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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 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.


Stay tuned for October 2021 History Month programs. 


Transgender Awareness Month


Stay tuned for Transgender Awareness Month programming. 

AIDS/HIV Awareness
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. 


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 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. 


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

Email 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  

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.


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 for program link.  

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


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.


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 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. 


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 30th at 6:00 p.m.


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.