Bridges panels are offered through the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Education and Support Services Program in the Office of the Dean of Students. Bridges hosts “coming out” panels where volunteers tell personal stories about their experiences identifying as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, agender)—and field audience member’s questions—to highlight the diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community, and to provide opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.
Bridges is a panel program designed to facilitate honest dialogue that educates people about the truth and diversity of the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Bridges panels provide an opportunity to share stories and ask questions in a way that fosters understanding, appreciation, and respect through the sharing of personal stories.
Bridges volunteers believe that sharing our stories is the most effective way to create positive change in the world as we work to create a society free from transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, gender bias, prejudice, and injustice. Through open and honest dialogues, we work to educate people about the truths and diversity surrounding the lives of LGBTQIA+ people.
We are dedicated to providing a welcoming learning environment for all, and by offering a place to share stories, ask questions, and reach out to those who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as to those who are questioning their personal, sexual, or gender identity.
Bridges is invited to a variety of classes and organizations at the UO, Lane Community College, and the surrounding Eugene and Springfield communities.
Join as a Bridges Speaker
The Bridges program is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic panelists from all backgrounds and all parts of the LGBTQIA+ community. Speakers are reserved for University of Oregon students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, and others within the community.
To volunteer for Bridges, you must complete an initial mandatory training and observe at least one panel. This term’s training will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Other training sessions will be offered once per term or every other term. If you are interested in registering to be a panelist, fill out the application below. Registration closes November 10 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about being a Bridges panelist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a Panel
To host a Bridges panel in your class, organization, or meeting, please fill out our Bridges Request Form. Requests must be sent at least two weeks in advance.