Events and Announcements
Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference
The 5th Annual Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference (NEQTPOCC) will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on March 23-24, 2018. The conference is now accepting workshop proposals from students, staff, faculty, and community activists at www.neqtpoc.com. The direct link is here. Registration is also available on the site (the conference is free, but people need to register to attend). The workshop submission deadline is Feb. 4.
UMass LGBTQIA+ Community and Gender-Inclusive Housing for Next Year
Applications for living in next year’s Spectrum: LGBTQIA+ Community open on December 4. Students who live in this space in the Central Area of campus will have opportunities to connect meaningfully with other LGBTQIA+ students, go on field trips, and lead the community with dialogues and events in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Spectrum floor has gender-inclusive single-user and multiple-user bathrooms, and students can request a gender-inclusive room (have a roommate of any gender). For more information and to apply, go to www.umass.edu/living/learning/drc.
Gender-inclusive housing is also available on the floor adjoining the Spectrum floor, in the Sylvan Area, and in the North apartments. For more information about gender-inclusive housing, contact Residential Life Student Services at 545-2100.
For a list of Five-College LGBTQ-Related Courses for Spring 2018, click here. All of these courses count toward the Five College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies.
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6:30-8 p.m., 302 University Health Services
This is a weekly drop-in group for UMass students who identify as trans or gender nonconforming. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall
This is a weekly drop-in group for students who are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual and for students who are already out and looking for a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
Visit with the Stonewall Therapy Dog: First Time This Semester
Monday, Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m. (and every Monday), Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Stop by to meet and pet Peanut, the therapy dog.
Free Film Screening: Get Out
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Student Union
A facilitated discussion to follow. "We will discuss the impacts of racism on individuals and communities at UMass, interrupting microaggressions, and building community as students of color." Popcorn and other snacks provided. Sponsored by the Racial Justice Coalition.
Get Tested for Your Valentine!
Rapid HIV and STI Testing
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., UHS Ground Floor
Testing is conducted by University Health Services (UHS). There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing (bring your insurance card). STD testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia (don't urinate for 1-2 hours before the test). HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Sponsored by UHS and the Stonewall Center. For more information: www.umass.edu/uhs
“Finding the Queer Radical Past: Scholars and Activists on the Legacies of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights” Conference
Feb. 23-24, 2018; Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst
This conference will commemorate a moment in which LGBTQ politics were intimately bound up with anti-racism and left solidarity movements: against apartheid, war, and US imperialism. Our goal is to reflect back on the queer left and its legacies for today. Over two days, we will bring student activists working for racial justice and LGBTQ freedom into dialogue with historians and veteran activists. The keynote speakers are Dean Spade and Emily Hobson.
Option to Indicate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Now Available
Undergrad and graduate students can now indicate their sexual orientation and gender identity privately in SPIRE. Students are encouraged to provide this information so that UMass Amherst can better tailor programs and services to meet the needs of individuals of different sexual orientations and gender identities and to better track the retention of LGBTQ+ students. To add this information, go to “My Personal Information” and then to “Gender and Sexual Identity” in SPIRE.
The mission of the Stonewall Center is to provide support, resources, programming, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments and offices and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership; promote academic excellence; build LGBTQIA communities; and enhance the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.