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Student Support for LGBTQ+ Students

Undergraduate Students

There are a myriad of ways undergraduate students are involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Our number one goal is assisting you as you journey through your undergraduate tenure at Cornell. Within the LGBT Resource Center, you can access support, find connections, expand your knowledge and find a home within the larger University community.

  • You are invited to join in our programs, student organizations, events, leadership opportunities and discussion groups which are all designed to support your academic and social success.
  • Meet with the Director one-on-one for direct support and help navigating campus resources.
  • Come to a discussion group and/or workshop to talk, listen and learn.
  • Explore the ways our campus serves the LGBTQ+ community and find supportive Allies everywhere.
  • Join our student listserv to stay current with upcoming events - Request to join here!
  • Join a student organization or come to one of our events.
  • Explore Gender Inclusive Housing Options and find out what it might be like to live on campus.

Undergraduate Student Organizations

Cornell University has a variety of LGBTQ+ oriented organizations. There is a wealth of student run undergraduate organizations that tackle both political and social issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

Haven: the LGBTQ Student Union

Haven, the LGBTQ Student Union, serves as an administrative umbrella for most of the undergraduate (though generally open to graduate and professional students as well) student organizations involved in the support and outreach to LGBTQ students at Cornell. Haven provides a vehicle for these groups to secure funding and on-going training, and consultation with professional staff. The Haven advisor(s) provides support to the program. Haven collaborates with other Cornell groups to address the social support needs of students.

ACE

ACE is open to all people who identify, or think they might identify, within the ace umbrella. The ace umbrella includes asexuals and those who occupy the gray space between sexuality and asexuality. Please note that ace people might experience other forms of attraction, such as romantic, aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual.

CRUNCH

Crunch is a peer run group committed to education, social support, and programming centering on kink and its place in the queer community. Kink is how many people engage with themselves and others, either sexually or non-sexually, in ways that challenge mainstream norms that prescribe gender, sexuality, relationships, power, intimacy, kinship and uses of the body. Crunch explores the ideas around and practices of kink in queer spaces.

Lavender

A confidential peer run social, support, and event planning organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning and transwomen on campus.

MOSAIC

Mosaic is a peer social support organization for LGBTQ people of color and allies. Mosaic’s social goals include giving QTPOC and allies a place to belong, weekly meeting, supporting QTPOC speakers to come to campus, and organizing activities and events geared towards awareness

Lotus

Lotus is a group for anyone in the Cornell community interested in coming together around issues of being male and gay, bisexual, or transgender. One objective is to reach out to other members of the LGBTQ community and the broader Cornell and Ithaca communities.

T.A.N.GO.- Transgender, Agender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, Other

TANGO is a group for all Cornellians who identify as transgender and/or non-binary, or are questioning their gender identities.

OASIS

Social/ cultural group for LGBTQ+ and Asian-, Pacific Islander-, & Desi-American students.

Queer People in Computing 

Other Undergraduate LGBTQ+ Focused Organizations

Loving House: The LGBTQ+ Living and Learning Unit

The Loving House aims to enhance the intellectual and cultural environment of Cornell University regarding issues pertaining to the experiences of the LGBTQ+ and allied communities. The Loving House promotes the development of critical, engaged, and responsible LGBTQIA+ scholars, activists, and community leaders at various levels of experience. In addition to creating an LGBTQ+ living space that is inclusive to all intersections of identity, the Loving House embraces honest and frank dialogues about sex, sexuality, romanticism, gender identity and expression, community development, cross-cultural understanding, and the intersections of identity.

Crass: A Queer Student Zine

The purpose of Crass as an organization is to publish a Zine featuring art, poetry, essays, writings, and other works by queer students at Cornell. As a publication, we aim to always be Personal, Powerful, and Political, as well as anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and to fight for restorative justice and liberation through the creation of art. Crass must not shy away from difficult subjects of sex, sexuality, race, class, disability, or gender, among others, and must always aim to confront those who are powerful with the reality of their privilege.For more information about this organization reach out through email at: crasszine@gmail.com

Queer Magazine 

We are a print magazine dedicated to giving representation to the Queer Community. Our main goal is to explore the intersections between the Queer identity and other identities like religion, race, ethnicity, and gender. This can be through many different forms— poetry, personal narratives, essays, articles, news, art, etc. However, this is not all encapsulating, as Queer magazine aims to be political and give a platform to Queer voices and allow us to speak on current events.

Transitioning at Cornell 

This group was started in the hopes of supporting individuals at Cornell as they transition medically and legally. We hope to provide both community and information to our group members. In this group, we will address current events relevant to the transgender community, discuss legal and medical information on topics such as surgeries, hormones, and name and gender marker changes. We will also have opportunities as a group to hear from both mental and medical health professionals from Cornell Health’s transgender care team. Questions or interest can be directed to our organizational email  transitioning@cornell.edu.

