UAlbany Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Offers Invaluable Support to LGBT* Community on Campus
UAlbany junior Joe Diamond credits the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center with providing support that has helped him to succeed in college. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)
UAlbany’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) serves as a home away from home for many students, including junior Joe Diamond, a human biology major. While a freshman at UAlbany, Diamond was still in the closet about being gay. He met his boyfriend on campus and they started hanging out at the Center. During a break from school, Diamond came out to his parents and their reaction was less than ideal. When he returned to campus, he found Center staff members incredibly helpful and supportive.
GSRC Program Coordinator Courtney D’Allaird noted that if a lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBT*) student loses family support, they should connect with the Center to help navigate housing and financial aid. Also, if the stress of losing the support of family causes a student to underperform in his or her classes, the Center will work with other academic offices to ensure the student does not face academic dismissal.