LGBTQ and Friends at Chautauqua

LGBTQ and Friends Mission Statement

Our mission is to expand diversity within the Chautauqua Institution community by creating a sense of welcome and shared community for LGBTQ people and by  educating family, friends, allies, teachers, pastors and others, through dialogue, about the LGBTQ community and their experience.  We place a very high value on not just tolerating, but welcoming diversity, understanding that the diversity of the human experience enriches all of us and expands each of us.


LGBTQ and Friends at Chautauqua organizes a number of activities and events on the grounds each season.

Meet and Greet

At 6:30 p.m. each Sunday evening on the porch of the Athenaeum Hotel to welcome new arrivals to Chautauqua.

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

Held at Noon each Tuesday in the Garden Room of the Literary Arts Center.

Pride Potluck

We hold an LGBTQ and Friends Pride Potluck each June to celebrate who we all are and how far we have come.

Sponsorship of Speakers

We contribute to Chautauqua through the financial sponsorship of speakers each season.