Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues

  • LGBT FlagCreated in 1998, the University Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Issues is an advisory group to the Social Equity and Title IX Office and the president.

    The purpose of the commission is to improve the climate for diversity within IUP, and to specifically address issues affecting the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the university community.

    The commission supports multiple campus programs and groups, including:

    • Annual LGBTQIA Film Festival
    • Annual Visibility Day
    • Chalk-on-the-Walk Sidewalk Commentary
    • Lavender Graduation
    • PASSHE Consortium
    • Pride Alliance
    • Safe Zone
    • Six O’Clock Series

    Download (pdf) the LGBTQIA Support Brochure.

    Interested in a minor in LGBTQ Studies at IUP?

    LGBTQ Studies is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that provides students the opportunity to critically examine diversity in sexual and gender identities. The minor is designed to supplement all majors in the university and provides valuable preparation for careers in all fields, including business, criminal justice, education, health care, human services, and the military.

    Lavender Graduation 

    The ninth annual celebration of IUP’s LGBTQIA community and ally graduates was held on Friday, April 26, 2019 in the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (MCSLE) Great Room, Elkin Hall. The university community and all family and friends were invited to attend the graduation.  

    Graduating students must signify their participation in a Lavender Graduation and request lavender graduation cords by completing the online form.  

    Please contact the LGBTQIA Advocacy Office with questions: Tedd Cogar at

    Preferred First Name Policy

    IUP has established a policy that allows students, faculty, staff, and alumni to indicate their preferred first names to the university community, even if they have not legally changed their first names. Read the policy, FAQ, and obtain a request form through the Preferred First Name Policy page.

    All-Gender Restrooms

    An interactive map is available, which highlights the location of all-gender restrooms across campus.


    For LGBTQIA and other related events, please also refer to the IUP Diversity Calendar.

    For further information about LGBTQIA initiatives at IUP, please contact:

    Tedd Cogar, assistant director of Student Conduct and director of LGBTQIA Advocacy, 724-357-1256, or

    Shelly Bouchat, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, 724-357-2605 or