Attend LGBTQ+ Signature and Annual Programs
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 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 year's welcome will include University offices, units, and student groups sending messages of welcome and discussing the resources they offer to LGBTQ+ students.
- LGBTQ+ History Month
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.
An Evening with Brandon Wolf | Wednesday October 5, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Freeman Auditorium
Pulse survivor and activist Brandon Wolf will share his experience and knowledge of current LGBTQ+ and human rights issues
Poetry from M.R. Chibbi Orduña | Monday October 10, 6:00 p.m. | HUB Lounge 008
Poet M.R Chibbi Orduña will be sharing his poetry primarily on his experiences on being Queer and Latino.
Coming Out Day: Come One Come All Party | Tuesday October 11, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Recognize, Support and Celebrate Coming Out with the Center! Light refreshments and resources will be available.
International Pronouns Day | HUB-Robeson Polluck Table | Wednesday October 19, 10:00 a.m.
Recognize International Pronouns Day with the Center with our "Ask Me My Pronouns" campaign. Come by the Center or our table in the HUB for Pronouns day items!
- Transgender Awareness Month
TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH
November is Transgender Awareness Month--a time to celebrate the transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse communities.
Día de los Muertos Dinner | Tuesday November 1, 6:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Enjoy a dinner while celebrating life and death during Día de los Muertos.
Empowering Differences with Ashley Brundage | Wednesday November 2, 12:30 p.m. | HUB 233AB
Motivational speaker, Ashley Brundage, will share her insights on empowerment and leadership
Out of the Closet | Saturday November 5, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Featuring our Clothing Transit, we will bring clothes from our normal spot in Ritenour to our Center! Come by for free clothes and information.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil | Monday November 14, 5:30 p.m. | Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Join us in a night of reflection and remembrance of those transgender siblings we lost in the past year due to violence and discrimination
- Pride Month
Sexual and Gender Diversity Celebrates Pride Month April 2023
- Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation 2023
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.
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.
- Anti-Racism and Social Justice Programs
The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is committed to programs, events and education that are opportunities for students to learn more or get involved with anti-racism and social justice. Learning to be anti-racism is essential to challenge injustice. Being involved with these programs allow students a more holistic view of intersectionality and engagement with social justice.