Members of Elmhurst College’s LGBT community share their stories of self-discovery and hope.
Elmhurst was the first college in the nation to include a question about sexual orientation on its application for admission.
Bill Johnson '68 made history as the first openly gay man to gain ordination to the mainstream Christian ministry.
Elmhurst College is home to a highly diverse student body. On our inclusive campus, students of every orientation find safety, acceptance and the resources and support they need to thrive.
Open and Welcoming
Elmhurst is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainstream American church to ordain an African-American pastor, a woman and an openly gay person (the Reverend Dr. William R. Johnson ’68). In the spirit of the UCC’s commitment to social justice and inclusivity, the College is open and welcoming to people of all faiths—and of all sexual orientations.
Elmhurst recently became the first college in the nation to include a question about sexual orientation on its application for admission. The question, which is optional, allows us to connect LGBT students with campus resources even before they’ve arrived at Elmhurst. What’s more, we offer enrichment scholarships specifically for LGBT students and members of other underrepresented groups.
A Wealth of Resources
LGBT students at Elmhurst find support through a variety of campus organizations, including EQUAL (Elmhurst Queers and Allies), a student-run advocacy group, and SAFE (Staff, Administrators and Faculty for Equality), which offers a confidential support network for the LGBT community. Resources are also available through the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs, the Wellness Center and the College Chaplaincy.
Elmhurst celebrates the LGBT community throughout the school year with a variety of events that spark conversation and raise awareness. Student-run activities include the Big Gay Gathering and National Coming Out Day, while the William R. Johnson Guestship provides an annual forum on the issues and life stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
For students interested in the academic study of LGBT issues, Elmhurst College offers a concentration in LGBT Studies through the Intercultural Studies Program. In this course of study, students engage in critical analysis of contemporary issues within the intersections of gender and sexuality.
For more information about the LGBT community at Elmhurst, please contact us.