LGBTQ+ Advocacy

LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Advocates

at Fullerton College!


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The purpose of this Canvas Shell is to highlight LGBTQIA2S+ events and discuss what we would like to be doing and what changes we would like to see happen.

A group of individuals on campus have been meeting for roughly the past four years in relation to getting LGBTQIA+ services and support going.  This Advocates page was started by Lisa Macafee ( who identifies as autigender non-binary, also run an Affirming Neurodiversity


LGBTQI2S+ Student Support Center

You can now find the LGBTQI2S+ Student Support Center in Building 500, Room 512 at Fullerton College. We are proud to be part of the Cadena Cultural Center, working in tandem with Grads 2 Be and Umoja. 

LGBTQIA+ Point of Contact / Professional Expert

Ariel Gentalen (they/them) is Fullerton College's LGBTQIA2S+ Professional Expert. You can reach them at

They will provide support, explain the process, and assist students (or staff) with reporting incidents of bullying, harassment, or intimidation based on a person’s real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

LGBTQ+ Advocates Listserv

We have an listserv which has about 70+ staff, faculty, and admin who have expressed interest.  Anyone is able to send messages to the group with this email.  We also have an LGBTQ+ Advocates Staff and Faculty List here.

Instagram, Facebook, and Website

Please consider following FC LGBTQ+ on Instagram or Facebook for community events and announcements relating to the queer community.  Check out our FC LGBTQIA+ Website, too! You can always find links to our event zooms and other important info via our social media link tree.

Monthly Queer Events at Fullerton College

LGBTQIA+ Social Hour 

Hosted on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

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Queer Book Club

We meet monthly to discuss a new book centering LGBTQIA+ experiences!
Save the date! Organized and facilitated by FC Librarian Monique Delatte, we meet in front of the library and in zoom. FC library has free copies of books for participants. If you're interested in joining, please request a free copy via curbside pickup!

Change Your Gender, Pronouns, or Name
 (Links to an external site.)

Did you know you can update you personal information so everyone will see the name and gender you want them to see? Instructors, feel free to share this information with your students. Student, please feel free to utilize this info! 

Gender identity and chosen name may be used on unofficial records and documents maintained by the District, and in situations where a legal sex and legal name are not required by law or District policy. That means it will show up on Canvas and on professor's rosters.  It will still be possible for instructors to find your legal information, but this will be the first thing your professor sees!

Change your gender, name, and/or pronouns on the student information change form (Links to an external site.). For more information, please see our Chosen/Preferred Name, Gender Identity, & Pronouns website! 

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Preferred/Chosen name will appear:

  • myGateway/Canvas
  • Class/grade rosters
  • Commencement program
  • Dean’s List
  • Diploma
  • ID card
  • Email display and username (coming soon)
  • Activity rosters (coming soon)

Legal Name Will Appear:

  • Billing statements
  • Enrollment verification
  • Financial aid documents
  • Immigration documents
  • Medical documents
  • Official and unofficial transcripts
  • Employee Paychecks/W2
  • 1098-T Tuition Statement
  • Student Schedule/Bill

Fullerton College LBGTQIA2S+ Efforts

Dr. Gil Contreras, Vice President of Student Services who has supported these efforts and brought funding from the start.  He funded the LGBTQ+ Summit in November 2019 and has been key in supporting the future Queer Resource Center housed in our up and coming Cultural Center and LGBTQIA+ Faculty Lead / Point of Contact position and a later Program Coordinator position that we are trying to get passed in Academic Senate.  Dr. Jennifer LaBounty, Dean of Counseling, has been supportive from the start and has given recommendations on who to talk to to build a strong group.  Dr. Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez, Dean of Student Support Services, is also supporting these efforts.

Queer Studies at Fullerton College

SOSC 130 F Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

w/ Professor Liz Sanchez,

Check the course catalog to see the listing for upcoming semesters! 

This course examines the intersections of heterosexism, racism, classism, ableism, and other systems of power within the context of LGBTQ political struggles in the U.S. and on a global level. We will assess structures of power with a transformative lens utilizing queer theory and social movement discourse. We will examine the application of knowledge in political work. 

