LGBTIQ & Ally Statement

At Bates, we respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We affirm that all students, staff, and faculty should feel safe, welcome, and supported on our campus. We reject homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism in all of their manifestations. As a community we acknowledge that such intolerance and discrimination often intersect with sexism, racism, and classism and other forms of inequality; we seek to educate all on the debilitating consequences of prejudice and bias and to dismantle heteronormativity on campus and beyond. We recognize that difference, in all its forms including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, enriches our campus community and enhances the learning environment for all.

In many of our academic departments and interdisciplinary programs, we provide academic courses and programs that examine different facets of sexuality and gender. We also offer a Women and Gender Studies major and minor, and a Queer Studies General Education Concentration (GEC).

Support the LGBTIQQA Community

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual

Safe Space Program

Everyone should feel safe at Bates.

Mission: The Bates Safe Space program provides visible messages of inclusion, acceptance, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTIQQ) individuals. All LGBTIQQ students, faculty, and staff should feel safe, welcome, and supported on campus so that they can thrive personally, academically, and professionally.


  • Develop a network of informed Allies (faculty, staff, and JARCs) who can support and advocate for LGBTIQQ faculty, staff, and students at Bates
  • Educate the campus community about the experiences and issues that LGBTIQQ individuals face in their daily lives so that all at Bates can demonstrate a “commitment to responsible stewardship to wider world”
  • Promote awareness across campus constituencies that the “transformative power of our differences” includes difference based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression

Bates Athletics: Transgender Inclusion Policies

Bates College prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. In order to comport with this policy and to uphold the principles of equity and inclusion, Bates College Athletics maintains the following Transgender Inclusion policies to facilitate and encourage the participation of transgender students, staff, faculty, and visitors. These policies cover: participation in intercollegiate, club, and intramural sports; participation in physical education offerings; and accommodation for transpeople who attend and participate in athletic contests that take place at Bates.

Queer Peer Mentors

Queer Peer Mentors serve as role models and mentors for queer and questioning students at Bates and may be assigned specific mentees (individuals or group) to work with directly in a one-on-one relationship. Queer Peers Mentors provide a positive example in attitude, serving as confidants to other queer and questioning students on personal issues, and ensure queer & questioning students have access to and take advantage of all campus resources. In addition to being a regular visible presence at the Office of Intercultural Education, the Queer Peer Mentors are expected to have an interest in and ability to work with students across difference including sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, class, ability, religion, race and ethnicity. Mentors will create programs that will inform and support all students on Queer issues.

Contact Lexie Mucci, Program Coordinator in the Office of Intercultural Education, for more information. 


OUTFront is the primary organization at Bates College dedicated to affirming LGBTIQQAA students, faculty and staff. A student facilitated social support and political organization, OUTFront members endeavor to educate the entire campus community about issues related to sexuality and gender.


An alumni network established to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered alums to each other and back to Bates. Membership is open to all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered alumni, faculty, and administrative staff of the College as well as allies, friends, and supporters.

Larry Handerhan ’05 founded the group in 2010 with support from the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.  For more information, contact Larry Handerhan or go to the Facebook forum for LGBT alumni and allies of Bates College to exchange ideas, information, event listings, and items of interest.

Local Resources

Find support off-campus, in the community

Outright Lewiston/Auburn

Since 2009, OUTFront has partnered with Outright Lewiston/Auburn to host “Lewistunning Dragapalooza” at Bates College. OutrightLA provides services and outreach for LGBT youth in Lewiston/Auburn, offering a weekly drop-in support group for youth 22 and under. OutrightLA also offers an “Intersecting Oppressions Workshop,” which aims to address the multiple forms of oppression young GLBTQA people face and the connections between racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism and other forms of oppression. OutrightLA is a program of Western Maine Community Action.

Penny Sargent, Program Coordinator
179 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME 04240

Equality Maine

EqualityMaine is a political alliance which works “to secure for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine.”  Originally established as the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance (MLGPA), the group was founded in 1984 in response to the murder of Charlie Howard, a gay-identified young man from Bangor. MPLGA adopted EqualityMaine in 2004. For over 25 years MPLGA/EqualityMaine has advocated for the Maine LGBT community, supporting initiatives such as the Maine non-discrimination law in 2005.

Betsy Smith, Executive Director
550 Forest Avenue, Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
t. 207.761.3732
f. 207-761-3752

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

PO Box 8742
Portland, ME
phone: 207.831.3015

Meetings held the second Tuesday of every at 7pm. Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland, Maine.

Maine College & University Organizations

Bowdoin College

Colby College

University of New England

University of Maine

National Resources


American Civil Liberties Union – LGBT Project

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal


American Institute of Bisexuality

Bisexual Resource Center


Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law and Policy Institute


The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
ISNA provides a free and downloadable teaching guide – entitled “Teaching Intersex Issues”– designed for undergraduate courses. You can access the guide directly at

Academic Resources

USM  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Collection

Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Glickman Family Library
University of Southern Maine
314 Forest Avenue, Room 321
Portland, ME 04101
t. (207) 780-5039
f. (207) 780-4649

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

The Consortium promotes equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni in higher education. Read more about the vision and goals of the Consortium here.

The Consortium has developed LGBTQArchitect, a resource site with materials about program development and planning, outreach strategies, and assessment tools for campus professionals.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educator Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN “strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.” GLSEN provides educational resources, conducts research on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and sponsors initiatives to raise awareness and make school communities welcoming environments for all. Projects include Gay-Straight Alliances, Safe Space Ally Kit, Day of Silence, and ThinkB4YouSpeak.

Q Research Institute for Higher Education

A national institute for the study of LGBT people in higher education, which recently published “The State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People” (2010). Review the Executive Summary.