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. Our programs are open to all students regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other protected class.
- 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.
Monday August 28, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Alumni Hall
- 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.
Memories of a Penitent Heart Film Screening | Wednesday October 4, 6:30 p.m. | Foster Auditorium
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and LGBTQ History Month, join us for a screening of the documentary, Memories of a Penitent Heart. This documentary explores the life and family drama of a gay, Latino man who died of AIDS.
Coming Out Day Celebration | Wednesday October 11, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. | HUB LL011
Stop by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity to celebrate National Coming Out Day with snacks, activities, and music.
Queer Theory and Intersectionality | Monday October 16, 5:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Join graduate student, Gabriel Pulido, from the Higher Education program for an important conversation about Queer Theory and how student organizations serving minoritized communities can frame their process and events from an intersectional lens.
Being, Believing, Belonging: Religious InQueeries | Tuesday October 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | 104 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Hosted by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, join this joint conversation as we talk about the overlap of faith and spirituality with LGBTQ+ identities.
Active and Proud Discussion | Tuesday October 17, 6:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Join the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Health Promotion and Wellness, Campus Recreation, & Kinesiology for an interactive discussion about physical activity among LGBTQ students, and learn about the resources on campus.
International Pronouns Day | Wednesday October 18, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. | HUB Information Table 2
Stop by our table in the HUB Main Lounge to learn more about pronouns and why they matter, and pick up a button or t-shirt!
LGBTQ+ Center Awareness Day | Thursday October 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m. | HUB LL011
Learn more about the staff members of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity both online and in person! Check out our Instagram page on this date for bios and fun facts about our professional staff. Stop by in person to chat and enjoy some snacks and great conversation.
PrEP info Session with AIDS Resource | Tuesday October 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30p.m. | HUB L011
Got questions about PrEP and HIV prevention? Come learn more from an LGBTQ clinician, and get your sexual health questions answered!
- Transgender Awareness Month
Transgender Awareness Month
November is Transgender Awareness Month--a time to celebrate the transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse communities.
Gender Mood Board Craft | Tuesday November 7, 5:30 p.m. | HUB LL011
Our gender expression is how we present ourselves to the world. Come join us for a reflective craft activity that prompts attendees to think about their relationship to gender. Make a mood board with pictures, stickers, and other items that help describe your expression style and showcase your own individuality.
We Exist: Beyond the Gender Binary Film Screening | Wednesday November 8, 6:00 p.m. | Foster Auditorium
What if the world told you that you don't exist? For many gender non-conforming individuals, this is the reality. WE EXIST: Beyond the Binary is one of the first films to document this growing community living life “beyond the binary” construct of gender, offering a first-hand account of what it is like to exist as other than strictly male or female.
LGBTQ Poetry Reading Night | Monday November 13, 6:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
In the spirit of unity, diversity, and artistic exploration, we invite you to come together and experience the power of words that illuminate the rich colors of LGBTQ+ voices in collaboration with the Graduates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. You are most welcome to share your unique perspectives, shedding light on the struggles, triumphs, and ongoing journey towards equality with your own words and poems or cite the words of a queer poet.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil | Tuesday November 14, 5:30 p.m. | Flex Theatre
Join us to honor and remember those who have been killed because of anti-transgender and non-binary bigotry, hatred and violence. We will be saying the names of those who have been killed this past year because of their perceived gender identity and/or expression. Join with us in community for this moving ceremony, followed by a reception in HUB LL011.
- Black History Month
Black History Month
A Celebration of Black Queer History Display | All February. | HUB LL011
With newly created panels of information, students can learn more at their own pace. There are integrated opportunities to interact with the display, whether that be through posing articulated figures in vogue fashion, flipping through artwork and literary works from black queer authors, or engaging with a curated playlist from the CSGD.
- Women's History Month
Women's History Month
- Pride Month
CSGD Celebrates Pride Month
- Lavender Graduation
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. This year the ceremony will take place on April 12, 2024 at 6:00pm in Heritage Hall.
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. Lavender Graduation is open to all students regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other protected class.
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.
- Late Night in the Center
Late Night in the Center
Heartstopper Watch Party | Tuesday September 5, 5:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Join us as we show the Netflix original show based on the hit graphic novel, Heartstopper, by Alice Osman.
Cd Painting | Wednesday September 13, 5:30 p.m. | HUB LL011
In this de-stress an sustainable craft activity students will be able to paint blank or clear cd’s for your residence space.
Motivational Posters Craft | Thursday September 21, 5:30 p.m. | HUB LL011
This craft will be the creation of posters with motivational phrases that students can either hand in their rooms or give to a friend.
Clothesline Project T-Shirt Making | Tuesday September 26, 6:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Each year, the Gender Equity Center hosts different sessions for students to come and create t-shirts surrounding the topics of dating violence, sexual violence, stalking, and harassment in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
Et Cohabitabant: Ancient Trivia for the Modern Queer | Friday October 6, 5:30 p.m. | HUB LL011
Join the CSGD as we turn back the clock and take a stroll through the halls of queer history with this themed trivia night! All questions will be focused on queer experiences from ancient civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners and include copies of Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles alongside CSGD swag!
Pride Flag Craft Night | Tuesday October 24, 5:30 p.m. | HUB LL011
Learn more about the history of different pride flags and make your own in this hands-on felt activity.
Cryptid Creepshow | Tuesday October 31, 6:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Come hang out, watch something spooky, and draw your favorite cryptid!
- Anti-Racism and Social Justice Programs
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.