Cornell   Department of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Studies
    379 Uris Hall
Phone: (607) 255-7527

Web site includes a calendar of upcoming educational events that may be of interest to community members.

The field of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Studies is devoted to the study of sexuality and its importance to the organization of social relations more generally. Primary among its concerns is also the study of lives, the politics, and the creative work of sexual minorities. LBG Studies is founded on the premise that the social organization of sexuality is best studied from the perspectives offered by those positions that have been excluded from established social and cultural norms and best approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. At present, the program includes courses that study sexuality and sexual minorities from a variety of perspectives: anthropological, psychological, sociological, biological, political, historical, literary, and artistic. Although LBG Studies is housed in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, only those courses that devote a significant amount of their time to sexuality and to questioning the historical institution of exclusive heterosexuality qualify for the LBG concentration.

    Haven LGBT Student Run Organizations

Haven serves as an administrative umbrella for student organizations involved in the support and outreach to LGBTQ students at Cornell. Haven provides a vehicle for these groups to secure funding and on-going training, and consultation with professional staff. Haven collaborates with other Cornell, Ithaca College, and local groups to address the social support needs of students. There are a variety of LGBT groups with specific interests that meet regularly and are administered under the Haven umbrella.

  • CUGSA: CUGSA is dedicated to education, outreach, collaboration, and social activities to foster an environment of understanding, respect, and unity between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community and the larger community with the direct support and assistance of straight allies.

  • Dialogue: Dialogue is a nondenominational gathering of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning students, staff, faculty and allies to grow in faith and spirituality.

  • Ga'avah: Ga'avah, meaning "Pride" in Hebrew, is Cornell's Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student group. Ga'avah sponsors LGBT Seders, Shabbat dinners, hikes, and social programs for Cornell's Jewish LGBT community.

  • Greeks United Straight Alliance: Works with Greeks United to educate and raise awareness of LGBT issues in the Greek system at Cornell University, in order to help make it a safer and more inclusive environment.

  • Greeks United: Greeks United is a social and support group for members of Cornell University's Greek system who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. GU also hopes to educate members of fraternities and sororities, and the Cornell Community as a whole about issues facing LGBT Greeks.

  • LBQ: LBQ is a confidential support and discussion group that is open to any Cornell or Ithaca affiliated women interested in issues pertaining to Lesbian, Bisexual, Questioning, and Transgendered women.

  • Mosaic: With the support of the Office of Minority Educational Affairs, the Dean of Students Office and the LGBT RC, MOSAIC has continued to provide supportive educational and social networks to ensure the healthy development and successful academic career of LGBT student of color at Cornell.

  • OUTreach: OUTreach is a social/outreach group for gay, bisexual, and transgender men in the Cornell and Ithaca community. OUTreach has a dual purpose. One objective is to reach out to other members of the Queer community and the broader Cornell and Ithaca communities. The other goal is to understand and explore the joy of "being out" and all the struggles and triumphs that come with it.

  • ZAP! Panel Discussion Group: A gender-balanced, culturally integrated panel of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning people, as well as heterosexual allies, who come together to share ideas about sex, sexuality, gender identity and expression as they relate to their lives.

    Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center
    282 Caldwell Hall (on the Ag Quad)
Ithaca, NY 
Phone: (607) 254-4987
Primary Contact: Gwendolyn Dean, Coordinator
Alt. Contact: Sarah Doherty, Office Manager

Office hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Resource Centerís mission is to coordinate the efforts of the entire Cornell University community to ensure the inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and to eliminate heterosexism and gender identity oppression. The Resource Center affirms LGBT identities and lives, and provides education, outreach, programming, program support, consultation, community development, visibility, and advocacy. The Resource Center serves faculty, staff, and students, and is committed to improving outreach to and collaboration with the local community.

The Resource Center provides a safe and confidential space for individuals who want to meet, talk, or browse through the resource materials. The Resource Center maintains a resource library on LGBT subjects that includes books, periodicals, pamphlets, clipping files, topical bibliographies, DVDs, and videos. Coffeehouses are offered Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m.

    LGBT Email List
This is an announcement and discussion mailing list for anyone interested in LGBT events and issues at and around Cornell. Announcements include events of an educational, social, or political nature.

To subscribe to this mailing list, simply send an email to: LISTPROC@CORNELL.EDU.

In the body of the message, write:
subscribe LGBT-L your name

If you find there is too much traffic on the listserve and you would like to receive only the announcements, contact the moderator, Gwendolyn Dean at

    LGBT Student Support and Outreach
    531 Willard Straight Hall
Phone: (607) 255-3869
Primary Contact: Sarah Simpkins, MSW

Office hours: Tues, Thurs, 3 to 4 p.m.

LGBT Student Support and Outreach provides confidential one-on-one consultations regarding same-gender attractions, sexuality, and gender identity. In addition to individual consultations, the purpose of this office is to connect students with other students and campus resources that support positive identity development and enhanced social environments for same-gender-loving and -allied students at Cornell. This office offers workshops on heterosexism, transgender inclusion, and related topics. This office also offers groups for students, including Sexplorations, a group for Cornell students to talk about sexuality and same sex yearnings with others in a supportive and confidential environment; RealTalk, a graduate discussion group that meets weekly to explore issues relevant to aspects of graduate students work, life, and identity -- with an emphasis on non-traditional gender identity, same sex attractions and romantic relationships; and Journey of the Heart, a 6 week spirituality group with an emphasis on being queer (LGBT) positive.

    The Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University Library
    Krock Library (enter through Olin Library)
Phone: (607) 255-3530
Primary Contact: Brenda Marston, Curator

Office hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Human Sexuality Collection seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography. The library is actively expanding the Collection and is seeking gifts of personal papers, organizational records, rare books, and periodicals that reflect changing views on sexuality. Through this program, Cornell University is working to ensure that a more complete historical record of sexuality will be available to researchers.

We are all responsible for creating our queer history/herstory, for preserving it, and using it to inform our current thinking. Get your memories, letters, buttons, diaries, posters, and pictures to the library so they can be part of the historical landscape. Through this program, Cornell University is working to ensure that a more complete historical record of sexuality will be available to researchers. And come see the material already here, including records of local organizations and activists (ACT UP Ithaca, AIDS Work of Tompkins County, Roey Thorpe) and national organizations and individuals (NGLTF, PFLAG, Human Rights Campaign, Paula Ettelbrick, Bruce Voeller). We also have photo albums from gay and lesbian couples in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, pulp novels and physique magazines from the 1950s, and first editions of important lesbian and gay literature. Come spend a fun rainy afternoon.

Ithaca College   Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services
    150 David J. Hammond Health Center
Phone: (607) 274-7394
Primary Contact: Lis Maurer, Coordinator

The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services actively fosters the academic success and personal growth of LGBT students and offers college wide services to enhance the campus community's awareness, understanding and appreciation of LGBT students, staff and faculty. The Center offers a variety of special events and activities throughout the year, and many are open to the public. The Coordinator is available for consultation or referral.


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