UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

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



Events and Announcements

Coffee Dates for Queer Jewish Students

Are you a queer Jew? Are you interested in learning more about ways to get involved with Jewish life on campus? Want to meet other queer Jewish students? Like free food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, book a coffee date with Sam, a UMass Hillel engagement intern: https://samhillelengagement.youcanbook.me/. Email sstettin@umass.edu with any questions.

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Trans & Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30– 8p.m. (and every Tuesday)
Off Campus Student Center, 314 Student Union


This is a free, drop-in group led by Ethan Suniewick, a trans-identified therapist. No registration is necessary. More info: esuniewick@umass.edu or (413) 545-0333. Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH)

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LGBTQIA Discussion and Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30-8 p.m. (and every Wednesday)
102 Wilder Hall, 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 this weekly support and discussion group. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

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Queer Yoga Sponsored by the Spectrum Defined Residential Community
Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
Baker Hall Conference Room (Room 28)


Open to all students.

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LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
905-09 Campus Center


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 for which you are a TA? Seeking support for coming out to family or friends? This group is for you! Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Graduate College.

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Black Queer and Trans Film Festival
Thursday, Feb. 18, noon on
UMass Student Union (room TBA)


In honor of Black History Month, the Stonewall Center will hold a day-long film festival screening films that explore the lives and experiences of Black queer and trans people. Drop by the Student Union throughout the day to enjoy some popcorn and take in some great movies. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/436516926546015/

Noon: Tangerine
1:35: Pariah
3:10: Venuz Boyz

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Apply to Be Part of the Spectrum LGBTQIA Residence Hall Floor: Feb. 20 deadline

Spectrum is a comfortable and inclusive community that supports the rights and needs of LGBTQIA people and their allies. Spectrum is also a space for people who are just beginning to explore their sexual and gender identities. Through programming and other initiatives, this community fosters connections between individuals with shared experiences and interests. Spectrum encourages students to learn about and actively seek ways to eradicate genderism and heterosexism. Resources available to the community include collaborations with the Stonewall Center and the Pride Alliance. The Spectrum hallway has a gender-inclusive bathroom, and students can request a gender-inclusive room (have a roommate of any gender). To sign-up for the floor: https://umassamherst.collegiatelink.net/form/start/82099

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Rapid HIV & STD Testing
Friday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Campus Center, Room 165-69


Testing is conducted by UHS. There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing. STD testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia. HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Testing is limited to the first 75 people.







Mission

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.