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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

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

Presentation Description:

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.

Speaker Biography:

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 lgbtqa@psu.edu 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 lgbtqa@psu.edu 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

November 20th

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

PRIDE Month
April 2019

During the month of April, the LGBTQA Student Resource Center celebrates all identities within the LGBTQ+ community through many events such as speakers, events, workshops, and performances. Below, is a list of the events that the Center and other groups will be sponsoring as we show our Pride on campus. 

April 1st – 5th 
The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania: Traveling History Exhibit
Leisure Reading Room – Pattee Library  
Sponsored by the Penn State Libraries 

The LGBT Center of Central PA is pleased announce a new traveling history exhibit as part of a state-wide collaboration. The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania is a traveling history exhibit that chronicles the efforts that activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania to achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people. 

With the lack of success in passing statewide legislative protections from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, and education, activists have been working for more than five decades to obtain these protections one battle at a time, one municipality at a time. The exhibit uses case studies of several cities and townships to highlight not just the political struggles, but the personal stories as well. This exhibit debuts in mid-February 2019, in the 50th anniversary year of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event in the LGBTQ+ movement toward equality.
 
This exhibit tells these stories through historical narrative, photographs, and video of activists’ first-person accounts who were involved in the struggles to achieve protection from discrimination. Along the way, they faced some of the very discrimination they were seeking to protect their communities from, including harassment, physical assault, arson, and bombings.

Tuesday, April 2nd 
HUB Take Over
HUB Robeson Center-1st and 2nd Floor
10:00-3:00 PM
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center 

The HUB takeover will consist of university and community offices/program as well as LGBTQA student groups displaying resource and information as it pertains to supporting LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff on campus. In addition, there will be a Drag Queen Story Hour from 11-12, Drag Bingo from 12-1, and performances by national and local drag queens. 

Wednesday, April 3rd 
Safer People Safer Places Workshop for Faculty/Staff/Graduate Students 
HUB 134
11:00-1:00 PM
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

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.

Click here to register

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the LGBTQA Student Resource Center at (814) 863-1248 or lgbtqa@psu.edu as soon as possible.

Friday, April 5th
PRIDE March & Rally
Steps of Old Main
Noon 
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

The Penn State and State College community come together to celebrate the Pride in the LGBTQA+ community and their allies, sharing affirming stories on the iconic steps of Old Main. The march will begin on the steps of Boucke Building and continue down Pollock, past Old Main then wrap around to the steps of Old Main. Come share stories, engage in reflection, and take action to move equity and justice forward! There will be an open mic portion for individuals to share stories, artistic pieces, and/or calls to action. 

Friday, April 5th
Climb with PRIDE
Indoor Climbing Wall-IM Building 
8:00 PM 
Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Tuesday, April 9th
PRIDE Rides 
Cycling classes 
IM & White Building

Various times are IM and White Building – All cycle classes in IM and White building designated as pride ride (pre-registration recommended)
Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Tuesday, April 9th & Wednesday, April 10th 
Kinky Boots 
Eisenhower Auditorium
7:30 PM
Sponsored by The Center for Performing Arts at Penn State

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton, England, to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, Italy. 

Purchase tickets here 

Wednesday, April 10th
Kalen Allen: Pride Month Keynote Speaker
HUB-Freeman Auditorium
6:00 PM
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Penn State Global Programs

Kalen Allen from Kansas City, KS first caught Ellen DeGeneres’ eye with his hilarious “Kalen Reacts” videos where he gives colorful and witty commentary on culinary concoctions online. After inviting Kalen to her show on January 2, 2018, Ellen knew she found something special and offered him an opportunity to collaborate and produce content for her digital platforms.

Today, 22-years-old Kalen’s meteoric rise has found himself with a regular guest spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and his very own weekly digital news series, “OMKalen,” where he gives his one-of-a-kind commentary on hot topics and trending stories of the week. In addition, Kalen has found incredible success expanding his “Kalen Reacts” food series to cover events such as New York Fashion Week, the Met Gala, and the royal wedding. Kalen also brought his trademark wide-brimmed red hat and infectious personality to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards red carpet as Ellen’s correspondent interviewing some of the biggest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, and Shawn Mendes. As Kalen continues to entertain in the digital space, his videos boast an impressive 259 million views across all ELLEN platforms. Kalen’s reach includes 1.7M followers on Facebook, 603K followers on Instagram, and 93.8K followers on Twitter.

