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LGBTQ Initiatives

LGBTQ Initiatives is dedicated to supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, staff and faculty by enhancing diversity and visibility throughout the greater campus community.
As part of National Coming Out Day, students set up a door in the COOP to symbolize a closet. Students were asked to write their name and an experience or statement to show support for the difficulties that LGBTQ people face.

Safe Zone

This training, open to faculty, staff, and students, aims to create a supportive campus climate by encouraging conversation around gender identity and sexual orientation, homophobia, heterosexism, and various oppressions. By educating members of the campus community about current LGBTQ-related issues, members of the campus community can be more prepared to provide support and resources on LGBTQ and Ally concerns. Any person or group can request a Safe Zone training by following the link above.

Family Dinner

During classes, every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. the LGBTQ and ally community comes together to connect over a meal at Frank Dining Hall. You and all members of the Colgate and Hamilton communities are welcome! (The first 25 community members without a meal plan get in for free! Stop by our table in the front lobby or email ahead and let us know you're coming - we'll save you a meal ticket!)

Out & About: Newsletter for the Colgate Community & Alumni

We invite you to read our most recent Out & About, Spring '13-Fall '14
In this edition:
  • Welcome from the new Assistant Dean & Director of LGBTQ
  • LGBTQ Initiatives moves to the Center for Women's Studies' renovated space
  • Student reflections from conferences and Queerfest events
  • New interns join the LGBTQ Initiatives team
Learn more about the history of LGBTQ Initiatives by exploring our newsletter archives.

Signature Initiatives

National Coming Out Day and Queerfest
National Coming Out Day, October 11, is a day to celebrate and to support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally individuals.
"QueerFest," formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," occurs during April, which is also LGBT History Month. These two events demonstrate that Colgate is a place for all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to live openly. Events include social activities, Coming Out Panel, Coming Out Doors and educational speakers.
Blue for Q LGBTQ Athletic & Social Media Campaign
Athletics is a point of pride at Colgate and so is our LGBTQ community. #Blue4Q, a social media awareness campaign and basketball game brings the community together to celebrate and educate about the LGBTQ community. For the two weeks prior to the game, student organizations, offices and departments, and alumni share selfies on Twitter and Facebook, wearing the color blue. #Blue4Q became a Colgate tradition in 2012 in response to anti-gay graffiti written in blue marker was found on campus.)
Lavender Graduation & Awards Ceremony
This event celebrates the ambitions and accomplishments of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer seniors as they prepare to graduate. The event includes recognition of specific individuals for their great impact on our community.
Conference Scholarships
You have the opportunity to apply for funding to attend or present at national and regional conferences focusing on LGBTQ research, education, community organizing, or activism. In the past, students have attended all of the following: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-Creating Change, Expanding the Circle for Higher Education Professionals, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and Northeast LGBT Conference.

Contact or Visit Us!

LGBTQ Initiatives is located in the Center for Women's Studies, East Hall 108B
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

khristian kemp-delisser, Assistant Dean and Director of LGBTQ Initiatives
Staff: Dr. khristian kemp-delisser, Assistant Dean and Director of LGBTQ Initiatives

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