Events and Announcements
Join the Staff of the Stonewall Center!
The Stonewall Center is hiring an incoming UMass undergraduate student to join our staff in the 2019-20 school year. The student will assist with programming and presenting, so applicants should have experience in organizing and an interest in public speaking. Work-study is preferred but not required. To apply, fill out the employment application here. The deadline for applications is Sept. 12 at noon.
LGBTQIA+ Mentors Available to Incoming UMass Students
Are you an incoming student who would appreciate a mentor to support you in navigating UMass, connect you with the campus LGBTQIA+ community, or simply have an LGBTQIA+ friend here? The Stonewall Center’s Peer Mentorship Program matches incoming students with returning students to provide academic, social, and emotional support and strengthen the campus LGBTQIA+ community. Apply here.
Fall Gen Ed Course: Queer Lights (ECE190A, 4 credits)
Meets TuTh 1-2:15 p.m.in the Stonewall Center and the Engineering Maker Space. Taught by Dave McLaughlin and Genny Beemyn. This course combines learning about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people with designing and constructing your own electronic light display that speaks to LGBTQIA+ issues. No programming experience is necessary.
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 4 (and every Wed. thereafter), 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 First Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 5 (and every Thurs. thereafter), 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.
Stonewall Center Open House: Thursday, Sept. 5, 4-6 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Come to the campus lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) and ally center to meet new and returning students and to find out about the various campus LGBTQIA+ groups and events. Vegetarian dinner provided.
Pride Alliance First Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The Pride Alliance, the oldest LGBTQIA+ group at UMass, plans social and cultural events at its Thursday meetings (normally from 7-8 p.m.)
LGBTQIA+ and Ally Student Pool Party: Friday, Sept. 6, 7-10 p.m., Boyden Hall Pool
A free, body-positive and gender-affirming event where everyone can have fun in the water.
Rapid HIV and STI Testing: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Campus Center, Room 165-69
Testing is conducted by University Health Services (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. Future testing dates here.
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Opening Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 10 (and every Tues. thereafter), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
An event for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and sexually fluid students to meet each other. Food will be provided.
QTPOC Welcome/Welcome Back Dinner: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Open to all queer and trans people of color. Puerto Rican and Dominican food will be served.
UMass Queer Jews First Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Hillel, 388 North Pleasant St., Amherst
Out in STEM (oSTEM) First Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 12 (and every other Thurs. thereafter), 7 p.m., 128 Marcus Hall (CEI Hub)
A group for LGBTQIA+ students in science, tech, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
TheSpACE(+) Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray Group First Meeting: Monday, Sept. 16 (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 First Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 17 (and every Tues. thereafter), 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).
Five College Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Power House, 10 East Dr., Amherst College
Join faculty, staff and students from the Five Colleges to kick off the school year and learn more about the Five College Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies Certificate. An informal reception will be followed by a panel discussion on "Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies Now!," featuring faculty from each college. All are welcomed.
Trans Staff and Faculty Group Forming: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:15-1:15, 174-76 Campus Center
The first meeting of 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.
Crafty Queers and Allies Drop-In Group -- Embroidery Night: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 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. Future meetings and themes: Oct. 9: knitting; Nov. 13: crochet. 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.
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 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.