LGBTQ+ Community

Welcome to the Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives at Colgate!

Dear 2SLGBTIQA+*, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, gender queer and ally friends,

With all of my heart, I welcome you at the Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, where each and everyone’s unique experience is celebrated, where everyone’s identity (identities) enriches the campus culture and helps our community to thrive. We are here to uplift each other, to learn from each other, and – together – transform the world around us, making it more just, diverse, affirming, and friendlier. 

The Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives’ mission is to build a sense of belonging and provide support to everyone regardless of one's sexuality, gender identity and gender expression, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religious / spiritual / cultural background, ability etc. 

We call our mission “Queering Belonging” that is reflected in the following triad: 

Leadership = Allyship = Aspiration:

1. Leadership

Through the various programs, we support students in developing a set of skills that prepare them to become effective social justice advocates, community organizers, and 2SLGBTIQA+ ambassadors.

2. Allyship

Collaboration is a vital part in promoting the Office’s mission across the campus and beyond. Through collaborative projects and programming, we educate the community on 2SLGBTIQA+ issues. By securing strong allyships with multiple campus actors, we provide our students with more avenues for their professional and personal development.

3. Aspiration 

We encourage our students to share their authentic experiences with others and to empower those who are struggling and just beginning their journey. Our social and cultural mixers, workshops, fests, and celebrations are the ways to affirm our intersectional identities, as well as to welcome our allies to get to know us better and learn how they can be supportive of the community.

I invite you to familiarize yourself with the Office’s work by going on our social media (IG: colgate_lgbtq); attending our programs/events; meeting with me in-person (East Hall, Room 108B, Center for Women’s Studies) or via Zoom or email (; or proposing an event or project on which we can work together.

I do believe in this community and its creative powers of healing, bringing people together, and making changes.


Dr. Lyosha Gorshkov,

* 2SLGBTIQA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual-Agender)

“What have you done today to make you feel proud?” – Heather Small, “Proud"

Commitment to the Trans Community

Recent news about possible federal changes to Title IX and federal interpretations of sex and gender inclusivity has raised a number of questions about how colleges will work to support students on campuses nationwide.

While such a rule is not currently in effect and has yet to be formally proposed, I, along with my colleagues in the Dean of the College Division, write to reaffirm that Colgate is steadfast in our commitment to maintaining existing policies that are designed to support our trans community. We will continue our inclusive practices, policies, and support regardless of changes that may be made to Title IX guidance.

Currently, Colgate offers gender-neutral housing options, gender-inclusive bathrooms, registrar-recognized personal pronouns and names, access to trans-related healthcare through health services and related insurance coverage, as well as staff and programming resources through our Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives. These programs and services will remain unchanged.

In addition, Colgate offers classes through the LGBTQ Studies Program, including the opportunity to pursue a minor. Students may engage academically through a variety of disciplinary lenses like LGBT 241/EDUC 241 Queering Education or SOCI 220 Gender, Sexuality and Society. The LGBTQ Studies Program also maintains an Advisory Committee comprised of faculty and staff.

Colgate offers Safe Zone training, a two-hour long seminar that provides an educational environment to learn about and discuss sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ topics such as coming out, pronouns, and allyship. Activities and discussions are meant to engage participants in conversations that could improve not only individual understanding but also the lives of LGBTQ+ folks around them. We have two upcoming sessions for Safe Zone Training on November 9 from 7 -9 p.m. and December 5 from 7 -9 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please click here to register.

We are unwavering in our support of our trans and non-binary communities, and we will continue to monitor the national discussion and any possible future legislative action at the federal level.

With warmest regards,

Tiffany Lane, MSW

Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives


Programs and Education

There are all kinds of events, programming, and groups for LGBTQ+ students at Colgate. Learn how we build community through a rich culture of participation and inclusion.

Programs and Education

Trans @ Colgate

Find out about the resources available for trans and gender-nonconforming people at Colgate.

Trans @ Colgate

Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

The Office of LBGTQ+ Initiatives acts as an advocate for the community in campus affairs, an organizer of events and programming for the community, and a hub for students looking for assistance or someone to talk to.

Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives


On-campus, local, regional, and national groups offer resources to support the LGBTQ+ community at Colgate. Find what’s available here.


LGBTQ Studies

The LGBTQ Studies program promotes and recognizes the historical, theoretical, and intellectual contributions of LGBTQ people, elevating those that have been marginalized or untold.

Programs and Education

Concerned about a Friend?

Colgate takes discrimination and bias seriously, including gender-based and orientation-based violence. It is important to report an incident or concern about a student so we can seek to provide assistance.

Report an Incident or Concern

Colgate PRIDE: Employee Resource Group

Colgate PRIDE promotes an inclusive community at Colgate for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer employees.

More about PRIDE