Programs

The Rainbow Lounge is open! Come drop by Monday - Friday from 12:30pm - 6pm EDT in 50-250 (Walker Memorial). We put a sign out front every day when we're open so you know we're there.

 
DIRECTIONS: There is tap access into Walker for the door facing the courtyard and the black sculpture. Go past the fireplace, take a left and walk across the ballroom floor to the other side of the room, through the pink swinging door and take the elevator or spiral staircase to the second floor, take a left and you're there. We know it can get confusing so we made a video on our Instagram: Video Tutorial to the Rainbow Lounge.
 
There is also tap access by the doors facing EC.
 
 
Keep up to date and follow us on social media not only for events, but for our resources, workshops, partner events, and more. We post several times a week!
 

          

There's also an Online and Virtual Resource List that might be helpful for people to view and see what is of interest to them.

Library Resource

We have an online library to see all our books! Click Here.  You can check them out in person when you visit the Rainbow Lounge.
 

 

Announcements

 

LBGTQ+ and WoC Professional Development Funds for Undergraduate Students

We are pleased to announce the  creation of two new Professional Development funds. This fund is in collaboration from WGS, OME, and LBGTQ+ brought on by WoC and LBGTQ+ students who had advocated for additional support from MIT.⁠

The Women of Color Professional Fund is for currently enrolled MIT Women of Color undergraduate students. The LBGTQ+ Professional Development Fund is for currently enrolled all undergraduate MIT students.
 
You can apply for funding to provide you with the following resources:
 
-Graduate and professional school applications
-Graduate and professional school travel
-Professional conference registration and travel
-General education opportunities
-Graduate/professional/Medical schools admissions exams
-Graduate/professional/Medical schools exams prep
-Professional attire as it relates to professional dress, including gender affirmation
-Government forms/paperwork fees for LBGTQ+ students
-Legal name change
 
You can apply for the funds and learn more here: wgs.mit.edu/professionalfunds
 
When you complete the form, please check which fund you are applying for (you may check both).
 

Apply for Undergraduate/Graduate LBGTQ+ Funding

Are you an MIT student group seeking funding for an LBGTQ+ centered project, event, or leadership opportunity through LGBTQ+ services? 
 
Use this form to apply for fundsThe LBGTQ+ Services team will review all applications and then get back to you about funding and possible next steps. Please email lbgt@mit.edu for any questions.
 
SOME OPPORTUNITIES
  • Lesbians Who Tech: Debug Summit Dec 6-9, 2021, Virtual
    • A virtual summit for techies and leaders solving big problems. As we approach 2022, join your Queer, Inclusive, Badass squad to sharpen your technical skills and learn from experts in engineering, design, product management, A.I. and more. As always, we also want to help you level up your leadership skills in areas like social justice, inclusion and management.
    • For 34 years, the National LGBTQ Task Force has brought you Creating Change, the largest LGBTQ activist conference in the country. Every year, thousands of people from across the country come together to learn, connect, and resist. At Creating Change we sharpen our minds with skills and knowledge, fill our hearts with love and joy, and deepen our commitment to freedom, justice and equity for all LGBTQ people. Creating Change 2022 will be no different!
  • LGBTQ+ STEMinar January 14, 2022, Glasgow/Virtual
    • Registration Deadline:
      • December 14, 2021 (In-Person)
      • January 7, 2022 (Virtual)
    • The conference is designed for people who work or study in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and are LGBTQ+. We aim to use the day to showcase work from diverse fields and to encourage collaborations between different departments, universities, companies and disciplines. 
  • Out Women in Business, March 25, 2022, NYC
    • The Out Women in Business Conference (aka OWIB) brings the LBT+ community together to form a strong, visible network of professionals to educate, inspire, and connect future generations of women in business.
  • Out for Undergrad Business April 8-10, 2022, NYC
    • Application Link & Deadlines: 
      • ​Round 1: November 29, 2022
      • Round 2: December 13, 2021
      • Round 3: January 1, 2022
    • ​Out for Undergrad Business attracts diverse class of high-achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduate students to inspire them to pursue ambitious careers. The conference includes mentorship, talks from LBGTQ+ business leaders, and a career fair.
  • ​Allied Media Conference June 30 - July 3, 2022, Detroit/Online
    • ​The Allied Media Conference emerges out of 20 years of relationship-building across issues, identities, organizing practices and creative mediums. Since 1999, the AMC has been an incubator of imaginative media strategies in an effort to ignite social justice organizing and progressive ideas.

