• Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs

    HU logo lgbtqia: rainbow circle with the Hamline H in the centerHamline University's campus-wide Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs are focused on creating a dynamic campus community that affirms and supports sexual and gender diversity and promotes healthy and safe relationships. This work is part of the larger campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion work, to develop a welcoming and inclusive environment for all – students, faculty, and staff. LGBTQIA people come from every walk of life, and our communities include people who are affected by every system of oppression, not just homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

    In order to create a supportive and welcoming environment programs have been developed for faculty, staff and students. These programs include campus wide training and other educational events, specific leadership training opportunities for students, and training for faculty and staff to develop and create more welcoming classroom and community spaces on campus. We work to create opportunities to fosters mentoring relationships between faculty, staff, and students. Additional campus programs encourage faculty and staff to take leadership on LGBTQIA issues in their offices and academic departments; and for students to take leadership on these issues in their academic, work, and in the student organizations they are members and leaders.

    Upcoming Events     

    LGBTQIA+ History Month Kickoff
    Thursday October 1st | 11:30am-12:30 pm, join us here

    October is LGBTQIA+ history month! To kick it off, the Sexuality and Gender Diversity Programs at Hamline is hosting a virtual lunch and learn on Zoom. Grab some lunch, pop in your headphones, and join us on October 1, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for some iconic (and biconic) people in the LGBTQIA+ community and the impact they have made, and a discussion surrounding LGBTQIA topics. 

    There might be a prize or two to be had!

    Coming Out Week Keynote
    Coming Out Through the years: An Intergenerational Discussion on Being Out at Hamline 

    Thursday October 8th | 6:00-8:30 pm, join us here

    Kicking off our Coming Out Week celebration, Sexualities & Gender Diversity Programs and Spectrum are proud to present a panel on being LGBTQIA+ at Hamline and beyond over the years. This virtual event will feature alumni from different eras at Hamline discussing their experience of being out. We will look at how LGBTQIA+ culture has changed over the years, how the context of time can affect your coming out journey, and much more. 

    Coming Out Week Photoshoot

    Friday October 9th | 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Anderson Center Forum 

    Join Spectrum and Sexualities & Gender Diversity Programs for our annual photoshoot. This year bring your masks, your props, and a fabulous outfit, so that you can get your picture taken with the door. ***Please note we will follow social distancing guidelines for this year, so masks are required, and solo or with roommates only pictures.

    Walk to End HIV

    Join Hamline's Team by Registering Here 

    Saturday October 10th | Anytime

    8,966 people are living with HIV in Minnesota. Every year, Minnesota has 296 new HIV diagnoses. Join Hamline University’s LGBTQIA+ Community to say: no more. On Saturday, October 10, 2020, we will be participating in JustUs Health’s Walk to End HIV. This year, all participants will be walking, running, and biking as individuals and completing challenges to fundraise for HIV Testing, PrEP access, and getting care to every person within 30 days of their HIV diagnosis. You can run, bike, or walk 8,966 steps, 2.96 km, or 29.6 km.


    To keep up-to-date with events and happenings sign up for the LGBTQIA LIST serve.  


    Ongoing Events

    Spectrum, HU's student led LGBTQIA student group.  Learn more about Spectrum's meeting schedule here.

    Transform, a trans* identified student group, will meet monthly in Fall 2020. | Contact t. aaron hans for more information and hangout link.

    LGBTQIA Faculty & Staff Brown Bag Lunches - Contact t. aaron hans for more information

    Do you have ideas about events and programming that you would like to see on campus, ways you see yourself engaging and collaborating? Please contact t. aaron hans, the Hamline University staff member, who leads the Sexualities and Gender Diversity Programs campus-wide. aaron wants to engages as many people as possible on campus (student, faculty, staff, and alumni). So, if we haven't met, please introduce yourself (call 651-623-2380 or email tahans@hamline.edu).

    A Note About Language

    Since we all use language differently, when we use:

    LGBTQIA, it is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, and asexual. The intent is to represent these identities and also related identities not explicitly included in the acronym.

    Trans*, refers to the broad community that encompasses the spectrum of gender identities that includes but is not limited to: transgender, transsexual, crossdresser, drag, genderqueer, two spirit (and other indigenous community identities), androgynous, a-gender, bigender, and people who are gender diverse and gender expressive. The asterisk is used as a visible signifier of the complexity and diversity of trans* communities.

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