBTQIA+ community here at Cal. In addition, we also work to put on events, hold meetings to bring the community together and manage a resource center in the basement of Eshleman Hall.

LGBTQ Counseling

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, and urgent counseling on a walk-in basis. Whether or not you want to identify yourself as lesbian, gay or bisexual is completely up to you. You may request to work with an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual therapist if helpful.

Social Services provides confidential services and counseling to help students with managing problems that can emerge from illness such as financial, academic, legal, family concerns, etc.

LGBTQ Health Education

Sarah Gamble LGBTQI Issues, Academic Courses
2nd Floor Tang Center, Health Promotion, 2222 Bancroft Way
(510) 642-7202

The Health Promotion unit offers:

Queer and Transgender Advocacy Project

A Project of the Graduate Assembly
qtap-ga@berkeley.edu

The Queer and Transgender Advocacy Project seeks to improve the lives and experiences of queer and transgender graduate students at UC Berkeley. QTAP works closely with other GA projects to initiate outreach targeting graduate LGBTQ students at UC Berkeley. Additionally, this coordinator serves as an advocate for LGBTQ graduate students, addressing specific needs and concerns of the community to ensure their success in higher education and beyond.

Student Organizations and Groups

See below for a list of active student organizations!  This list was last updated August 24, 2016 and is accurate to the best of our knowledge - if you have more recent information about any of the below, or want to add your new organization, please email geneq@berkeley.edu!  To see a list of organizations that are currently inactive, click here

To find the meetings times and locations for the below organizations, please email them or check their organizational website/facebook page (hyperlinked in the group name)!

Additionally, you may want to look at these pages as well. While they're not student organizations, you may want to check out two LGBTQ+-focused residential communities, the Oscar Wilde LGBT-Themed Co-op and UNITY House, and the various academic opportunities, as they are also nodes of community!

Ace Space

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Ace Space is a resource for Aces, Demis, Grey-As and allies in the UC Berkeley community. For more information, please contact calacespace@gmail.com.

Berkeley Law Queer Caucus

Graduate Students

Since its founding in 1978, the Queer Caucus has worked to eradicate the legal, political, and social oppression of LGBTQ people, and to provide an affirming, supportive base for students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. This mission is complimented by our commitment to intersectional work and coalition building with a broad spectrum of other student organizations and journals on campus. The Queer Caucus is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant, queer law students and allies. We strive to provide social opportunities and support for our members, to develop an academic environment that supports queer scholarship, and to organize events relating to political, social, and legal issues affecting the queer community. In addition to maintaining a strong and visible community of LGBTQ students, the Queer Caucus works with LGBT attorneys at public interest organizations, private firms, and government agencies to create networks of support between Berkeley Law students and alumni. For more information, please contact caucus@law.berkeley.edu.

Biyuti

Undergraduate Students

biyuti is a program started in response to the growth of the sexual minority within the Pilipino community. It seeks to create a space without gender or sexuality borders. As one family, we seek to retain Pilipinos who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, queer or questioning. For more information, please contact gsac.pass@gmail.com.

Cal Student-Athlete Gay Straight Alliance (Cal SAGSA)

Undergraduate Students

The Cal Student-Athlete Gay-Straight Alliance (SAGSA) aims to fight the stigma of being an out student-athlete in NCAA Division I athletics through community outreach, education and awareness. We welcome allies and out athletes to join in support.

Cal Queer & Asian

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Cal Q&A was founded a decade ago on the UC Berkeley campus as a student organization dedicated to the intersectionality of the Queer and Asian identities. Through weekly meetings, various monthly events, and our annual conference, Cal Q&A acts as a safe space, social group and support network for any and every student on the UC Berkeley campus. If you’re new to the space or a returning member who wants to get more involved, sign up for the sib system!  For more information email calqanda@gmail.com.

Gamma Rho Lambda

Undergraduate Students

Gamma Rho Lambda strives to be both a traditional sorority and a queer organization–providing queer individuals and their allies a safe space in the Greek community.  As a queer organization, Gamma Rho Lambda participates in various queer events on campus and collaborates with with the queer organizations to host queer workshops and movie screenings.  As a sorority Gamma Rho Lambda exemplifies the four pillars of UC Berkeley’s Greek Community: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Friendship through various activities.

