The Queer Student Union seeks to cultivate a community where students can be their authentic selves, educate about LGBTQ+ history, and advocate for that community to the rest of the University.
Who we are
For many students, college is a time for self-exploration: an opportunity for the kind of thrilling independence that lets you finally discover who you really are. Other students have always known themselves, and for them college might be an opportunity for safety––a chance to express, maybe for the first time, the selves they’ve always known to be true. Whoever you are, you're a little closer to adulthood when you matriculate, and that means you’re freer than ever to be your own unique and independent self.
“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.”
— Janet Mock, Transgender Rights Activist
For over 44 years, the Queer Student Union has fought to ensure that every student at the University of Virginia has the ability to find or express themselves the way they want to in college. No matter who you are––transgender, genderqueer, lesbian, bisexual, gay, straight, or queer in any other way––QSU is here to offer you a safe and supportive community. In QSU you can be yourself without fear of judgement, surrounded by peers who understand and accept you. And we are proud to be your voice for the rest of the University, advocating for a more educated and inclusive college experience.
What we do
QSU organizes its activities at the University around three central pillars. By educating ourselves and others about queer identity, we are cultivating an empathetic community that understands and respects us. By building community through social activities and special events, we are bringing LGBTQ students together for friendship and solidarity.
And by pursuing activism on behalf of UVA’s queer community, we are helping to ensure that we have a united voice with which to work toward a more accepting University. From meetings to social events to advocacy projects, everything we do falls under one of these three categories.
Like what you see? There are a dozen ways to get involved with QSU, from coming to our meetings and socials to helping plan events with the social or activism committees. Looking for a way to showcase your drag talents? Sign up to be a performer at Drag Bingo. If you’re more interested in working outside the UVA community, sign up for our Queer Mentors program to give advise to LGBTQ high school students. Click the link below for the full list of ways to get involved, and check out our Events Calendar to see what we’re up to this month.