LGBTQ+ Events

Rainbow Crosswalk located between Student Union and the Commons with blue sky and clouds in the background.

The new Rainbow Crosswalk located between the Student Union and The Commons. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Upcoming Events

The Shapes of Fancy: Reading for Queer Desire in Early Modern Literature

Date & Time: Friday, April 16, 12:00-1:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

The Early Modern Research Workshop is inaugurating a “New Books in Dialogue” series, which brings together UB faculty and colleagues at other institutions who have newly published or soon-to-be-published books to discuss their works. Please join for a conversation with Joseph Gamble (University of Toledo) and Christine Varnado (Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies) about Varnado’s book, The Shapes of Fancy: Reading for Queer Desire in Early Modern Literature (Minnesota, 2020). Click here for more information. 

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute

Past Events

Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students: Through and Beyond the Gender Binary

Date & Time: Friday April 9, 12:00-1:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

How do we serve transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students better? Join trans activist, writer, and UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar Eli Clare to answer this question. Issues around language, pronouns, names, restrooms, harassment, housing, and more, focusing on both policy and practice will be explored. Click here for more information.

Sponsored by Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Diversity Innovation

Safe Zone Training

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 23, 10:00am-12:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

A Safe Zone is an intentional space, climate and/or person that is affirming of all students, staff and faculty regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Creating inclusive and supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty decreases stigma and increases social interactions, participation in campus activities and feelings of safety. In this interactive session, you will be introduced to what a Safe Zone is and how creating one and being a part of the Safe Zone Network, has a positive impact at the individual, group and institutional level.

Participants will elevate their understanding, empathy and capacity to engage with colleagues and students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community in a welcoming and inclusive way. This session will help participants support a safe workplace community for everyone as part of their everyday work interactions in a variety of ways. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Sponsored by Human Resources 

Queer/Feminist New Media Tools

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Queer/feminist DH scholars and new media artists use (and critique!) technologies in order to challenge dominant narratives, biases, and cultures in digital spaces and to advocate for more socially just societies and futures. UB’s Palah Light Lab seeks to further this work through creative new media art projects that foster community and cultural critique while centering marginalized peoples. This workshop explores queer/feminist design principles through the lab’s ongoing projects in poetry and gaming (such as Trans Folks Walking, a 3D narrative video game about trans peoples and their experiences) and will introduce accessible digital tools such as Twine and Ren’Py that participants can use to create their own new media art. Click here to register. 

Co-sponsored by Media Study and Global Gender Studies

Inclusion and Acceptance: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities

Dates: Wednesday, March 3, 10:00am (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

This workshop will provide participants an open conversation on LGBTQIA+ history, such as the Stonewall Riot and Marsha P. Johnson, as well as opportunities for participants to engage within the LGBTQIA+ community, including podcasts and musical artists. Topics surrounding exclusion, bullying, safety, as well as persistence and resilience will be discussed. Creating spaces and opportunities for LGBTQIA+ folks to be seen, heard, and feel a sense of belonging in school, family, and social systems are emphasized. Finally, this workshop will provide resources for participants to find both mental and physical health support. Click here to join. 

Sponsored by Counseling Services 

Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students: Through and Beyond the Gender Binary

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 2, 9:30-10:30am (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

How do we serve transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students better? Join trans activist and writer Eli Clare to answer this question. Issues around language, pronouns, names, restrooms, harassment, housing, and more, focusing on both policy and practice will be explored. Click here to attend.

Sponsored by UB Student Engagement, PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and the Center for Diversity Innovation

Transgender Sensitive Health Care

Date & Time: Monday, March 1, 5:00-6:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Please join Jeff Day, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, CNEcl, to learn about the delivery of transgender sensitive care in the clinical setting. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Sponsored by the School of Nursing, Committee on Diversity & Inclusion

2/5/20- Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America (Film Screening)

Film Poster for Forbidden. Image of a man with the statue of liberty in the background.

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America is a feature length documentary about an inspiring young man whose story is exceptional, although not unique. When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American dream. Forbidden to live and love as an undocumented gay man in the country he calls home, Serrano saw only one option—to fight for justice. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Tiffany Rhynard, and the subject of the film, Moises Serrano.  For more information, click here.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in partnership with the Department of Theater and Dance 

Crosswalk Celebration

Painting the Crosswalk

4/24/19 UB's First Pride Parade

Student Union Field filled with For Freedom signs for Spirit Day.

Student Union Field filled with For Freedom signs for Spirit Day

On October 18 2018, the Office of Inclusive Excellence collaborated with the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association, the Intercultural and Diversity Center, and LGBTQ student organizations to recognize Spirit Day through a public art display on campus.  UB students expressed different forms of freedom important to them using lawn signs designed by the For Freedoms project.