The front of the LGBT Center

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center exemplifies Case Western Reserve University's commitment to serving its diverse students, staff, postdocs, and alumni. We educate the campus community about the complexities of human sexuality, gender, and relationships through authentic dialogue. 

LGBT Center Mission

To provide support and advocacy to LGBTQ+ individuals within CWRU and provide a haven to those who are seeking solidarity and community. 

LGBT Center Vision

To foster an empowering, loving and equitable environment for our multifaceted community to thrive within CWRU. 

The LGBT Center is staffed by Director, Avery Ware, Assistant Director, Mailey Lorio, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator, Devin Taylor, as well as undergraduate and graduate student coordinators. The LGBT Center welcomes guest at the front desk, facilitates educational programs and conversation groups, while also offering advising/advocacy to the campus community. Outfitted with a TV, couch, chairs, ample desk space, and more, the LGBT Center is a great place to relax, study, study, or gather to meet and enjoy the company of fellow students. Both informal gathering and structured events are supported and encouraged. the LGBT Center offers a library stocked with books, movies, zines, periodicals, brochures, and other resources pertaining to LGBTQ+ topics. All LGBT Center staff members seek to aid those searching for information or support.

The LGBT Center is located at the heart of campus on the first floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, situated as the first office greeting visitors entering through the Linsalata Entrance off Bellflower Road. The space provides an inviting home to members of the LGBTQ+ and allied community interested in exploring and celebrating LGBTQ+ identities. Beyond the student base, the LGBT Center also welcomes alumni, prospective students, staff and faculty, postdocs, and community members.

Campus Climate Index

Campus pride 4.5 stars

CWRU received four and a half out of five stars on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

Academic life, student life, policies and practice, housing and residence life, and counseling and health services are just a few of the criteria measured for the index.

The university was cited for expressly using the words sexual orientation, transgender, transsexual and/or gender identity/expression in its nondiscriminatory statement and Equal Employment Opportunity policy, which are in print materials and posted online. View CWRU's full profile.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Illumination Award

Case Western Reserve University's LGBT Center received the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance Illumination Award for most supportive organization in recognition of the university's inclusive healthcare policies for transgender individuals. 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually as a memorial to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who are murdered each year due to hate, transphobia and our strict adherence to the gender binary. Cleveland's ceremony aims to also celebrate life and progress in our community with the Illumination Award. 

HRC Equality Awards

three people at a celebration

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) honored Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Deputy Provost Lynn Singer with its Equality Award during its 16th Annual Celebrating the Fine Art of Equality celebration on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Cleveland InterContinental Hotel.

The two university leaders received the award for their support of campus LGBT diversity efforts. The Very Rev. Tracey Lind from Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral was also honored during the event.

Jane Daroff, a member of Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services, 2008 Equality Award recipient, and member of the Board of Governors of the HRC presented the prize to Snyder and Singer.