Below is a list of various annual events and celebration programs that are coordinated by the Spectrum Center
LGBTQ Welcome Festival
Join the Spectrum Center as we host our Welcome Week event: LGBT Queer Welcome Festival! Meet the faculty & staff on the University of Michigan OUTlist and enjoy free food and activities while getting to know your queer community on campus. Everyone is welcome!
Joint Open House
The University of Michigan's Spectrum Center and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs host an annual collaborative open house to spread awareness about their activities and services for new students on campus. New and returning students are welcome to attend this event to build community and make friends.
LGBT Graduate Student Welcome
Welcome (or welcome back) to LGBTQ graduate students! Mix and mingle with new and returning students over dinner. A welcome will be offered from the Spectrum Center in collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School. This is the place to connect with other LGBTQ graduate students at U-M as well as learn about the many LGBTQ resources around U-M and Ann Arbor, MI.
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.
LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights, transgender rights, and related civil rights movements. The Spectrum Center celebrates these efforts through several events throughout the month of October.
National Coming Out 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
Trans Awareness 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.
World AIDS Day (December 1, 2016)
Every year, World AIDS Day events take place across the globe to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV. The Spectrum Center honors the lives of those we lost from AIDS as well as support those living with HIV through events on and around December 1st.
Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC - February 17-19, 2017)
MBLGTACC is an annual LGBTQ+ three-day conference hosted by Midwestern colleges and universities in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Created in 1993, MBLGTACC includes a variety of workshops, activities, speakers, and entertainment that touch on issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ people. MBLGTACC serves as a space for all LGBTQ+ people as well as allies. University of Michigan Spectrum Center thrives to bring a student delegation every year (pending budget availability and location of Conference).
LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Week (March 13-17, 2017)
LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Week is a series of events hosted by the Spectrum Center in partnership with various campus and community groups. The goal is that the events offered will create spaces in which both students and community members can engage and will find meaningful, valuable, and useful to their own lives. This is the first time the Spectrum Center has hosted a week around this particular topic, which takes a look at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and attractionality as it relates to health and wellness.
International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV - March 31, 2017)
TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!
Lavender Graduation (April 27, 2017)
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.
You can find more events hosted by the Spectrum Center here.