Supporting MVC's LGBTQIA+ Community

Being LGBTQIA in our society takes strength. At Moreno Valley College, we promise to work to safeguard your right to a safe and welcoming campus by being allies, providing inclusive environments, learning and educating ourselves and our community, and helping LGBTQIA students realize their dreams.

You are Uniquely Perfect

No matter how you identify, you matter at MVC. As Mountain Lions, you are part of a diverse, welcoming community that is ready to listen, learn from you, grow with you, and help you thrive as you live bravely and authentically. Your campus allies are available around every corner. Ask for help, and you'll get it.
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Services Available

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A Community that Cares

On-Campus Resources

You're welcome here at MVC. Let us help you find ways to ensure you feel like you belong.
  • Welcome Center
  • Student Academic Services, First Floor
  • Parkside Complex 5 and 19

Lavender Graduation celebrates the academic achievements and contributions of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and others) individuals. This annual ceremony allows us to acknowledge the unique experiences and struggles that LGBTQ+ students often face during their academic journeys.

The tradition of Lavender Graduation began in the early 1990s at the University of Michigan. MVC is proud to bring it to our campus community for each year.

  • Occurs annually in May
  • Details announced annually in April
  • Free to graduating students and their friends and families

Become an Ally

An ALLY is a visible member of the Riverside Community College District community who is willing to provide a safe haven and an empathetic ear to anyone concerned with sexual orientation or gender identity issues. At MVC, being an ally means knowing that LGBTQIA+ individuals are indispensable to our campus and wider culture. Allies can attend Ally trainings, sign an Ally contract, and show their support with email signature additions, office placards, and more. Other ways to be an ally include:

  • Stand up for LGBTQIA+ individuals and make your support clear. You can do this by advocating at meetings and events; shutting down anti-LGBTQ comments, attitudes or jokes; reporting discriminatory behaviors; and using inclusive language.
  • Create welcoming environments by displaying LGBTQIA+ positive messaging, providing resources, and being aware of local services.
  • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of LGBTQIA+ individuals that choose to share their experiences or concerns with you.

  • Be willing to learn, examine your own fears and biases, and grow as a person and ally.
  • Attend, support and engage with LGBTQIA+ events, creatives, writers, programs and meetings.
  • Understand that LGBTQIA+ individuals are diverse, and have different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs. Know that a person's sexuality is a single facet of their life.

Organizations of Note

  • ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union was formed over 100 years ago to enforce and protect the civil liberties and rights of all Americans.
  • GLSEN: GLSEN works to improve the bullying and discrimination problem against LGBTQ students in schools from grades K-12. 
  • GLAAD: GLAAD is an American non-governmental media monitoring organization, founded as a protest against defamatory coverage of LGBT people. GLAAD can be useful in discovering LGBTQIA+ portrayals in media.
  • Human Rights Campaign: The HRC is the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality: The NCTE's mission is to advocate and push for policy change that protects the freedom and liberties of transgender Americans.
  • SNaPCo: SNaPCo builds power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invest in community support. 
  • Somos Familia Valle: Somos Familia Valle is a San Fernando Valley-based organization dedicated to educating and supporting the LGBTQ community and their families, with a focus on the immigrant community and people of color.
  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is a national crisis and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ teens and young adults.




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