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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

Each fall the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 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.

2019 Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
HUB | Heritage Hall

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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.

HUB Takeover

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

HUB Tables Upstairs and Downstairs

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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!


Late Night in the Center – Light the Night

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

101 Boucke

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Activity includes assisting in the creation of the luminaries that will be used in recognition of Gender Equity’s Light the Night. Light the Night is a visual display lighting the lawn of Old Main in honor of survivors of domestic sexual violence.

For more information about the Light the Night event sponsored by the Gender Equity Center, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, please visit


LGBTQ+ History Month-Pop-Up Display

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Presented by University Libraries

Mann Assembly Room-Paterno Library

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Kick off LGBTQ+ History Month by celebrating local queer history! Stop by to view a wide range of materials from our Special Collections Library and get a glimpse into Penn State's rich queer past.


Alumni & Friends Homecoming Tailgate

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Spikes Stadium-Medlar Field-Suites 507 & 508

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Join alumni and friends of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity for a pre-game tailgate in the suites at Medlar Field. Connect and network while enjoying great food.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019




LGBTQ+ History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Presented by University Libraries

Mann Assembly Room-Paterno Library

9:00 a.m.-5 :00 p.m.

Make your mark and celebrate queer history by editing Wikipedia pages for queer people, places, and things! No prior experience or knowledge required. Visit for more info.



Wednesday, October 9, 2019

HUB Monumental Staircase


Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month as we show pride within our Penn State community on the monumental steps in the HUB Robeson Center. Zach Barack, the month’s keynote speaker, will say a few words and then allow the Penn State and State College community to share stories of support, engage in community reflection and advocate for change.


Keynote:  Zach Barack

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

HUB Freeman Auditorium

6:00 p.m.

Zach Barack is a transgender actor, singer, and comedian from the northern suburbs of Chicago who is featured in film and television. He was born in Evanston, Illinois on November 17, 1995 and raised in a nearby suburb. He began working as a professional actor while studying Music Industry at the University of Southern California where he is enrolled.


National Coming Out Day

Friday, October 11, 2019

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Clothing Transit Open House

Friday, October 11, 2019   

24 Ritenour   


Screening:  From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?

Monday, October 14, 2019

HUB Flex Theater

5:00 p.m.

An exploration of the similarities, differences, and conflicts between the black civil rights and gays rights movements. This 60-minute documentary follows a “black, straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist” as they seek to find the intersection between the Civil Rights and the LGBTQ Equality movements.

International Pronouns Day

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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.


Late Night in the Center – Thumb Print Trees

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

101 Boucke

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Come and create your own thumb print tree exhibiting your own unique identity.


Spirit Day

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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, 2019

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.



Wednesday, October 22 – 28, 2019 


Asexual Awareness Week, October 22-28, is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to the asexual community and allies around the world.


Late Night in the Center – Drag Me to Boucke

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

101 Boucke

5:00– 8:00 p.m

Join us in 101 Boucke as we learn to vogue and participate in a dance coop.


Friday, October 25, 2019

Out & Engaged-Philadelphia Trip

All Day

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers students an opportunity to learn more about various aspects of the LGBTQ+ community through an engaged immersion experience program.

Trips expose students to the history of the LGBTQ+ community, promote civic engagement, as well as allow for and encourage personal growth. Trips also allow for interaction with Penn State regional Alumni.

Join us as we visit and explore gay Philadelphia.


Saturday, October 26, 2019



Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.


Late Night in the Center – Costume Contest

Wednesday, October 30th  

101 Boucke

5:00 – 8:00 p.m

Transgender Awareness Month

                                                    NOVEMBER- TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH

Día De Los Muertos Celebration

Friday, November 1, 2019

101 Boucke


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.

Join us in the presentation of the altar and enjoy delicious Pan De Muerto, sweet bread.


Keynote Speaker-Kavi Adi

Thursday, November 7, 2019 

HUB 233 A&B

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Kavi Ade is a Black Trans Queer speaker, arts educator and nationally recognized poet of Afro & Indigenous Caribbean descent. Kavi received a BA in Social Justice with a concentration on Art for Social Change and Gender Justice from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Ade’s work meets at the intersection of personal and political — navigating what it means to be a survivor of innumerable violences.  Kavi speaks on race, class, gender, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault, and social justice— chronicling despair, grasping at hope, and exploring the ways a body can learn to survive.



Friday, November 8, 2019 


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.


Centre LGBTQA Presents LGBTQ Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 17, 2018

State College Friends Meeting – 611 E. Prospect Ave.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Free for everyone! All are welcome!


Transgender Vigil

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Spiritual Center-Worship Hall

7:00 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.


Mara Keisling-Speaker-Executive Director-National Center for Transgender Equality

Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Various locations

Various times

Mara Keisling, a Penn State alum, and expert on transgender and gender non-conforming policy and legislation, comes back to State College to speak with students, faculty, and staff about the most up to date issues facing the LGBTQ community.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019


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

April 2019

During the month of April, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 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. 

Wednesday, April 3rd 
Safer People Safer Places Workshop for Faculty/Staff/Graduate Students 
HUB 134
11:00-1:00 PM
Sponsored by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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 as soon as possible.

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

Wednesday, April 8th 
HUB Take Over
HUB Robeson Center-1st and 2nd Floor
10:00-3:00 PM
Sponsored by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

The HUB takeover will consist of university and community offices/programs as well as LGBTQA student groups displaying resources 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 15th
Pride Month Keynote Speaker - TBD
HUB-Freeman Auditorium
5:00 PM
Sponsored by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Stay tuned for more details - COMING SOON!

Friday, April 17th
PRIDE March & Rally
Steps of Old Main
Sponsored by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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 17th
Student Drag Show
Heritage Hall
9:00 PM
Sponsored by QTPOC & LGBTQA Roundtable

Friday, April 24th
Lavender Graduation
Heritage Hall - HUB
6:00-9:00 PM 
Sponsored by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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

Saturday, April 25th
Blue & White Weekend Alumni Tailgate
Lubrano Park
12:30-2:30 PM
Sponsored by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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

Lavender Graduation

Friday, April 17, 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 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.

Ash Beckham will be speaking at Penn State on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
Past and future speakers and events hosted by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
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