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Awareness and Events

Welcome Week

During Welcome Week, LGBTQ+ Programs, along with Pride Alliance and Grad PRISM, host a number of events and social opportunities for members of the queer community and their allies. Click the link to find more information about planned events!


Bi-Visibility Day

Discourse about and within the LGBTQ+ community is tainted by homonormativity which privileges single-gender static sexual orientations as the norm. Bisexual, pansexual, sexually fluid, and queer persons find their experiences and identities erased because of this (called bi-invisibility). In an attempt to counteract this LGBTQ+ Programs celebrates Bi-Visibility on Sept. 23, 2019. Contact for more information.


LGBTQ+ History Month

Each October, NDSU celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month with a great deal pf pride. Events will be held throughout the month to bring awareness of, education about, and celebration for the LGBTQ+ community.  Information about the time and locations of the events will be posted here. If you, or your organization, are interested in contributing an event to LGBTQ+ History Monoth, please contact Dr. Kevin Stockbridge at


Trans Day of Remembrance

Trans lives are lost in our country at an alarming rate due to transphobia and violence. This is particularly true for trans women of color. Lest these lives pass without recognition, and the epidemic of trans violence is not acknowledged, the NDSU community celebrates Trans Day of Remembrance. Trans Day of Remembrance will be November 20, 2019. 


World AIDS Day

 The HIV and AIDS epidemic significantly impacted the lives of the queer community, particularly gay and bisexual persons. The astounding loss of life coalesced the queer and allied community into a number of rights movements demanding advancement in health care, medication, legal protection, and education. Toady, medical advancements have changed the prognosis of HIV and its transmission. However, there remains unjust stigma that those with HIV must bear in society. On Dec. 6, 2019, we will recall the impact that AIDS, the threat of HIV stigma, and imagine a better world.  


Trans Day of Visibility

Many people who fall outside of gender norms find that they are marginalized or forced to hide, even in our present society. Efforts to positively highlight trans lives has slowly been taken up in the media. Nonetheless, more could be done to showcase the richly diverse trans community. On March 31st, we celebrate the lives and accomplishments of trans and gender non-conforming folx. 


Rainbow Prom

 Due to prevailing heteronormative practices and expectations, many queer folx do not have the opportunity to go to a dance in high school and express themselves authentically. This may be due to restrictions (social or institutional) on same-sex partners, regulations about gendered norms of dress, limitations to the number of partners one might have, and any other number of factors. Because of this, the queer community of the Fargo-Moorhead colleges and Universities holds a dance especially for LGBTQ+ students. Information about the date, time, and location of Rainbow Prom 2019 will be shared here when further information become available.


Day of Silence

April 27, 2019 the NDSU campus celebrates the National Day of Silence, an initiative of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network). Allies of the LGBTQ+ community take a temporary vow of silence to stand in solidarity with queer folx who find themselves silenced and marginalized. 


Lavender Graduation

Started by Dr. Ronni Sanlo in 1995 at the University of Michigan, this tradition has spread to institutions of higher education across the United States. Lavender Graduation is a celebration of LGBTQ+ graduates from colleges and universities in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Information about the date, location, and time of the event for 2019 will be listed as plans are finalized.  


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LGBTQ Programs
North Dakota State University
Phone (701) 231-5263
Mailing Address:  NDSU Dept. 5251/PO Box 6050/ Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page Manager: Coordinator, Inclusion and LGBTQ+ Initiatives
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