UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst
Photo - inside the Stonewall Center



Events and Announcements

Speak Out! To End the Day of Silence
Friday, April 17, 6-8 p.m.
Earthfoods Cafe, UMass Student Union


A night to share our stories, struggles, intersections, and celebrations as LGBTQIA people. Let’s Speak Out after a Day of Silence! Sponsored by the Stonewall Center, GLSEN Massachusetts, CEPA, Student Bridges, and the Amherst Regional High School Gay Straight Alliance.

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Fostering Community and Coalition Building across UMass
Tuesday, April 21, 7-10 p.m.
New Africa House Library, 2nd Floor


A multi-cultural event focusing on the challenges of race and intersectionality that students in marginalized identities experience within their daily life at UMass. The event will consist of a group of student panelist and small group dialogues centering on methods of empowerment to organize in order to gain more visibility, and more representation within our campus. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to connect and network with other student leaders, organizations, faculty and staff, to create future collaboration amongst different identities to combat racism in our community. Refreshments provided.

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Stand Against Racism: "You Are Not Forgotten"
Wednesday, April 22, 1-5 p.m.
201 Wilder Hall, UMass


This event is dedicated to the remembrance of and honoring the many people of color who were targeted by unjust acts of violence. One of the main purposes of this event is to dismantle the misconception that people of color are "rollercoaster revolutionaries" and they only react to events during periods of high intensity and thereafter settling down. It is also intended to honor some of the victims and survivors whose names and stories have never made it into mainstream media. The event will consist of a slideshow, letter writing to victims and survivors and a chance to mingle and dialogue with each other. Refreshments provided.

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LGBTQIA Discussion and Support Group
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
102 Wilder Hall (CMASS), UMass


Are you coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual? Are you already out, but want a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA? Then come to the weekly support group. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

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2015 Lambda Literary Finalists Read and Talk Back
Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton


Four local writers—Judith Frank, Mary Beth Caschetta, Lenelle Moise, and Sally Bellerose—who have been nominated as finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards ("the Lammys") will read from and discuss their work.

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Stand Against Racism Day
Friday, April 24


March around the UMass campus, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Meet at Haigis Mall. The walk will start at 12:05 p.m. SAR t-shirts available to participants.

Stand Against Racism Conference
1:15-6 p.m.
CMASS, Wilder Hall, UMass

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CmassAtUmass?fref=ts

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17th Annual Rainbow Graduation and LGBTQIA+ Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
Amherst Room, UMass Campus Center


The graduation speaker is Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Open to the public.

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Summer and Fall 2015 Queer and Sexuality-Related Courses

See http://www.umass.edu/stonewall/courses. These courses all count toward the Five-College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/queerstudies



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.