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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.

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.




A student-run group of LGBTQ & ally members who are dedicated to being educators and activists on campus in order to create an increasingly LGBTQ-friendly culture. This group is open to all who recognize LGBTQ issues as pertinent in Colgate’s goal for an inclusive and intersectional environment.



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!