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LGBTQ at Rochester

Rocky mascot holding pride bannerFor the success of our students, faculty, staff, as well as our institution's mission, we must work to offer a positive and affirming environment to our community.

This LGBTQ page is intended to be a central landing point for University of Rochester community members interested in issues of gender and sexual diversity.

We are very aware that the acronym “LGBTQ” is not inclusive of all identities related to gender, sex, and sexual diversity. We are using this acronym to help those searching for this information find it quickly. We hope to provide information about the many individuals we seek to support. Language and strategies for supporting LGBTQ folks are fluid and dynamic, thus these resources will need to be updated regularly to reflect such changes. Should you discover additional resources or have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please send them to our LGBTQ Coordinator, Colleen Raimond, at

We aim to provide a sense of the LGBTQ-inclusive atmosphere we have on our campus, suggest resources for those who want to learn more to better our campus, and also to offer support and guidance for LGBTQ students, staff, faculty, and their friends and family. Productive inquiry best takes place when individuals can explore and share their experience and thoughts as equal members of our community, uninhibited by prejudice or discrimination.

This site was developed by faculty, staff, and student volunteers as a part of a working group of the volunteer-run LGBTQ Advocacy Committee. If you’d like to see institutional support of more LGBTQ initiatives like this, please let us know. Don’t hesitate to be in touch with us with any questions!