Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay & Transgender – Rainbow Lounge
The MIT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Center, known as the Rainbow Lounge, is one of the oldest centers of its kind in the country. Founded in 1969, GAMIT [GLBT at MIT] began work on building a strong sense of community through social, political and academic programming. Nearly 40 years later, the MIT Rainbow Lounge is the place where it all happens [Bldg 50-005]. Along with the Director of LBGT Services, Abigail Francis, and the Rainbow Lounge staff, six student groups representing women, graduate and undergraduate students, Sloan Students, Allies, and Alumni all work together to build a safer community for everyone.
Additionally, the LBGT Issues Group forms the core of advocacy here on campus. The Issues Group helps to advise the LBGT@MIT organization, addresses social justice concerns on campus, and helps plan outstanding social and academic events. The Issues Group meets once a month during the academic year and is comprised of LBGT students, faculty, staff, and allies.
It is easy for LBGT and questioning students and allies to get involved with LBGT programs and groups. You can send an email to LBGT@mit.edu to ask for support, join the Issues Group, join one of the LBGT student groups, or simply join the once-a-month newsletter listserve. The newsletter provides information about happenings around campus and in the vibrant Boston community. You can also participate in the “You Are Welcome Here” campaign that encourages all MIT community members to display 3.5 x 5.5 cards in their doorways, offices and living groups as a way to show support for LBGT students, faculty and staff. We hope you can join us!