Plemmons Student Union

Henderson Springs LGBT Center

The Henderson Springs LGBT Center is the product of years of petitioning Appalachian State University for a space specifically for LGBTQ+ students, who were used to co-opting heteronormative spaces. The Center officially opened in the autumn of 2008, and is currently run by a graduate assistant and dedicated student volunteers. The Center provides support, education, resources, and events for students identifying as LGBTQ+ and their allies. 

The LGBT Center has also sponsored numerous events on ASU’s campus.  They have held, and continue to hold, events across campus to educate, memorialize, and build community. The Henderson Springs LGBT Center is still very active today.


 In 2012, the University began approving and re-signing bathrooms across campus as single-use and gender neutral. This was accomplished with assistance and direction of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force and their Bathroom and Signage subcommittee. The single-use, gender neutral bathrooms in Plemmons Student Union are in the new addition, which opened 2013, and likely indicates that these spaces were intentionally designed with this purpose in mind (rather than re-signing an existing bathroom). 


Appalachian State University. "About." Henderson Springs LGBTQ+ Center. 

University Archives Ephemera Collection. Appalachian State University Special Collections.

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