The 1st Annual Launch of the Rainbow


Thomson House 3650 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

Idea of the Launch of the Rainbow

The JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People, the Office of the Associate Provost for Equity and Academic Policies, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) is hosting McGill University's first lavender graduation celebration event titled the Launch of the Rainbow event.

The Launch of the Rainbow will honour the achievements and contributions of McGill University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Pansexual, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Asexual students.


The concept of an LGBTQ+ graduation, Lavender Graduation or Rainbow Graduation was implemented in 1995 by the then director of the University of Michigan's LGBT Campus Resource Center, Dr. Ronni Sanlo. The Human Rights Campaign maintains a list of 166 universities in the United States of America that offer a Lavender Graduation to its LGBTQ+ students.

Guiding Principle

Recognizing the importance of intersectionality, the Subcommittee on Queer People is committed to an organizing process and event that foregrounds the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ people who are most marginalized, both in society and within LGBTQ+ communities, including LGBTQ+ people who are racialized, indigenous, black, trans, women, non-binary, and persons with disabilities.

Why is this important?

Celebrate the achievements of graduating LGBTQ+ students

Empower historically marginalized populations

Reinforce the idea of community at McGill before leaving McGill

Highlight the work that Academics and Staff that have contributed to the support and advancement of the LGBTQ+ community on and beyond campus

Highlight research conducted at McGill on LGBTQ+ topics and issues

Raise awareness to LGBTQ+ issues on campus or in the greater community

Who should attend?

All LGBTQ+ graduating undergraduate, graduate and School of Continuing Studies students are welcome to attend this event with friends and families.

LGBTQ+ academics and staff

Ally professors, librarians, university administrators, university staff, and ally students to attend and show their support for students they have supported and worked with as they begin new chapters in their lives.

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