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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

2020 Virtual Welcome Reception

Each fall the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts their Welcome Reception, inviting the entire Penn State LGBTQ+ community and their allies to explore all that is offered to new and returning students. This years welcome will be held virtually with University offices, units, and student groups sending messages of welcome and discussing the resources they offer to LGBTQ+ students. 

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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.

 

Beyond Stonewall Webinar

Thursday, October 1 , 12:00 p.m. 

Beyond Stonewall: A history of LGBTQ activism Queer activism workshop with Samy Nour Figaredo. We all know about the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969. But surely--SURELY--that’s not the only time that LGBTQ people have risen up in protest… right? Join actor and activist Samy Figaredo for this interactive session on queer movements before and after Stonewall.

Access the Beyond Stonewall webinar here

 

Safer People Safer Places-Foundations

Tuesday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Webinar for 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. 

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 814-863-1248 or lgbtq@psu.edu as soon as possible. 

Register for Safer People Safer Places - Foundations

 

Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, October 7 ,  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
LL011 HUB Robeson Center
     

 Students can grab a list of actions to fulfill a Penn State-themed scavenger hunt. Students only need to enter the space to receive the list and a bottled water. The list will consist of picture taking or finding things on campus. Once the list is complete, students can come back to the Center for a swag bag prize. Students can become familiar with Penn State’s Campus, discover trivia, and interact with the Center through social media.  

 

National Coming Out Day 

Sunday, October 11    

National Coming Day is an LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11 and encourages LGBTQ people to come out to the people in their lives as a form of personal political activism. On October 12, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard died after being beaten, tortured, and left today near Laramie, Wyoming four days earlier. Shepard’s attackers targeted him for robbery as a gay man and pretended to be gay to lure him. Shepard’s death set off a wave of protests across the country and ultimately led to the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  

 

LGBTQ+ History Month and National Coming Out Day Virtual Rally   

Monday, October 12 , Virtual  

 Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month as we show pride within our Penn State community. Student leaders and various members of the larger Penn State LGBTQ+ community will share videos about their experiences and the meaning of pride for them in the community.  

 

An Evening with Ryan Jamaal Swain, A WPSU Production  

Monday, October 12 , 6:30 p.m.

 A breakout star of FX’s Golden Globe-nominated series, Pose, Ryan Jamaal Swain is a triple-threat actor, dancer, and singer who was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for his LGBTQ+ activism. He has won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Damon, an ambitious aspiring dancer who, after being kicked out of his home for being gay, becomes part of a self-selected family in New York City’s 80s-era queer ballroom scene. Pose, which has been widely praised for its portrayal of queer and trans people of color, catapulted the frequent off-Broadway actor into the media spotlight. Swain was named by PAPER Magazine as “100 People Taking Over 2019” and has been featured in publications such as Vogue Online, Nylon, GQ, The New York Times, Flaunt Magazine, and WWD. Following the success of Pose, Swain made his Broadway debut in “Choir Boy,” directed by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. He is currently writing a book for young adults that is based on his own life experiences growing up queer in the South. As an activist, Swain is a Stonewall Ambassador. He notably partnered with the nonprofit It Gets Better Foundation on the “#48HoursOfLove” campaign, sharing uplifting messages of hope, empowerment, and support to LGBTQ+ students during the stressful back-to-school season. 
 
Sponsored by the Gender Equity Center, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, The HOPE Center of Lock Haven University, Juniata College, and Bloomsburg University's LGBTQA Resource Center and Office of Access and Success.

Access the Ryan Jamaal Swain webinar

 

LGBTQ+ History Month Keynote Speaker: Blair Imani-Intersecting Movements, A WPSU Production 

Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 p.m.

Blair Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate, and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She is the co-host of America Did What?!, an educational podcast and anti-racism initiative with Kate Robards. Blair serves as the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and she dedicates her platform to advocating for the rights of marginalized people around the world. 

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Blair Imani attended Louisiana State University where, in 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. Her fearless leadership took her to the front lines of anti-police brutality protests and, following her arrest at the protests of Alton Sterling’s murder in Baton Rouge, Blair began building a platform and social media presence to organize and create awareness about injustices in Black, Queer, and Muslim communities. 

Access the Keynote webinar

 

Spirit Day

Thursday, October 15 , All Day

Everyone at the university is encouraged to wear purple to speak out against LGBTQ+ bullying.  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.

Learn more about Spirit Day

 

LGBTQ Center Awareness Day 

Monday, October 19, All Day

Founded in 1994, LGBTQ Center Awareness Day is a national day of action focused on awareness around the work of LGBT community centers everywhere. 

Learn more about LGBTQ Center Awareness Day

 

International Pronouns Day 

Wednesday, October 21

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.

