Getting Involved

Barnard's and Columbia's campuses offer tons of ways to get involved in queer activism and social life. The organizations listed below provide opportunities for members of the university-wide queer community to participate in LGBT-related extracurricular activities. Feel free to contact individual groups or for more information on how to become involved in queer student life and activism at Barnard and Columbia!


Q is Barnard College's queer group. Their mission is to build, support, and enrich queer community on campus. Through a community oriented, activist based approach, Q seeks to support Barnard's LGBTQI identified students and their allies. Q meetings are safe spaces where every person and every aspect of their identity is respected, appreciated, and celebrated.

They meet weekly at 9 pm in the Well-Woman office (119 Reid Hall). Meetings cover a range of activities including: discussions, crafting, snacking, and collaborations with other campus groups.

Follow their activities, announcements, projects, and meetings through their Facebook group and new website:

Columbia Queer Alliance (CQA)
Columbia Queer Alliance (CQA) is the oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer collegiate student organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1967, CQA has continued to stand up, speak out, and organize for queer students and their allies by facilitating on-campus educational workshops, open forums, speaker series, and social events. CQA recognizes the diverse and multiple needs, interests, and identities of its constituency while remaining ever committed to fostering a cohesive, unified queer community at Columbia University. Membership is open to all Columbia students and affiliates.

Everyone Allied Against Homophobia (EAAH)
Everyone Allied Against Homophobia (EAAH) is Columbia University's anti-homophobia taskforce and queer political activist group. EAAH works to fight homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression within the CU community and beyond. EAAH meets every Tuesday at 9pm, and all are welcome!

Gayava is the Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies group at Columbia and Barnard. A safe environment for undergraduate and graduate students to socialize as members and allies of both the Jewish and LGBT communities, Gayava also works to foster awareness of LGBT issues in the greater Jewish community.

GendeRevolution exists to address issues related to gender, gender identity and gender expression. It works to provide safe spaces on the Columbia campus for members of the Columbia community who identify as transgender and transgender allies, as well as resources and education around trans issues and related gender issues to the Columbia community.

Proud Colors
Proud Colors is a collective of Barnard and Columbia students dedicated to the empowerment and celebration of LGBTTSQ people of color. One of the functions of Proud Colors is to further knowledge and acceptance of the queer of color community through discussions, lectures, and other social events. Proud Colors also serves as an independent social, political, support, and discussion group and welcomes all people concerned with the advancement of the interests of queer people of color including Columbia College, SEAS, Barnard, General Studies, and graduate school students and affiliates.

Q House

Supported by the CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs, Q House is a special interest community through the Office of Residential Programs dedicated to providing a safe living environment for LGBTQ students at Columbia. Q House residents strive to foster a safe campus environment and engage the Columbia community in meaningful dialogue about LGBTQ issues. In addition, residents seek to foster a creative environment of collaboration which focuses on the intersections of identity and further builds community among all Barnard and Columbia students. If you would like to learn more about Q House, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at

Queer Awareness Month (QuAM)

Queer Awareness Month (QuAM) is a collaboration between Columbia University and Barnard College. Taking place every October, QuAM strives to celebrate queer identities and increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and history. Join QuAM for a phenomenal month of lectures, parties, discussions, and other events celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community as well as queer issues at Columbia, in America, and around the world.  Interested in working with the 2015 QuAM committee?  Applications will be available in the Spring semester. Check back soon for details!

Stephen Donaldson Lounge

The Stephen Donaldson Lounge is located in the basement level of Furnald Hall (map). It was previously called the “Gay Lounge” and is named in student activist Stephen Donaldson’s memory. The lounge is a safe space where Columbia and Barnard students can relax, hold meetings and events, and study, and it now houses the Queer Peers and Allies program. See the Queer Peers and Allies page for lounge open hours and more information on getting involved in the program.