IGenSpectrum

Graduate Students

IGenSpectrum is a student group based in the UC Berkeley Department of Physics. The group's mission is to increase the visibility and acceptance of LGBT+ members of the academic community. For more information, subscribe to our mailing list visit our website, or email us at "igs@ocf.berkeley.edu".

Non-Binary Alliance

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Student group for people outside of the gender binary!

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Undergraduate Students

oSTEM stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We are the active UC Berkeley chapter of the national oSTEM organization. We aim to unite the LGBTQQIA students studying science, technology, engineering, and math to foster a strong professional and social network and to promote LGBTQQIA awareness within the academic and professional communities. For more information email ostem.berkeley@gmail.com.

Out for Business (O4B)

Undergraduate Students

O4B develops, inspires, and connects the next generation of LGBT business professionals at UC Berkeley. O4B strives to foster diversity, inclusiveness, and a strong sense of community for LGBTQIA undergraduates interested in the fields of business, consulting, banking, marketing, management, and similar industries through developing, inspiring, and connecting the next generation of professionals. For more information email o4batberkeley@gmail.com.

OUTLAW at Berkeley

Undergraduate Students

OUTLAW at Berkeley intends to provide a safe, supporting, and professional setting for queer, ally and any other student who are interested in law. OUTLAW strives to provide a safe, supporting, and professional setting for queer, ally and any other student who are interested in law as a possible career and desire to develop networks, mentorship, or gain educational support. The purpose(s) of this organization shall be to provide educational support, professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities for queer or ally undergraduate students interested in law and related fields.

Plurality: UC Berkeley's First Plurisexual (Bi, Pan, Omni,+) and Ally Group

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Plurality: California's first and only public school Plurisexual and Ally group. But whats a plurisexual? It is someone who is sexually/romantically interested in more than one sex/gender. Also known as a non-monosexual. Examples of plurisexual sexualities may identify as (but are not limited to) bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, heteroflexible, and homoflexible.

Q@Haas

Graduate Students

Haas, like Berkeley and the greater Bay Area, is famous for its diverse, inclusive, and affirming spirit. We sponsor socials, educational panels, mentoring programs, workshops, recruiting events, alumni mixers, and so much more – for both LGBT students and the entire Haas community. For more information see their contact information page.

Queer + Allied Pre-Health / Pre-Med Association (QAPPA)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

A new student organization dedicated to the professional, academic, and social development of queer and allied students pursuing a future in healthcare or medicine.  Email berkeleyqappa@gmail.com with questions.

Queer of Color Working Group

Graduate Students

The Queer of Color Working Group focuses on reading and sharing recent work in queer of color and transnational queer scholarship, and more broadly reading across the intersections of critical race and sexuality studies. For the AY 2014-2015, the group will be facilitated by Brandon Callender and Giancarlo Cornejo. The next meeting is Monday, Oct. 20 at 6pm in 602 Barrows Hall. To join the group mailing list or receive readings, email either facilitator at brandon.callender@berkeley.edu or cornejo@berkeley.edu.

Queers in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (QICSE)

Graduate Students

QICSE is the organization of queer graduate students in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. QICSE is a social group that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, or queer grad students and their allies within the EECS department by offering them opportunities to connect to each other and with the broader campus community. See their website for contact information.

Queer Grads

Graduate Students

The Cal Queer Grads association serves the LGBT graduate student population at Berkeley. We organize social events and other outings, advertise relevant local goings-on, and otherwise provide a base of support for the queer grad student community. Join our mailing list at!.

Queer Grad Women and Friends

Graduate Students

QGW creates safe spaces for queer graduate women (trans*-inclusive) to discuss research, support queer activism, and socialize with one another.

Queer Issues in Public Policy (QuIPP)

Graduate Students

QuIPP provides a forum for discussion of policies having an impact on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults and youth. The group meets monthly for topical discussion and social events. The group is open to all GSPP students. See their website for contact information.

