Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

About Us

Our Mission

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) works to create a society where all queer and trans people are free of discrimination. Through our education programs, research, policy development, advocacy, and community services, we strive to:

  • Empower the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.
  • Build leaders, particularly among youth.
  • Build public awareness and allyship.
  • Advance sexual and gender diversity studies to the forefront.
  • Create hope.

We are unique in that we utilize research to inform our services, and our services drive the direction of our research.

Our Philosophy 

We believe:

  • All queer and trans people deserve to be free of discrimination.
  • Through nurturance and resiliency practices, all 2SLGBTQ+ people have potential to thrive.
  • In the continued pursuit of knowledge as a tool to empower and build capacity.
  • In grounding our practices in evidence-based research.
  • We cannot achieve our goals alone but through collaboration