Programs and Events

Upcoming Events

CU OUT on the Town: Bluestockings Cooperative

Saturday, March 26th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Register

CU OUT on the Town is an outing series offered by LGBTQ @ Columbia to LGBTQ-themed sites or events in New York City. This Spring, we will be going to the Bluestockings Cooperative! The Bluestockings Cooperative is New York City's only queer, trans AND sex worker-run bookstore! Bluestockings Cooperative is a community-supported bookstore and activist space. In 2021, Bluestockings became worker-owned!
LGBTQ @ Columbia will provide round-trip MetroCards to students who attend. The trip will take place on Saturday, March 26th and we will leave from 505 Lerner Hall (Audre Lorde Community Space) at 1:00 pm to head downtown together as a group. 
Space is limited so register to secure your spot! If you have any questions or need more information, please email

Accessibility Note: Participation in this event will require a fair amount of walking, taking the subway, and standing for an uncertain amount of time. If you have any concerns or want to discuss any needs that would allow you to fully participate in the outing, please email


Saturday, April 16th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Uris Pool, Dodge Fitness Center

Mark your calendars for the return of a Columbia tradition! For the first time since 2019, LGBTQ @ Columbia will be hosting QSplash, a queer, trans, and body-positive undergraduate pool party and CC swim test event. 

QSplash will take place Saturday, April 16th, 3:00 PM at Uris Pool in the Dodge Fitness Center. All undergraduate students are welcomed and Columbia College students are encouraged to attend to complete their swim test requirement for graduation. Proctors for the swim test will be present at the event. 

Please review the QSplash event and space guidelines
  • QSplash is a trans, queer, body-positive undergraduate pool party.
  • We welcome the presence of allies.
  • In this space, we aim to hold ourselves and others accountable to avoid demeaning, disrespectful, or hateful behavior.
  • Please respect the various identities that people hold in this space.
  • Wear what makes you comfortable (as much or as little as you want) and what is functional for you to swim/move around in while in the pool.
  • Genitals have to be covered. Nipples do not have to be covered.
  • We are not responsible for items left in the locker rooms, pool area, and viewing areas.
  • No pictures are allowed at QSplash to maintain the safety and privacy of our participants.
  • Respect the space, privacy, and bodies of the people around you.
  • Ask for consent.
  • The Safety Monitors, who are students on the Queer and Trans Student Advisory Board and members of the Multicultural Affairs staff, are here to keep you safe! Look for the people wearing the rainbow sashes.
  • If you feel uncomfortable for any reason or have questions or concerns, please let us know.

For more information or any questions, please contact

List of All Programs and Events

Quench (Queer + Free Lunch) Series
A lunch and discussion series exploring intersectional LGBTQ and ally topics.

CU OUT on the Town
A series of LGBTQ-, gender-, and sexuality-focused outings to events and sites around NYC.

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Socials
Social and educational program series to build community and connections for queer and trans people of color.

QT Talks: A Virtual Support Space for Queer and Trans Students
Biweekly support space that centers on current issues and topics related to queer and trans students at Columbia University.

Big Queer Welcome Party (September)
An annual open house to learn more about LGBTQ resources and how to get involved in LGBTQ life at Columbia University.

Queer Awareness Month (October)
A collaborative month of events and education between Columbia and Barnard to increase awareness about LGBTQ issues and history.

Trans Awareness Week (November)
A week-long series of events that raise awareness and educate the Columbia community about the lives and experiences of transgender and nonbinary communities.

QSplash (April)
A queer/trans-friendly, body-positive pool party! Open to all undergraduate students. Columbia College students can also take their swim test. 

Lavender Graduation (May)
An end-of-the-year celebration and LGBTQ leadership award ceremony for students, faculty, and staff in the LGBTQ and ally community at Columbia and Barnard. Graduating students are recognized with a rainbow tassel.

Past Events

QUENCH (Queer + Free Lunch): On the Power of Love 

Friday, February 18th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Stephen Donaldson Lounge

For this month’s QUENCH (Queer + Free Lunch), join LGBTQ @ Columbia in a student-led discussion about the importance of love, the erotic, and chosen family. In honor of Valentine’s Day, learn how Queer people have defined “love” throughout the decades, discuss the intersections of love, identity, and pleasure, and meet tons of new people! Catered by Shake Shack!

2021 Trans Awareness Week Opening: Eva Reign on the Power of Storytelling

Monday, November 15th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM | Zoom Webinar

Join LGBTQ @ Columbia + Multicultural Affairs for the 2021 Columbia University Trans Awareness Week Keynote Speaker Eva Reign on the Power of Storytelling!

Eva is a Black trans actor and writer originally from St. Louis. Most known as a host for Vice News' Transnational, Eva is also known for her writing which has appeared in publications such as Vogue, The Cut and Highsnobiety. She had a column with Them. entitled "In Bloom" where she wrote about the beauty and strength of Black trans life. Eva is also a film fellow with Queer|Art, and recently made her feature film debut starring in Billy Porter's "What If" premiering later next year.

The event is open to the Columbia community. Registration

CU OUT on the Town: New York LGBTQ Film Festival 

October 15-26, 2021 | Virtual

LGBTQ @ Columbia has purchased virtual all-access passes to Newfest, the New York LGBTQ Film Festival for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduate students. We only have a limited amount of passes, to get your pass please fill out the form. Passes will be given out to students randomly. If you have questions, please email

Big Queer Welcome Party

Friday, October 1st Noon- 2:00 PM | Lewisohn Lawn

All students are welcome to join us as we welcome all of our LGBTQ+ students and staff as well as allies to campus! Hosted by LGBTQ @ Columbia, Barnard Student Experience + Engagement and General Studies Student Life

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