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LGBTQ Initiatives

LGBTQ Initiatives is dedicated to supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students 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!)

QueerFest: Celebrating All Identities

This annual event, formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," provides LGBTQ and ally students an opportunity to network, socialize, and learn with their peers at a conference-style program of speakers, workshops, and social events.

Ally Pledge

Allies are people of any orientation or expression, but who pledge to challenge homophobic, sexist, and heterosexist behaviors or biases. Taking the ally pledge is a symbolic gesture of support for the LGBTQ community.TAKE THE PLEDGE

Out & About: Newsletter for the Colgate LGBTQ Community

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.

Other Initiatives

National Coming Out Week
National Coming Out Day in October is a day to celebrate and to support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally individuals. By recognizing this day across our community, we can 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.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service and Celebration
During the month of November, time is set aside a time to memorialize those injured or killed due to anti-trans hate and prejudice. By celebrating a range of gender identities, and educating on gender issues, we can help support and protect our transgender, gender-queer and queer friends.
Lavender Graduation
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 Information

Staff Contact: Dr. Khristian Kemp-DeLisser, Assistant Dean and Director, LGBTQ Initiatives

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