Graduate Students

On behalf of the LGBTQIA Resource Center, we welcome you to Georgia Tech. Whether you’ve lived in Atlanta your entire life or are just coming to the city, we want you to feel like you have a community here. Georgia Tech and the area around the school offers a host of engagement opportunities and resources targeted to the needs of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff. Off campus, you will find a vibrant social scene filled with events and opportunities for volunteering, socializing, and professional development. On campus, you will discover resources and student groups for connecting with like-minded peers. We hope that you will find this information useful and we look forward to getting to know you!

 

Atlanta-area Resources

Midtown

The Midtown area is known for its lively nightlife and restaurant scene. The area around 10th Street and Piedmont is a well-known hotspot for the LGBTQIA community with many coffee shops, eateries, bars, and clubs. Piedmont Park is the go-to venue for festivals, picnics, and recreation, with a number of LGBTQIA friendly events happening throughout the year.

 

Charis Books and More

Charis Books and More is the South’s oldest independent feminist bookstore offering a great selection of fiction and non-fiction. Charis also hosts support groups, author readings, pop-up craft sales, writing groups, and yoga classes, all in an environment that is affirming and inclusive of LGBTQIA folks. 

 

Philip Rush Center

The Center is home to several queer non-profits and hosts support groups in its meeting spaces. 

 

 

Pride Festivals

Atlanta Pride

Typically held during mid-October, the Atlanta Pride Festival celebrates diversity and community during this two-day LGBTQIA extravaganza. This celebration includes live entertainment, cultural exhibits, the famed Pride parade and the Pride Marketplace featuring more than 200 vendor booths as well as a plethora of restaurant and bar promotions. 

 

Black Gay Pride

Hosted by In The Life Atlanta, Black Gay Pride is a pride festival specifically for black LGBTQIA folks. This celebration features performances, parties, and community gatherings, usually over Labor Day weekend. 

 

Southern Fried Queer Pride

Those seeking a more grassroots festival experience will enjoy Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP), Atlanta’s alternative pride event and collective celebrating queer and trans community in the South. Workshops, performances, and club nights take place in early summer. 

 

 

Other Resources

 

Fitness & Outdoors

Fitness buffs should check out some of Atlanta’s LGBTQIA-friendly sports teams and leagues including the Rainbow Trout aquatics club, the Atlanta Team Tennis Association, Pride Kickball, Atlanta Bucks rugby team, and the Decatur Women’s Sports League.

 

Music

Music lovers can audition for or enjoy concerts by the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, Atlanta Women’s Chorus, or the Atlanta Freedom Bands.

 

Queer Faith Communities

People of faith seeking an affirming place of worship or faith community can stop by the LGBQTIA Resource Center to chat with the staff about options in the Atlanta area.

 

Social Scenes

Social butterflies can stay up to date with all the upcoming LGBTQIA events in Atlanta by checking out the Georgia Voice newspaper and website or the online-only Project Q.

 

 

On-Campus Opportunities

There are a number of ways for LGBTQIA graduate students to get involved with programs and initiatives in the Center:

  • Our Q Chats Discussion Groups are open to undergraduate and graduate students, and we recruit students to serve as volunteers on an as-needed basis.
  • Graduate students looking to gain workshop facilitation skills can apply to be a Safe Space: Peer Educator during our recruitment period.
  • Graduate students can sign up to be honored at our annual Lavender Graduation.
  • There is a secret Facebook group for LGBTQIA graduate students to make social plans with each other. Email us to learn how to be added.
  • The Center offers social and professional development events for LGBTQIA graduate students specifically throughout the year. 

 

Sign up for our newsletter to be notified about future events and opportunities including facilitator recruitment.

 

Graduate students can also make an appointment with Dr. Aby Parsons, director of the Center, to discuss concerns around identity, coming out, more locating resources on and off campus.