“Emergency Fund” For Students Crosses A Line

Campus Reform reported this week that the University of Oregon has set aside a special emergency fund for “LGBTQIA+” students to receive various “gender-affirming” resources.

The “The LGBTQIA+ Student Emergency Fund” allows students to apply for a 1-time emergency payment for “items that impact their sexuality or gender identity.”

The fund, which is available to transgender, non-binary, and “gender-expansive” students, will provide financial support on any “resources, products, support, and care” that the students say they need to “reaffirm” their gender.

According to the university, the emergency fund cannot be used by students to pay for tuition, textbooks, or other school fees.

In filling out the application, students must provide both their legal name and their preferred name, along with their student ID number, campus email address, and, of course, their preferred pronouns.

Applicants have to name which letter in LGBTQIA+ applies to them and explain the purpose of their request for emergency funding, along with the expected associated costs and the amount of money they are requesting.

In addition to this emergency fund, the university also offers other services to its LGBTQIA+ students, including “Trans Voice Lessons,” letters supporting medical transition and services, scholarships for LGBTQIA, and “Gender-Inclusive Housing.”

The office of the Dean of Students also enlists support for “LGBT Education and Support Services.” These services are aimed at promoting a “safe, equitable, accessible, and affirming campus” for any student that identifies with any of the LGBTQIA+ letters. It provides services in education, “resource navigation,” “community building,” and event coordination.

On its website, the office of the Dean of Students also encourages LGBTQIA+ students to shop at a Eugene, Oregon adult toy shop called “As You Like It” which it describes as “gender-inclusive” not to mention “eco-conscious.”

Additionally, the Dean of Students website also urges faculty and staff to avoid using “binary gendered language.”