LGBTQ+ Life at F&M
F&M has created wide-ranging support systems, resources, and dedicated spaces to ensure that our LGBTQ+ community feels welcome, safe, and free to be themselves.
The Alice Drum Women’s Center
F&M’s Alice Drum Women’s Center was established in 1992 to promote dialogue and action around women’s issues and to instill an ethos of equality and inclusion. Today, the center continues to strive toward inclusion and advocacy along the intersections of race, class, sexuality, gender, and disability.
The Franklin & Marshall Global Barometers
The Franklin & Marshall Global Barometers comprises the F&M Global Barometer of Gay Rights (GBGR (R)), the Global Barometer of Transgender Rights (GBTR (TM)) and the F&M Global Barometers LGBTQI+ Perception Index (GBPI). Together, these barometers provide groundbreaking research on the state of LGBT+ human rights in 204 countries and territories. Founded in 2010 by government professor, Dr. Susan Dicklitch-Nelson, the barometers generate annual report cards detailing the state-and societal-level protection or persecution of LGBT+ minorities worldwide.
LGBTQ Alumni Council
The LGBTQ Alumni Council serves LGBTQ-identified alumni and allies of F&M. They do so by providing LGBTQ alums and friends of the College with a supportive professional and social network of individuals with similar identities, by identifying opportunities to connect and collaborate with faculty and professional staff on LGBTQ-related academic and programming endeavors, and more.
The Office of LGBTQ+ Student Life
LGBTQ+ Student Life at Franklin & Marshall supports LGBTQIA+ folx & allies while advocating for LGBTQ+ liberation & equality on campus & in the world.
The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) is a student group that promotes the welfare of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students within the F&M community. SAGA also offers an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ education, advocacy, and support.
Queer+Trans Alliance Employee Affinity Group
We understand that our faculty and professional staff thrive with the right resources and support groups. One such group is the Queer+Trans Alliance, which advocates for policies and practices that ensure greater equity and inclusion for all non-student employees, staff, and faculty who identify as queer and/or LGBTQIAP2S+.
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality StudiesEngage with a program that is a true representation of the liberal arts. Established as a major in 2015, the innovative women’s, gender and sexuality studies at F&M blends several academic disciplines to explore diverse perspectives of feminist theory.
On-Campus Events & Celebrations
F&M hosts frequent events and celebrations spotlighting the vitality of our active LGBTQ+ community.
- National Coming Out Week
- Queer Visibility Week
- Queer Prom
- Lavender Graduation, an annual ceremony conducted on college campuses across the U.S. to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students to acknowledge their achievements and contributions.
- An annual drag show