Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity

The CSGD has a small lending library of various LGBTQ titles
LGBT themed books in the Center
Students, staff and alumni participate in the annual Southern Maine Pride Parade
USM students, staff and alumni in front of the pride parade float
Being a queer student at USM, I have a lot more to think about than just classes
Cartoon image of queer student with dialogue bubble
Created by USM alumnus, Chris Gillespie '12, this banner sends an important message to the LGBTQA community: You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Alone Banner with hands making a heart shape
"You Are Loved" Sidewalk Chalk Campaign the week before National Coming Out Day
sidewalk brick with rainbow chalk
Created by a USM student, these buttons were given out during the 2010 National Coming Out Day celebrations
buttons with rainbow text


The University of Southern Maine's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity seeks to ensure a university environment that is positive, safe and supportive for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, in particular members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Allied (LGBTQA) communiy.

News & Events

USM Lavender Graduation 2014

USM Lavender Graduation 2014

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Sarah Holmes
Contact Phone: 
Contact Email:

Each year, we take the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and allied students who are part of the year's graduating class.  At Lavender Graduation, each graduate is called forward and presented with a rainbow tassel that they may choose to wear at USM Commencement exercises as a momento of all that they have accomplished, and all that they have contributed to the LGBTQA communities at USM.

The 2014 Lavender Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 1st at 7:00pm in the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland Campus.  If you are graduating this year, please complete this webform to provide the information that we need to recognize you at this event.

More information can be found on the Facebook event at:

May 1, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus

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