Queering Public Health

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Queering Public Health group is a space formed in 2014 dedicated to fostering community for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, allies, or other identities; creating a learning environment where students and faculty produce and share research that represents queer individuals and queers the norms of public health; and leading advocacy and service in the name of underrepresented individuals on our campus and in our broader communities. Email questions to lgbtq.sph@gmail.com.

Queer Student Union (QSU)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

QSA strives to provide a “safe space” where every individual can be free of harassment, discrimination, isolation, judgment, and/or violence that occur because of who they are. We will achieve these results by empowering and motivating students and student/community leaders to end inequalities that exist at Cal and in our society. For more information email qsuberkeley@gmail.com

Queer Theory Working Group

Graduate Students

A Townsend Working Group at UC Berkeley for graduate students interested in deconstructing heteronormative ideologies and watching queer film. Email questions to ucbqueertheory@gmail.com.

Queer and Trans Intersectional Political Students (QTIPS)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

QTIPS (Queer and Trans Intersectional Political Students) is a group at UC Berkeley that engages LGBTQIA+ students and allies in the political process through lobbying, campaigning, mentorship, and activism. Check their Facebook page for more info!

Queer and Trans People of Color Collective

Graduate Students

This space will be created in order to bring together self-identified Queer and/or Trans people of color in order to build a loving & healing community collectively.  Contact qtpocc@gmail.com.

Queer Womxn @ Berkeley (QW@B)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

A safe (and FUN) space for all who have ever, currently do, or will ever identify as Queer Womxn and their allies. Email queerwomxnatberkeley@gmail.com to get on the listserve, as well as learn about meeting times and social events!

QuERGies

Graduate Students

QuERGies is the student-led Energy & Resources Group (ERG) queer network. ERG is an interdisciplinary graduate program at UC Berkeley. QuERGies is a social group, focused on creating safe spaces for ERG students, alumni, ERG-affiliated queer folks, and their partners. For more information, you may contact quergies-owner@lists.berkeley.edu.

Sigma Epsilon Omega (SEO)

Undergraduate Students

To maintain a safe and empowering social space that promotes lifelong bonds through scholarship, community service, leadership, and engagement in both the Queer and Greek communities on campus for students with a diverse range of sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  For more information, please contact info@sigmaepsilonomega.com.

T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students, fauclty and staff who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources! For more information email tcalatberkeley@gmail.com .

Young Queers United for Empowerment (YQUE!)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

YQUE! (Young Queers United for Empowerment) is a weekly meeting space centered on discussing the intersections of queer, Latinx, and Indigena identities. For more information, please contact yque.ucberkeley@gmail.com.

Zawadi: Black LGBT Community at Cal

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

’Zawadi’ is Swahili for ‘gift.’ This name was chosen in recognition of the fact that each of us is a precious gift to our families, our communities, and to the world. This group is a social, academic and political networking organization for LGBT and Same Gender Loving students, alumni, faculty, staff and post-docs of African Ancestry* at UC Berkeley. We are interested in increasing visibility and understanding of the Black LGBT experience at Cal (UCB) and beyond. Allies of African Ancestry Welcome. *African Ancestry (African American, Multi Racial, Afro Caribbean, Black, bi racial,….you get the picture…the diaspora)

Faculty & Staff

Lavender Cal Staff & Faculty Network

LavenderCal is an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer staff and faculty at UC Berkeley. We are a network for Cal's LGBTIQ staff and faculty, offering networking events throughout the year. Our goal is to promote the inclusion and well-being of our LGBTIQ employee community, and to establish a network for sharing resources and experiences on campus.

Transgender Employee Network (TEN)

To All Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Genderqueer, Gender Questioning, Trans* Employees at UC Berkeley: we're excited to continue our lunches for transgender staff, faculty, librarians, academic researchers and postdoctoral and visiting scholars to build community on campus, talk about transgender-specific challenges and opportunities we experience on-campus, share resources... and just say hey. 

