Signature Programs

Transgender Day of Remembrance


A day to remember those who have been lost as a result of transphobia and to call attention to the continued violence faced by the transgender community. 

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Rainbow Reception

An annual reception at the beginning of the school year to welcome the new and returning Miami LGBTQ+ and ally community. This event is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to meet new people, build community, and learn more about LGBTQ+ Services and resources on campus.

Students around a round table in Shriver at the Rianbow Reception

Out Week 

A week of activities in partnership with the student organization Spectrum to raise awareness and visibility and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community during LGBTQ+ History Month. Typical activities include Coming Out Stories, the Gay Agenda, movie screenings, and Alterna-prom.

Framed sign that reads The Gay Agenda. Spectrum. To do: Homework, catch up on reading, go to work, sleep

National Coming Out Day

Annually observed on October 11th, National Coming Out Day is an opportunity to celebrate and show support for the LGBTQ+ community. The event is an annual reminder that coming out is a revolutionary act that not everyone is in the position to do. 

Student walking through a door frame in Upham Arch on National Coming Out Day

Pumpkin Pride

A fun Halloween-themed event featuring pumpkin painting, scary movies, a photobooth, tarot card reading, fall treats, and more. Come take a break from midterms and relax, be your authentic self, and be surrounded by your Miami LGBTQ+ and ally community.

Two students painting pumpkins at the Pumpkin Pride event

World AIDS Day

Annually on December 1

World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic and for people worldwide to unite and fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. Miami takes part in observing World AIDS Day by offering free and confidential testing, resources, and education.

Resource table on Slant walk to educate the Miami community about AIDS and HIV.

Midwestern Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Ally College Conference (MBGLTACC)

he Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference is an annual LGBTQIA+ conference that is hosted at a different Midwest college or University or affiliated organization each year. MBLGTACC is a three-day conference with a reputable, entertaining, and inspiring set of speakers and entertainers. Conference weekend has over 90 workshops and forums in which students, staff, faculty, and community members can attend. Conferences are also attended by over 2000 individuals each year.

For additional information about the conference, please visit the MBLGTACC website.

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Awareness Week

A week of programming in the spring, in partnership with the student organization Spectrum, to raise awareness and visibiity for the Miami LGBTQ+ community. Typical events include national speakers, movie screenings, and student demonstrations. 

Table set up in Farmer School of Business with Spectrum tri-fold board, brochures, condoms, and more.

Lavender Graduation

An annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ and ally students and to acknowledge and honor their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created in 1995 at University of Michigan by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her children because of her sexual orientation. We are delighted to continue this legacy and have you be a part of not only the national tradition, but also of our Miami tradition. Lavender Graduation is free and open to all members of the Miami University campus community.

Large group of students, faculty, and staff attending Lavender Graduation onlooking the graduation from the audience.