Pride Center: Melrose Hall, F-103
The LGBT and Ally Resource Center puts on weekly activities, seminars, and social events and provides resources and a place to hang out to nurture a safe environment for all LGBTQQIA in the UT community. Run by the incredible student organization, the Pride Ambassadors, the Pride Center is a great way to find the community you might need on campus.
This is a student led group focused on providing a safe-place and open communication for the LGBTQQIA community. Meetings are every Wednesday at 6 in Humanities and Social Sciences Room 69. They also host many social events throughout the year.
Center for Health Education and Wellness
This center, formerly the SEE Center, encourages students to take a proactive role in learning about sexual and reproductive health and connects students to invaluable resources and offices on campus. They have peer education programs and a Sexual Assault Response Team. Take their pledge to be an active bystander!
Focusing on the well-being of UT’s students, the Counseling Center, located on 1800 Volunteer Blvd., provides walk-in intake, crisis intervention, individual, couples, and group counseling and psychotherapy, and workshops and consultations.
You can fill out a Bias Incident Reporting Form to disclose bias, hate crimes, or harassment directed against someone based on their age, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Women’s Health Clinic
Located in UT Medical Center, the clinic provides STI testing and treatment options, contraceptives, and yearly examinations. Present your student ID and Medical Insurance card for student pricing.
SHAG: Sexual Health Advisory Group
A student run organization that works with Planned Parenthood to educate young people on reproductive and sexual health. They meet regularly and also help to promote other events related to advocacy and sexuality on campus.
Commission for LGBT People
The Commission is a body appointed by the Chancellor which recommends changes in policy, programming, and services on campus for the protection and advancement of LGBT community.
With an office at 224 Conference Center Building, faculty, staff, and students can contact them if you or someone you know has experienced depression, anger, social isolation, chemical dependency, or changes in behavior or has receive harassment, stalking, or bullying.
Through classes, programs, and events, the YWCA empowers women to take on leadership roles in the community to create a world without racism that celebrates diversity and strives for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for everyone. Most notably, they have an advocacy program for victims of domestic abuse and a women’s housing program.
Knoxville Planned Parenthood Center
Part of the larger national organization aimed at providing educational programs and health care and promoting research, this center offers STI and pregnancy testing, contraceptives, abortion services, men’s and women’s general health care, and LGBT services.
Tennessee Equality Project
This organization provides contact with our state representatives and closely monitors legislators to ensure the enactment of fair and equitable laws protecting the rights of LGBT Tennesseans. They have meetings monthly.
Student Activism for Equality (SAFE)
Originally founded in response to the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, this Nashville-based student group organizes petitions, protests, and marches fighting for the LGBT community in schools, work, and everyday life.
Knoxville Family Justice Center
This center acknowledges that domestic violence is a community issue and provides a variety of services, including danger assessments, prosecutors and legal help, counseling and support groups, housing, employment assistance, and childcare, for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
Survivor Project exists to advocate for intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence. They have workshops, reading materials, consultations by phone, and research funding to hopefully set broad social change in motion by providing resources to non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Human Rights Campaign
A non-profit organization that utilizes research, education, and outreach to help grassroots movements, educate the public on LGBT issues, and advocate for civil rights. Their equal sign logo can be spotted across the nation.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights
This group is made up of clergy, religious leaders, and spiritual people of all faiths with the goal of reproductive justice. Their mission is to educate, organize activists, partner with other justice organizations, and empower individuals, institutions, and communities to positively look at sexuality and reproduction.
This charitable organization has the mission to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. The campaign was kick-started by posting pictures of celebrities as well as people from all walks of life, all speaking out against Proposition 8.
Facilitated by the Cares Community Health, the Condom Distribution Program allows you to search for organizations and businesses in your area that give away free condoms with aims to increase condom availability and education.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
This organization is focused specifically on creating safe and affirming school environments free of bullying, discrimination, and neglect for LGBT students. They support student-led efforts and partner with other national education organizations. They conduct research and enact policies to fulfill their dream.
Our Bodies Ourselves
Our Bodies Ourselves is a global non-profit organization that encourages social change by providing accurate information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality through social, economic, and political lenses. They produce books and collaborate with other organizations in order to empower women to be informed and to become their own health experts. They have links to specific health topics, their books, and a blog on the website.
Transgender Housing Network
This friendly community gives people a safe place to stay. On the Transgender Housing Network website, you can post if you have a room available or need a room to stay in. They specify that “transphobia, transmisogyny, whorephobia, racism, ableism, or any bigoted or abusive behavior will not be tolerated.”
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sponsors of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, this organization has put together a comprehensive list of facts, information on topics like primary prevention, alcohol use and sexual violence, and campus policies, and link to other important resources.