Events and Announcements
Pronouns Now in People Finder
To mark International Pronouns Day on October 16, UMass Amherst unveiled the ability for students, staff, and faculty to have their pronouns appear in People Finder, the university’s public, online directory (students can already add their pronouns to course rosters and have them in administrative systems).
Students, staff, and faculty can indicate their pronouns in People Finder by adding their pronouns to their SPIRE record. Students who wish to have their pronouns remain on course rosters, but not appear on People Finder can fill out a privacy request to not be listed on People Finder. More information is available on SPIRE under “My Personal Information: Pronouns” (If you are unable to see your pronouns in People Finder, you need to clear your browser cache).
The SpACE(+) Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray Group Meeting: Monday, Oct. 21 (and every 1st & 3rd Mon. of each month), 6:30-7:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A support group for members of the ace/aro/demi/gray community and their partners and friends.
Trans & Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 302 University Health Services
The trans and gender-nonconforming support group is a free, weekly drop-in meeting facilitated by trans-identified therapists from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22 (and every Tues.), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A group for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and sexually fluid students to connect and support each other.
STI and Rapid HIV Testing: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHS Ground Floor
Testing is open to all UMass students. No appointment needed. Bring your health insurance card; other payment options available. STI testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia. HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Future testing dates here.
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 23 (and every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall
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 this reception to meet new people and learn about this weekly support and discussion group. Food will be provided. Facilitated by staff of the Stonewall Center.
Exploring Sexuality and Gender Support Group Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 24 (and every Thurs.), 3:30-4:45 p.m., Middlesex House (Center for Counseling and Psychological Health)
Support group for students looking to explore gender and sexuality. The group provides a safe setting to freely share experiences and make connections with others. Refreshments served. Facilitated by staff of CCPH.
Pride Alliance Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 24, 7-8 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The Pride Alliance, the oldest LGBTQIA+ group at UMass, plans social and cultural events at its Thursday meetings.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., W201 South College
Are you an LGBTQIA+ graduate student wondering how to approach faculty about your name and/or gender pronouns? Not sure if you should come out to the class you are a TA for? Seeking support for coming out to family or friends? Come to the LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group! This bi-weekly group is peer led and facilitated and focuses on building community between LGBTQIA+ graduate students. Future meeting dates are 11/12, 12/3, and 12/17.
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective and Stonewall’s Pumpkin Carving and Painting: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
RSVP required here to ensure that we have enough pumpkins.
Day of the Dead Community QTPOC Dinner: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Open to all queer and trans students of color. Traditional Mexican food provided.
Legend of Stonewall: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Marsha P. Johnson through Film: Friday, Nov. 8, 4-6:30 p.m., Du Bois Library, Lower Level
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the UMass Libraries will be showing two films about pioneering Black trans activist Marsha P. Johnson: Happy Birthday Marsha! and The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. A discussion will follow led by Jen Manion, a history professor at Amherst College.
Nostras Voces (Our Voices) Info Session: Monday, Nov. 11, 1-2 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Nostras Voces (Our Voices) is an annual multi-media art show and performance to uplift marginalized student voices. Auditions start in November, and the group will be practicing twice a week until the performances in February. No experience needed. Email here for more info.
Crafty Queers and Allies Drop-In Group -- Crochet Night: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:30-7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Join the Stonewall Center in a craft group open to all crafts and levels. Whether you’ve been crafting for years or want to learn something new, there’s a spot for you here. Each meeting will have a different craft that you can learn or improve on, but all crafts are welcome to all meetings. Sessions are hosted by Antonia Lynch of Rainbow Goth Designs, who has many years of experience in all things fiber arts related. Materials provided for the craft of the month. Facebook event page.
Trans Staff and Faculty Support Group: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12:15-1:15, Du Bois Library, Room 1920
This is an informal support and discussion group for UMass trans (trans women, trans men, nonbinary individuals, and additional trans identities) and gender-nonconforming staff and faculty members (grad students included). Please feel free to bring a lunch. If you are interested in being part of the group but cannot attend this meeting, please email the Stonewall Center for future meeting dates.
The Stonewall Center Is Home to a Supply Closet
Sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life, Supply Closets provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency. Students can access the Stonewall Supply Closet anytime during normal business hours. More information here.
Out of the Closet Trans Clothing Closet
The Stonewall Center has free clothes and accessories available to members of the campus and local trans communities. Individuals can just stop by the center during normal business hours.
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 surrounding Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, racism, transmisogyny, and other forms of oppression and intersectionalities. We do this in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments, offices, and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership and to support individual academic success while building LGBTQIA communities and enhancing the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.