Reserve the Rainbow Lounge

All students can reserve the Rainbow Lounge (front or back area) through our online form if you would like to have an event and/or meeting in the Rainbow Lounge. Extended tap access student groups can reserve the space 10am – 11pm EDT from Monday - Sunday.  Everyone else can reserve the Rainbow Lounge during our hours of operation 12pm – 6pm EDT Monday - Friday.  

Please allow 2-3 business days for approval. LBGTQ+ Services recommends filling out the form 4 days prior to your event.

Apply for Extended Tap Hours to the Rainbow Lounge

All LBGTQ+ and identity based undergraduate or graduate/PhD student leaders may apply for the Rainbow Lounge extended tap access.  This allows LBGTQ+ student groups to utilize the Rainbow Lounge anytime between 10am - 11pm EDT.  Student groups can have up to 2 student leaders apply for extended tap access.  Every semester groups must re-apply. Use the form below to read through guidelines and expectations and to apply.

 

LBGTQ+ Services Programs

 
LBGTQ+ Services has a wealth of programs that have moved to a digital format.  Below you'll find our current list of programs that change every month. If you're interested in learning more about our programs for incoming students, annual events, reoccuring programs, and our Rainbow Compass Mentorship program then please go to our history of LBGTQ+ Services Programs Page here.

 


 

Regular Events

 
Regular events are our programs that happen can happen as pop up events, regualar weekly events, or bi-monthly that are put on by our LBGTQ+ Graduate Assistants and Rainbow Lounge Student Workers.
 

Queer Student Leaders Chat - First Fridays

Description: Queer Student Leaders Chats are a time for leaders of MIT's multiple queer student groups to gather, mingle, and brainstorm. They can also be a part of the SPXCE Advisory Board. Email lbgt@mit.edu to find out more about getting involved with the board.
  • Date: Postponed for December

 

QTPoC Monthly Virtual/Hybrid Programming

Description: QTPoC is for queer and trans students of color at MIT to hang out with each other once to twice a month, chat, watch movies, have discussions, play games, and more.
 
Before finals kick off, let's kick back and watch "Single All The Way," a new Netflix film about Peter and his interesting visit home for the holidays. We also built in room to talk about our experiences related to going home for the holiday's, if you wish!
 

Cram Jam

Description: Let's be real! Most of us dread studying for exams, but it's just one of those things that has to happen. Let's make cramming for finals a little less stressful by coming together to cram while jamming to some queer artist and snacking on some good eats. This will happen Monday thru Thursday during finals week. 
  • Date: Monday, December 13 thru Thursday, December 16
    • ​Monday: Miscellaneous Snacks
    • Tuesday: Dunkin & Coffee
    • Weds: Auntie Anne's
    • Thursday: Miscellaneous Snacks
  • Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
  • Location: Rainbow Lounge (50-250)

Winter Cookies & Card Drive

Description: Drop by the rainbow lounge to create some cards for LGBTQ+ youth at BAGLY that are experiencing homelessness and transitions. Also, decorate / enjoy some cookies, while you're here as a celebration of finals being over!
  • Date: Friday, December 17th 
  • Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
  • Location: Rainbow Lounge (50-250)

Disclosure Viewing 

Description: Disclosure offers an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture. Join us to watch this documentary with snacks and community!