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Events marked with a * are supported, but not planned, by the Spectrum Center. Please contact the host unit with questions about those events.
Below is a list of various annual events and celebration programs that are coordinated by the Spectrum Center. To see the full list of currently scheduled Spectrum Center events and details, check out our Happening @ Michigan calendar.
Pride Outside: LGBTQ Welcome
Join the Spectrum Center as we host our Welcome Week event: LGBTQ 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!
LGBT Graduate Student Mixer
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.
Celebrate 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.
LGBTQ History Month (October)
LGBTQ History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer 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.
See also: National Coming Out Day (October 11th)
Trans Awareness Week
Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th)
Trans Awareness 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 1st)
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.
LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Week
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.
MBLGTACC Student Delegation
The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower queer and trans+ college students, faculty, and staff around the Midwest and beyond. It has attracted advocates and thought leaders including Angela Davis, Nyle DiMarco, Robyn Ochs, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Kate Bornstein, Faisal Alam, and LZ Granderson; and entertainers and artists including Jujubee, Margaret Cho, J Mase III, Chely Wright, and Loren Cameron.
To date, MBLGTACC is America's largest and oldest continuously-held conference for queer and trans+ college students. And it remains proudly student-run. See the official MBLGTACC website here.
(* This trip typically occurs pending funding/financial assistance and location of the conference)
International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31st)
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!
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.
In 2020, we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary of Lavender Graduation and we are excited to share this momentous occasion with you.