UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

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

News and Announcements

UMass Amherst has been rated as one of the top 50 LGBTQ-supportive campuses in the country for 2014. This is the 4th year in a row that we have been among the top ranked schools.

LGBTQIA People Needed for the Stonewall Center's Speakers Bureau

The Stonewall Center Speakers Bureau is in need of more speakers! The Speakers Bureau educates others about the lives of LGBTQIA people by the participants sharing their own experiences.

If you would like to speak, you start off by briefly telling your story--how you realized you were LGBTQIA, how your sexual orientation or gender identity has affected your life, etc. Then the panel opens the floor up for questions and discussion. We answer personal questions (but can decline to respond if they are too personal), as well as address broader LGBTQIA issues. We keep the atmosphere relaxed, open, and informal. The panels usually consist of 3-5 speakers. Anyone can be a speaker--student, staff, or community member.

This is a great volunteer opportunity where you really can make a difference, while also gaining valuable public speaking experience. Time commitment is flexible and based around your work/school schedule.

If you would like to participate in the Speakers Bureau, more information can be found at

Stonewall After-Hours
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6-9 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall, UMass

LGBTQIA Coming Out Support Group Weekly Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 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 the opening reception of this weekly support group. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

Monthly Asexual Spectrum Meet Up
Sunday, Oct. 26, 4-6 p.m.
Kiva Room, third floor of the Harold F Johnson Library, Hampshire College

"Come meet other folks on the asexual spectrum! Meet ups are very casual and social. New people always welcomed (and encouraged) to attend! We will meet on the fourth Sunday of each month, with changing locations. Join us for a meet up to kick off Asexual Awareness Week!"

Free Film Screening: The New Black with Filmmaker Yoruba Richen
Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.
UMass Commonwealth Honors College Events Room

The film examines how the African American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT rights.

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.