Newswise — As the most diverse university in the United States, the CSU is deeply committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is a year-round effort, but each June we join the LGBTQIA members of our community in observance of Pride Month, a time to acknowledge the ongoing ​struggle for equality and celebrate the triumphs won. 

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CSU Channel Island's Multicultural Dream Center provides programs and services for students to have authentic conversations that acknowledge their rich life stories in a safe community space.

The center also offers all CI students a place and opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals and understand issues and perspectives of equity, access and inclusion.


Each October, Chico State celebrates Queer Week, when student organizations put on a number of informational and empowering events, including the annual Pride March.

Members of Chico State's women’s soccer team wear rainbow shoelaces each season as a display of solidarity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. The Chico Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has embraced the principles of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in supporting athletes of all identities and leads campaigns each year focused on acceptance and support.


CSU Dominguez Hills hosted The ONE Archives’ “History of the LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement, An Exhibition” in the University Library Cultural Arts Gallery, March to December 2019.


John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the campus's​ queer studies minor, accepted the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Hope Is Never Silent” Award on May 23, 2013 in the Titan Student Union. The award, presented by the LGBT and Queer Studies Center and The Center OC, recognizes the recipient’s contributions to the LGBTQIA community on campus and throughout Orange County. The award ceremony is part of a Harvey Milk Day event.

Tuffy the Titan was dressed to the nines for Cal State Fullerton’s annual pride flag raising ceremony, 2019.


Humboldt State celebrates National Coming Out Day on October 11.

HSU flies the pride flag during National Coming Out Day.


Members of the CSUMB Pride Club took part in Welcome Week, 2017.


Cal Poly Pomona letters were painted with colors of the rainbow for Pride Week, October 11, 2013.


Rosie Quinzel, a computer science major, in the Pride Center at the University Union, February 11, 2020. Quinzel is transgender and believes students should be allowed to use their preferred names on diplomas.

Lee Kennedy, a communications major, in the tea garden under the Sac State Library, February 12, 2020. “It’s not really anybody’s business if ‘they’ve’ changed ‘their’ name,” Kennedy says.


The Fourth Annual Lavender Graduation took place on May 21, 2017. The Lavender Graduation celebrates the LGBTQIA community at Cal State San Bernardino and recognizes the accomplishments of the graduates, staff and faculty.

Transgender activist Chaz Bono, speaking to students, staff and faculty in the Santos Manuel Student Union, May 14, 2013.


Students attending San Diego State’s annual rainbow flag raising ceremony. This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together to support and celebrate the accomplishments of the university’s LGBTQIA students.

Members of SDSU’s Color Guard perform at the rainbow flag raising celebration.


Delta Lambda Phi, a gay fraternity at San José State, produced a stage show of “Grease,” served dinner and issued community service awards, 1994.

Opponents of Proposition 64 (which would restore AIDS to the list of communicable diseases) gathered at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center in San José, 1986. Left to right: unidentified man, Terry Christensen, Wiggsy Sivertsen, Delaine Eastin and Ken Yeager. Christensen was a San José State professor. Sivertsen is an SJSU professor emeritus and former director of Counseling Services; co-founded BAYMEC and GALA, the Gay and Lesbian/Bisexual Student Alliance at SJSU; and helped organize the first indoor Gay Pride Day Celebration at SJSU in 1975. Eastin later served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Yeager currently teaches political science at SJSU.


A performer owns the stage during Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Drag Club’s Creatures of the Night: Halloween Drag Show.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Psychology Professor Jay Bettergarcia launched the SLO ACCEPTance Project, a multiyear series of trainings that equip therapists to better serve the LGBTQ+ community and is funded by a grant from the San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Department. Bettergarcia runs QCares, a joint faculty-student-community research group focused on LGBTQIA issues.

Learn more about the CSU's commitment to the LGBTQIA community here.