Information for Incoming LGBTQ Students
If you are in the LGBTQ community, there are specific questions and qualifications you may have for your potential college or university. Below are LGBTQ-specific details about Point Park University for incoming students. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to Parker Werns, Point Park’s SafeZone coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying to Point Park University
- You will need to use your legal name to apply to Point Park. However, there is a preferred name section on the application, which will then be used for all future correspondence and on your student ID.
- The application will ask your gender and currently offers only male & female options. You can select whichever one is more comfortable for you, regardless of your legal gender. You are able to change this later by working with the ID office.
- When you fill out your housing questionnaire to register for on-campus housing, it gives four gender options: male, female, transitioning to male, and transitioning to female. You can select whatever one is most comfortable for you, regardless of your legal gender.
- Selecting “male” or “transitioning to male” will put you in the male roommate pool and selecting “female” or “transitioning to female” will put you in the female roommate pool.
- There is a question on the housing form that states "I am willing to live with a roommate who self identifies as transgender" with a yes or no option. If you select either "transitioning to male" or "transitioning to female" as your gender option, you will only get paired with a roommate who has selected "yes" to that question.
- You are able to select your own roommate. However, they have to be in the same roommate gender pool. This means that if you selected “male” or “transitioning to male” as your gender option they would also have to select either “male” or “transitioning to male,” and if you selected “female” or “transitioning to female” they would also have to select either “female” or “transitioning to female.”
- Point Park allows anyone to use whatever bathroom is most comfortable for them. There are also several gender-neutral bathrooms around campus, marked with an R on the map below.
- If you live on campus, you will either have a private bathroom in your dorm room or suite (Lawrence Hall, Pioneer Hall, Conestoga Hall, and Boulevard Apartments) or a communal bathroom (Thayer Hall). The communal bathrooms are gendered, but operate under the same system - you may use whatever bathroom you feel most comfortable in.
- UMPC, Pittsburgh’s primary medical provider, has a Gender & Sexual Development clinic that offers LGBTQ-specific and -inclusive medical care to patients up to age 26. They can work with you to find a LGBTQ-friendly doctor or to coordinate HRT or gender-confirming surgery.
- The Persad Center, a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in western PA, offers free HIV testing every Tuesday and Thursday.
- If you will be buying student insurance we have Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Their coverage for gender confirmation surgery is outlined here (warning, language is outdated).
- Point Park’s university counselors have been trained in LGBTQ and transgender issues. Their services are free to all students, faculty, and staff.
- The Persad Center offers group, couple, and individual counseling on a sliding scale payment system. They also offer different support groups for various identities.
- There is an active LGBTQ club on campus called Point Park University's Gender and Sexuality Spectrum Alliance.