UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

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

Events and Announcements

Much Thanks to Faculty and Staff Who Donated to Send Students to the Creating Change Conference!
A tremendous thank you to the UMass staff and faculty who have contributed to sending students to the LGBTQIA+ Creating Change conference: Police Chief Patrick Archibald and the UMPD, Associate Engineering Dean David McLaughlin, Librarian Anne Moore, Economics Professor Lee Badgett, UHS Director Linda Hoer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development Annemarie Seifert, Senior Associate Dean of Students David Vaillancourt, Associate Dean of Students Kelly Gray, CPH Director Sonya Satinsky, Associate Athletic Director Jeff Smith, Environmental Conservation Associate Professor Paige Warren, and Annual Giving Associate Director Stephanie Flaherty.

Trans Students Can Now Get Hormones on Campus
UHS is now able to prescribe, inject or teach to inject, and monitor hormones for trans students! The doctor who will be prescribing is Ilana Schmitt, one of the staff physicians. Students interested in getting on hormones can call Cindy Hildebrand, a Registered Nurse, who is the trans point person for UHS and also the RN who works closely with Dr. Schmitt. Her phone number is 413-577-5040. Students can also speak to any of the resource nurses to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schmitt. If there are any problems, please let Genny Beemyn, the Director of the Stonewall Center, know:

Apply to Be Part of the Spectrum LGBTQIA Residence Hall Floor

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:

List of Spring Five-College Queer and Sexuality Studies Courses

These courses count toward the Five College Queer and Sexuality Studies certificate:

HIV and STD (Gonorrhea and Chlamydia) Testing
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
UMass Campus Center, Room 165-69

Testing is conducted by UHS. There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing. HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes.

Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. (and every Tues.)
UMass Campus Center, Room 905

Led by a trans-identified therapist. Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

Shaha Performance and Discussion: Racism in the LGBTQIA+ Community
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
UMass Campus Center, Room 165-69

This performance will focus on race and its intersectionalities, and a facilitated discussion will follow that addresses racism and how it manifests in LGBTQIA+ spaces and communities.

LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. (and every Wed.)
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 our weekly support and discussion group. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

LGBTQ People of Color Meeting
Friday, Dec. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
903 UMass Campus Center

Sponsored by the LGBTQ People of Color Group. Future meetings will be at the same time and location on Dec. 11.

LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group
Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30-9 p.m.
904-08 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.


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.