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Programs & Services

LGBTIQA Programs & Services

2018-2019 update

This webpage is no longer being updated as we are currently awaiting a website overhaul. Please visit the Pride Portal at  and/or our Facebook page for all up to date information regarding LGBTIQA initiatives on the DU campus.


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Ally (LGBTIQ&A) communities are a vital part of and contribute significantly to Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver. Our LGBTIQ&A students, staff, faculty, alumns and friends truly represent a "rainbow" of intersecting social dimensions including ability, class, race/ethnicity, age, nationality, religion, and a host of other identities.

In addition to resources, events and organizations across the University (check out the DU Pride Portal ), The Cultural Center directly offers a variety of programs and services that support and empower our LGBTIQ&A communities as they thrive, succeed, and help make DU inclusively excellent!

Connect with us here, by emailing and/or on Facebook!

The Incomplete Acronym

While our office's string of letters is longer than most, it can never capture all the identities and experiences that can connect under the umbrella of being 'different' around sexual orientation, sex, gender identity/expression, etc, and their intersections with other aspects of humanity. Asexual, genderqueer, polyamorous, demisexual, agender... the awesome human diversity is truly a rainbow!

Recognizing that it is always inadequate, we have chosen this recognizable label--tipping our hat to all those perceived and self-identifying as, and allied to, "Q"--as a findable starting place for supporting, educating and empowering our diverse DU communities toward equity.

Programs & Services

CLICK HEADERS BELOW or at left for details on each The Cultural Center-offered event, service or resource.

Unless otherwise noted, all The Cultural Center programs, services and events are provided at no cost to University-affiliated participants. Due to space limitations and for materials preparation, advance registration may be required. Please see linked pages and/or contact us for the most up-to-date details.

& ("Ampersand") Series (occasional)

Explores the intersection of LGBTIQ and other identities, such as religion, race/ ethnicity, nationality and more. These occasional events, often co-sponsored with other campus/community organizations, call attention to our multiple, overlapping and sometimes conflicting identities as full people. Past events have included:

Check our calendar (at right) for upcoming events. Contact us with idea or resource suggestions for future events.

special event co/sponsorships (ongoing)

Our office also works with various campus and community partners to co/sponsor special performances, speakers, and other events for the University of Denver. Previous programs have included Mangos with Chili performance, Samuel Lurie transgender training, and SoleJourney movie screening and discussion. Some events are part of our Rainbow Know or & series.

Possible support includes location booking, publicity assistance, event staffing volunteers, and financial contributions. To request support, please see the The Cultural Center sponsorship page for guidelines and application.

Qdigest email newsletter (weekly on Fridays)
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To help our communities stay informed about campus and community events, issues and opportunities, we compile and email a digest of FYIs each Friday morning. Click here for a PDF sample edition (in-document links may not work). We also offer a quarterly edition specific to alumns.

Self-subscribe to the low volume enewsletter.

Submit brief suggestions (<200 words of text, no graphics, with contact info or weblink) via email to

celebration Gala (annual, spring quarter)

The University's annual party to appreciate and motivate work across campus by and on behalf of the LGBTIQ&A communities. Food, drinks and fun celebrate success, solidarity and still more yet to come! Mark your calendars, volunteer to help put on the party and/or nominate change agents for an award.

community outreach
picture of DU booth at 2013 Denver Pridesfest
DU booth at Pridefest 2013

Beyond on-campus programs, we also work with various groups and events in the larger Denver and Colorado areas! We're a founding sponsor of the annual Colorado Queer Youth Summit and CampOUT experience. We have a booth each summer at the huge Denver Pridefest .

DU students, staff and faculty have also been active with the CO Trans on Campus (CTOC) research/ advocacy collective (see 2012 report), conducting research and engaging in advocacy around the transgender and gender variant experience in higher education across Colorado. We've assisted with the 2009 and 2015 Creating Change conferences here in Denver (providing volunteers and Youth Space sponsorship), twice hosted the Denver Gay Professionals on campus, and helped coordinate the past state National Latino AIDS Awareness Day events.

For information on community (off-campus) support services, volunteer opportunities, social/business connections and more, see our Community Resources page.

Genders & Sexualities Resource Team (GSRT)

The Genders & Sexualities Resource Team (GSRT) is a collaboration between The Cultural Center and Gender & Women's Studies, to better support and expand campus resources, services and programs around the intersections of genders and sexualities.

Graduation Tassels (each commencement season)
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We provide a FREE rainbow tassel for any DU LGBTIQA graduate each commencement season. (Approved for wearing at Commencement!!)