Learn more about International Pronouns Day

 

Strength and Power: Healing for POC Communities, A WPSU Production 

Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Resilience and connection session for students and faculty of color curated by Senior Consultant Raquel Saraswati. While all students are navigating the realities of COVID-19, and many are engaged in resistance movements to counter racism, BIPOC are experiencing intersecting challenges in this moment. Starting college or coming back to campus after the summer both present positive opportunities for connection and can present tremendous challenges: anti-Blackness, racism, anti-Muslim bigotry, microaggressions, colorism, internalized racism, fetishization, tokenization and more are inescapable. In this session, students and faculty of color will have an opportunity to share their experiences and receive affirmation, care, and guidance as they navigate their college experience. While all people of color are encouraged to attend and share, this session will center the experience of Black students and faculty and will be co-presented with a Black facilitator.

 

Late Night in the Center: Pronouns Matter  

Wednesday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., LL011 HUB Robeson Center  

To recognize International Pronouns Day, students can come by the Center to pick up a pronoun button and trans/non-binary information from around the globe. Pronoun buttons will be in various languages. An interactive question display wall will also be available to students. 

 

Late Night in the Center: Child's Play at the Arboretum

Wednesday, October 28th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., LL011 HUB Robeson Center-Arboretum 

Students can wear costumes and come to the arboretum (or another part of campus if the arboretum is being used) to play outdoor games such as tag, hide-and-seek, or red-light/green-light. The late night will be a great relaxing and fun way of getting together and celebrating the Halloween season.  

 

Transgender Awareness Month

NOVEMBER
TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH

Día De Los Muertos Celebration

Monday, November 2 -Virtual event

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.

Student can help decorate the altar with their own pictures and offerings. A live stream will be available for students on the day. 

Student Ally Workshop

 Thursday,  November 5  - 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Link:  
https://psu.zoom.us/j/98386095462 

The student ally workshop aims to share information and activities that will allow students to understand what it means to be a better ally and a better support for their LGBTQ+ peers.  

 

Safer People Safer Places-Transgender & Gender Inclusion 101 Webinar

Thursday, November 12  -9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

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. 

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at 814-863-1248 or lgbtq@psu.edu as soon as possible. 

Register for Safer People Safer Places Transgender and Gender Inclusion 101 Webinar 

Intersex Day of Remembrance/Solidarity

November 8,  All Day

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.

Do Your Work: The Internal Anti-Racism Journey

Tuesday,  November 10 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Anti-racism session for white students and faculty with Trystan Reese. You care about racism. You reject racism. But how do you become an ally - or better yet, an accomplice in the fight against anti-Blackness and racism? First, you must go deep within to understand your own race story as a person with white and/or light-skinned privilege, exploring the earliest messages you received around race. Then, we will examine the antidote to white fragility-- white humility. Finally, we will learn a practical tool for effective intervention with other people of privilege when racism rears its head. 

New & Q:  A Queer Peers Event 

Thursday,  November 12 - 5:00 p.m. 

Students can create their own care packages. The program is geared towards new students. The packages will include encouraging notes from other students and staff and various items to help them study such as school supplies, snacks, and tea packets. The Center will create the package based on the student’s request to reduce handling of the items.  

Social distancing and location information may shift as we progress through the semester. 

Safer People Safer Places-Foundations Webinar

Monday, November 16 - 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

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. 

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 814-863-1248 or lgbtq@psu.edu as soon as possible. 

LGBTQ+ STEM Day

Wednesday, November 18

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the next international day of LGBTQ+ people in STEM will happen on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.  

The change of date comes after the result of an open survey and months of discussion. The date is symbolic of the 60th anniversary of American Astronomer and gay activist Frank Kameny’s US Supreme Court fight against workplace discrimination, a fight that continues today not only in the U.S. but in so many other countries worldwide.  

We hope that November 18 could come to represent all the people who today continue to make the world of STEM a better and more inclusive place! 

Learn more about LGBTQ+ STEM Day here

Late Night in the Center-Safe Travels 

Wednesday, November 18  - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

CAPS session about going home for LGBTQ students  . Students can join in a Zoom session with a CAPS counselor to talk about ways of self-care and navigating going back to homes that may not be affirming of LGBTQ+ identities.  

 

Transgender Vigil

Wednesday, November 19 - Virtual Ceremony

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 2019 because of their perceived gender identity and/or expression. Join us for this moving ceremony complete with keynote speakers and the reading of the names. 

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 20, All Day

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.

 

Centre LGBTQA Presents LGBTQ Thanksgiving Dinner

TBD

Free for everyone! All are welcome!

