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. http://huff.to/1Bk07ZU
New LGBTQIA Peer Mentor Program
The Stonewall Center is beginning a peer mentor program, pairing incoming UMass students with returning students who can help them with social and academic support and getting accustomed to campus. If you are an incoming student and would like to be a mentee, please fill out the form here. If you are a returning student and willing to be a mentor, please fill out the form here.
Apply to Attend the Creating Change Conference
The Stonewall Center is now accepting applications from UMass students interested in attending Creating Change, the premier annual conference for LGBTQIA people and allies, for free. This year's conference is from Feb. 4-8 in Denver. To apply, please fill out the application here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 17 at 11:59 p.m.
Nominations Sought for the Pioneer Valley Trans* "Spotlight"
Trans* people are often invisible in the local community and are rarely recognized for their activism, even within LGBTQ movements. The "Spotlight" is a new, annual recognition of Western Massachusetts Trans* people. The "Spotlight" recognition is for anyone that identifies as Trans* or gender nonconforming, and has greatly assisted their community.
A group of individuals from the Hampshire County Transgender Awareness Week planning committee will decide the recipients for the "Spotlight." Awardees will be announced at the Trans Pride & Gathering on October 4th, recognized at the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th, and displayed through coverage in The Rainbow Times and other local media. Anyone can make a nomination. The deadline for nominations is September 26 at 11:59 p.m.
Nominate someone here.
LGBTQIA Coming Out Support Group Weekly Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 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.
LGBTQIA and Ally Open Mic Night
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Works Bakery Café, 48 North Pleasant St., Amherst
The beginning of monthly LGBTQIA and ally open mics at The Works! Do you want to perform? Just walk on in and show us what you have. All are welcomed. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the UMass Pride Alliance. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1499000303680474
LGBTQIA and Ally Contingent in the UMass Homecoming Parade
Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.
The Stonewall Center, the Spectrum Floor, and the UMass LGBTQ Alumni Group are planning to have a float in the Homecoming Parade. We do not know yet where we will be lined up, so please email the center if you would like to join us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Asexual Spectrum Meetup
Sunday, Sept. 28 4-6 p.m.
The Spot (in the lobby), UMass Student Union
"Come meet other folks on the asexual spectrum! Meetups 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 the first meetup post-summer!"
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.