Friends of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals
Arthur Sandeen, Vice President, Student Affairs Irene Stevens, Assistant Dean, Student Services
Since the Friends of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals Program was created in 1996, more than 200 faculty, deans, directors, staff, and students have committed themselves to creating a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) students at the University of Florida. We are inviting you to become a member of this unique program, one with no dues or mandatory meetings. We ask that you support LGB students by displaying the Friends logo or button on your door or at your desk and serving as a resource for LGB students.
For the Friends Program to be successful, it is important that people from all parts of the University of Florida participate. It is open to people of all sexual orientations. Members of Friends do not need to be counselors; they are simply people who are willing to listen, who are informed about LGB resources within the community, and who are respectful of confidentiality. The primary requirements are a strong commitment to fostering diversity and social equality on our campus and a willingness to show that commitment by visually expressing support for LGB student within our community. By displaying the sign or button, a Friend is simply sending a message of acceptance and encouragement.
To become a Friend, simply complete the form which is included and return it to Irene Stevens in the Office for Student Services, 207 Peabody Hall. Friends will be sent the Friends sign and button and a community resource guide which assists Friends with providing a variety of information to LGB students.
We ask that you share this information with colleagues in your office. If you have any additional questions or would like additional information, please contact Irene Stevens at 392-1261. Thank you for your time.
Download an Application for the Friends Program