Events and Announcements
LGBTQIA+ Art Show Now Taking Submissions
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in June 2019, the UMass Stonewall Center is curating an art exhibit -- “LGBTQIA+ Identity, Community, and Activism Today” -- for March 18-23 in the UMass Student Union Art Gallery, which is temporarily located in 310 Bartlett Hall. Submissions in all art mediums are welcomed, including painting, photography, sculpture, film and projected media, and performance. Submissions are open to all and work does not need to be explicitly LGBTQIA+. To submit a work or to sign up to perform, please fill out the form here. The opening visual arts reception/performance night is March 19 from 6-9 p.m. The deadline for submissions is March 1.
Rec Center LGBTQIA+ Workout Group
The Stonewall Center is organizing an LGBTQIA+ and allies workout group to meet at the Rec Center as often as the group desires. If interested in being part of this group, please email Stonewall.
The Deadline for UMass Students to Apply to Live on the Spectrum LGBTQIA+ Floor for 2019-20 Is This Sunday
Spectrum is a comfortable and inclusive community for LGBQTIA+ students and their allies. Located in the Central Residential Area, Spectrum has a single and a multi-stall gender-inclusive bathroom, and students can request a gender-inclusive room (have a roommate of any gender). The application deadline is February 17. Apply here.
UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, Feb. 15 (and every Fri.), 5:30-7 p.m., 302 University Health Services (UHS)
Come talk with other trans and gender nonconforming students, make friends, and exchange support. For more information, email here.
TheSpACE(+) Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray Group Meeting, Monday, Feb. 18 (and the 1st & 3rd Mon. each month), 6:30-7:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Come kick back with the Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray community for discussion and snacks. Partners and support people are welcomed to attend.
Trans Support Group Weekly Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19 (and every Tues.), 6:30-8 p.m., 302 University Health Services (UHS)
This is a weekly drop-in group for UMass students who identify as trans or gender nonconforming. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19 (and every Tues.), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A group that provides a space for bisexual, pansexual, queer and all around fluid-identifying folks to feel valid, supported, and heard.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7-8 p.m., Campus Center, Room 803
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 dates are March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, and April 30.
QTPOC Community Talk Night, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A monthly community discussion space for Queer and Trans People of Color about all things QTPOC. Join us for our kick-off meeting to brainstorm ideas, topics, and possible structure for our future QTPOC talk night spaces. Facebook event page.
LGBTQIA+ Support Groups
- Wednesday, Feb. 20 (and every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
- Thursday, Feb. 21 (and every Thurs.), 3-4:30 p.m., Middlesex House (CCPH)
These are safe and affirming space to explore sexual orientation and gender identity, share experiences, make friends and build community, and learn about resources. Preregistration is not required; students can drop-in at any time. The Wednesday group is more discussion-based and is facilitated by Hillary Montague-Asp, a staff member at the Stonewall Center: email@example.com; the Thursday group is more of a coming out group and is facilitated by Lydia Rackenberg, a therapist at CCPH: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMass Pride Alliance Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 21, 7-8 p.m., Stonewall Center
The Pride Alliance, the oldest LGBTQ+ student group at UMass, organizes social, cultural, and educational events.
LGBTQIA+ Art Making Nights
- Monday, Feb. 25, 5-8 p.m., Craft Center, 53 Bartlett Hall [includes a writing workshop]
- Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall (at the Bi/Pan/Queer Collective meeting)
- Monday, March 4, 5-7 p.m., 201 Wilder Hall [yarn arts night]
The LGBTQIA+ Art Night Series is intended for Five College students and community members to make art and to give those who are interested in participating in the LGBTQIA+ Art Show and Performance Showcase a space, materials, and supportive community to work on their submissions. Facebook event page.
A writing workshop for those who are interested in writing poetry, short stories, and other forms of written/spoken art will be part of the Feb. 25th craft night from 5-6:30 p.m. The March 4th craft night is focused on yarn arts. Local artists will teach knitting, crocheting and cross stitching. Supplies, patterns, and snacks provided, and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.
STI and Rapid HIV Testing, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 163 Campus Center
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. Other spring testing dates are March 27, April 9, and April 22.
"Toward a Better U: Developing Healthier Relationships in Gender-Based Organizations," Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Campus Center Aud
An event focusing on ways to improve the environment in athletic settings and in fraternities and sororities. Featuring a panel of athletes and fraternity and sorority members, and performances by the Not Ready for Bedtime Players.
LGBTQIA+ Health Fair, Monday, March 4, Noon-3 p.m., UMass Rec Center (by the Courtside Café)
The fair will include LGBTQIA+ supportive physical, mental, and sexual health resources; free massages from a licensed massage therapist; therapy dogs; and free, confidential STI testing.
Monthly QTPOC Dinner Series, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Are you a queer/trans person of color who wants to make connections and build community with fellow QTPOC on campus? Join us for dinner! The March dinner will be soul food. Future dinners will be on April 3 and May 1.
"Trans Literature Today," Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
A reading and discussion with trans writers Samuel Ace (Visiting Lecturer, Creative Writing, Mount Holyoke College), Cameron Awkward-Rich (Assistant Professor, WGSS, UMass), Joy Ladin (Professor, English, Yeshiva University), and Andrea Lawlor (Visiting Lecturer, English, Mount Holyoke College). Facebook event page.
America in Transition: Documentaries about Trans People of Color, Thursday, March 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
A screening and discussion of three short documentaries (each 20 minutes) on the lives and experiences of trans people of color in the U.S. Facebook event page.
The Stonewall Center Is Now 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.
Registration Is Now Open for the 10th Annual Five College Queer Gender & Sexuality Conference
The conference will be held March 1-3 at Hampshire College. Registration is free and available 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 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.