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The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts several signature and annual programs to spread awareness about the LGBTQA community and educate the Penn State community about sexual and gender diversity.

Welcome Reception

Each fall the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts a Welcome Reception, inviting the entire Penn State LGBTQ+ community and their allies to a meet and greet reception. It is an opportunity for returning and new students to connect and kick off a new academic year. In addition to food and music, a variety of organizations and offices have information available.

2020 Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

4:00-6:30 p.m. 

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LGBTQ+ History Month

                                                    OCTOBER – LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH

October is LGBTQ+ History Month! LGBTQ+ History Month is a month-long celebration that is nationally recognized. At Penn State, we celebrate the month with a variety of speakers, events, and workshops.

HUB Takeover

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

HUB Tables Upstairs and Downstairs

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Various organizations representing the LGBTQ+ community will take over the first and ground floor of the HUB to provide information and a kick-off to pride week. Join us for music and networking!



HUB Monumental Staircase


Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month as we show pride within our Penn State community on the monumental steps in the HUB Robeson Center. This is a time for the Penn State and State College community to share stories of support, engage in community reflection and advocate for change.

National Coming Out Day

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally.

International Pronouns Day

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.


Spirit Day

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

LGBTQ+ Center Awareness Day

On October 19 (every year), CenterLink holds “LGBTQ+ Center Awareness Day”, a national day of action focused on awareness around the work of LGBTQ+ community centers everywhere. The day was planned to help bring national attention to the Community Center Movement within the LGBTQ+ movement, which serves over 40,000 people weekly, and highlight the ways that people can get involved or utilize their local centers.




Asexual Awareness Week, October 22-28, is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to the asexual community and allies around the world.


Out & Engaged

All Day

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers students an opportunity to learn more about various aspects of the LGBTQ+ community through an engaged immersion experience program.

Trips expose students to the history of the LGBTQ+ community, promote civic engagement, as well as allow for and encourage personal growth. Trips also allow for interaction with Penn State regional Alumni.

Join us as we visit and explore gay Philadelphia.




Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.


Transgender Awareness Month

                                                    NOVEMBER- TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH

Día De Los Muertos Celebration


Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, commemorates the lives and memories of those in our family or community that have passed. The altar is decorated with pictures of loved ones who have passed, items of significance, food, floral arrangements, and decorative tissue paper. The altar for the center represents the memory of those lost within the LGBTQ+ community. The altar allows us to honor and remember their contributions and legacies.

Join us in the presentation of the altar and enjoy delicious Pan De Muerto, sweet bread.



November 8 


Intersex Day of Remembrance, also known as Intersex Solidarity Day, is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight issues faced by intersex people. It marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by Michel Foucault in Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-century French Hermaphrodite.

Centre LGBTQA Presents LGBTQ Thanksgiving Dinner

State College Friends Meeting – 611 E. Prospect Ave.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Free for everyone! All are welcome!


Transgender Vigil


Spiritual Center-Worship Hall

7:00 p.m.

This event is intended to honor and remember those who have been killed because of anti-transgender and non-binary bigotry, hatred, and violence.

We will be remembering those who have been killed in 2018 because of their perceived gender identity and/or expression. Join us for this moving ceremony, followed by a reception.



Friday, November 20, 2020


Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Pride Month


The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, will be celebrating Pride Month throughout April with multiple events including keynote speakers, workshops, student recognitions and virtual engagement experiences. Although we will not be able to celebrate Pride Month in the ways we have in previous years by engaging with our Penn State communities face to face, we have adapted many of those experiences and are providing them on a variety of different virtual platforms. Many of the events are collaborations with student organizations and other Student Affairs units at Penn State. More information on these events can be found on the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity website and on our social media @PennStateLGBTQ as they continue to grow and meet the needs of our student communities: 

All Month—PRIDE Shoutouts
Various individuals and organizations representing communities across the Commonwealth will take over our social media platforms and spread the much-needed positivity of Penn State PRIDE through inspirational videos. Watch our social media throughout the month for more information!

April 1st —5:30 p.m. PRIDE Zumba
Join our office coordinator, Stephanie Whitesell, for PRIDE Zumba. Follow along at home by joining our Zoom Zumba session.  

Zoom link for PRIDE Zumba 

April 2nd—5:00 p.m. Community Hangout with CSGD
Every week, join us for a queer community conversation. This is a weekly check-in with the Center’s staff, Student Leaders, and YOU!

Zoom link for Community Hangout with CSGD 

April 10th and EVERY Friday—9:00 p.m. Graduate PRIDE Happy Hour

Come join CGSD for a graduate happy hour to kick off pride month! 

April 13th — 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Student Ally Workshop 
Learn more about being an active ally for the LGBTQ+ community at Penn State. Take a deeper look at terminology, history, and strategies you can take to be a better ally every day.

Zoom link for Student Ally Workshop

April 15th — 5:00 p.m. Loud and Queer. 
Join us for our Late Night “at” the Center and listen to speeches delivered by LGBTQ+ students. Get inspired by their experience, learn about their research, and believe in their ideas.

