diverse studentsThe Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC) provides services to and a safe space for students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other sexual and gender minorities. Students who may be questioning their sexual identity are also welcome.

NMU is equipped with 53 Gender Neutral/Handicapped bathrooms. Click here to view their locations.

Click here to check out Campus Climate Index.

Click here to check out NMU's Preferred Name Policy.


Trans Lifeline 

Call (877) 565-8860 for Trans Lifeline's Hotline. Call 911 in cases of immediate medical assistance

Trans Lifeline is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. Click here to learn more about Trans Lifeline.



Located in our office, a room dedicated to LGBT+ resources, handouts, books, and movies. Below is a list of resources for ALL students to utilize:

  • A Safe Place for everyone
  • LGBT+ online resource links, handouts, and magazines
  • Sexual health handouts
  • Click here for a look at our book collection
  • Click here for a look at our DVD collection



MERC Associate Director Shirley Brozzo and Financial Aid Counselor Jeff Gagnon serve as facilitators for the faculty/staff group ALLIES.

ALLIESNMU currently has over 480 ALLIES members.  

Click here for Rainbow Decal information.

ALLIES meetings for Winter 2020 are:


  • January 17

  • February 7

  • March 13

  • April 3

ALLIES meetings are held in Hedgcock 2603 from 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

**ALLIES Scholarship**

Students who, through leadership, support or involvement in organizations, activities or issues that promote awareness and acceptance of the lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transgender/queer/plus (LGBTQ+) community at Northern Michigan University, may apply for the ALLIES Scholarship. Applicants must provide a written statement (1000 words), documenting there experiences. The $500 minimum scholarship will be split between two semesters.

Q+A - Queers and Allies Social Club

Associate Professor Gary Stark is advisor for this student organization. Q+A meetings are held Wednesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. in the Cadillac Room of the University Center.

Local LGBTQ & Trans Friendly Churches & Doctors

List of churches

List of doctors

Glossary of Terms

Click Here for a glossary of LGBTQ+ terms.

Transgender Resources

Click here for a list of various resources for transgender.  They include suicide prevention, equality advocates,  and legal help.
Additonal resources are available here.  

For a list of transgender pronouns, click here.

Films on Gender

PFLAG has created a list of films on gender.  They are narrative and documentaries.  

LGBTQ+ Books for Children and Teens

Click here for a list of LGBTQ+ books for children and teens from Oakland University.  
Click here for more books.  

Finding Help Nationally:


LGBT+ Friendly Lawyer

Susan Wideman Schaible
1901 W. Ridge St. Suite 5, Marquette, MI 49855
Telephone: (906) 226-4600


PFLAG meetings!

 4th Monday of the month

5:30-7:00 pm

Messiah Lutheran Church
305 W. Magnetic St, Marquette, MI 49855