Gender & Sexuality Services


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 2021 Rainbow Reception will be held on Wednesday, August 25 from 5-7pm in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. To request a table, please fill out this form no later than August 11th. 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. Fall 2021 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.

    • Wednesday, September 22 - LGBTQ+ and the Law with Andrew Morse
    • Tuesday, October 12 - Documenting LGBTQ+ History with Jess Cruz & Tessa Wakefield
    • Wednesday, December 1 - Plural Pandemics World AIDS Day panel


Gayme Time

Gender & Sexuality Services has a collection of board and tabletop games. Most weeks our resident Games Master will be teaching or playing something fun. Come on in to play or just hang out. Tuesdays 12-3 PM in GSS.


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. Wednesday 9/29, 10/27, and 12/8 at 10:30 AM. Email for the location! 

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 @ 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 2021 will take place the week of April 5-9. For information, contact or


Art Gay-la

The 2021 Art Gay-la be on display April 2-9 in the Rod Library near the Book Bistro. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please bring it to our office by April 1, 2021. You will also need to fill out a submission form. All mediums and artists will be considered. For questions, please contact


 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

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



The LGBT Q & A discussion series features voices from across campus. Members of the Out & Ally Network will host casual conversations with students on different like skills or topics. Focused on de-stigmatizing some of the sometimes stressful situations LGBTQ+ young adults face, speakers will address topics such as making friends after college, coming out at work, or what "real adults" do for self-care. Please let us know which session(s) you would like to attend by completing this LGBT Q & A registration for the Spring 2021 series.