LGBTQIA+ Services

We seek to foster a supportive environment for all students, faculty, and staff who identify as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQIA+) community.  We offer events, programs and services focused on supporting and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as educating the BMCC community on inclusion, allyship, and intersectionality.

Pride Month

Although Pride Month is celebrated nationally in June, BMCC celebrates Pride Month in October since many campus members are away for summer break in June. The Pride Month Committee plans a robust and diverse month-long celebration of Pride Month events which are posted on our web calendar. if you would like to get involved or learn more please email Dean for Student Affairs, Michael Hutmaker at

SafeZone Training

SafeZone Training explores how to be better allies and create a safe and inclusive space for the Queer Community at BMCC and beyond. The training explores LGBTQIA+ identities, gender, sexuality, intersectionality while also examining prejudice, societal expectations, and privilege.

Participants who complete the 2 hours training will receive SafeZone certificate along with a SafeZone email signature logo to verify they are SafeZone Trained. The training is open to BMCC students, faculty and staff. Students that complete the training will have the training noted on their Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT).

To receive updates on SafeZone Trainings, sign up for the SafeZone email list.

Rainbow Panthers

The Rainbow Panthers Club is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ BMCC students and their cisgender sexual allies, promote a positive and inclusive atmosphere to all people, work to combat misconceptions and prejudgments of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, raise awareness among students, faculty, members and staff of GLBT culture and history, encourage individuality, growth and understanding within BMCC campus, improve visibility of GLBT individuals attending or employed by BMCC campus, provide support and advice to LGBTQIA student, faculty, members and staff.

For more information on how to get involved, please reach out to the Office of Student Activities.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation ceremonies are celebrated on many college campus to honor the achievements and contributions all LGBTQIA+ and Queer student graduates.  BMCC celebrated its first Lavender Graduation in 2019 with support and partnership from Student Affairs, the Office of Student Activities, the Rainbow Panthers Student Club, and Student Government Association. 

Due to COVID-19, Lavender Graduation has been put on hold.  Stay tuned for updates.

CUNY LGBTQI Student Leadership Program

The CUNY LGBTQI Student Leadership Program brings together undergraduate students within the CUNY system for a year-long leadership training experience to cultivate the next generation of LGBTQI leaders. Activities include interactive training workshops focusing on leadership and personal development, civic and community engagement, and social networking opportunities with LGBTQI industry and community leaders. 

Connect With Us

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