San Diego State University

San Diego State University offers name-change option for students

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego State’s Office of the Registrar announced in an email a new preferred name option to students earlier this month.

The option was put in place primarily to accommodate students who are gender non-conforming or students who identify with a name that differs from his or her birth name.

“Students who have enrolled at San Diego State University under their legal names may change their first name to a preferred first name which may differ from the sex assigned to them at birth,” according to the Office of the Registrar email.

Big Queer BBQ is today at SDSU

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego State University's (SDSU) Queer Student Union will host this semester's Big Queer BBQ today from 4-9 pm on campus at the Scripps Cottage.

Originally known as the Big Gay BBQ, the popular event has been held on the campus each semester since Fall 2000. Community members are welcome to the event, which typically attracts over 200 students, faculty/staff, and others.

SDSU Police searching for person of interest in sexual assault case

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego State University Police Department has released the photo of a person of interest in a sexual assault case that was reported on campus on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Photos of the individual are shown at right and to the left. SDSU Police have provided the following description of the suspect.

San Diego State University makes top 50 LGBT-friendly universities and colleges list

These 50 universities are making strides in providing a safe environment, especially for LGBT students.

Non-profit organization Campus Pride released a list of the most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the United States based on each school's ratings in LGBT student academic, housing and various other campus life factors.

Campus Pride used an index of research tools to assess each institution's policies, programs and practices that work toward an inclusive and safe environment for LGBT and heterosexual ally students.

SDSU to host 7th annual Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Pride Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) will host the school’s 7th annual Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony on Thursday, July 17 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Since 2008, a rainbow flag has been raised on SDSU’s main flagpole along Campanile Walkway for one day each July in celebration of San Diego LGBT Pride month and the diversity that exists on the large campus.

SDSU to honor LGBTQ graduates at ceremony on Wednesday

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University students are trading the traditional red and black for lavender on Wednesday, May 7, at the 5th annual Lavender Graduation. The event honors graduating students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or allies.

“I remember a time when a ceremony like this would have been impossible,” said Esther Rothblum, SDSU women’s studies professor and adviser for the university’s LGBT Studies Program. "Having the support of the entire campus community is very special."

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Grand dedication of SDSU's new Aztec Student Union is Friday

SAN DIEGO -- The community is invited to the grand dedication of San Diego State University's (SDSU) new Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union this Friday, March 7 at 4:30 pm.

The building, which opened in January, is considered to be the "living room" for the campus, and includes a number of services for the campus community including dining, recreation, study spaces, entertainment and more. It is also home to the Associated Students offices, student organizations, and other student life departments.

SDSU to offer Advanced Certificate in LGBT Studies

SAN DIEGO -- After launching a LGBT studies minor and major in the last couple of years, San Diego State University will soon add a graduate-level certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, one of only a handful of like programs in the nation.

“Diversity is a cornerstone of a well-rounded education and this program provides an opportunity for graduate students to gain a deeper understanding of diversity through the critical issues brought forth in LGBT studies,” Provost Nancy Marlin said.

Lady Gaga to perform in San Diego next June

SAN DIEGO -- Lady Gaga includes a San Diego stop on her Artpop Ball Tour in 2014.

The controversial star, whose Artpop album was released in November, announced some US tour dates on Tuesday morning, including a June 2 show at Viejas Arena on the SDSU campus.

Unfortunately for Gaga, Artpop hasn’t matched the critical acclaim or sales of her blockbuster Born This Way album, which dropped in 2011. Still, the singer has been pushing hard on the publicity machine, recently appearing as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, among other appearances.

COMMENTARY: SDSU has come a long way, baby

(Editor's note: SDGLN Staff Writer Ben Cartwright, a SDSU alumnus, wrote this commentary which was originally published on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)