San Diego State University

San Diego State University to raise rainbow flag in advance of San Diego Pride

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego State University (SDSU), recognized as one of the top LGBT-affirming campuses in the nation, will hold its eighth annual Pride flag raising ceremony at the flagpole in front of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on July 15, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

In a statement, Eric Rivera, vice president for student affairs, invited members of the faculty and all students to attend and encouraged wide participation of the event to show campus support of LGBT students on the SDSU campus as well as the local LGBT community at large.

SDSU's 6th annual Lavender Graduation ceremony is Wednesday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The sixth annual Lavender Graduation at San Diego State University (SDSU) will take place on Wednesday, May 6 at 2pm.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the achievements of graduating members of SDSU's LGBTQA community and is open to all students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allies.

More than 30 graduates will be honored during the ceremony. Each graduate will have the opportunity to address the audience and will receive a rainbow honor cord, graduation certificate and an invitation to join the SDSU LGBT Alumni Chapter.

Trans* Day of Empowerment at SDSU is this week

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Pride Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) will host a series of events this week to celebrate Trans* Day of Empowerment.

Most events are open to the general public, however the "Trans* Closed Space" is only open to those who identify as transgender or non-binary.

See the graphic below for the full schedule of events, taking place Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, April 24.

SDSU's 30th Big Queer BBQ is Thursday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The 30th Big Queer BBQ at San Diego State University (SDSU) is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 4-9 pm at the Scripps Cottage on campus.

A beloved LGBT-community tradition at SDSU, the Big Queer BBQ (formerly known as the Big Gay BBQ) has been held twice-yearly since the Fall 2000 semester.

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."