LGBTQIA+ Programs and Resources at UMKC

A guide to some of the ways we work to create an inclusive and affirming campus
Group of students hugging during Lavender Graduation

This introductory (and non-exhaustive) guide is just the beginning! Find more LGBTQIA+ resources and programs online, on social media, via email or stop by the Rainbow Lounge (more on that below!).

Rainbow Lounge

This is the official LGBTQIA resource space at UMKC. The Rainbow Lounge (located on the third floor of the Student Union) is intended as a welcoming space for students, regardless of sexual or gender diversity and expression. Affectionately referred to as our LGBTQIA living room, students can find literature, recreational opportunities and lounge space for, about and by the UMKC LGBTQIA student community.

Students looking for a virtual way to get connected with others before school starts can join our UMKC LGBTQIA Discord Server.

Group of UMKC students in the Rainbow Lounge.
Students gather in the Rainbow Lounge, the official UMKC LGBTQIA resource space.
Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-inclusive housing is available in all UMKC residence halls. Students may request to live alone, with another person or a group.

Preferred Name Policy

UMKC acknowledges that many students use names other than their legal name to identify themselves. Although a chosen/preferred name doesn’t change your official name in educational records (financial aid, transcripts, etc.), it will be displayed in the Pathway student center, Pathway class roster and grade roster. Additionally, a preferred name may be used to change your student ID and displayed in other university maintained software applications such as Canvas.

2019 UMKC LGBTQIA+ Ally photo
2018 UMKC Ally photo

UMKC has a number of scholarship opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students, including our Empowerment Fund, created to support students who experience loss of financial support from their family after coming out.

Other scholarships include:

College of Arts and Sciences LGBTQIA Scholarship

LGBTQIA Leadership Scholarship (deadline for incoming students is July 1)

LGBTQIA Emergency Grant 

Student Organizations

Our student organizations reflect the interests of our students and include:

LGBTQIA Health District Alliance

Pride Alliance

LGBTQIA Student Affairs Council

UMKC School of Law OUTLaws

UMKC Trans+

Additionally, be sure to check out upcoming events that help us reflect on the history and culture of LGBTQIA+ people, as well as highlighting current issues facing our communities, including LGBTQIA Pride Month, Lavender Graduation and the Pride Lecture Series.


Published: Jul 2, 2019

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