There are a myriad of ways undergraduate students are involved in LGBTQ+ initiatives and culture at Cornell. Our number one goal is assisting you as you journey through your undergraduate tenure at Cornell. Within the LGBT Resource Center, you can access support, find connections, expand your knowledge and find a home within the larger University community.
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.
Cornell University has a variety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer (LGBTQ) oriented organizations. There is a wealth of student run undergraduate organizations that tackle both political and social issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning students and their allies.
Haven, the LGBTQ Student Union, serves as an administrative umbrella for most of the undergraduate (though generally open to graduate and professional students as well) student organizations involved in the support and outreach to LGBTQ students at Cornell. Haven provides a vehicle for these groups to secure funding and on-going training, and consultation with professional staff. The Haven advisor(s) provides support to the program. Haven collaborates with other Cornell groups to address the social support needs of students.
ACE is open to all people who identify, or think they might identify, within the ace umbrella. The ace umbrella includes asexuals and those who occupy the gray space between sexuality and asexuality. Please note that ace people might experience other forms of attraction, such as romantic, aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual.
The Cornell Business Alliance was established in 2010, as a professional undergraduate organization providing support for LGBTQ+ students with an interest in business. CBA works with prominent firms to further enhance their diversity recruitment efforts by connecting them with our talented student members. They continue to successfully accomplish their mission by informing LGBT undergraduates of career opportunities, attending annual conferences, facilitating networking opportunities with corporate recruiters to provide familiarity of their firm’s efforts in diversity and inclusion, and helping members establish mentorships with supportive alumni.
Crunch is a peer run group committed to education, social support, and programming centering on kink and its place in the queer community. Kink is how many people engage with themselves and others, either sexually or non-sexually, in ways that challenge mainstream norms that prescribe gender, sexuality, relationships, power, intimacy, kinship and uses of the body. Crunch explores the ideas around and practices of kink in queer spaces.
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.
A confidential peer run social, support, and event planning organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning and transwomen on campus.
Mosaic is a peer social support organization for LGBTQ people of color and allies. Mosaic’s social goals include giving QPOC and allies a place to belong, weekly meeting, supporting QPOC speakers to come to campus, and organizing activities and events geared towards awareness
OUTreach is a group for anyone in the Cornell community interested in coming together around issues of being male and gay, bisexual, or transgender. One objective is to reach out to other members of the LGBTQ community and the broader Cornell and Ithaca communities.
PEGS plans and implements panels comprised of LGBTQIA+ students in which they provide introductory information about sex, gender and sexuality. Panelists also share stories about their own experiences that help contextualize and humanize LGBTQIA+ identities. Overall, PEGS strives to create an open forum to facilitate discussion about LGBTQIA+ issues and provides resources for further information.
The Queer Straight Alliance is dedicated to education, outreach, collaboration, and social activities to foster an environment of understanding, respect, and unity between the LGBTQ community and the larger community with the direct support and assistance of straight allies.
TANGO is a group for all Cornellians who identify as transgender and/or non-binary, or are questioning their gender identities.
Queer and Asian is open to all LGBTQIA and questioning Asian/Asian Americans. Q&A aims to provide a safe and confidential space to explore the intersectionality of these identities and build community through weekly discussions and activities.
Athlete Ally’s mission is to foster an environment of tolerance, respect and acceptance for all members of the Cornell athletic community and beyond. An Athlete Ally can be any person — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — who takes a stand against homophobia and transphobia in sports and brings the message of respect, inclusion and equality to their athletic community. Athlete Allies include competitive and recreational athletes as well as coaches, parents, teachers, league officials, sports fans, other sports participants and advocates around the globe.
Ga’avah, meaning "Pride" in Hebrew, is Cornell's Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer student group. Ga’avah sponsors LGBTQ Seders, Shabbat dinners, hikes, and social programs for Cornell's Jewish LGBTQ community. Every year, Ga’avah sends students to various Jewish LGBTQ retreats to foster their sense of community and help them develop leadership skills and a network in the queer Jewish world. Ga’avah is a member group of Hillel and Haven: the LGBTQ Student Union.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting dates.
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