Gender & Sexuality Initiatives
The Cultural Center creates programming and provides support for LGBT+ students on campus to feel safe exploring their identity and establishing a sense of community. The Cultural Center hosts regular events for students to socialize and meet other LGBT+ students as well maintaining a common space known as the Pride Lounge for students to study and relax in an affirming environment. Check out our work below and through our Instagram page, @du_culturalcenter!
“We have to do it because we can no longer stay invisible. We should not be ashamed of who we are. We have to show the world that we are numerous. There are many of us out there.” Sylvia Rivera
We believe that community is built in the small actions over time. TCC offers weekly programming for the LGBT+ community across campus to join and connect.
Rainbow Rendezvous – Tuesday Evenings
Stop by our bi-weekly casual gathering for LGBTQ+ identified students! Connect with others, including campus resources and LGBTQ+ community members. Food/meal vouchers provided. 4:30 – 6:00pm in Community Commons 2600.
Trans Lunch – Fridays at Noon
Join us on Fridays from 12:00pm-1:30pm in the Pride Lounge! All transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and questioning DU community members are welcome! Meal vouchers for the DU Dining Hall are available
National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day is an LGBT+ awareness day in early Fall that supports those who are “coming out of the closet.” The Cultural Center hosts festivities and gathers other departmental groups across campus to share what LGBT support DU provides.
Pride Prom is one of the largest LGBT social events at DU. Many of our LGBT oriented events emulate social experiences that LGBT people may have missed out on in their youth because of gender and sexuality-based discrimination. Pride Prom is celebrated in the Spring.
Queer Student Alliance (QSA)
The Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is a student-run undergraduate Registered Student Organization (RSO) and is a member of the USG Diversity Committee’s Joint Council (link to Affinity Groups tab on our website). QSA hosts events throughout the year to establish community and empower LGBT+ student voices.
Not an undergraduate student? Other LGBT+ school-based groups exist across campus for graduate students. The Joseph Korbel School of International Studies and Graduate School of Social Work are a couple examples.
Are you a staff or faculty member? Check out this list of Affinity Groups for Faculty and Staff on the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion’s website: https://www.du.edu/equity/across-campus/faculty-staff-affinity-groups-resources
Trans Student Resources
Trans+ Student Guide
Check out our compilation of resources for Trans/Non-Binary studentsOur Student Guide
How to request a name change in DU information systems:
Name change information can be found on on the Office of the Registrar's site
- To change your name to a “chosen/professional” name, fill out the Name Change Request Form and submit a physical copy to the registrar’s office.
You can change your name to a “preferred” name on DU information systems by navigating to “My Person Profile” under “Student Information” in the “Student” tab on my.du.edu
The Pride Lounge
Our casual social space located on the 3rd floor of the Community Commons the Lounge is open during building hours (~8am -10pm) Monday through Friday and serves students of all genders and sexualites on the DU campus.
Students can take advantage of study space, big screen TV/monitor, video and board games, craft supplies, and comfy sofas and bean bags to hang out and meet other LGBTQ+ students and allies
Gender & Sexuality Campus Frequently Asked Questions
Is there All-Gender housing on campus?
Yes! There are options for first-year, transfer, and returning students. Check out more information about All-Gender housing including how to apply .
What do I do if faculty/staff misgender me and/or use my deadname?
First, we are sorry you are experiencing this and know it is not on you to correct. There are a few courses of action:
1. Submit an official bias report with Equal Opportunity and Title IX . We know this entails more emotional labor on your part and you can share as much or as little as you would like. The process of how the situation is addressed is entirely up to you. It is helpful for the University to have this official information on record to address wider campus impacts.
2. Ask trusted classmates to correct for you.
3. Talk with your academic advisor or other trusted faculty/staff member.
4. Find support through the Health and Counseling Center, like their LGBTQ+ support group.
Where can I find all gender bathrooms around campus?
We have a map for that! There's a resource to guide you through campus to ensure that you find the all gender bathrooms wherever you are on campus.