Spectrum Center

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Below is a list of various annual events and celebration programs that are coordinated by the Spectrum Center

Bi/Pan/Fluid Visibility Day

Bi/Pan/Fluid Day, observed annually nationwide on September 23, is a day of celebration, awareness, and visibility for the bisexual community. The Spectrum Center recognizes this important day with an inspiring event.

Coming Into Our Lives Week

On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Now, every October 11, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and allies participate in National Coming Out Day events across the country. The Spectrum Center extends coming out events to a week-long celebration, which includes a rally (typically held in the DIAG), among other events.

See also: National Coming Out Day

TransAwareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

TransAwareness Week is a set of events designed to celebrate the lives and contributions of Trans-Identified members of our community. Events have included teach-ins, art shows, film screenings and brownbags. Transgender Day of Remembrance, held on or around November 20, is a solemn ceremony of remembrance of those whose lives were taken as a result of gender identity and/or gender expression.

Lavender Graduation

In 1995, Ronni Sanlo, then the Director of the University of Michigan's Spectrum Center, designed the first Lavender Graduation, a commencement event specifically for LGBT students and their allies. Lavender Graduation has since become an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. Graduating students, including undergraduates, graduates, and professional students, are invited to take part in Lavender Graduation, which occurs each year in conjunction with university-wide commencement events.