AIDS/HIV Awareness
How to Survive a Plague: the untold story of AIDS and how its shaped LGBTQ culture forever

An AIDS activism workshop with Trystan Reese

Tuesday, December 1 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Use this link to access the How to Survive a Plague webinar

Passcode: 874189

For most Americans, COVID-19 is the first pandemic they have experienced. But for the LGBTQ community, a mysterious illness that sweeps the nation, taking the lives of friends and family, is not new at all. Trystan Reese, renowned educator, and advocate will explore the untold story of the AIDS epidemic in this interactive, multimedia workshop. The Penn State community will learn about the first days of the crisis and gain an understanding of how and why this horrible disease gained a fast foothold in gay communities across the globe. Learners will hear about the power and resilience of the people directly impacted by HIV/AIDS, and hear first-person accounts detailing the incredible allyship shown by people of faith, the drag community, lesbian women, and the many others who rallied to provide life-saving and palliative care at a time when so many systems were failing to support these dying people. Attendees will emerge from this session feeling empowered and ready to survive our current pandemic with the same grace and grit that the LGBTQ community showed during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Memorial Virtual Quilt Display

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, working with the National AIDS Memorial, has sponsored a portion of the virtual AIDS quilt. Each year, sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt travel to communities throughout the country for in-person displays. In 2020, that is simply not possible due to Covid-19.  While nothing can replace the beauty of seeing the Quilt in-person, our hope is that this first-ever, 50-state AIDS Memorial Quilt virtual exhibition, helps use the power and beauty of the Quilt to help our nation heal and remember during these difficult times.  The National AIDS Memorial has worked together with Quilt partners from across the country to create this exhibition which includes digital images from thousands of hand-sewn Quilt panels, each visually telling the story of loved ones lost to AIDS.  The exhibition is curated by state, allowing visitors to how people came together through one devastating pandemic to create a living memorial as a way to express their love, grief, pain, and hope.  Each display is hosted by a Quiltmaker, community organization, or business and includes touching narratives that connect each display to the lives memorialized and their work around HIV/AIDS. The exhibition is free to the public through March 31, 2021. View the Pennsylvania partners site or view the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity site.

Pride Month

Penn State Center for  
Sexual and Gender Diversity Celebrates Pride Month 2021

Pride Run - All Month - Virtual 

All month students can run or walk 5k to celebrate Pride! Participants will receive a commemorative patch. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate pride by getting out and showing their pride in their communities. Submissions for patch ends April 23. 

Register Here for the Run and Patch

Pride Zumba - Thursday, April 1 - 6:00 p.m. - Virtual 

Join our office coordinator, Stephanie Whitesell, as we kick off Pride Month! $1 will be suggested but is not required to access the Zumba session. 

Join the Pride Zumba Livestream here

HUB Cookie Takeover - April 5, 6, and 7 - 12:00 p.m. 

HUB-Robeson Center LL011 - Virtual 

Students can pick up pride-themed cookies in the HUB-Robeson Center near the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. There are a limited number of cookies per day.  

Honest T Hour: LGBTQ+ Allyship - Wednesday, April 7 

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Virtual 

 Students can learn more about being an ally for the LGBTQ+ community. Students can learn terminology, learn about LGBTQ+ activism, and have an honest discussion about what it means to be an ally. 

Register for Honest T Hour

Model Minority Discussion - Thursday, April 8 - 6:00 p.m. 

Virtual  

The Model Minority discussion will be an educational event to raise awareness of Anti-Asian racism. During the discussion, we will educate participants about what the model minority myth is and how it disproportionately affects the Asian community. We also plan to address the recent attacks on the Asian community that have happened so frequently this year. 

Email lgbtq@psu.edu for the Zoom link.  

Arboretum Stroll - Friday, April 9 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Penn State Arboretum  

Students can enjoy spring and a break from studies with some fresh air at the Penn State Arboretum. Students can then enjoy some individually packaged food afterward. 

Meet at Penn State Arboretum Entrance Area   

Day of Silence - Monday, April 12 - Recognition 

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. 

 Queer Food Foundation Event - Monday, April 12 - 5:00 p.m.

Please Register for this event here

Join Brooklyn-based community activist and Penn State alum, Gabrielle Lenart as she hosts a panel of esteemed queer chefs and activists. Vanessa Parish - Pastry Chef. Mental Health Advocate, Board Member of @queerfoodfoundation- Host of "Tasting Our Roots" on @tasty #Beyhive Chopped Sweets S3 EP1Destiny Veggie Mijas Coordinator and Cuba-Rican Vegan, and Tiffany Bryant - the pastry chef of @hunkydorybk, lead burrito roller @ursula_brooklyn, and artist and hat enthusiast @tifknits. 

