Queer Closet is taking a break!
Since its launch, we have been delighted with and grateful for the amazing outpouring of community support for the Queer Closet! At this time, however, we will be temporarily closing to align with University policies surrounding COVID-19. Additionally, we ask that any donations that folks might have for the Queer Closet be held until such time that we are able to re-open. We thank you again for your support and aim to make the Queer Closet available again as soon as possible!
Queer Closet FAQ
What is the Queer Closet?
A donation-based clothing/accessory “store” designed to create an affirming experience for all genders and bodies!
Do y’all charge for any of the items
Nope! Everything in the Queer Closet is free!
Where/when is the Queer Closet open?
WGRC; Monday through Friday 10AM-5PM. Closed on university holidays/breaks.
I want to donate items… how do I do that?
You can drop off any donations to the Queer Closet bins during open hours!
What do y’all need specifically?
Needs will be periodically assessed, but we currently need
Shoes (especially formal shoes)
XS & S clothing
Do you accept any other types of donations?
Yes! The following can be donated if unused/unopened
Black hair products
Do I have to donate in order to take something from the closet?
Nope! Donations are welcome but not required to shop the Queer Closet!
I have a question. Who can I contact?
Ruben Zecena: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer Closet: A Brief History
The UA Queer Closet was first designed by graduate student Bridgette Nobbe, who drew from her studies of existing LGBTQ+ centered clothing spaces on college campuses throughout the U.S.
She observed that other spaces on the UA campus that provided free clothing were not particularly affirming for students’ diverse gender identities, and thus wanted to create a space that offered a more inclusive experience!
The first iteration of the Queer Closet began with the Trans* Clothing Swap -- a free, inclusive pop-up clothing exchange centering Trans*-identified folx in the Tucson community. Many attendees of the swap wanted to know if there would be ongoing opportunities to get clothing.
Beginning with the clothing leftover from the Trans* Clothing Swap, and partnering with the Institute for LGBT Studies, Brigdette and Angela Labistre Champion launched the Queer Closet in Spring 2019 at iLGBTS headquarters --- the fifth floor of the Marshall Building on Park Ave.
Through the Queer Closet was alive in the Marshall Building, it wasn’t thriving and needed a little help to create a more central and accessible space for students.
In Fall 2019, the Women and Gender Resource Center & LGBTQ+ Affairs offered to house the Queer Closet, and students/leaders of the QTPOC affinity group worked hard to construct the beautiful and thriving space you see today.