As of Spring 2017, we are no longer offering a separate process for tassel requests. Instead, we will be incorporating the tassel pick-up process into the 15th Annual Profiles of Excellence graduation ceremony. Students who opt to participate in the Profiles of Excellence graduation ceremony will have their choice of graduation stoles, pins, and tassels that correspond with various identities on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have any questions about this, please contact Jasmine Pulce at or for Social Work students, Adrienne Martinez at

HomeComing Out reception (fall)

Each year for DU's Homecoming & Family Weekend, we host a casual afternoon reception. All Pioneers and their family and friends are invited to drop by the Center for warm drinks, fall snacks and good company. No RSVP necessary. Watch our calendar and the Homecoming site for details each fall.

in-office resources

In addition to the other resources available in the The Cultural Center offices, we also offer the following for FREE:

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our bulletin boards in Driscoll North 2nd floor
  • hardcopies of many of the resource materials posted online
  • hardcopies of the most recent Out Front Colorado newspaper.
  • a small Resource Collection of books, movies and other LGBTIQ & Ally-related media for checkout during business hours. (We've shifted the bulk of our collection to the University's Libraries, to be more accessible. Check their holdings for classic and contemporary titles.)
  • a Safer Sex Box of goodies to please and protect you and your partner(s)
  • bulletin boards packed with info on community resources, current events and involvement opportunities
  • private consultations with our staff: informal discussions, referrals and advocacy. While we're happy to meet with drop-ins, we encourage you to call or email in advance to make sure someone's available, or to schedule a definite appointment.

We welcome your suggestions for additional in-person resources we could offer.

online resources

Beyond the The Cultural Center-offered programs and services on this site, the DU Pride Portal is your central location for information on various campus organizations and opportunities, links to on- and off-campus resources, and various downloadable references.

Queer & Ally (Q&A) Training (formerly Safezone) and Network (ongoing)

Similar to "SafeZone" programs at various campuses and companies around the nation, Q&A Training provides 2-3hour interactive workshops to classes, campus organizations, offices and informal groups to increase awareness about LGBTIQ & Ally identities and increased inclusion of peoples of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Q&A was revamped in 2007 to be more up-to-date, more inclusive of the broad diversity within LGBTIQ & Ally communities, and more flexible in meeting the specific needs of audiences. Open-to-all and by-request office/organization-specific trainings are available, as are opportunities to be trained as facilitators.

The Q&A Network is composed of the campus-wide graduates of Q&A Trainings Levels 1 and 2, who display the Q&A placard in their office/room, maintain their awareness through regular educational opportunities, and commit to being a resource on LGBTIQA issues at DU.

Click here for more details; or see our calendar (at right) for upcoming Q&A Training/Network events. ( If none are listed there , then none are currently scheduled. We rely on volunteer facilitators, and must coordinate their schedules with campus space availability--an ongoing process; please check back, or contact us to be notified as soon as the next trainings are set.)

Rainbow Know series (occasional)

Our ongoing educational series, sharing current Pioneers', DU alumns' and community members' expertise on LGBTIQ-related work life issues such as financial planning, legal issues, healthy relationships and more. Resources from past presenters are available; suggestions welcome for future topics and presenters. Click here for more details; and check our calendar (at right) for upcoming events.

Social Series (ongoing)

One clear theme in feedback from DU's LGBTIQ & Ally communities is a need for purely social time--opportunities to just be together, without a specific task or educational outcome. Recognizing the importance of this community-building and -maintaining process, we provide an ongoing series of low-key, lo/no-cost social activities.

The first events each year are our Sweet Treat Meet & Greet (cupcake mixer) held at The Cultural Center during the first week of fall quarter classes, and the annual Welcome Back BB"Q" kickoff. Our fall HomeComing Out reception, spring celebration Gala , and summer Denver PrideFest and summer socials (2015 PDF flyer) presence are all great opportunities to re/connect!

Other occasional socials have included a Queer Coffee Hour at Kaladi's, trips to see the film Milk at the Mayan Theatre, a Colorado Rockies baseball game, Equality Nights at the Colorado Rapids soccer club, to the summer Colorado Renaissance Faire , Frosting the Pastry (a sounds-dirty-but-it's-not cake decorating workshop), and a movie night at DU Hillel.

See our calendar (at right) for upcoming opportunities. If you have suggestions and/or are interested in helping organize a simple social, please contact us.

Speakers Bureau

Our office receives regular requests for speakers to visit classes, campus meetings and community groups, to share their stories growing up, coming out, and working and living as LGBTIQ & Ally people. We are developing a training program and more formal scheduling process; if you'd like to help with or participate in that work, please contact us.

For a more formal presentation, consider our Q&A Training workshops. Or, if you are interested in having a speaker/panel visit with your gathering, please contact us with specific topic, requested date and time, audience size and description, etc.

Transgender Resources
one international transgender symobol--combined male, female and mixed emblems

DU has a small, but vocal and growing community of transgender, genderqueer, gender variant and ally students, employees and alumns. We have started a confidential TransNetwork on campus, and rebooted the Trans/Allies working group to support full implementation of DU's gender identity/expression non-discrimination commitment. If you're interested in either/both, please contact us.

Please visit the DU Pride Portal's Trans page for details on current resources, and those in development. You can also contact us with resource requests/suggestions, and/or for a private consultation.

Welcome Back BB"Q" (annual, fall quarter)

Along with resource flyers to current employees and incoming undergraduate students, and a Sweet Treat Meet & Greet (casual cupcake mixer) during the 1st week of fall quarter, we also host an evening social to welcome new LGBTIQ & Ally Pioneers, and welcome back returning students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumns. In addition to good food (veggie-friendly) we also introduce campus and community resource organizations, programs and services. The BB"Q" is a great way to start the new school year by reconnecting with existing friends and making new acquaintances! Check our calendar (at right) for details each fall.

3.5/5 score on CampusPride Index for 2012

Consortium of Higher Ed LGBT Resource Professionals member

Transgender On-Campus Nondiscrimination Info (TONI) project wordmark