About

Our Organization

HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech is a University Chartered Student Organization advised by Intercultural Engagement Center.

Established in 1985 as Lambda Horizon, the organization has undergone many transformations. During the early 1990's the organization changed its name to LGBT and later to LGBTA. In 1998, the organization became a University Chartered Student Organization and began the Safe Zone program. Safe Zone was a collaborative effort between the Dean of Student's office, the LGBTA, the LGBT Caucus, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. And as of Fall 2014, the LGBTA is now known as HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech. Today, the organization's main focus is programmatic, not political.

Our mission is to work to promote an environment of equality, understanding, and harmony for people of all sexual orientations, sexualities, gender identities and expressions by providing a LGBT Resource Center and campus-wide programs to raise awareness, community visibility, and increase support

Membership is open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Virginia Tech as well as to all residents of the New River Valley. There are no dues or registration requirements, if you want to be a member, all you have to do is show up to the general body meetings.


VIEW OUR CONSTITUTION

Events

Affiliated Organizations

Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (QGPA)

Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (formerly QG&A) is a registered Graduate Student Organization that provides resources, support, events, and activities for graduate students at Virginia Tech; both queer and allied. Founded in the Fall of 2010 with just three members, this organization has grown to over fifty five students and faculty from the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, medical students at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), and students at the Veterinary School (VMRCVM).

Ex Lapide Society of Virginia Tech

Ex Lapide [eks-là-pi-de] (Latin for “Out of Stone”) is a free Virginia Tech alumni society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and alumni allies. Their mission is to build a network of LGBTQA alumni, promote close fellowship along LGBTQA alumni, students, and friends of the university, establish effective relationships between Virginia Tech and LGBTQA alumni and supporters, encourage LGBTQA alumni involvement with Virginia Tech and the Alumni Association, represent the needs and interest of LQBTQA alumni and supporters, assist Virginia Tech in diversity and inclusion efforts, and to help undergraduate and graduate students transition from the academic world to the work place.

LGBT Caucus at Virginia Tech

The LGBT Caucus at Virginia Tech is committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. The caucus seeks to improve the lives of LGBT individuals both at the University and in the New River Valley community through educational programming, social activities, public service, and outreach.

Support Group

The Support Group meetings are a safe space to vent about problems and get advice about issues in your life, LGBT-related or otherwise. The meetings are typically held on Mondays at 8 PM in Squires Student Center. This is a mutual self-help group, not a therapy group. Hopefully, this group will provide emotional, psychological, and moral support for its members. Follow the bottom link on the right for a list of the group ground rules.

Queer People of Color (QPoC)

QPoC at VT gives faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to understand and celebrate the diversity of being a person of color within the LGBTQ+ community. Through cultural arts, health and advocacy programming we highlight the nuanced experiences of young racial and sexual minorities. We envision a campus community that is fully inclusive of queer and trans* people of color and committed to dismantling racism, (cis) sexism, heterosexism, and all other forms of oppression. For more information about QPoC, please email us.

Trans Space

Trans Space at Virginia Tech is a brand new student organization meant to be a safe space for trans community at Virginia Tech. If you wish to know more information, you can contact the group with the email link to the side.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM @ VT)

oSTEM is a student organization dedicated to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We meet every other Wednesday in Squires at 7pm; our first meeting is on September 4 in Squires 342. To keep up with the latest oSTEM news, just us an email to get added to our listserv!

Resources

Virginia Tech Campus

LGBTQ Coordinator

This Assistant Director or the LGBT+ Resource Center is responsible for assisting Virginia Tech in the creation of a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community members as well as their allies.

Safe Zone

The goal of the Safe Zone program is to provide a more accepting environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students (LGBTQ) and their allies at Virginia Tech. This environment is created utilizing a network of individuals that are commited to providing both a supportive environment for - and accurate information about - LGBT students and their allies.



VIEW MAP OF LOCAL SAFE ZONES

InclusiveVT

InclusiveVT is a framework that creates active, intentional engagement of Virginia Tech communities. It is led by a newly established President's Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council.

