Bridges Panels

Bridges panels are offered through the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Education and Support Services Program in the Office of the Dean of Students. 

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 University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and the surrounding Eugene and Springfield communities.

Coming Out Panels

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.

The Bridges program is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers from all backgrounds and all parts of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Request a Panel or Join as a Panelist

To volunteer for Bridges, you must complete an initial training and observe at least one panel. If you are interested in more information about being a Bridges panelist, email To host a Bridges panel in your class, organization, or other meeting, please fill out our Bridges Request Form. Requests must be sent at least two weeks in advance.