QPOC Club at Fullerton College 

Queer People of Color Club aims to make a safe space for queer & gender nonconforming people of color. Meetings for Fall 2022 TBA! 

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Associated Students LGBTQIA+ Resolution

An Associated Student Resolution supporting continued LGBTQIA+

Academic Senate

Many Academic Senate members have also helped in these efforts such as AS President Kim Orlijan (ENGL), Amber Gonzalez (ETHS), Gary Graves (Bus/CIS), Naveen Kanal (Golf), and Kendrick Kim (BUS).  

AP 5041

Amber Gonzalez, Jenelle Herman, Monique Delatte, Nicole Vandever, and others worked to change AP 5041 Student Records: Gender and Chosen Names (page 3).

LGBTQ+ Forum

Gilberto Valencia, coordinator of the Cadena Center along with Justine Banal coordinated the LGBTQ+ Forum in 2020 (Re-Imagining Sexual, Gender, and Political Identity, presentation by SOSC 130 F Introduction to LGBTQ Studies professor Liz Sanchez). 

Safe Zone Trainings

We had 10 staff and faculty participate in an all-day training in 2020 to become Safe Zone Trainers in 2020.  A team from across the district, noted below, are working on developing Safe Zone / LGBTQIA2S+ curriculum, to offer trainings for faculty, staff, and students in the 2021-2022 school year. 

Amber Gonzalez 

Jenelle Herman 

Erin Lacorte 

Lisa Macafee  

Liz Sanchez 

Monique Delatte 

Nic Vandever 

Creating Safe & Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ Students

Fullerton College Faculty, Dr. Amber Rose González, presents an analytical toolkit based in critical ethnic, gender, and queer studies. Frameworks from these fields are applied in order to better understand issues LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty face in higher education, generally, and at NOCCCD campuses, specifically.

Creating Safe & Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ Students 

Beyond FC: Resources & Information 

Please feel free to check out our new resource list complete with LGBTQ+ Centers, Safe Space resources, LGBTQ+ Health & Testing Centers, TED Talks on LGBTQIA+, LGBTQIA+ History links, and LGBTQIA+ Entertainment.

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LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone Project Resource Guide: A Community Manual for Local & National Queer Resources

Salvador Navarro at El Camino College and his team created this amazing resource guide.  Some is specific to El Camino, but most are Southern California resources that we could all use as well.  PS, Fullerton College is listed on page 37 as an LGBTQIA+ friendly campus!  
"This guide is dedicated to providing you with information on free and low-cost resources on a range of Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) services. It also functions as an educational tool when interacting with members of this community.
This manual will serve as a starting point in understanding and addressing the needs of the queer student population and allies who may be unsure of where to begin their search for access to tailored resources."

Online Therapy

Feeling stressed?If you are interested in learning more about online therapy  for LGBTQIA+ folks, Check out ONLINE THERAPY's resources for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Trevor Project, a confidential crisis intervention and suicide prevention line available 24/7 where you can talk 1-866-488-7386, text (text START to 678678) or chat online through their website to a counselor trained to work specifically with LGBTQIA+ populations. Get Help Now!

LGBTQIA+ Statistics

This LGBTQIA+ Statistics is a compilation of data showing the disproportionate impact for LGBTQIA+ college students and LGBTQIA+ youth on college success, mental health, food and housing insecurity, and earnings.

Trans Visibility Event with Alex Billings 

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The Cypress College Queer-Straight Alliance and Theatre Arts Department with the support of our Student Equity and Achievement Committee at Cypress College are so incredibly excited to announce this amazing opportunity! Please share the link with your students and anyone else who may be interested.

It's so important to create more visibility and understanding of our trans students and employees. If you are able, please view this exciting event.

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THRIVE: People Like us!

Please consider viewing Lance Lockwood's 2019/2020 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Presentation; THRIVE: People Like Us.  This video is an overview of the issues facing our LGBTQIA+ students at Santa Ana College and may help to boost your motivation! 

Professor Lance Lockwood ( has volunteered to function as LGBTQIA+ Point of Contact for students and staff at Santa Ana College.