LGBTQ+ Programs and Education

There are many ways to get involved with Colgate’s LGBTQ+ community as a student, staff member, faculty member, or alumni.


The "Closet"

"The Closet" is a clothing donation program for LGBTIQA+, non-binary and other students who are in need of no cost options to better reflect their gender identity and expression.

 "The Closet" is also a series of workshops and masterclasses for LGBTIQA+ and gender non-conforming folks (as well as for straight allies who would like to promote body positivity) focused on getting comfortable with your identity, body and sexuality; working on creating a personal image; and getting valuable tips on being yourself.

Sex Museum

The Sex Museum

The Sex Museum is a series of programs launched by the Office along with its partners (ALANA Cultural Center, Shaw Wellness Institute, Haven, Counseling Center, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Advising) focused on promoting healthy relationships, sexual practices, and consent.

Takes place in the Fall and Spring semesters.

LGBTIQA+ History Month and Queerfest

Our office supports the visibility of LGBTIQA+ artists, speakers and causes during LGBTIQA+ History Month each October. The month includes National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), Drag Show, educational panels and historical trips.

"QueerFest," formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," takes place during April, which is also LGBTIQA+ Awareness Month, and includes social activities, an open Safe Zone, and other speakers.

Lavender Graduation

Held during Commencement weekend, Lavender Graduation 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. Graduates receive rainbow cords to wear over their gowns during the Commencement ceremony.

Safe Zone logo with Colgate C and rainbow of colors in a circle

Outreach and Education

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Training is a two-hour long seminar that provides an educational environment to learn about and discuss sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ topics through a system-focused lens. Attendees should come with an open mind and a willingness to engage with their own privilege and oppressed identities with the goal of expanding not only individual understanding of systemic oppression but how we as a community can work to dismantle it.

Registration is required as space is limited.

Sign up for Fall 2019 dates!


Conference Scholarships

The Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives provides 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.

Student Groups


A student-run group of LGBTQ members dedicated to enhancing the social and support networks for queer students. This group recognizes that the campus climate might not always feel the most friendly, and therefore provides a supportive confidential social outlet, a place for members to share common experiences, and an avenue for members to organize around relevant political issues and events.




Short for Queer and Trans People of Color, QTPOC is a family that empowers and protects students of color who identify as LGBTQIA+ on Colgate's campus.



Stay in touch

We want to hear from you! Help us build our Alumni Database. The best way to stay connected upon graduation is to join the LGBTQ & Ally Alumni ListServ via Alumni Relations. We send out notices for local LGBTQ Colgate events, invitations and newsletters! To join, email your full name and class year to with the subject "Alumni database."


Alumni donations sponsor the student internship program, scholarship funds for local & national conferences. This year we sent over 40 students, faculty and staff to three different Queer conferences. Giving back helps us keep moving forward — just click the link below, and designate your gift for LGBTQ Initiatives. Thank you!