Graduate Students

The LGBT Resource Center provides advice and support to graduate students on personal, academic, and co-curricular issues. There are also a variety of ways for graduate students to get involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Within the LGBT Resource Center, you can access support, find connections, volunteer, expand your knowledge and find a home within the larger University community.

  • You are invited to explore our programs, organizations, events, leadership opportunities and discussion groups which are all designed to support your academic and social success.
  • Meet with the Director one-on-one for direct support and help navigating campus resources.
  • Come to a discussion group and/or workshop to talk, listen and learn.
  • Explore the ways our campus serves the LGBTQ+ graduate community and find supportive Allies everywhere.
  • Join our graduate student listserv to stay current with upcoming events - Request to join here!
  • Join a graduate student organization or come to one of our events.
  • Serve as a mentor in the LGBTQ Mentorship Program.

Academically LGBTQ

Cornell has a number of different resources for people interested in the study of human sexuality and gender. Within our Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS), we have a program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Within our libraries, we have a world renowned Human Sexuality Collection, which seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.

Graduate Student Organizations

Cornell University has a variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer (LGBTQ) oriented organizations. There is a wealth of student run graduate organizations that tackle both political and social issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning students and their allies.

Homophiliacs: LGBT Veterinary Student Group

The Homophiliacs are a student subset of the Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association.  The LGVMA is a global organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender veterinary professionals, students and straight allies, advocating for a welcoming and inclusive environment within the veterinary profession. The Homophiliacs host speakers who discuss issues relevant to our profession.  Some topics we've discussed include raising awareness about issues concerning immunocompromised clients with pets, healthy relationships in a stressful profession, and ways to improve the mental and emotional health of our profession. They also host many social events including picnics, movie nights, potluck dinners, and outdoor activities.

Lambda Law

Lambda is Cornell Law School's organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Straight Ally students on campus. Lambda hosts speaker series on issues relevant to the LGBTQ legal community, provides a mentorship program for 1L students, organizes networking opportunities with alums and LGBTQ professors on campus, and serves as a voice for the LGBTQ community at Cornell Law. All Cornell students are encouraged to come and participate at their speaker events. If you are interested in cosponsoring an event or organizing a social mixer, please contact them through their Facebook page.

Out for Business

Out For Business (O4B) is the Johnson School's gay-straight alliance and includes members of the LGBT community, people with friends and/or family in the LGBT community and anyone who sees the importance in creating an attractive work and social environment for current and prospective LGBT students, faculty and staff. Their activities include:

• Hosting social events for the entire Johnson School community

• Recruiting LGBT prospective students

• Establishing ties with corporate LGBT employee groups

• Participating in national LGBT business conferences

• Socializing with the larger Cornell LGBT student community

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, also known as oSTEM, is a national society that was built by students, for students. One overarching principle that all oSTEM chapters must abide by is inclusion of diversity. Currently, oSTEM has over 40 chapters working together across the nation, including all the other Ivy Leagues. Cornell students began creating our chapter in fall 2014. In addition to providing workshops and other professional opportunities at national conferences, oSTEM supports its chapters by encouraging collaborations and through its shared resources, newsletters, and mentorships. This enables professional development, networking, and creates opportunities for social interactions. To learn more about oSTEM at Cornell, please click here.

Out in the World

Out in the World organizes social events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight ally graduate and professional students at Cornell University so as to promote a more cohesive community.

HIV Support Group

The HIV Support group is for students, faculty, and alumni of Cornell or the Greater Ithaca Academic Community with a positive sexual health status of HIV (detectable or undetectable) or AIDS. The group seeks to provide support through discussions of experiences, ideas, and issues; as well as social events: movies, field trips, speakers, etc.

Ithaca Trans Group

This group is supported by the Cornell University LGBT Resource Center, the Ithaca College LGBT Center, and Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Health and Wellness program, Out for Health. The group aims to provide support, resources, and social opportunities for participants through regular meetings and events. The format for meetings is casual but focused and topics vary depending on the interests and needs of participants. Meetings include topic‐oriented discussions, creative activities, and time to just hang out with each other.

This group is open to all who are interested. Students and community members are both welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings are held every other Sunday afternoon from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Cornell LGBT Resource Center.  Contact the facilitator(s) at lms296@cornell.edu for meeting dates.

For more information regarding graduate student engagement opportunities, please contact lgbtrc@cornell.edu.