Thursday, April 11th 
WRITING Night
HUB 106
6:00 PM
Sponsored by the Coalition of LGBTQA Graduate Students

Join members of the Coalition of LGBTQA Graduate Students as they provide space for writing local, state, and national officials to advocate for LGBTQA rights.

Friday, April 12th
Lavender Graduation
Heritage Hall - HUB
6:00-9:00 PM 
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

Lavender Graduation 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.

Graduating Students: Register for Lavender Graduation Here

Friday, April 12th
Climb with PRIDE
Indoor Climbing Wall-IM Building 
8:00 PM 
Indoor Climbing Wall – Free climbing for all; just drop by; no pre-registration required
Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Saturday, April 13th
Blue & White Weekend Alumni Tailgate
Lubrano Park-Suite 520
12:30-2:30 PM
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

LGBTQA alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to join members of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center staff for a tailgate prior to the Blue White game. Lights food and drinks will be provided. 

Tuesday, April 16th
Free HIV Testing 
101 Boucke
1:00-3:00 PM
Sponsored by The AIDS Resource Center & the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

Tuesday, April 16th
Student Ally Workshop
HUB 325 
5:30-7:30 PM
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

The Student Ally workshop is a peer-facilitated opportunity that educates students about the LGBTQ+ population, helps them understand the issues facing LGBTQ+ students, and increases awareness of the various LGBTQ+ resources at Penn State and in the community.

Register here 

Thursday, April 18th
We Are Everywhere
Lewis Katz Auditorium 
6:30 PM
Sponsored by Penn State Law and OUTLaw

Join Penn State law for a lecture by and discussion with the authors of We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation. Written by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, provides, according to historian and activist icon Joan Nestle, "a handbook for action, cherishing those who risked so much, and a living bridge between our communities of the past and present." Within We Are Everywhere's pages, Anderson Cooper writes, is "our pride and power, our blood and tears, our love and laughter."

Thursday, April 18th
Corteva
218 Thomas Building 
6:00-7:00 PM
Sponsored by Students for Cultivating Change 

Corteva Agriscience is the Agricultural Division of DowDuPont.  Attendees may learn not only more about the company, but also, Corteva’s position on Inclusion and Diversity. Discussion will include how they value the importance of Allies, while supporting the LGBT+ community.  We encourage all prior to the event, to watch Corteva’s Out & Equal 2018 Workplace Summit talk, expressing a better understanding of how important each person’s story is, especially in regard to the support they can provide to LGBT+ and Allies alike. 

See the video here 


Friday, April 19th
Student Drag Show
Heritage Hall
9:00 PM
Sponsored by QTPOC & LGBTQA Roundtable

Tuesday, April 23rd 
Evening of Advocacy with Special Guests
Eisenhower Auditorium 
7:00 PM 
LGBTQA Student Roundtable & Penn State Democrats

 

Tuesday, April 23
Film Screening: Pride (2014) dir. Matthew Warchus
HUB 132 Flex Theater
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Institute and Center for Global Workers' Rights

Join us for the final film in the Spring 2019 film series "Intersections: Landscapes of Labor," about the intersections of issues of sustainability, workers' rights, and human rights. Pride, based on a true story, is the moving comic drama about a British gay rights group in 1984 who decide to support a town of striking Welsh coal miners. In return, the miners start to support gay rights. Funny, moving, and triumphant, the film reminds us what's possible when we strive for solidarity across social movements!
 

Tuesday, April 24th 
Rainbow Power Remix
Gym #3 IM Building 
4:15-5:15 PM
Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Shake, dance and help us build a human Pride flag with t-shirts given at the door

Friday, April 26th 
All Day-LGBTQ Out and Engaged Experience
6:00 a.m.-10:00 PM 
New York City, NY 
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

Students will have the opportunity to travel to New York City and participate in an engaged queer history learning experience including tours of Greenwich Village and an exploration of queer secrets in art and culture within the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Come meet and network with other Penn State students and alumni from the New York City region and foster ways of using history in the influence of current queer movements and politics.

Spaces are limited, please register here!

Saturday, April 27th 
Trans Positive Swim Night 
McCoy Natatorium 
6:00-8:00 PM
Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Anyone willing to participate in creating a positive space for trans folks is welcome

Sunday, April 28th 
Pride Month Lawn Games
IM Building (IM Turf in case of rain)
3:00-6:00 PM 
Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Back lawn of the IM Building (IM turf in case of rain)

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 2019 - December 2020).

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.

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.