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LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Enhancing campus diversity and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, staff, and faculty through intellectual/leadership development, building community, and outreach/visibility.
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Out & About: Newsletter for the Colgate Community and Alumni

We invite you to read our most recent Out & About from Spring, 2018.
In this edition:
  • Letters from the Directors of LGBTQ+ Initiatives and LGBTQ Studies
  • Upcoming Spring events such as the Queerfest Extravaganza
  • Professor Ken Valente shares reflects on 25 years of LGBTQ Studies
Learn more about the history of LGBTQ+ Initiatives by exploring our newsletter archives.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone logo in a rainbow ringSafe 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.

Everyone is welcome!

SAFE ZONE REGISTRATION For more information, please email the office at

Upcoming Events

Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Resources

Colgate works hard to improve services and programs that promote awareness and access for all of our students across the gender spectrum. Some of our most recent developments:
  • You can now indicate whether you wish for your preferred first name (rather than your legal name) to be included in Colgate's online web directory. Log on to the Colgate Portal now!

  • The Closet is a program that provides a low/no cost option for individuals to alter their wardrobe to better match their gender identity. It not only aims to provide a collection of donated outerwear for any occasion but also offers the option for undergarments be discretely purchased on your behalf. To learn more or to make an appointment for access to the space, email

  • Students, staff, and faculty can now share their personal gender pronouns in BANNER, the school's data system. Once entered through the Colgate Portal, your pronouns will appear along with your name on professors' course rosters and administrative dean web-based dashboards.

  • Download this handy resource: a foldable table tent Guide to Personal Gender Pronouns to display on your desk or personal workspace.

  • Further information, including what a personal gender pronoun is, how to add or change your pronoun, and other trans and non-binary resources at Colgate, can be found on our Trans@Colgate page.

Signature Initiatives

Blue4Q LGBTQ Awareness Game
Athletics is a point of pride at Colgate and so is our LGBTQ community. #Blue4Q, a social media awareness campaign and basketball game brings the community together to celebrate and educate about the LGBTQ community. For the two weeks prior to the game, student organizations, offices and departments, and alumni share selfies on Twitter and Facebook, wearing the color blue. #Blue4Q became a Colgate tradition in 2012 in response to anti-gay graffiti written in blue marker was found on campus.)
LGBTQ History Month and Queerfest
Our office supports visibility of LGBTQ artists, speakers and causes during the month of October, LGBTQ History Month. October also includes National Coming Out Day, (Oct 11), Coming Out Panel, Coming Out Doors and educational speakers.

"QueerFest," formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," occurs during April, which is also LGBT Awareness Month, and includes social activities, an open safe zone, and other speakers. This series of events demonstrate that Colgate is a place for all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to live openly.
Academic/Curricular Support and Conference Scholarships
We care about the academic and personal development of our students. Academically, LGBTQ Initiatives works collaboratively with the LGBTQ Studies program and advisory board to promote the visibility and growth of the LGBTQ Studies minor, curricular development through class visits and seminars and workshops for faculty.

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 ProfessionalsWoodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and Northeast LGBT Conference.
Lavender Graduation and Awards Ceremony
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.

Concerned About a Friend?

Colgate University takes discrimination and bias seriously, including gender-based violence. The university offers information on sexual assault and bias resources for the university community. It is important to report an incident or concern about a student so we can seek to provide assistance. Visit the Dean of the College's office site to report an incident or concern.

Contact Us

Location: Center for Women's Studies, East Hall 108B
Tiffany Lane in a black shirt with tie
Tiffany Lane
Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Phone: 315-228-6840

Student Staff

August Halbach '22
LGBTQ+ Initiatives Intern

Anika Rutah '20
LGBTQ+ Initiatives Intern

Jacob Licker '21
LGBTQ+ Initiatives Intern
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