Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs

Annual Events & Initiatives

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Wright State LGBTQA+ Initiatives 

Affinity Networks 

If you or someone you know is questioning or seeking community for their sexual and/or gender identity(ies), check out the Office of LGBTQA Affairs Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are an opportunity for Wright State students to come together around a shared identity and/or interest they hold. Affinity groups provide an affirming and brave space for individuals to discuss their needs, challenges, and successes. These groups are free and open to all Wright State University undergraduate and graduate students. Groups meet on campus and are peer and staff facilitated. If you are looking for confidential support provided by Counseling & Wellness Services staff please visit the Counseling & Wellness Services website to learn more about the Safe Haven group.

Current Affinity Networks:

TAIGA Network
Facilitated by: Ty McHardy & Petey Peterson 

TAIGA, standing for Transgender, Agender, Intersex, Genderqueer, and Allies has been at Wright State University for several years. TAIGA is an Affinity group that is both social and support based for people of diverse gender identities and/or expressions. Our Mission is to be a BRAVE SPACE for Transgender, Genderqueer, Intersex, and Agender friends and their allies in an open, intolerance-free environment. We strive to create an atmosphere of confidentiality and friendship where we can express ourselves and connect with others.TAIGA meets every Friday from 5-6:30pm. Please contact Petey Peterson at for the room location.

Queer Grad Network
Facilitated by: Katie McGrath

This social group will meet about once a month, on the  2nd Friday of the month, and seeks to host a space for LGBTQ identifies graduate students to connect. For more information and future meeting locations please contact Katie McGrath at

Multi-Faith LGBTQA Network
Facilitated by: Ariel Ya'akov

A confidential faith-sharing and support group for LGBTQA+ people. We meet every Monday at 6:30pm For more information and future meeting locations please contact Ariel Ya'akov at


Soon to come Affinity Networks: 

Queer People of Color Network 
Ace/Aro Network 

If you are interested in joining either of these networks or would like to create an affinity netowrk not listed please contact petey peterson at



Wright State LGBTQA+ Annual Events 

Office of LGBTQA Affairs Chosen Family Feast 

Annual Office of LGBTQA Affairs event intentionally held between Wright State's Thanksgiving break and winter break. This event is a time for the LGBTQA+ Wright State community to celebrate  this time of year with their chosen family. There is always great food, a chosen family photo booth, and a chance to expand your chosen family! 

SAVE THE DATE for The 2nd Annual Chosen Family Feast will be held on Thursday, December 8th 2016 12-2pm in Studnet Union Rathskeller! 

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Rainbow Alliance Drag Revudragrevu1.jpg

Annual Rainbow Alliance event held at WSU where drag queens and kings take the stage to raise money for charity or scholarships.

Sponsored by Rainbow Alliance.

Office of LGBTQA Affairs Lavender Graduation & Celebration

What is Lavender Graduation & Celebration?

Lavender Graduation & Celebration is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. Graduates will be presented a rainbow cord by their Guests of Honor.

SAVE the DATE for the 14th Annual Lavender Graduation & Celebration on Wednesday, April 19th, 2016 at 7:30pm in Student Union Rathskeller. 


Award Recipients 

The Office of LGBTQA Affairs celebrated 11 LGBTQ & Ally graduates and awarded our Community Development, Advocacy & Innovation awards at our Annual Lavender Celebration on April 13th, 2016. We were honored to celebrate and award the following recipients for their amazing contributions to the Wright State LGBTQ & Ally community.