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Hello LGBTQIA+ and Allied Community!

Everyone is welcome at the Rainbow Center.  We pride ourselves on a family-like environment with academic and social opportunities.  We have been serving UConn's diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities since 1998.  The fun and amazing staff provides resources and services to the wider campus community of students, faculty, staff, and local residents. We are especially excited to introduce our new Director, Kelsey O'Neil (they/them/theirs). To read Kelsey's bio, please check out our Meet the Staff page.

This is the Rainbow Center's 20th Anniversary. Update your contact information with the Foundation to recieve updates about events we are planning to celebrate. Since our founding, the Rainbow Center has been named one of the best 100 gay-friendly campuses in the country, and received a 4.5 out of 5 rating on the Campus Pride Index Report. We'd love for you to join us at a Husky Ally Safe Zone training, Out to Lunch Lecture, or upcoming event to celebrate.

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Phone: 860-486-5821
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Address: 2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3096
Student Union 403
Storrs, CT 06269

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Fall 2018 Hours

Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm (closed Fridays between 3pm and 5pm)

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Rainbow Center News

World AIDS Day Documentary Viewing

By: Anna Martineau

World AIDS Day 2018 will be on Saturday, December 1st. Started in 1988 as the first ever global health day, World AIDS Day brings organizations and people around the world together in the fight to end HIV/AIDS and promote awareness of the diseases. Although the height of the crisis was during the 1980s, there are still 36.7 million people who are living with HIV/AIDS today.  It is especially important to recognize how the LGBTQ community has been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as the major role their activism has played in dispelling stigma, educating their communities, and fighting for the research and resources to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.  

The Rainbow Center will be collaborating with Partners in Health Engage on Thursday, December 6th, from 5-6:30pm in the Rainbow Center to watch We Were Here, a documentary highlighting personal stories from people who lived through the height of the AIDS epidemic. Partners in Health Engage will discuss the work that their organization has done to end HIV/AIDS around the world, and all students are invited to participate in discussion about how we can all continue the fight to end AIDS.  


10/24/18 Rainbow Center Response to Federal Policy Changes

This week, there have been several reports and statements about how the federal government is reconsidering the way that gender is defined in law, policy, and governance. There is a possibility that gender may be redefined as “biological,” “immutable” and “determined by genitalia at birth.”

This news threatens the transgender and intersex communities here at UConn and nationwide. The Rainbow Center recognizes that this change in definition has not yet happened, and no full definition has been made final, but we are also aware that a change like this could have immediate and devastating effects, were it to move forward.

Redefining gender in this way is an attempt to weaken and/or eliminate many legal protections and rights granted to both the transgender and intersex communities. In particular, this policy change would likely have a major impact on the way that Title IX has been interpreted and enacted nationally.

The Rainbow Center wishes to highlight the state-level protections that exist here in Connecticut. The Connecticut State Department of Education’s 2017 “Guidance on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students” is a good point of reference for statewide legal protections in academic settings. While these statewide protections are helpful for those who live and work locally, we also recognize that national protections are of critical importance.

We invite any UConn community members who wish to discuss this policy or the impact it has had on them to join us in the center or reach out to rainbowcenter@uconn.edu.

The Rainbow Center and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion are committed to supporting our transgender and intersex UConn community members, and we will remain steadfast in our advocacy and actions.