LGBTQ Resources

Are you questioning your sexuality? Did a friend just come out to you? Do you feel alone and need someone to talk to? Any chance your simply looking for some information? If so, you have come to the right place. Here you will find a list of definitions, websites, community and on campus resources to help you.

The Sage Counseling Wellness Center encourages any and all students who may have further questions to stop in and schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.


LGBQT Support

On-Campus Support:

Gay Straight Alliance (HEART) - Troy Campus

HEART is open to all students and provides gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the Sage Community with an opportunity to share information and ideas with one another. The club promotes education, acceptance, and understanding of LGBTQ issues in our society. Members empower one another through education, engagement, and deliberate dialogue in order to provide an affirming and inclusive environment for all student. Gay Straight Alliance - Albany Campus 

Sage Allies - Troy & Albany Campus

The Sage College’s All Inclusive Safe Zone Program, Sage ALLIES, is to advocate for, listen to, learn with, include, empower and support members of the Sage community through education, engagement, and deliberate dialogue in order to provide an affirming & inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff regardless of any human condition, characteristic, or circumstance.

Off-Campus Support: 

Capital Pride Center
332 Hudson Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 462-6138

In Our Own Voices, Inc.

245 Lark Street

Albany, NY
(518) 432-4188

Student Suggested Websites: – Community for pansexuals – General gay news - General gay news – Community for genderqueer identifying people – A community of Transgendered people, yheir loved ones and allies - A community for genderqueers, FTMs, MTFs, and other gender identities – An artistic and educational campaign intended to create dialogue and draw attention to the lack of inclusivity of the trans community.


LGBTQ Definitions

Sex refers to one’s biological attributes: genitals, chromosomes, hormones, etc.

Gender Identity refers to one’s psychological identity as male, female, or something else.

Agender refers to someone with no gender.

Androgyne refers to someone with aspects of both male and female genders, who identifies as somewhere in-between male and female.

Genderqueer refers to someone of a gender other than male or female.

Transgender refers to anyone whose gender identity does not match their sex at birth. 

  • Female to Male (FTM) Is a person born as a female but their true gender identity is male.
  • Male to Female (MTF) is a person born as a male but feel their true gender identity is male.

Sexual Identity refers to one’s sense of self in relation to other genders. It has the same categories as orientation, but is usually seen as something one has more choice over.

Straight refers to an attraction to the opposite gender.

Gay refers to an attraction to one’s own gender.

Lesbian refers to a female attracted to females. Not all gay females necessarily identify as lesbian, and not all lesbians necessarily identify as gay.

Bisexual refers to an attraction to both males and females.

Pansexual refers to an attraction to people regardless of gender.

Asexual refers to no attraction to any particular group of people. (This is not an attraction towards oneself; that would be autosexual.)

Questioning refers to someone who is currently trying to determine their orientation or sexual identity.

Queer An umbrella term to refer to all LGBTIQ people....A political statement, as well as a sexual orientation, which advocates breaking binary thinking and seeing both sexual orientation and gender identity as potentially fluid....A simple label to explain a complex set of sexual behaviors and desires. For example, a person who is attracted to multiple genders may identify as queer....Recently is also as been used like the word gay. A  person might identify queer instead of gay or lesbian even if they are only attracted to their own gender.