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Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity Discussion Groups

These groups are Closed Groups (you must identify with the group topic to attend). Discussion groups are only open to enrolled Penn State students. Groups do not meet on official University holidays.

  • Aces (asexual and aromantic): Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Beyond the Binary (gender identity) Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • BiLions (bisexual, pansexual, fluid) Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Color Me Queer (students of color) Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Transgender Awareness Month

This is a time to celebrate the transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse communities as well as encompassing the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes the lives of victims of transphobic violence across the globe.

  • Speaker and Poet Kavi Ade: November 7, 5:00 p.m., 233AB HUB. Kavi Ade is a black transgender queer speaker, arts educator, and nationally recognized poet of African and Indigenous Caribbean descent. The presentation will be a keynote-type presentation blended with spoken-word performance.
  • Transgender Vigil: The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center’s Worship Hall will host the center’s Transgender Vigil at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12. This event, the keystone event of the month, is intended to honor and remember those who have been killed because of anti-transgender and non-binary bigotry, hatred and violence. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and a reception will follow.

LGBTQ+ Mentor Program

Our mentor program pairs graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+ with another LGBTQ+ student at Penn State. Graduate student mentors offer mentees emotional support, assistance setting goals and choosing a career path, and guidance through sexual and gender identity development while encouraging health and wellness through campus and community engagement. Learn more or register.

LGBTQ+ scholarships

The Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity offers multiple scholarships to Penn State students who are interested in and have shown a commitment to the Penn State LGBTQ+ community. Scholarships are open now and close December 6. Click here for more information.