Gender & Sexuality Services


Weekly Programs

  • Triumphant Tuesdays: Join GSS graduate assistant Daria on Tuesdays from 3:30-5 PM in GSS to share your good news and triumphs! This session serves as an opportunity for students to recognize the 'rainbows' in our lives as well as a space to seek encouragement through our storms

  • QT Chats: Join GSS coordinator Kalyani every-other Wednesday starting Sept. 7 from 11 AM-noon in GSS for discussions about different queer and trans-related topics

  • Queer Book Club: Join program assistant Archer on Wednesdays from 5-6 PM in GSS to discuss books wiht queer storylines and highlight LGBTQ+ representatino in literature. No need to read a certain amount, or even one book! This is a space to talk and share all about your favorite queer books. All genres welcome!

Rainbow Reception

Rainbow Reception takes place at the beginning of each academic year as an evening of information sharing, networking, fellowship, and dessert. Established in 2010, since its inception Rainbow Reception continues to serve as a yearly opportunity for UNI students, faculty, and staff to welcome LGBTQ+ students and their allies back to campus. Learn more about Rainbow Reception here.

The 2022 Rainbow Reception will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 5-7pm in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. To request a table, please fill out this form no later than August 10th. Masks are encouraged.


LGBT(ea) Time

Gender & Sexuality Services hosts a monthly discussion on relevant topics to the LGBTQ+ community. Previous LGBT(ea) Times have included LGBTQ women, queer trivia, and laws affecting the community. LGBT(ea) Times will take place from 12-1 PM in the CME classroom on the following dates, and lunch will be provided. Face masks are encouraged.

    • Tuesday, October 11 - In Conversation with Taylor Brorby


LGBTQ+ Student Affinity Group

LGBTQ+ UNI students are invited to attend our affinity group meet-ups. This is a positive, empowering, and affirming space for you to meet up and talk about the issues or barriers that you're facing. Email for information about upcoming affinity groups.

All LGBTQ+ students are invited to attend; if you do not identify within the LGBTQ+ community, please refrain from attending. Questions or accommodations: email


Trans Week

UNI Proud and Gender & Sexuality Services collaborate in mid-November to honor Trans Week. Trans Week coincides with Trans Day of Remembrance, which is recognized with an on-campus vigil in memory of those we have lost to transphobic and racist violence. Other events focus on educating allies about our trans community and promoting both resilience and resistance within our trans community members. Information about this year's events will be released mid-Fall.

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigil: Monday 11/15/21 @ 8 PM, Campanile Plaza


 Pride Week

UNI Proud and Gender & Sexuality Services collaborate in the first week of April every year to celebrate Pride Week. Pride Week events often include a Drag Ball, Queer Monologues, film screenings, and some educational and social events; events are announced each year in mid-Spring. Pride Week 2022 will take place the week of April 4-9. For information, contact or 

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation recognizes the importance of the LGBTQ+ community on the UNI campus and the accomplishments of members of the LGBTQ+ community by awarding a lavender graduation cord to members and their allies. Established on the University of Northern Iowa campus in April of 2014 with nine graduates, Lavender Graduation doubled in size in April of 2015 awarding 18 students with a lavender cord. In 2020, we created a video for our graduating students. Students who would like to be on our contact lists as potential future participants can e-mail us at

Lavender Graduation will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Click here for more information about Lav Grad.

To view previous years photos from Rainbow Reception, Lavender Graduation, and other events please visit our Facebook page.