Are you seeking information about LGBTQIA+ life on campus? You've come to the right place!


Choosing the right school is vital for every incoming college student, but it can be more challenging for those who identify as LGBTQIA+. In addition to obstacles that all students face, LGBTQIA+ students need to consider whether the institution has LGBTQIA+ inclusive policies, programs, and practices.’s new guide provides prospective students and their families with tools to identify the right schools, an overview of common challenges, tips for applying, and details on the federal laws that protect LGBTQIA+ students.

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Preferred Name Change

Lafayette College recognizes that individuals may use first names other than legal first names to identify themselves. Lafayette College will strive to use an individual’s preferred first name where possible, but the legal first name will continue to be used in business and other processes that require the use of a legal name. If you are interested in being addressed by Lafayette by a name different than your legally recognized name, please continue to the Preferred First Name Policy.

Preferred First Name Policy


From a policy perspective, Lafayette College is proud to include not only sexual orientation but also gender identity and expression in its non-discrimination policy. In addition, since 1998, Lafayette has provided domestic partner benefits for all of its eligible employees.

Social Life


QPOC was established to provide a safe and supportive environment within the larger Lafayette community to focus on the distinct needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, and queer communities of color on campus along with their active and affirming allies. A weekly discussion and support group providing students of color with a space to explore their identities and the intersections between race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Coordinated Events:

QPOC Art Fest

Kickbacks/Get-Togethers- Twice a Semester

Movie Nights


PASA is a group of peer educators dedicated to ending Gender Violence on Lafayette’s Campus and beyond. The mission is to educate and facilitate conversations around gender violence and sexual assault on campus.

Coordinated Events:

Take Back the Night

Guest Speakers that talk about this topic

NIA: A Sisterhood

NIA is an organization which provides a forum for open discussion on prevalent issues facing multicultural women on campus and creates a sense of support and sisterhood within the Lafayette community. The organization works to increase awareness of important issues that affect women of color on Lafayette’s campus. The women of NIA pride themselves on developing leadership, encouraging initiative, promoting sisterhood, and providing a home for women of color and those with multicultural interests.

Coordinated Events:

Spring Fever

Brown Bag Discussions

NIA’s Annual Zumbathon

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center creates a vibrant community for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in the Lehigh Valley through life-enriching LGBT arts & culture programs, leading-edge LGBT health programs, daily LGBT youth programs, critical supportive services, an annual regional pride festival, and an informative Training Institute.

Coordinated Events:

QTPOC group

Free HIV & STI Testing

LGBT+ Cancer Support Group

and so much more!

Lehigh Valley Pride Fest

The exciting community event provides a spotlight on LGBT arts and culture, connects thousands of community members to local resources, provides full-day programming for LGBT youth and teens, and celebrates the diversity in our community. Lehigh Valley Pride has grown to include over 5,000 attendees.  Allentown is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles east of New York City. The Lehigh Valley is home to a population of approximately 800,000 people.

Living On Campus

Through the Office of Residential Life, multiple gender-inclusive housing options are available for groups of students, regardless of gender identities, to live together in units or rooms that are not designated for exclusively male or female occupants.

This living environment affords students the opportunity to live in a mixed-gender wing with a common bathroom to be used by all members of the community regardless of sex or gender expression.   Within gender-inclusive housing, students have the option to request a room assignment with a roommate of different gender identity.

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