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Commitment to Our LGBTQ+ Community

A Message from President Wallace D. Loh

Dear UMD Community,

I am proud of the work the LGBT Equity Center, partners across campus, and each of you have done to make our campus one that cares for and supports our LGBTQ+ community.

UMD is not immune to hate-bias incidents targeted at the LGBTQ+ community, but we strive to be a campus where the support our LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff receive outweighs any one incident. We must continue to take advantage of that strength and support, and stand together stronger than ever. Our campus has many resources available to support our LGBTQ+ community, including the Hate-Bias Response Program, the Counseling Center, and the University Health Center, in addition to the LGBT Equity Center.

I strongly support maintaining current federal protections from discrimination against our transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex communities. Regardless of rumored policy changes on the federal level, I stand firm on our campus policies and actions that have been led by the LGBT Equity Center, which have made our campus a top-ranked institution for LGBTQ+ people. There is still progress to be made. As a university, we have no intention of weakening our policies and practices that relate to gender, housing, restrooms, and health and wellness, among many other key issues that our LGBTQ+ community face.
 
Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland