Belonging at Yale - Celebrate Pride

Celebrate Pride

Starting in April and continuing through June, Yale honors Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) communities through Pride celebrations. Show your support by engaging in the following opportunities.

Community members may celebrate other cultural and religious observances in April. Have we missed something? Please let us know.



Engagement Opportunities

Arts and Theater

pink text reading "Zhushka" over a photo of Noah in early dragZhushka: a drag show
April 22-23, 8 pm 
Yale College Arts presents Zhushka: a drag show, by Noah T. Parnes. For all inquiries about this event held at Davenport-Pierson Auditorium, please contact

Dragaret 54 at Yale Cabaret
April 22-23, 2022 
It’s Yale Cabaret’s 54th season, so what better time to pay homage to Studio 54? The annual and acclaimed Dragaret is back in all its glory, high heels, and hairspray. In an ode to the late 1970s and the debauchery of the famed nightclub, come rub elbows with the fabulous Queens and Kings of Connecticut and School of Drag – oops, Drama – students in their sequined best. Meet us under the disco ball. Purchase tickets on Yale Cabaret’s website.

May 14, 8 pm 
David Geffen School of Drama presents Affinity, by Rebecca Adelsheim and Alex Keegan. Restless and bereft in Victorian England, Margaret Prior finds herself at Millbank Women’s Prison as a “lady visitor.” With a furtive flash of violet, one prisoner catches her eye. Soon, Margaret’s world spins wildly out of control as she is pulled into Selina’s spiritualist orbit and finds herself entranced by a new language of séances and queer influences. Part romance, part ghost story, Affinity examines one woman’s quest for connection, liberty, and even love, in a straight-laced society. For inquiries about this event held at the Iseman Theater, visit the School of Drama website.

at home: Artists in Conversation featuring Prem Sahib
The Yale Center for British Art will provide a recording of at home: Artists in Conversation, featuring Prem Sahib, 
a British artist of Indian Polish descent. Sahib works primarily in sculpture, installation, performance, sound, and photography. Often minimal and sparse in color, Sahib’s work explores themes including relationships, intimacy and sexuality, community, alienation, and confinement. Their work is informed by an interest in the architecture of meeting places, particularly for gay and queer communities.


 The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag"GLSEN
GLSEN’s National Student Council put together a list of books that are focused on diverse stories and LGBTQ+ characters. While the booklist showcases many LGBTQ+ authors, not all of them may be part of the community, but instead show solidarity by highlighting LGBTQ+ stories and characters. These lists are geared towards K-12 but can be enjoyed by anyone. Please be mindful that some of these books may address heavy topics. View their Elementary SchoolMiddle School, and High School book recommendations.

Yale University Press and Yale University Library 
Refer to the Pride 2021 reading list, featuring a collection of titles about gay icons and artists, legal debates and triumphs, cultural and literary criticism, works by LGBTQ+ authors, and more. Additionally, the Press offers a list of Gay and Lesbian Studies books, Gender Studies books, and more. The library’s collection also includes additional resources on this topic.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale promote innovate interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on the historical and contemporary experience of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people. It also fosters critical analysis of queer and normative sexualities, the formation of sexual and gender minorities, and the role of sexuality in culture and politics in the world.

LinkedIn Learning 
Explore free courses on LinkedIn Learning, including courses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Yale offers a variety of courses and an undergraduate major (BA). The Program establishes gender and sexuality as fundamental categories of social and cultural analysis. The program also offers a Combined PhD and Certificate for Graduate students.

Films and TV Series

LGBTQ Streaming  
Check out these great films and tv series available on Amazon PrimeNetflix and Hulu. Also check out Revry, a global streaming network focused on queer content and creators. 

Still image from a film by Kenneth Anger entitled "Fireworks," depicting a leather jacket with the words "scorpio rising"Yale Film Archive Collection of LGBT Films, DVDs, and Videos 
The Yale University Film Archive maintains an extensive collection of films, videos, and DVDs for use in teaching and research.  

Yale University Library: LGBTQ Film, Television, and Theater Collection 
The LGBTQ Film, Television, and Theater Collection primarily consists of screenplays, scripts, and photographs from productions that include characters, storylines, or cultural references to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, communities, or events.

Yale in Hollywood LGBTQ in Film/TV Panel (2020) 
Watch a recorded panel discussion hosted in 2020 featuring Quentin Lee, Jennie Livingston, Brad Bailey, and Michael Rohrbaugh.  


Ace/Aro Space
Tuesdays in April 2022, 7:30-9 pm 
Asexuals, aromantics, anyone on the ace/aro spectra (gray/demi/etc.), and questioning people are invited to meet and hang out! Email us to be added to our mailing list or for more information. 

Beyond the Binary: Undergraduates
Fridays in April 2022, 7 – 8:30 pm 
Beyond the Binary: Undergraduates is a safe space for conversations and community-building for Yale undergraduate community members who are transgender, agender, dualgender, genderqueer, gender questioning, nonbinary, or otherwise hosted weekly at the Office of LGBTQ Resources. 

LGBTQ Affinity Group Fabulous Friday
April 8, 6-8:30 pm
The Office of LGBTQ Resources (135 Prospect St.) invites LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, and post-docs to mingle, sip mocktails, and nosh on New Haven’s finest (pizza). RSVP required by April 1 but this event is capped at 20, so slots may fill before then!

“Respecting and Protecting All Connecticut Families: The Legal Parent-Child Relationship for Unmarried, Same-sex, and Nonbiological Parents” 
April 14, 4 pm
Register for this virtual event to learn more about the Connecticut Parentage Act (CPA), which passed in January 2022 and provides equal access to legal parentage for unmarried, LGBTQ+, and nonbiological parents. 

LGBTQ: Virtual Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 2022, noon-1 pm, Zoom
The LGBTQ Affinity Group connects Yale staff, faculty, and post-docs to foster a more welcoming and respectful campus community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals and their allies. Our monthly meetings are an opportunity to connect socially across campus and contribute to events and initiatives. All are welcome and lunch is provided with advance RSVP!

Pride Week 2022
Between April 4 and April 10, the Office of LGBTQ Resources is promoting over 20 events to celebrate Pride. Take part in the many offerings including free pride journals, queer karaoke, board game night, mixers, a pancake breakfast, coffee and crafts, donuts and an East Rock hike, a book swap, a drag show, and more.

Q-Forward: Building LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care
Saturday, April 30, 9 am - 1 pm and Sunday, May 1, 1 pm - 5 pm
The Q-Forward conference aims to engage and inspire future LGBTQIA+ leaders in health care in the areas of research, clinical care, education, and policy/advocacy. Learn more by visiting the School of Nursing website and register by April 16.

W{holy} Queer
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 2-4 pm 
The Office of LGBTQ Resources, The Chaplain’s Office, and Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life invite those of all religious and spiritual persuasions to confidential monthly discussions that explore the intersections of all things queer and religious! Each conversation will have a different topic; come to as many or few sessions as you please. For more information or to be added to the W{holy} Queer mailing list, email Chaplain Jenny at

Visit the Yale Events Calendar for additional DEI and Belonging events.

Organizations and Centers of Engagement

New Haven Pride Center 
The purpose of New Haven Pride Center, formerly the New Haven Gay and Lesbian Community Center, is to provide educational, cultural, and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) collaborates with departments and individuals across the Yale campus to promote a respectful, accessible, and inclusive community for all Yale employees. 

Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility 
The Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility (OIEA) is responsible for ensuring Yale’s commitment to equitable and inclusive working and learning environments. This includes administering Yale’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment.

Office of Gender and Campus Culture 
The Office of Gender and Campus Culture works to foster positive dynamics within the Yale College community. Drawing upon research on gender disparities in academic and other institutional settings, as well as on effective strategies for creating change, the OGCC collaborates with students, administrators, faculty, and staff from within and beyond the College on a wide range of initiatives. 

Image of two people looking in the mirror at an LGBTQ Affinity Group eventYale LGBTQ Affinity Group 
The Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group was created in 2008 to foster a more welcoming and respectful campus community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals, and their allies with a primary focus on retention and edification of Yale employees. The group is open to all Yale staff, faculty, and postdocs, representing a diverse range of departments and interests at Yale. 

Yale GALA, Yale University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni Association 
Yale GALA is an educational and cultural organization that seeks to promote the well-being and betterment of the Yale University gay and lesbian community, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the public at large. 

Yale Office of LGBTQ Resources 
The Office of LGBTQ Resources supports and empowers students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions to strengthen and unite our Yale community. It provides resources and support for community, education, and advocacy. The office is a cultural hub that works with local and national organizations to address issues of policy, praxis, and politics and aims to increase visibility, connectedness, and knowledge of queer culture.   

Social Media Channels

Additional Resources

Belonging at Yale - University-Wide Support Resources
Every member of our community should have the opportunity to feel safe, supported, and seen. Yale has multiple resources for students, faculty, and staff who need guidance, assistance, or information; or who want to discuss or report an incident of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Examples of these resources include: Office of Institutional Equity and Access, Resources to Discuss Discrimination and Harassment Concerns, and more.

Coming Out Guides 
Coming Out is the process in which an individual a) accepts and identifies with their gender identity and/or sexual orientation and b) shares their identity willingly with others. Review helpful information developed by Yale’s Office of LGBTQ Resources on navigating the coming out process. 

Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization 
The Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization (IRGG) at Yale University was established at the beginning of the 2004-2005 academic year with the support of the Office of the Provost. The IRGG seeks to internationalize the undergraduate and graduate curricula through scholarly events, conferences, and courses that foster intellectual exchange across geographic borders, academic fields, and political perspectives. 

LGBTQ+ Personal Wellness Resources 
Faculty and Staff have access to Pride 365+, which offers information, resources, and toolkit materials to create equitable, affirming, and supportive environments for LGBTQ+ members and their families. To access these resources and to connect with supportive LGBTQ+ peers and allies through active discussion boards and live chat groups, visit, enter as a guest with your company access code (YaleSB), and select the Sanvello app in the popular tools tab. 

Resources on Gender and Identity Pronouns 
Pronouns are linguistic tools that we use to refer to people. In our efforts to respect the diverse identities of our communities, it is important to use the pronoun that people prefer when referring to them.

Send a Message of Love to Transgender and Gender Diverse Young People
With the continued and the increasing onslaught of policies and bills that discriminate against and harm our transgender and gender diverse youth, The Center for LGBTQ+ Research & Advocacy invites all of us to send a message of love. They are collecting any words you choose to share to speak to the value and humanity of and love for our youth. 

Trans Resources at Yale 
Access resources for transgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and gender questioning students, staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows at Yale.

Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities 
The Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities is dedicated to fostering research and theoretical reflection on the history of sexualities, especially as they intersect with other axes of social difference and inequality. It promotes inquiry into lesbian, gay, and transgender history, and the role of sexuality in the history of the self, culture, nation, and empire. Based in the Department of History, the Initiative sponsors lectures, workshops, symposia, and collaborative research.