Signature Programs & Events

 Fall Events

National Coming Out Day / Pride Month 

Student sign a Pride banner in colorful markers
Students sign a banner at a Rainbow Pride rally. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

October is National LGBTQ History Month so we celebrate with Pride! Look for lectures, workshops, film discussions, and more, all aimed at developing deeper knowledge, understanding, and ability to think critically about issues of sexual and gender diversity.

Trans Awareness Week

Maurice Tomlinson and Canadian Priminister Justin Trudeau
Trans Remembrance Day honoring those individuals who passed.  Photography: Q-Center.

Transgender Awareness Week is marked internationally by individuals and organizations during the month of November. It is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face.

We will mark the week with a variety of events including, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Gender Affirming Clothing Swap, Trans health and legal workshops. 

International Pronouns Day

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Advertisement used for the International Pronoun Day Photography: Q-Center.

International Pronouns Day catalyzes the long-standing movement to provide basic human dignity to transgender and gender expansive populations around the world. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves acknowledges someones identity. Unfortunately this is still something that happens all to rarely. We join in the struggle on International Pronouns Day and everyday to move our campus toward ever greater levels of respect and dignity for trans people. 

Spring Events

 Lavender Celebration

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2016 Lavender Graduation keynote speaker, Cornell University LGBTQ Resource Center Director Brian Patchcoski Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

The first Lavender Graduation ceremony was held at the University of Michigan in 1995. Dr. Ronnie Sanlo saw an opportunity to include many students who felt invisible during their college years and who were skipping the official graduation ceremony altogether. Today, Lavender Graduation is a key component of commencement season at many campuses throughout the country.

Following this tradition, Lavender Celebration incorporates keynote speakers, entertainment, and the annual Pride Awards. Each graduate is presented a lavender tassel as we celebrate student success!

National Day of Silence

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Banner used to advertise our Day of Silence Event Photography: Q Center.

Day of Silence is a national event where people take a vow of silence to highlight the historic and ongoing silencing and marginalization of LGBTQ people. In the U.S. and worldwide, LGBTQ people face abuse, harassment, discrimination, violence, homelessness, poverty, and suicide.

Our Day of Silence protest takes on many forms, but we always invite the entire campus community to participate with us. Be sure to look for calls to action in the spring!