Campus Wide

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the LGBTQ Community at Cal

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Community at Cal is a standing committee reporting to the Chancellor, comprised of UC Berkeley staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. To promote a tolerant and inclusive campus environment, the committee regularly identifies, analyzes, and advises the Chancellor and senior administration on needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliates at UC Berkeley. For more information, please contact cac_lgbt@berkeley.edu.

System Wide

University of California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association 
(currently inactive)

The University of California Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Association (UCLGBTIA) exists for the purpose of supporting and promoting the University of California community with respect to diverse sexual and/or gender orientations. The Association exists to create a positive environment conducive to the well-being of the members of the community. Membership of the UCLGBTIA includes, but is not limited to, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and alumni of the University of California campuses.

Currently Inactive Student Groups

Khush: South Asian Queer, Questioning and LGBTQIA Space

Are you a South-Asian who is either questioning your sexuality or gender or identifies as an LGBTQIA person? We are a group of South Asians who are looking to create a safe, closed, secret and private space for South Asian queer and questioning folks to hang out. The space will be completely confidential and we have the utmost respect for your confidentiality. Please e-mail us at khush.berkeley@gmail.com if you are interested in attending our meetings, receiving more information, or have any questions, comments or suggestions!

Q-Jew

Q-Jew is Berkeley Hillel’s initiative to enhance the presence of Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Jews on the Cal campus and within the Berkeley community. Q-Jew facilitates discussion and engagement of LGBTQ and Jewish identity through regular group meetings, events, and equality campaigns. Q-Jew is committed to maintaining a safe space for the LGBTQ community within Judaism and strives to “queer” the Jewish community as it exists in Berkeley. Q-Jew is a member of the Jewish Student Union and of QARC, Queer Alliance Resource Center. See their website for contact information.

Queer Continuum

The Queer Continuum is a caucus of the Social Welfare Graduate Assembly (S.W.G.A.) Graduate students at the School of Social Welfare created Queer Continuum to organize social events as well as panel discussions, workshops, and advocacy around queer issues.

Queer Diversions

Queer Diversions is a queer social group open to all. Activities include: Hiking, Outdoor Games, Movies, Parties, Board Games, Camping, Party Games, City Trips, and many other things.  Queer Diversions is currently inactive.

SNAPS: A Queer People of Color Space

We unite ourselves with one rainbow flag- a symbol for communal unity, yet all too often we neglect the individuals that come together to form that one symbol. As a community we find empowerment through unity, but at what cost? The amazing diversity here at Cal allows for everyone to bring their own individual perspective to the table, but very often we don't feel welcome to dinner. "There is no racism in the queer community" is a frequent dismissal to us, a denial of the basic fact that we are a very diverse and heterogeneous community that finds commonality in identifying with queer issues. Queer People of Color aims to acknowledge our community's immense diversity. Let's find empowerment as individuals and as a community. Let's work towards a community that lives up to our pre-college expectations that were more often than not, disappointed by the time we got here... it is time for queer people of color to be acknowledged and recognized... this is OUR opportunity to stand up and be heard.

Student Coalition for Marriage Equality

Student Coalition for Marriage Equality began as an organization committed to gaining equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Our mission has grown since our founding and we now engage the entire campus in the fight for a number of rights of the queer community--from the right to give life at blood drives to the right to have bully-free schools. To increase visibility and awareness of issues facing the queer community as well as to work toward a more equitable America, SCME holds a number of marriage demonstrations, fundraisers, campaigning events, and social gatherings throughout the year. E-mail us at calscme@gmail.com or check out our blog at CalSCME.blogspot.com to learn more about how you can get involved in the fight for equal rights.

Trans*Action at UC Berkeley

Trans*Action is a student run collaborative organization that works to increase equity, inclusion, and awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming identified students on campus. For more information email trans.actionberkeley@gmail.com.

Young Leaders for Empowerment and Diversity (YLEAD)

The Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) will host the two day YLEAD camp for high school aged queer and ally youth to visit the UC Berkeley campus and to learn the skills necessary to become better leaders. YLEAD strives to empower, educate, and inspire queer and ally youth, while promoting higher education and youth activism. For more information, please contact calylead@gmail.com.