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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

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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
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.

Spirit Day

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

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) has been set aside to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. At Penn State, we spread awareness about transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary gender identities throughout the month of November.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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

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.

HUB Takeover
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.

Lavender Graduation
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).

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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.

Find out more information about Scholarships and Awards

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.

Ash Beckham will be speaking at Penn State on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
Past and future speakers and events hosted by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center.