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Virginia Tech

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center operates the largest collection of LGBT media (books, movies, and other publications) in the New River Valley. It also serves as a study lounge and social space open to members of the community. It is located on the third floor of Squires Student Center in room 312.

Cook Counseling Center

The Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center provides individual counseling and group counseling for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Consultation and outreach services are provided for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and student organizations.

Women's Center

An orgization dedicated to providing individual services, counseling, and advocacy for women. There are also numerous educational programs and other resources about sexual assault, violence against women, and more.

LGBTQ Addiction Guide

A research-based awareness guide on a niche that is often overlooked - addiction in the LGBTQ community. Finding help with substance abuse is often more difficult for LGBTQ people, as many other obstacles are prevalent along with the fight with addiction - this in depth resource helps alleviate that stress by facilitating help in the form of useful information and support systems

Cultural Community Centers (CCC)

CCC, formerly known as the the Intercultural Engagement Center, formerly known as Multicultural Program and Services (MPS), advises the cultural student organizations, such as the Black Student Alliance, Latino Association of Student Organizations, Asian American Student Union, Muslim Student Union, Jewish Student Union, Black Organizations Council, as well as HokiePRIDE.

LGBTQ Mental Health

A comprehensive guide by the National LGBT Health Education Center that includes research and statistics on the health disparities within our community. The guide reveals the inconsistencies LGBTQ folk experience in healthcare comparatively, and outlines steps for health centers and organizations to help fight the stigma while providing options and support for our community.

Open and Affirming Places of Faith

Christ Episcopal Church

www.christchurchblacksburg.com
(540)-552-2411
120 Church Street NE
Blacksburg, VA 24063

Cooper House (Campus Presbyterian Ministry)

www.pcusa-vt.org
(540)-552-2473
305 Washington St. SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Episcopal Campus Ministries @ VT (Canterbury Fellowship)

(440)-669-8181
204 East Roanoke Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

www.uucnrv.org
(540)-552-9716
1301 Gladewood Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Glade Church

www.gladeucc.org
(540)-552-3394
1600 Glade Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Hillel at Virginia Tech

www.hillelatvirginiatech.com
(540)-951-5397
710 Toms Creek Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

www.lmlc.org
(540)-951-1000
600 Prices Fork Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge

www.mccblueridge.com
(540)-344-4444
806 Jamison Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

DUST Covenant Church

www.dustchurch.com
(540)-750-6052
618 North Main St.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Officers

Evan Robohm

Position:

President

Pedigree:

Junior in Civil Engineering with a minor in Geography

Pronouns:

He, Him, His

Bio:

Hey there! I'm Evan, I'm a Junior in Civil Engineering from NOVA. In my spare time (what?) I like watching TV (currently Empire, HTGAWM, Schitt's Creek, Stranger Things), playing PC games, classical guitar, and/or sleeping. I also try to spend as much time outside as possible when it's nice out. I became involved in HokiePRIDE as soon as I arrived at VT, so I've had a leadership position within the org since Fall 2015. It has truly been one of my best decisions to get involved; I couldn't imagine a better way to spend my time helping my community!

Max Wright

Position:

Vice President

Pedigree:

Senior in Wildlife Conservation, concentration Disease Ecology

Pronouns:

They, Them, Theirs

Bio:

Hello new friends! I'm Max, your current VP. As your VP I lead many of the meetings and help every other position wherever they need. Think of me as a helping hand! When I'm not in my hand costume I'm a weirdo who enjoys a little bit of everything. A bit of a mystic and nature freak, I also enjoy drawing/sketching, watching Netflix, and drink ridiculous amounts of liquids (varies from coffee, tea, water, blended solid materials etc--mostly coffee though). But mostly you can find me observing plants and scampering animals or picking leaves off trees around campus trying to to figure out how to use it practically. If you ever are wondering whether a stone is mad at you, I'm your human to tell you, it's probably just a stone. Drop me a line any time!

Eryn Peters

Position:

Treasurer

Pedigree:

Psychology major, Women and Gender Studies minor

Pronouns:

I don't like pronouns. Just use my name.