Queer Professional Community

Given that LGBTQ+ students are often underrepresented in a multitude of professional fields, our goal is to connect, advise, and support motivated LGBTQ+ Cornell undergraduates to bridge this gap in under-representation. Established in 2018, our goal is to create a space where LGBTQ+ undergraduates feel comfortable sharing their experiences and learning about sexual orientation in the professional world. Our active programming spans from the professional, with recruiting preparation, to the educational, social, and beyond.

Graduate Students

Pride Band

The LGBT Resource Center provides advice and support to graduate students on personal, academic, and co-curricular issues. There are also a variety of ways for graduate students to get involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Within the LGBT Resource Center, you can access support, find connections, volunteer, expand your knowledge and find a home within the larger University community.

  • You are invited to explore our programs, organizations, events, leadership opportunities and discussion groups which are all designed to support your academic and social success
  • Meet with the Director one-on-one for direct support and help navigating campus resources.
  • Come to a discussion group and/or workshop to talk, listen and learn.
  • Explore the ways our campus serves the LGBTQ+ graduate community and find supportive Allies everywhere.
  • Join our graduate student listserv to stay current with upcoming events - Request to join here!
  • Join a graduate student organization or come to one of our events.

Graduate Student Organizations

Cornell University has a variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer (LGBTQ) oriented organizations. There is a wealth of student run graduate organizations that tackle both political and social issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning students and their allies.

QGrads

QGrads is a graduate student organization focused on building a strong queer community at Cornell, by creating spaces for graduate students of all sexual orientations and gender identities to feel seen, heard, and supported. We serve approximately 150 graduate students in various fields of study, with exciting programs throughout the year including professional development events, community discussions, and social gatherings. In addition to planning events and programming that promote personal and professional development of LGBTQIA+ graduate students, we work with other organizations at Cornell to [tk]. We are affiliated with the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE), the LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC), and Diversity Programming in Engineering (DPE) at Cornell University.

OutLaw

Lambda is Cornell Law School's organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Straight Ally students on campus. Lambda hosts speaker series on issues relevant to the LGBTQ legal community, provides a mentorship program for 1L students, organizes networking opportunities with alums and LGBTQ professors on campus, and serves as a voice for the LGBTQ community at Cornell Law. All Cornell students are encouraged to come and participate at their speaker events. If you are interested in cosponsoring an event or organizing a social mixer, please contact them through their Facebook page.

Out for Business

Out For Business (O4B) is the Johnson School's gay-straight alliance and includes members of the LGBT community, people with friends and/or family in the LGBT community and anyone who sees the importance in creating an attractive work and social environment for current and prospective LGBT students, faculty and staff. Their activities include:• Hosting social events for the entire Johnson School community• Recruiting LGBT prospective students• Establishing ties with corporate LGBT employee groups• Participating in national LGBT business conferences• Socializing with the larger Cornell LGBT student community

Broad Spectrums

The Broad Spectrum Veterinary  chapter at Cornell aims to empower LGBTQ+ veterinary students and enlighten the student body on issues regarding gender, sex, and sexual orientation.

Project Biodiversity

People – including students and biologists – exhibit a diverse set of backgrounds and identities. However, most biology students are not exposed to a diversity of role models in the field of biology, and many students are taught about biology in a way that (often unintentionally) does not feel inclusive to them or their communities.

Project Biodiversify is here to help! We are a group that promotes the humanization, diversification, and inclusivity of biology classrooms.

Academically LGBTQ

Cornell has a number of different resources for people interested in the study of human sexuality and gender. Within our Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS), we have a program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Within our libraries, we have a world renowned Human Sexuality Collection, which seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.

Prospective Students

Finding the Right Fit: Undergraduate or Graduate

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What makes an LGBTQ-friendly campus? The question is a very personal one. Each undergraduate and graduate student needs to evaluate their prospective university or college with their own interests and sense of what makes LGBTQ campus life appealing.We encourage you to review our programs and our resource pages to gain a better sense of the Cornell University LGBTQ+ community. To see the types of programs regularly offered and to view a current semester calendar, visit the upcoming events LINK page. It may also be helpful to review opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students on campus. There are more than 20 undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ groups on campus here to assist you in finding a home at Cornell.

Cornell also has a number of different resources for people interested in the study of human sexuality and gender. Within our Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) department, we have a program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Within our libraries, we have a world renowned Human Sexuality Collection, which seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.

Please also consider reaching out to Christopher Lujan, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Resource Center, who can answer many of the questions you might have about LGBTQ+ life on campus. He will be able to refer you to current students, staff, and faculty with whom you may share similar values, backgrounds, and/or concerns.

If you are a first-year undergraduate and/or graduate student, please also consider joining our First Year Queer Connections Group.

If you are able to visit our Ithaca campus, we encourage you to stop by the LGBT Resource Center in the Center for Intercultural Dialogue at 626 Thurston Avenue. The LGBT Resource Center is equipped to provide many different services, depending on the needs of individuals.

Below is a brief list of some the programs and services we offer:

We look forward to welcoming you to our community! 

For more information regarding student engagement opportunities, please contact lgbtrc@cornell.edu.