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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Questioning/Queer Life

Join us as we strive for an open and welcoming campus and community for all people. LGBTQ Initiatives and LGBTQ Studies work independently and together to educate about and support LGBTQ+ identities and people.
There is much work to be done and that work must be done collaboratively on cultural, social and political levels. Safe spaces and support networks are in place for those who wish to actively foster community and be the change they wish to see.

Commitment to our Trans Community

Statement from the Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
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
Statement from the LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee
October 26, 2018

As members of the LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee, we stand unwaveringly with and behind members of the trans community on our campus and across the country who are being threatened by attempts to change the Title IX definition of gender within the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed changes would be antithetical to the commitments to inclusivity, non-discrimination, well-being, and safety we make daily to members of our institution. 

The LGBTQ Studies program promises to continue offering and developing a curriculum that furthers the university's academic mission by, among other things, recognizing the invaluable contributions of trans people to the creation of knowledge through their lives, experiences, and work. One of the core goals of a Colgate education is to foster a space where we can "[s]ee [ourselves] honestly and critically within a global and historical perspective: recognize that [our] beliefs, identities, interests, and values are in part a reflection of [our] background, education, and life experiences." Any retrograde changes to federal civil rights policies that attempt to reduce gender and identity to biological determinism or essentializing traits stand in opposition to this vision. 

We remain committed not only to removing the harms and violences faced by trans people, but also to fostering a community that allows trans lives to be supported, protected, and valued. We endorse processes that explicitly protect individuals from harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, as well as sex and sexual orientation, and will work to ensure that the university does not waiver on its non-discrimination policies. 

Members of the LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee 

Danny Barreto
Helene Julien
Frank Kuan
Tiffany Lane
Meika Loe
Ani Maitra
Marilyn Rugg
Cristina Serna
Mary Simonson
Suzanne B. Spring
Casey Sprock
Mark Stern
Ken Valente
Susan W. Woolley

LGBTQ Initiatives

This office serves as direct support for LGBTQ individuals, provides queer-minded and educational programming, and acts as a network for LGBTQ faculty, staff, students and alumni, including their respective support groups, in hopes of working towards a more open environment.




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.




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.


LGBTQ Studies

LGBTQ people are equally a part of the social fabric of our lives as they are our mental growth and development. The LGBTQ Studies program promotes and recognizes those historical, theoretical, and intellectual contributions, elevating them from the margins to the center.


LGBTQ Library Collections

LGBTQ Studies, Women's Studies, and LGBTQ Initiatives contribute to a special collection in the Colgate University Libraries database focusing on sexuality, gender, queerness and inclusion.. Please visit the Colgate University Libraries site, or search the Women's Studies directory directly to access the collection. Debbie Krahmer is our reference librarian specializing in LGBT research and collections.

Contact Debbie:

LGBTQ Support Across Campus

The LGBTQ community is embedded within all other communities on campus. Homophobia and transphobia hurt every member of our community, regardless of sexual orientation, identity or gender. We support efforts to reduce and end bias and prejudice in all its forms, including but not limited to racism, sexism, and xenophobia.

LGBTQ & Ally Alumni

Want to stay involved?
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! Simply e-mail your full name and class year to with the subject "Alumni database."
Interested in giving back to LGBTQ life at Colgate?
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!