Zoom link for Loud and Queer

April 16th— 7:00-9:00 p.m. Star Gay-zing with CSGD

Take a break from work and classes and join other graduate students as we star gaze and learn more about the creation and purpose of stars! 

April 17th— 4:00 p.m. Pride Month Keynote Speaker— Chella Man
Chella Man is an American YouTuber, actor, model, artist, and LGBTQ activist. He is known for sharing his experiences as a transgender, deaf, genderqueer, and Jewish person of color. He came to international attention in 2019 portraying mute superhero Jericho in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans. Check out our social media for the Zoom connection link. 

April 22nd — 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Safer People Safer Places LGBTQ+ Foundations Workshop (Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students)

The Safer People Safer Places foundations workshop provides a baseline knowledge for understanding and addressing sexual and gender diversity. Through the workshop, participants discuss a variety of topics that will help them become a better ally and provide support to members of the LGBTQ+ community. After attending the Foundations workshop, participants will be able to define and describe common concepts and language relating to sexuality and gender; explore the experience of homophobia, heterosexism and genderism; and identify specific actions to create welcoming, affirming and inclusive spaces for people marginalized by their sexuality and/or gender. After completing the Foundations workshop, participants will be able to display the Safer People Safer Places decal as well as be listed on our online resource page as a network member. Register

Register for Safer People Safer Places Foundation Workshop.

April 22nd — 5:00 p.m. Sustainable Sweeps
A live 'auction' of second-hand books, movies, clothes, and other accessories.  Everything is free and must go – be the first to comment to claim the item! Join us on Facebook Live @PennStateLGBTQ. 

Link to Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Facebook 

April 24th—All day—Day of Silence 
Join us on Social Media and Share your Day of Commemoration 
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools, colleges, and universities. 
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach. 
For more information on the day, please click here.   

April 29th—5:00 p.m. CSGD Reacts
Tune in to our youtube channel for the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity reactions to new LGBTQ+ music. Subscribe to Penn State CSGD or catch the link on our Facebook or Instagram @PennStateLGBTQ. 

Link to Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Facebook 

April 30th—9:00-11:00 a.m.—Transgender and Gender Inclusion (Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students) 
The Transgender and Gender Inclusion 101 Workshop explores basic terminology associated with the transgender and/or gender non-binary community, engages participants in a discussion around gender diversity, and highlights some of the challenges constructed by gender restrictive practices. The workshop concludes with ways to be an ally to transgender and gender non-binary community members and challenges participants to recognize ways that they can foster culture change. 

Register for Transgender and Gender Inclusion Workshop


2020 Lavender Recognition and Annual LGBTQ+ Awards

As we take pride in Penn State this, we also take pride in our students, staff, and faculty. While we are supporting our communities remotely, we are still planning to honor our graduating undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and those who make a difference in our community. If you are graduating, please sign-up for Lavender Recognition and if you want to nominate someone for an annual LGBTQ+ Award, nominate them!


Looking for community connection while virtual, please join the CSGD Community Discord 

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity staff continues to provide advocacy and support along with our colleague units in Student Affairs. Please note, individual consultations and meetings are occurring via zoom or by phone. Please contact us Monday thru Friday between 8am-5pm by calling 814-863-1248 or by e-mailing for more information and/or to schedule a call. 
For resources that might be helpful wherever you might be located geographically right now, please visit the following webpage:

'Summer and Winter Break Resources for LGBTQ+ Students' 

Stay tuned to our social media and digital newsletters in the coming days for more events and celebrations related to Pride 2020 and for ways to connect with us and find community online!

Lavender Recognition

Lavender Recognition 2020


Lavender Graduation is our Annual celebration that recognizes Penn State's LGBTQ+ students and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the University. It has been an inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduate and undergraduate students in the LGBTQ+ community from all the Penn State campuses.


While this year’s ceremony will not take place in its traditional form, we still wish to acknowledge, recognize, and celebrate those students and their significant supporters who provided assistance along the way through a Lavender Recognition process rather than Lavender Graduation. In honor of their achievements, rather than a traditional ceremony, we will provide recognition to our many graduates through the dispersal of a rainbow tassel, stole, and graduation certificate. Please continue to register so that we can celebrate all of you in a unique way. Stay tuned to more details – as we continue to determine ways to connect and celebrate our 2020 graduates!


Who can participate?
Students from any Penn State campus who have graduated the winter prior to the ceremony or will be graduating the spring, summer, or winter after the ceremony. (December 2019 - December 2020).

Register for Lavender Recognition Here


Scholarships and Awards
Students receiving scholarships and awards will also be celebrated. Please continue to submit award nominations through mid-April so that we can celebrate the students, staff, and faculty who continue to transform our campus communities.

Award nomination form


Late Night in the Center

During the academic year, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity has extended hours on Wednesday nights 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. During this time, students have access to the lounge space and we facilitate a fun activity, craft, or program. Past activities have included pumpkin painting, Harry Potter wand-making, and game nights.

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