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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ History and Culture at Georgetown

As the first Catholic and Jesuit higher education institution to establish an LGBTQ Resource Center in 2008, Georgetown celebrates LGBTQIA+ identities and communities – best understood in the context of each person’s identities and communities – and draws upon our Jesuit values to continue to advance equity and inclusion.

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Celebrate OUTober

On the Hilltop, the observance and celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month is uniquely known as “OUTober” and consists of a month-long series of events led by the LGBTQ Resource Center in collaboration with a committee of students from GU Pride, GU Queer People of Color, the Georgetown LGBTQ Mentors & Resources and other campus partners and academic departments.

A Testimonial

Trevor O'Connor standing in front of a stone building

“The lack of writing and scholarship on LGBTQ topics in political science demonstrates the need for more research in this area, and reaffirmed my commitment to academia and using research, data, theory and concepts to push for a better society.”

Crowd of parents and students at Lavender Graduation in Healey Family Student Center

Campus Traditions

Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony during commencement season for LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions and unique experiences at Georgetown.

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LGBTQIA+ Histories at Georgetown

To acknowledge and record the work done by LGBTQIA+ students from the 1970s to the founding of the LGBTQ Resource Center in 2008, the center created a blog with a timeline of events, archives and interviews with staff, faculty and alumni.

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Legacy of LGBTQIA+ Advocacy

New generations of Georgetown students are taking up the legacy of LGBTQIA+ advocacy, organizing for the community and finding support among each other.

A Testimonial

Headshot of Amena Johnson wearing a jean jacket and earrings

“When our students come into our office they are not only LGBTQ, they have races and genders and they have other marginalized identities that are not LGBTQ identities. I want to make sure that our programs will speak to everybody in all parts of their identity.”