A Conversation with Jonathan Groff - Wednesday, April 14 - 5:00 p.m.

Watch through a WPSU broadcast here

Jonathan Drew Groff is an American actor and singer. A prolific actor on stage, screen, and television, Groff is the recipient of a Grammy Award and has been nominated for two Tony Awards. Jonathan Groff was born on March 26, 1985, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as Jonathan Drew Groff. He is an actor, known for Frozen (2013), Hamilton (2020), and Mindhunter (2017). An advocate and activist, he has used his platform to speak about both the challenges and opportunities young LGBTQ+ people face in society. 

QPOC Music Trivia Night  - Thursday, April 15 - 6:00 p.m. 

Virtual  

Come and learn about different music that is written and performed by queer people of color! 

Email lgbtq@psu.edu for event link.  

Snapchat CSGD  - Friday, April 16 - 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

Old Main and the HUB  

Use a Snapchat filter created by the Center to celebrate pride on campus! The filter can be found around Old Main and the HUB. Tag us at psulgbtqa!  

Day of Art - Friday, April 16 - All Day  

We will showcase student art and short videos all day via social media. This is an opportunity for graduate and professional students from all fields to showcase their creative talents and unique perspectives. 

Register to show off your art

Out of the Closet - Saturday, April 17 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

HUB-Robeson LL011  

The Center will have extended weekend hours to feature the Clothing Transit, where all students can learn more about this amazing resource for transgender and non-binary students and pick some clothes out for themselves. 

Trans Positive Swim - Saturday, April 17 - 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

McCoy Natatorium Indoor Pool 

As part of Campus Recreation’s celebration of Pride Month, they are offering Trans-Positive Swim sessions on Saturday, April 17 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This is an inclusive swim time for trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students, as well as trans allies. Anyone willing to participate in creating a positive space for trans folk is welcome. Clean clothing dedicated to swimming is the only requirement for bathing attire. They encourage swimmers to arrive at the pool with their bathing suit on; however, they will also have men’s and women’s locker rooms as well as gender-inclusive changing spaces available. Both the instruction pool and competition pool will be available for a total of 12 available lanes in each session. 

Register at pennstatecampusrec.org  

Queer Peers Q’mmunity Social  - Monday, April 19

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - HUB-Robeson LL011  

First-year, change of campus, and transfer students are welcome to create a care package for them or for someone else. Students can meet at the Center to create these packages and meet other students. These snacks will help students get through the next two weeks getting ready for finals and the end of the semester. 

Register to reserve a spot for Queer Peers Q'mmunity Social

KaraoGay - Tuesday, April 20 - 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

HUB-Robeson Lawn Tents  

Students are welcome to come by the HUB-Robeson Lawn tents for some pride-themed Karaoke!!  

QPOC Wellness Workshop - Tuesday, April 20 - 6:00 p.m.

Virtual  

Working towards racial equity while balancing multiple marginalized identities is tiring. Come learn some wellness techniques that help you take care of you first, before the rest of the world. 

Email lgbtq@psu.edu for program link.  

Know Your Rights  - Wednesday, April 21 - 5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.

Webinar 

Students can get an overview of their rights as LGBTQ+ individuals in various situations including employment, being a consumer, protests, and rallies, on campus, housing, and more. 

Register for the Know Your Rights Webinar link

Watch and Learn: Paris is Burning - Thursday, April 22 - 6:00 p.m.

Virtual  

This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, and Dorian Corey. 

Email lgbtq@psu.edu for the virtual link.  

Graduate Care Packages - Monday, April 26  

Pick up in Center  

Graduate students can pick up a small care package to help them get through finals week. 

LGBTQ+ History: Before Stonewall - Wednesday, April 28 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Webinar  

Students can learn more about LGBTQ+ history through an enthusiastic presentation from the Center. 

Zoom Webinar: 917 3774 0318 

Lavender Recognition - Friday, April 30 - 6:00 p.m. - Virtual 

Lavender Recognition is an annual celebration that recognizes Penn State's LGBTQ+ students and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the University as students. It is an inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the LGBTQ+ community. The ceremony includes scholarships and awards, and time to thank a significant supporter. In recognition of their achievements, graduates receive a rainbow tassel, stole, and graduation certificate. Join us for a virtual reception that will be featured on our Facebook page @PennStateLGBTQ. 

Register for Lavender Recognition here 

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation 2021

Friday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Virtual 

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 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 2020 - December 2021). 

Register for Lavender Graduation Here 

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. 

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.

Fall 2020  Late Night's will look different. We are working to build community online to keep students safe and healthy. Come back here for more information on Virtual Late Nights. For now, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @PennStateLGBTQ to keep updated.