Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center’s (LGBTC or Center) mission is to enrich the experiences, foster the success, celebrate victories, and affirm the existence of Penn’s LGBTQ+ undergraduates, professional and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alum using the lenses of social justice and intersectionality. Through education, support, and advocacy, the Center cultivates a campus climate where all students, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, can live authentically. The Center is a place where you know you belong.

The Center is one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ+ campus centers in the country and a home away from home for Penn’s queer and transgender communities for 35+ years. Whether you are questioning your gender identity or sexuality, in the process of coming out, proudly identify as LGBTQ+, or an ally, the Center welcomes you. We serve as a social and political hub for the LGBTQ+ campus community by supporting almost 30 undergraduate and graduate student organizations, as well as offering peer mentorships, leadership opportunities, tons of space to study and socialize, and a calendar full of events.

In addition to offering a community social space, our staff also advocates on behalf of Penn’s LGBTQ+ community for sensitive and inclusive University policies and practices. If you or someone you know feels they have been harassed or discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, we are here to help. We are able to provide confidential assistance regarding these matters as well as sexual assault or harassment as we are one of ten confidential campus centers.

We are all committed to serving all of Penn's students, faculty, staff, and alumni with a gender identity and sexual orientation, which means everyone! You belong.

Points of Contact

Erin Cross
Director - LGBT Center


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Services Offered

Staff open door policy; study space; free printing (BYO paper); LGBTQ+ group advising; collaboration/advice for groups doing LGBTQ+ related events; funding for LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ related events; Townsend Fund assisting students going through a gender transition; LGBTQ+ travel-related costs; social justice based workshops (e.g. Safe Space, Broadening your Perspectives, etc.); confidential reporting office around sexual harassment and assault; social opportunities; events for all as well as events with specialized audiences such as grads, STEM students, etc.; classroom and department LGBTQ+ welcoming consultations/programs; community building; reservable space for all; peer-to-peer Mentor Program; weekly newsletter; alumni networking; work-study positions; leadership opportunities for grads and undergrads; and more. Please reach out if you have any questions or ideas.

Signature Events

<p>-QPenn, Penn's pride week, usually held in late March<br>-Lavender Graduation each May<br>-Transgender Day of Remembrance in November<br>-LGBTQ+ history month event in October<br>-Social justice event for the MLK Jr Symposium<br>-Welcoming Open Houses in September</p>