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LGBTQ Advocacy Committee

Founded in 2015, the mission of the LGBTQ Advocacy Committee is to provide advice and leadership on LGBTQ issues in order to enhance the climate at the University of Rochester.  This website will enable us to pull together LGBTQ resources across our school boundaries and raise the profile of the work that is being done across the University of Rochester.

For more information about this committee, please contact John Cullen, Coordinator of Outreach, Susan B. Anthony Center

In the News…

UR Medicine a leader in LGBT health care (2014)

Diversity Award Winners Lauded for Creating Equitable, Supportive Campus (2014)

SBAI Awarded Grant from LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester (2014)

URMC Named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality (2013)

University of Rochester’s Pride Network Celebrates 40 Years (2010)

LGBTQI Related Events

August 20, 2015
Summer Brown Bag Series: “LGBT Patients: Addressing Disparities and Health Care Needs”

April 24, 2015
LGBTQI Healthcare Across the Generations

April 17, 2015
Chris Lastovicka reflected on her life as a composer and as a woman who is a member of the LBGT community. This conversation was supported by the Eastman Diversity Initiative and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies.

April 13, 2015
Can a Catholic be Queer? A Community Dialogue for LGBT Catholics, friends, and allies The Newman Catholic Community at the University of Rochester is hosting a community dialogue for LGBT Catholics, friends, and allies. All are welcome! Join the conversation between the Church and the LGBT community. We all teach one another; we all learn from one another.

March 10, 2015
AIDS Education Posters Go On Tour, River Campus Libraries collaborated with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley so that during the months of March and April, 15 of the department’s AIDS Education Posters will be exhibited in libraries throughout the region with Shoulders to Stand On, a documentary capturing the history of Rochester’s LGBT community.  The initiative is made possible through a grant from the LGBT Giving Circle of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

October 2014
Laverne Cox breaks down barriers for transgender discussion (Campus Times Article)

Laverne Cox to Speak (University Press Release)

September 17, 2014
Human Resources, in collaboration with TIAA CREF offered the webinar “Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBT community”

July 2014
Join us for the Pride Parade

April 18, 2014
Third Annual Rainbow Lecture on LGBTQI Issues Dr. Kristen Renn, professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education at Michigan State University, spoke about “LGBT and Queer Issues in Higher Education,” Renn also gave the Susan B. Anthony Institute’s third annual Rainbow Lecture, “Creating Environments for LGBTQ College Student Success”

April 12, 2013
Second Annual Rainbow Lecture on LGBTQI Issues with Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng

November 1, 2012
Bible Scholar and LGBT Rights Activist Jay Michaelson to Visit Rochester God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality, Michaelson’s most recent boox, mixes academic analysis and memoir in explaining the support of equality and dignity for LGBT individuals in the majority of Judeo-Christian religions.

September 18, 2012
Ending LGBT Invisibility and Disparities in Health Care This program described health disparities found among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and some of the factors that influence these disparities.

April 12, 2012
First Annual Rainbow Lecture with William Eskridge, Jr.



UR Resources

Local Resources

Websites and National Resources

LGBTQI Terminology

Be an Ally

Overcoming Anti-Gay Harassment

Gender Transition Guidelines: The purpose of these documents is to provide guidelines of responsibilities and expectations of employees, their supervisors, colleagues and other staff.