A collaboration between the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville and the local organization Trans Sexuality Teaching, Advocacy, and Research (TSTAR) allows us to provide services, resources, and support for students, faculty, and staff who hold marginalized gender identities and/or expressions.

TSTAR (previously T*star Lab) was originally established as a research lab in 2011 by Dr. Stephanie Budge and a team of doctoral students in the Department of Counseling and Human Development who were researching gender identity and expression with the broad context of mental health care and psychology.
The organization has grown to become a highly reputable consulting and research firm dedicated to increasing cultural competence in the South related to the lives of sexual and gender minorities, especially trans individuals.  

TSTAR's Mission includes:

  • Teaching organizations and institutions about gender and sexual diversity through tailored professional development training
  • Advocating for gender and sexual minorities
  • Conducting research to promote a richer and more inclusive understanding of gender and sexuality in academia and among mental health professionals


Some of the projects TSTAR oversees as part of the collaboration with the LGBT Center include:

  • Facilitation Transformations, a peer-led support group for students exploring gender identity and/or expression 
  • Providing training for university departments and other U of L faculty and staff on how to support and advocate for transgender students and others
  • Consulting on university policies and procedures
  • Assisting School of Medicine's standardized patient program in developing inclusive scenarios for medical students who are learning to care for patients

For more information or to request a service from TSTAR, contact us at lgbt@louisville.edu

LGBT Center - Belknap

Red Barn, Room 104

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

M-F 9am-5pm




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LGBT Center - HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 210J

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861