Attend LGBTQ+ Signature and Annual Programs
The LGBTQA Student Resource Center 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 LGBTQA Student Resource Center 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.
2018 Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
HUB | Heritage Hall
- 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.
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | HUB
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!
National Coming Out Day
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally.
Coming Out Rally
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
HUB | Monumental Steps
Ash Beckham: Give Voice to Your Truth
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
HUB | Freeman Auditorium
Ash Beckham is a bold, dynamic presenter who speaks about empathy, respect and the power of having real conversations. Ash never intended on being a public speaker.
Before she started speaking, she was a successful entrepreneur, organizing and managing events: from youth sports tournaments to music festivals to trade shows. In 2013, she felt a deep desire to make an impact in her community. In February 2013 she gave her first public speech at Ignite Boulder, addressing the pejorative use of the word "gay.” The message resonated far beyond Boulder with over half a million views and still ranks as the most viewed Ignite talk of all time. The course of her life was changed forever.
International Pronouns Day
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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
Friday, October 19, 2018
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.
Beck Gee-Cohen : LGBTQ+ Addiction Recovery
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
HUB | Flex Theatre
A compelling speaker and trainer, Beck is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology specializing in Gender & Sexuality, with a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling – and a proud transgender individual.
He traveled a common path of secrecy and shame as a youth, struggled with identity, and turned to alcohol and drug use at an early age of 13. Substance use continued for Beck to cope through his Catholic high school years and then early twenties. Eventually failing college, Beck found a moment of clarity one night in a bar and made a sharp turn in the road towards recovery. During the last decade of his recovery process, Beck made the decision to come out as transgender.
- Transgender Awareness Month
Transgender Awareness Month (November 2018):
LGBTQA Student Resource Center Clothing Transit Open House
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 24 Ritenour | 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Faculty & Staff: Transgender & Gender Inclusion 101 Workshop
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | HUB – 233B (Register online) | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intersex Day of Remembrance
November 8, 2018
Genderqeueer? Demisexual? You don't need a label.
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Marsh
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm, HUB-Flex Theater
Beyond the feel-good but sometimes vacuous cry of "be yourself!" the ways we use labels can have unforeseen consequences. Often, Jeffrey's social followers expect their "right label" to cure them and be a total panacea. It doesn't work that way. Through research and personal stories, Jeffrey presents the ways labels and categories do more harm than good, and how labels that seem empowering can ultimately divide and conquer us.
Jeffrey Marsh is the first non-binary author with a "Big 5" publisher, Penguin Random House. Jeffrey created the best-selling self-esteem classic How To Be You, which topped O Magazine's Gratitude Meter and was named an Excellent Book of 2017 by TED-Ed. How to Be You revolutionized publishing categorization as the first book to seamlessly combine three genres: memoir, workbook, and spiritual self-help. Jeffrey is a precepted facilitator in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism.
Jeffrey is the world's foremost commentator on non-binary activism in America, and reports on LGBTQ issues for Dutch National News channel RTL-TV and NewsmaxTV. Jeffrey is a Cultural Consultant in Non-Binary Affairs for New York University, the office of Chirlaine McCray (New York City's First Lady), GLAAD, MTV, Condé Nast's 'Them' and Teen Vogue. As an author, Jeffrey was the first prominent public figure to advocate the use of they/them pronouns for gender non-conforming people. Jeffrey also upended decades of fashion tradition as the first non-binary model to be a bride, in Cotton Bride's gown lookbook of 2016.
Jeffrey maintains a robust social media following with over 350 million views and a positive inclusive message. Jeffrey was named Viner of the Year by CBS and was the first to be awarded the title "Transgender Superheroine" by Digg.
Transgender Remembrance Vigil
Tuesday, November 13th | Eisenhower Chapel – Pasquerilla Spiritual Center | 7 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
* Please note that we do not want childcare to prevent anyone from participating in this event. Therefore, if you have children and wish to do so, we welcome you to bring your children with you to this family friendly event.
If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the LGBTQA Student Resource Center at (814) 863-1248 or email@example.com as soon as possible.
LGBTQA Student Resource Center: Clothing Transit Fashion Show
Thursday, November 15, 2018 | HUB-Alumni Hall | 6:00 pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate all who have lost their lives to aggressive acts of transphobia. Transgender activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith created this day in celebration of Rita Hester, who was a victim of anti-transgender violence. It is observed annually and celebrations often include vigils and the reading of names of victims who lost their lives the previous year. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to bring awareness to our communities of those who continue to live in fear, and to remember those who were unjustly punished for being who they were. For more information on Transgender advocacy, visit: http://transequality.org/ or for more information on Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit: http://www.transgenderdor.org/
- Pride Month
During the month of April, the LGBTQA Student Resource Center celebrates all identities within the LGBTQ+ community through a series of speakers, events, and workshops.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Various organizations representing the LGBTQ+ community will take over the first floor of the HUB to provide information and a kick off to pride week.
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
HUB | Heritage Hall
Join us for #LavenderGraduation.
- Lavender Graduation
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
HUB | Heritage Hall
Lavender Graduation is an Annual celebration that recognizes Penn State's LGBTQ+ students and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the University. It is an inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduate and undergraduate students in the LGBTQ+ community from all of the Penn State campuses.
The ceremony includes recognition of scholarship awardees, campus awards, and a time to thank significant supporters. In recognition of their achievements, graduates receive a rainbow tassel, stole, and graduation certificate.
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 2018 - December 2019).
Who can attend?
Anyone can attend the ceremony! We encourage graduates to bring friends, family, and other supporters to the ceremony. Attendees may also attend if they want to support the graduating class as a whole, even if they do not have a specific student they are supporting.
Scholarships and Awards
Students receiving scholarships and awards are also invited to attend Lavender Graduation. A portion of the ceremony is dedicated to acknowledging the efforts of scholarship and award recipients.
- Late Night in the Center
During the academic year, the LGBTQA Student Resource Center has extended hours on Thursday 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.