Sexual Orientations

Sexual orientation falls on a continuum and refers to our emotional / romantic / sexual preferences. Some sexual identities include heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality, pansexuality, queer among others.


On-Campus Resources

Counseling Center

For transgender clients, the Counseling Center can be a support through the transition process and provide referrals to peer support groups and community clinicians who can provide letters of eligibility and readiness for hormone replacement therapy and sexual-reassignment surgery.

Towson University Sexuality & Gender Diversity Student Development

The Sexuality & Gender Diversity Student Development Program strives to create an inclusive and educated campus community where all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally students feel welcome, supported, valued, and engaged.

Online Services

  • HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Equal rights
  • The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network offers a comprehensive online LGBTQIA+ community resources directory.
  • NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
  • PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays): PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, and their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
  • The Trevor Project and Lifeline –866-4-U-TREVOR , 866-488-7386 [U.S. CALLS ONLY]. The Trevor operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

  • Suicide.Org Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Suicide resource page

  • “The GLBT National Resource Database” – Database offering information about many local social resources, community centers, etc.
  • GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Network: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) was established in 1973, works to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of the movement.

  • Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
  • The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
  • Soulfource, guided by the spirit of truth and empowered by the principles of relentless nonviolent resistance, works to end the religious and political oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people.

Off-Campus Resources

  • The PRIDE Center of Maryland (PCOM) (formerly GLCCB) is the state's primary source for guidance, education, cultural competency, and services to improve quality of life, especially for LGBTQ+/SGL (same-gender-loving) youth, adults, elders, and allies of all backgrounds, ethnicities, perspectives, genders, sexualities, and cultures.
  • The Chase Brexton Community Health Center is committed to delivering accessible health care throughout the lifespan, providing health care for the LGBT community, and ensuring that all patients, regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, have access to high quality health care.
  • FreeState Justice is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (“LGBTQ”) Marylanders. 
  • Hearts & Ears, Inc. is a non-profit organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning individuals with mental health issues and concerns. Drop-in center and provides weekly support groups that address addictions, mental health, and general concerns.