Who We Are

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.


Our History

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.

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“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


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.