Gender and Sexuality

Community Gender and Sexuality

The Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community provides avenues for both social and professional involvement. Our goal is to encourage personal and professional growth, increased awareness and acceptance of professionals and students, and to promote understanding of gender and sexuality needs.

Message from Co-Chairs

Welcome to the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community (GSKC)!

We are here to hold space for radical care and joy, honoring your fullness as queer and trans folx within higher education.

As you review our site, we welcome feedback to continue to build upon the legacy of prior leaders and to make this more relevant to your needs.

We will continue to advocate for our many communities, pushing the organization to do and be better. We will also partner with fellow Knowledge Communities to ground ourselves in our shared humanity.

If you are already a NASPA member and would like to receive emails from the GSKC, please make sure you select the GSKC under the NASPA engagement details section in your NASPA profile once you’re logged in. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the GSKC, read our blog posts/research papers, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


Our Purpose

The Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community is NASPA’s place for professionals, students, and those interested in gender and sexuality issues to connect. We provide education and support for the diverse LGBTQIA2S+ community through scholarship, advocacy and engagement.

Our History

During the July 2016 Board of Director’s meeting our proposal to formerly change the name of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender KC to the Gender and Sexuality KC was approved. This change was made to continue to meet the needs of our membership and to be more inclusive in the work we do.

We continue to build subcommunity spaces (Indigenous, Latinx/a/o, Womxn, and more) to provide affinity and solidarity across difference.

Our Vision

Each campus is safe, affirming and inclusive for all students, staff and faculty.

Our Values

Advocacy - Community - Inclusion - Openness

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Get Involved

The Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community provides numerous ways for NASPA members to get involved.

If you want to quickly communicate with other members, jump right into the conversation by following us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Also, be sure to subscribe to our listserv. These platforms are a great way to see opportunities for involvment including writing for our newsletter, serving on selection committes, and submit research articles!

Leadership Team

Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.



The Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community is committed to providing a breadth of knowledge and support to professionals and students. Take a look through our Resources page for some information that may be of use. Make sure to check out the GSKC Lavender Papers* which exhibit some of the work and research being done by our members. (The name of the White Paper was changed in 2021 to Lavender Paper to reflect our ongoing commitment to culturally relevant references and language about gender and sexuality. Previously published resources will retain the White Paper name for citation and indexing purposes.) 

Lavender Papers

2024 Lavender Paper - 3/2024

2023 Lavender Paper - 3/2023

2022 Lavender Paper - 3/2022

2019 Spring White Paper - 3/2019

2018 Spring White Paper - 3/2018

2017 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2017

2016 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2016

2015 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2015

2014 Fall White Paper - Published 9/2014

2014 Spring White Paper - Published 3/2014

2013 Fall White Paper - Published 09/2013

2013  Spring White Paper - Published 03/2013

2012 Fall White Paper - Published 09/2012

2012 Spring White Paper - Published 03/2012

2011 Fall White Paper - Published 09/2011

Campus Resources

The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) has a set of Standards and Guideliens (SAGs) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Programs and Services approved by the 47 organizations who comprise CAS. These the LGBT Program and Services SAGs can be purchased from the CAS store.

National Organizations

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)  
As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGTLF)

NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political movement.

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies Concerns Commission
A compilation of resources, links, and basic information for academic advisors about the LGBT community. It tends to have an academic focus but is also aimed at student affairs professionals who work in academic advising.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
Founded in 2003, NCTE is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocac, collaboration and empowerment.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 80,000 members and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States.

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals officially started at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference in San Diego (November, 1997) but we have been working together on an informal basis for several years. The combined vision and mission on the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. 

Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities in California. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. The SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

Power of One Conference

The Power of One conference is a student leadership conference jointly sponsored by NASPA Region V and the Northwest LGBT Board of Directors. Each year it is held at a different institution of higher education in the Pacific Northwest. This conferences allows students, faculty and staff to explore issues related to LGBT communities.

Latinx Resources

The Gender & Sexuality KC works collaboratively with the Latinx/a/o KC to promote gender identity, gender expression, and racial inclusion. The Latinx Inclusion Co-Chairs serve on both the Gender & Sexuality KC and Latinx/a/o KC, as they liaise and engender the relationship between the two Knowledge Communities. Visit Latinx Resources for more information. 

Gender and Sexuality KC Awards

Past award recipients include:

Co-Chair Award

  • 2015 - Dominiece Hoelyfield, Assistant Director and Shaun Travers, Ed.D, UC San Diego
  • 2016 - Jake Frazier, American University
  • 2017 - Bobby Kunstman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Exemplary Program Award

  • 2014 - The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
  • 2015 - University of Houston’s Pride Partners Program
  • 2016 - LGBT and Ally Network of Support, Fordham University
  • 2017 - Queer Lives Series, Illinois Wesleyan University  

Intersectional Inclusion Award

  • 2021 - Dirk Rodricks
  • 2022 - Sergio Gonzalez

New Professional Award

  • 2013 - Emily Mears, Tuft Univesity
  • 2014 - Zaneta Rago, Rutgers University
  • 2015 - Corey James Benson, Texas State Univeristy
  • 2017 - Missy Dominquez, University of Washington, Bothell     
  • 2022 - Jessica Rubinsky                                                                                                                     

Research Award

  • 2013 - Tom Bourdon, Tufts University
  • 2015 - Brandon B, Barile, Director of Residenial Education
  • 2016 - T.J. Jourian, Loyola University Chicago
  • 2017 - Antonio Duran, Ohio State University and Vince Bowhay, Campus Success Campus Labs

Service to NASPA Award

  • 2013 - Dr. Brit Katz, Millsaps University
  • 2014 - Ryan Gove, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • 2016 - Alex Cabal, Babson College
  • 2017 - Brian Medina, Frostburg State University 
  • 2021 - Antonio Duran            
  • 2022 - Colleen Lofton                                                                                         

Service to Student Affairs Award

  • 2014 - Dr. R. Bradley Johnson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 2015 - Darryl Holloman, Georgia State University
  • 2016 - Joshua Moon Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2017 - Matt Johns, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2021 - Jim Wildason
  • 2022 - Hugo Yepez
GSKC Policy Statements

The GSKC periodically issues alone or joins in solidarity with other organizations to issue statements and calls to actions on topics relevant to our mission and goals. Those statemnents are released via email and shared acxross social media platforms. The folowing is a collection of recent statement sissued by the Knowledge Community. Please review our policy statement protocol and copntact a core team member to request consideration of a issue in the news or emergent controversy society that you wish us weigh in on. 


GSKC Opposes Anti-Asian & Anti-Immigrant Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia (May 2020)

GSKC Black Lives Matter Statement (June, 2020)

Statement on Anti-Trans State and Federal Legislation (April 2021) 


"Extend Your Zone" State Legislation & Transgender Rights" Handouts

The handouts here provide context and opportunities to expand their aewaress, knowldge and skills around gender and sexuality in order to serve the needs of trans and nonbinary community members. 


National Trans Resource List