Bio:

I'm a Junior who likes to do too many things with my life. I have all my regular school things. From there I also do Treasurer for HokiePRIDE, VT Snow Club, and I am the head chair of the Student Budget Board. I do as much activism as possible, because people are really important to me. Outside of my involvement, I ski, watch a lot of Netflix, like being outside, and cuddling with cats/all animals but cats are better than all other animals so they come first.

Ale Bolivar

Position:

Campus Liason

Pedigree:

Junior in Wildlife Conservation

Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Bio:

I really love sloths

Rowan Wooldridge

Position:

Programming Chair

Pedigree:

Freshman in Biochemistry

Pronouns:

He/him/his

Bio:

Hello! I’m Rowan and I am the Programming Chair this semester for HokiePRIDE. I really enjoy helping the LGBTQ+ community by getting involved in the executive board. In my free time I am usually watching The Office and Parks and Rec on Netflix. I try my best to work really hard at most things that I do but always leave time to hang out with friends.

Kat Berry

Position:

Webmaster Junior

Pedigree:

Junior in Residential Environments and Design

Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Bio:

I'm a transfer student from NVCC who took her sweet time getting to VT. I'm old, introverted and don't know how to word 80% of the time. I would love to pet your dog or cat or various animals. Not birds though, birds are evil.

Emily Brents

Position:

Webmaster

Pedigree:

Senior in Computer Science

Pronouns:

She, Her, Hers

Bio:

what's up everybody, i think DOGS should VOTE

FAQ


  • L

    is for lesbian. Also referred to as women loving women, lesbianism is the same sex attraction of women.
  • G

    is for gay. A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.
  • B

    is for bisexual. A person attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way nor to the same degree.
  • T

    is for trans*. A person who does not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. Trans* people can identify anywhere on the gender spectrum (including male female, anything in between, genderfluid) or not subscribe to gender at all.
  • Q

    is for queer. A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations outside of "standard" attraction models.
  • Q

    is for questioning. A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • I

    is for intersex, a term for a combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, and genitals that differs from the two expected patterns of male or female.
  • P

    is for polysexual. An umbrella term referring to an individual who feels attraction to more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time.
  • P

    is for pansexual. An individual who is attracted to others regardless of their gender identity or expression.
  • 2S

    is for two-spirit, an umbrella term used by Native American people to recognize individuals who possess qualities or fulfill roles of both genders.
  • A

    is for Asexual, Aromantic and Agender spectrum. A - meaning without, so they could be without sexual attraction, romantic attraction, or a gender association.


  • Living in a society that actively oppresses you on a daily basis.
  • Most of the time it’s hard to say because we have to push past it every day and block things out.
  • Having an administration continue to ignore your needs when we’ve been repeatedly been telling them about these issues for years.


  • Microaggressions all the time.
  • Lack of resources and space.
  • The greater VT community is generally very uneducated about LGBTQ+ issues and identities.
  • Lack of dedicated housing for LGBTQ+ people.


  • Considering VT’s history, we are better but still very far off. Current students feel very neglected.
  • The general air/climate tends to be tolerant, but often leans more negatively than positively. We also know that people often prioritize being polite over being honest.


  • Generally, 6-12% of any population are LGBTQ+, so the number at VT should be about 1,800 to 3,600 (out of 30,000)
  • We also do not have a specific number because VT does not survey its students, so this number could be very different from estimates.


  • You are not allowed to do interviews, take pictures, voice recording, or video at any of our meetings
  • Outside of meetings context matters; you can contact the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center
    • Luis H. Garay (they/their)
    • 540-231-3734
    • lhgaray@vt.edu


  • HokiePRIDE’s meetings are specifically meant for LGBTQ+ people, so if you are non-LGBTQ+ identified know that these meetings are not meant for you. You are welcome to attend as an ally if you respect the space. We appreciate your interest in our community, but our focus is on providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ people, and we are not a zoo.
  • Some events, like Support Group and other LGBTQ+ student organization meetings are meant for LGBTQ+ identified people only. If you are unsure if you can attend, ask the organization before doing so.
  • If you are questioning or exploring identitie(s) please come to meetings that feel applicable to you!

Contact

290 College Ave.
312 Squires Student Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061

hokieprideofvt@vt.edu