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Future Events

We are continually planning events to help us come together. Check back often to see what's coming up!

Signature Events

  • Qhort

    Qhort is a way for students new to WSU to create their own cohort. Qhort is a way to meet new friends, connect with LGBTQ+ faculty and staff and learn more about LGBTQ+ campus and community resources

    Q*Hort Events are typically held at the beginning of each semester, as part of welcome events. 

  • Queer History Month

    LGBTQ+ History Month was founded in 1994 in the U.S. by Rodney Wilson, an openly gay high school teacher in Missouri. Wilson gathered community and national leaders, including educators, in the quest to dedicate a month to celebrating and teaching LGBTQ+ history. In 1995, the National Education Association endorsed LGBTQ+ History Month at its general assembly. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared LGBTQ+ History Month a national history month.

    The month of October was selected because it is within the academic calendar year and created space to acknowledge existing observances during the month, including the anniversaries of the first and second LGBTQ+ marches on Washington (1979 and 1987, respectively) and National Coming Out Day (established Oct. 11, 1987, during the second LGBTQ+ march on Washington). LGBTQ+ History Month now also includes International Lesbian Day (Oct. 8), International Pronouns Day (Oct. 19), Spirit Day (Oct. 20), Asexual Awareness Week (Oct. 17 – 21) and Intersex Awareness Day (Oct. 26).

    Queer History Month
  • inQueery Symposium
    inQueery Logo

    This annual event brings in guest speakers to create an intellectual space for intersectional and interdisciplinary conversations that center issues around gender, race, sexuality, and identity. 

    This event is hosted in partnership with the WSU Women*s Center and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

  • Lavender Graduation
    Lav Grad

    Lavender Graduation is a time to celebrate and recognize our LGBTQ+ graduates. We welcome students graduating from all levels at WSU: undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

    Lavender Graduation participants will receive a special stole as a token of our appreciation and to celebrate all that our students do for our community. Students, faculty, staff, friends, and family are all invited!

    You can learn more about the history and tradition of Lavender Graduation from the Human Rights Campaign.

    Lavender Graduation 2024

    April 19, 5-7PM
    CUB Jr Ballroom

    Register by April 14

  • Queer Archives

    Call for Submissions

    Higher Ground

    MASC Gallery / Washington State University
    Friday, April 26, 2024 5:00-8:00PM 

    The Washington State University Queer Archives invites artists & community members to submit work and materials for an upcoming exhibition at the MASC exhibition space on the Washington State University Pullman campus. This exhibition is seeking artwork and historical ephemera that speaks specifically to queer history and experience related to the Palouse region of Southeastern Washington State.   

    This exhibition will be a combination of artwork and community ephemera, and will attempt to speak to, complicate, and expand upon both categories - allowing for a wider and more transformative narrative of queer history and experience in this region. We invite work that moves beyond a simplistic notion of history and representation and speaks to a more serpentine canon of life, history, and art. We invite the incompletes, the remembrances, the keepsakes, the half-truths, gossips, murmurs, and fleeting moments. 

    Accepted ephemera includes photographs, 35mm slides, VHS or U-matic video cassettes, 8mm or 16mm film, journals, posters, and booklets — and may be related to activism in the region, community events and organization, personal relationships, and correspondence. 

    Accepted artwork include but are not limited to drawings, photographs, screenprints, woodblocks, unstretched canvas paintings, digital art, etc. — and may be visually related to the area and/or made within the context of living here. Artwork should be 2-D and unframed. 

    Artists and community members that are accepted into this exhibition will have the option for their work to be acquired into the WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections as part of the WSU Queer Archives. After the exhibition closes, artists will be compensated for the acquisition. Participants may submit artworks, ephemera, or both. Accepted ephemera may be copied and reproduced for the exhibition. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply.

    This exhibition is in collaboration with the Washington State University LGBTQ+ Center & the Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. 

    Submission Form

    Deadline for submissions: March 3 @11:59PM 

    For questions and inquiries, email: june.t.sanders@wsu.edu & josie.rodriguez@wsu.edu