Penn State and State College offer inclusive meeting places for the LGBTQ community | University Park Campus News
With college being a student’s home away from home, it’s important for members of the LGBTQ community to find their safe spaces, both on and off campus.
Here is a list of some inclusive hangouts on the Penn State campus and at State College for the LGBTQ community.
Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. late Wednesday night, the Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is located on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, directly across from the student library. .
Its goal is to “create and sustain an open, safer, and inclusive environment that respects gender and sexual diversity,” according to its website.
The center offers relaxation spaces, resources, discussion groups and workshops, as well as individual support services with its staff.
Room 008 in the HUB
A lounge that recently reopened in the fall of 2021 in the HUB, room 008 was closed for approximately two years due to renovations.
From now on, the lounge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except during organizational reservations. Located near the entrance to the Panda Express, there are a few dining options surrounding it, as well as an indoor stage for the shows.
Ally House is a vibrant learning community in the West Halls for students who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
According to its OrgCentral page, it “provides an open, safe, and inclusive living environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied students, and others beyond sexuality and gender binary.”
Ally House offers student programs and college programs for the LGBTQ community.
Spiritual and Ethical Development Center at Penn State
Located in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State’s Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development provides an inclusive venue for students from the LGBTQ community who are navigating a religious or faith-based journey.
The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. There, students can explore a variety of religions ranging from Bahá’í to Pagan, or opt for spiritual meditation.
According to its website, a staff member from the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will be in the building during these hours Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
According to its website, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, located in downtown State College, advertises itself as a “full-service vegan/vegetarian cafe/second-hand bookstore.”
The store and cafe are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Our staff and regular customers share a commitment to creating a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all who enter,” according to its website. “Webster’s has a long history of supporting local community groups by providing free meeting space.”
3 points downtown
3 Dots Downtown is an event space near the Sheetz in downtown State College that is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In the evenings, 3 Dots hosts a variety of local events.
The space is frequently used by Penn State’s Drag Ambassadors, Opulence. It is also used every Friday for the Center LGBTQA Support Network Free Clothing Closet event from 1-4 p.m.
The LGBTQA Support Network Free Clothing Closet Center provides free gender-affirming clothing to those in need.
In addition to its regular daytime schedule, 3 Points also hosts Tuesdays on the terrace from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For 21+ Penn State students, Chumley’s Cocktail Bar is another place to meet new people in the LGBTQ community. Chumley’s is Happy Valley’s gay bar located on West College Avenue.
Open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, the bar first opened in 1984, according to its website.
“Over the decades, amid seismic shifts, Chumley’s has been home,” according to its website. “Our customers have made it that way and help us maintain it.”
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