Pride Alliance officers and graduates at the 2019 Lavender Graduation

LGBTQIA Support at IUP serves the entire IUP community, including students, faculty, and staff. LGBTQIA is the umbrella term for anyone who identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, or Ally—anyone on the rainbow spectrum.

In collaboration with university offices and colleagues such as the Office of Social Equity and Title IX, LGBTQIA Support works to create a welcoming and supportive campus climate for all LGBTQIA individuals.

Our staff presents ally training in classes and for organizations. This training is designed for IUP faculty, staff, and students. It provides our campus community with a theoretical framework for understanding LGBTQIA identity, tools for involvement in diversity advocacy work, and global citizenship skills.

Get Involved

  • Pride Alliance at IUP is committed to fostering a safe and supportive academic and social environment regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. To get involved, email Pride Alliance at, or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Colors in Unity at IUP works to create a radically inclusive, confidential, safe space for queer and transgender people of color to learn, be inspired, become empowered, and connect with each other. We provide a platform for students of marginalized racial, sexuality, and gender backgrounds. To learn more, follow them on Instagram.
  • The Queer Conversations Workshop series offers students an opportunity to gather as a community, discuss important LGBTQ topics, and share resources. You do not have to be a member of the LGBTQIA community to attend.
  • Trans Tea Time offers transgender and non-binary students a safe space to gather and discuss different topics related to their gender identities.
  • Cro-Gay Club provides LGBTQIA+ students with a safe space to crochet and socialize. To learn more about their club, follow them on Instagram.
  • Identity & You fosters a welcoming environment for students who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Queer Arts Showcase is an annual spring event open to the entire IUP community to perform, display, and highlight the variety of types of queer art. Art is open to interpretation, and all are invited to participate.
  • You can always find other events on IUP's diversity calendar.
IUP student receives a cord at the 2019 Lavender Graduation IUP students and staff at the 2019 Lavender Graduation

Celebrate Lavender Graduation

An IUP tradition since spring 2011, Lavender Graduation is an intimate opportunity for LGBTQIA-identified students and allies to be recognized for their accomplishments at IUP. Graduates from bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs can also request lavender-colored cords to wear in the official university graduation ceremonies.

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony takes place during the spring semester each year. However, graduates from every term are welcome to request cords and to participate in the ceremony.

Other LGBTQIA Resources and Initiatives Across IUP

The LGBTQIA Commission is an advisory group to the Social Equity and Title IX Office as well as IUP's president. Comprised of IUP faculty, staff, and students, it's designed to improve the climate for diversity within IUP and to specifically address issues affecting the welfare of LGBTQIA-identified members of the university community.

The minor in LGBTQ Studies, housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, provides students the opportunity to critically examine diversity in sexual and gender identities. It's designed to supplement all majors at IUP and provides valuable preparation for careers in all fields.

The LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community, housed in Wallwork Hall starting in fall 2021, will be open to those who are interested in living within a community of those who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Helpful Terms

“Sex”: biological and physiological characteristics such as chromosomes, hormones, and genitalia assigned at birth and used as a medical label.

“Gender”: the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes centered around notions of masculinity, femininity, and androgyny.

“Gender Identity”: the internal sense of gender which is not visible to others. One's gender identity may or may not align with one's assigned sex at birth.

“Sexual Orientation”: to whom one is sexually attracted. Gender identity and sexual orientation may affect one another, but they are not the same.

“Trans” or “Transgender”: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.

“Cisgender”: Someone whose gender identity matches the gender assigned at birth.

More terminology

Health Information for the LGBTQIA Community