Temple University offers various resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transitioning students.
Your Tyler family is here to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out to one of the Safe Zone Allies or Faculty Mentors if you need help. There is no shame in needing or asking for help; there is only suffering if you do so in silence.
Additionally, if you find yourself cut off from family, we have a list of helpful community resources to help you get back on your feet here.
Tyler Safe Zone Allies
Safe Zone Allies will help you navigate Temple resources or provide a listening ear if you need to talk or a hug if you are overwhelmed. Visit or email if you need help.
- Laura Hricko, Continuing Education Programming Specialist (Admissions Suite)
- Kari Scott, Assistant Director for Student Life (Dean's Office Suite Room 210O)
- Grace Ahn Klensin, Assistant Director (Admissions Suite)
- Dave Logan, Director of Advising (Advising Suite)
- Marissa Georgiou, Advisor (Advising Suite)
- Isaiah Gaffney, Advisor (Advising Suite)
- Jesse Harrod, Fibers & Material Studies Program Head
Gender Neutral Bathrooms in the Tyler building
First floor north, next to the freight elevator
Second floor, administrative suite 210
- Temple Student Guide to LGBTQIA Life
- Temple Career LGBT resources
- Tyler LGBT scholarship resources
- Temple Gender-Inclusive Housing
- Tuttleman Counseling Services Support Groups
- Tyler students will be invited to apply for the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Scholarship. Details will be available in the Week Here At Tyler (WHAT) e-newsletter in the fall.
- Tyler's gender-neutral restroom is located on the first floor North, near the freight elevator. A second gender-neutral restroom is in the Tyler administrative suite 210.
- National Coming Out Week story
- List of local and national resource courtesy of The Attic Youth Center (see below)
My name on Temple resources doesn't match my true name
Temple requires that the name on your official records matches your legal name. That said, you can change the name on your email account any time you want. Simply open up Cherry & White from the Portal, and type in the name you want to use. If there is an automatic version of your legal name there, you can change it to anything you want as long as someone else at Temple isn't using that email address.
You may want to email your professors at the beginning of each semester to let them know your true name and the pronouns you prefer to use. Most of the time, the professors email is listed in Banner when you register for classes. If it says TBA, you'll have to wait for the first day of class. Most instructors will go by what you ask them to call you. Some may even ask the class for everyone's preferred name and pronouns!
If you want to change your name on your Temple record, and you have legally changed your name, you should fill out the Request for Change of Name on Record form. Please note that you MUST do this before graduation (by the time you apply for graduation if you want your new name on your diploma). Once you've graduated, your record is locked, and the name can't be changed.
If you need to legally change your name, here's some information on how to do that in Pennsylvania. Here are the specific instructions for filing the forms and costs in the city of Philadelphia, and here's a list of fingerprinting sites. If you officially live in another state, simply do an internet search on "name change in [name of state]" and you'll probably find instructions on how to do that. Don't be intimidated by the paperwork; usually, you file a petition, publish a notice in the paper, and appear in court. You can do that easily!
Temple's Beasley School of Law also has a Legal Aid office that provides basic family law services to low-income Philadelphia residents, if you qualify.
William Way Community Center
The William Way Center is Philadelphia's Gay Community Center. It encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming. They have a number of programs, events, and support groups for those in the LGBTIQQAA Community. See the calendar here.
The Attic Youth Center
The Attic Youth Center is the only organization in Philadelphia exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Attic’s goal is to reduce the isolation felt by LGBTQ youth by providing a sense of community and developing programs and services to counteract the prejudice and oppression that LGBTQ youth often face. All Attic programming is based on a youth development model and aims to build community, reduce isolation, combat homophobia, promote knowledge and life skills, and develop future leaders. The Attic offers a variety of programming and activities for LGBTQ youth and youth allies all in a safe and supportive space, as well as education services to organizations through innovative and engaging workshops and trainings. See the calendar here.
Philly Art Schools LGBT Facebook Group
Connect with other LGBT students at Philly's Art Schools here.