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Welcome to our LGBTQIA+ Student Pride Space page. At NOCE, we are committed to creating safe, inclusive, and fun environments for all our LGBTQIA+ Students and Allies. Our Pride Space opened its doors in Fall 2023 and has since been where our students have come to find their pride in who they are.

You can attend our many events throughout the semester intended to create connections, healing, empowerment, and liberation. We host Mental Health Workshops, Connection Circles, Social Mixers, and Wellness Activities. If you are interested in staying in the loop on all of our events, please sign up for our interest page below and follow our NOCE Instagram page @NOCE_edu.

Campus Resources

Community Resources

  • Flag References

    Transgender flagTransgender: An umbrella term used for those whose true gender identity does not “match” the sex or gender assigned at birth. Many identities fall under the transgender umbrella, often designated with an asterisk after the abbreviation, “”trans*.” Yet, not all gender-queer or non-binary people identify as transgender and some people who have transitioned to their true gender choose to identify as a “man” or “woman,” not “trans.”


    Progress Pride FlagProgress Pride Flag: Daniel Quasar, who identifies as queer and nonbinary, designed this flag. The white, pink, and light blue reflect the colors of the transgender flag, while the brown and black stripes represent people of color and those lost to AIDS, and also includes the pride flag. Moreover, the trans flag and minoritized community stripes are shifted to the hoist of the flag in the shape of an arrow. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.


    Genderfluid FlagGenderfluid: Oxford Dictionary states that a gender-fluid person does not identify with a single fixed gender. Encompassing the fluctuations and the flexibility of gender in gender-fluid people, the flag features several colors. The pink stands for femininity. The white means the lack of gender. The purple means the combination of masculinity and femininity. The black is for all genders, including third genders. The blue reflects masculinity.


    LGBTQ+ FlagLGBTQ+: An acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.” The “+” encompasses all other gender and sexual identities. The Rainbow Flag first appeared in 1978, when it was displayed during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Gilbert Baker, along with Lynn Segerblom, James, McNamara, and others, designed and created the rainbow flag to represent the LGBTQ+ community.


    Pansexual FlagPansexual: Describes people who are capable of being attracted to multiple sexes or gender identities.



    Bisexual FlagBisexual: A term that describes a person emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender, or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way, or to the same degree.



    Asexual FlagAsexual: Those who do not experience sexual attraction or have an interest in or desire for sex. Asexuality is often viewed as a spectrum meaning there are varying levels and identities regarding someone’s emotional, spiritual, and romantic attraction.



    Intersex FlagIntersex: Describes a person who is born with a sex that doesn’t fit the typical definitions of female or male due to genetic, hormonal, or anatomical differences.



    Genderqueer FlagGenderqueer: A term that describes someone whose gender identity is not just a man or a woman. This identity can mean different things to different people.




    Nonbinary FlagNonbinary: Anything that falls outside of the binary system. Intersex, genderqueer, and bisexuality are all examples of non-binary identities.




    Straight Ally FlagStraight Ally: Describes people who support the LGBTQIA+ community.




    Polysexual FlagPolysexual: Describes people who are attracted to multiple genders but not all.  A middle ground between bisexuality and pansexuality. Centered more around attractions to femininity and masculinity rather than gender itself.



    Polyamory FlagPolyamory: Celebrates the infinite selection of partners available to polyamorous people. Polyamorous people practice intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved.



    Lipstick Lesbian FlagLipstick Lesbian: Celebrates the femmes in the lesbian community.




    Aromantic FlagAromantic: Describes a person who experiences little to no romantic attraction to others and/or a lack of interest in forming romantic relationships.



    Agender FlagAgender: Describes people who do not identify themselves as having a particular gender. They can identify as genderless, lacking gender, having a null gender, gender-neutral, or having an undefinable gender.

  • Healthcare & Counseling Resources

    The following resources offer free and low-cost services to the LGBTQIA+ community: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

    Long Beach Health Center

    Health Services: Dental, Health, and Behavioral & HIV Testing and STD Screening and Treatment.

    1043 Elm Ave #302
    Long Beach, CA 90813

    Phone: (562) 432-7300


    Radiant Health Centers LGBTQ+ Health and HIV Center

    Irvine, CA 92614

    Phone: (949) 809-5700


    The Healthcare Foundation – Orange County

    Santa Ana, CA 92705

    Phone: (714) 245-1650


    AHF Healthcare Center – Whittier

    Whittier, CA 90605

    Phone: (562) 693-2654

  • Transgender Resources

    The following resources offer free and low-cost services to the LGBTQIA+ community:

    The Trevor Project
    Mental Health Services

    Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential and 100% free.

    Text ‘START’ to 678-678
    For chat information, visit:


    LGBTQ Center OC
    Trans*itions Health & Wellness

    Trans*itions Health and Wellness is the only trans* specific health and wellness program in Orange County. Trans*itions exist to help guide the trans* community and their families throughout their transition and provide education and resources to allied businesses and community members.


    Planned Parenthood
    Health Services for LGBTQIA+ community

    Phone: (800) 230-7526



  • Leadership & Advocacy Resources

    The following resources offer free and low-cost services to the LGBTQIA+ community:

    PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays) Orange County
    Leadership and Advocacy Services

    Phone: (714) 997-8047

    Orange County Equality Coalition

    OCEC’s founding members began organizing in the interest of marriage equality and justice for all people in a progressive Orange County. 



    PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Long Beach
    Leadership and Advocacy Services

    Phone: (714) 743-1926

  • Community Support Services

    The following resources offer free and low-cost services to the LGBTQIA+ community:

    The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
    Wraparound Services

    2017 E. 4th St
    Long Beach, CA 90814

    Phone: (562) 434-4455

    Trans Lifeline
    Wraparound Services

    Hotline: (877) 565-8860

    The Okra Project
    Food delivery service: The Okra Project hires Black Trans chefs to cook healthy, home-cooked meals for Black Trans people in their homes.

    Phone: (914) 984-7936

    LGBT National Help Center
    Wraparound Services

    Hotline: (888) 843-4564

    LGBTQ Center OC
    Wraparound Services

    1605 N Spurgeon St
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

    Phone: (714) 953-5428

    TWCOC (Trans Women of Color Collective)
    Social service: TWOCC is a one-of-a-kind organizing collective that develops and amplifies the leadership of trans women of color to be the writers of our own narratives.




  • Hotlines

    The following are LGBTQIA+ crisis hotlines:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Phone: (800) 273-8255


    Crisis Text Line

    START to 741-741


    National AIDS Hotline

    Phone: (800) 342-2437


    National Runaway Switchboard

    Phone: (800) 621-4000


    THRIVE Lifeline

    Phone: (313) 662-8209


    Pride Institute LGBTQ Dependency

    Phone: (800) 547-7433


    The Trevor Project

    Phone: (866) 488-7386


    LGBT National Youth Hotline (ages 25 and under)

    Phone: (800) 246-7743


    24-Hour Crisis Center:

    Phone: (310) 392-8381


    NAMI Helpline

    Phone: (800) 950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741

    Trans Lifeline

    Phone: (877) 565-8860


    The National Runaway Safeline

    Phone: (800) 786-2929


    Pride Institute

    Phone: (800) 547-7433


    SAGE LGBTQ Elder Hotline

    Phone: (888) 234-7243


    Fenway Health

    Phone: (888) 340-4528


    GLBT National Hotline

    Phone: (888) 843-4564


    The True Colors United

    Phone: (800) 547-7433


    Crisis Text Line:

    Text COURAGE to 74141


    24-Hour Suicide Prevention Center:

    Phone: (310) 391-1253

  • Resource Links

Name & Gender FAQs for Students

North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) recognizes that a student may prefer to use a name other than their legal name. NOCE also recognizes that a student’s gender identity may not align with the dominant gender construct, including their legal sex.

Students can update their personal information so their professors and peers will see the name and gender the student wants them to see on Canvas and the professors’ rosters! Change your gender, name, and/or pronouns on the student information change form.

Gender identity and chosen name may be used on unofficial records and documents maintained by the District, and in situations where legal sex and legal name are not required by law or District policy.

What is the District’s Official Policy on Names and Gender

On November 25, 2020, the North Orange County Community College District approved a new policy regarding students’ names and pronouns.

Open AP 5041 PDF for details→

How do I change or correct my legal name?

You can find more about how to change your legal name in the state of California on the California Courts: The Judicial Branch of California website.

Visit California Courts→
  • How do I set my chosen/preferred name?

    Any student can designate a chosen/preferred name by submitting the Student Information Change Form to Admissions and Records. Be sure to include:

    • Current Name On File (legal name)
    • Preferred/Chosen Name
    • Banner ID
    • Student Signature (can be typed on digital forms)
    • Date

    Form may be submitted by, email, mail to 315 E Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832, or you can visit the NOCE Wilshire Center at 315 E Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832.

  • Where will my gender, pronouns, and preferred/chosen name be used?

    Every effort must be made by District employees to use your gender, pronouns, and chosen name as declared (on the Student Information Change Form  and within Canvas) in every context within the District, including face-to-face, electronic, and print interactions, except where legally required to use the legal name and sex.

    • Your gender identity will be used only for data reporting purposes.
    • Your personal pronouns will currently only be visible in Canvas.
    • Your chosen name will appear everywhere within Canvas and on Faculty Rosters within myGateway. We are currently in the process of updating other software applications used throughout the college to show your chosen name rather than your legal name whenever possible. Your legal name will be used on every other document, both for legal purposes and privacy reasons. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the use of chosen names and legal names, please contact: Triseinge Ortiz, NOCE Registrar,
  • How can I update my personal pronouns?

    A student’s personal pronouns are words used for a student in place of their proper name. Some examples include “she/her,” “he/him,” “ze/hir,” “they/them,” or other pronouns. Some students may use specific pronouns, multiple pronouns, or no pronouns.

    Currently, personal pronouns only appear in Canvas. If you wish to add/change your pronouns in Canvas, please log on to Canvas. Click “Account” (top left), select “Settings,” and click the “Edit Settings” button. A drop-down menu will appear next to “Pronouns.” Be sure to click the “Update Settings” button. As soon as you have done this, your pronouns should appear in parentheses after your name everywhere your name appears in Canvas.

  • How can I legally change my name and gender markers?

    To legally change your name and gender markers, you must follow the legal process for the state you live in. The National Center for Transgender Equality has information for each state as well as for federal documents.

    If you open the link and scroll down, you should find information relevant for California residents.

  • How can I update my gender/gender identity for NOCE records?

    A student’s internal sense of being masculine, feminine, nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, etc. defines their gender and/or gender identity. A student’s gender identity may be the same as their legal sex (cisgender) or different from their legal sex (transgender, nonbinary, etc.), and their gender identity may change over time.

    A student can update their gender identity by completing the Student Information Change Form.

    Form may be submitted by, email, mail to 315 E Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832, or you can visit the NOCE Wilshire Center at 315 E Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832.


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