UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

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

Events and Announcements

Interested in volunteering at the Stonewall Center? We can use your help with programs, events, and office tasks! To apply, please fill out our volunteer form here.

LGBTQIA Mentorship Program for Incoming and Returning UMass Students

Are you looking for a mentor to support you through navigating the school semester, queer community, or simply an LGBTQIA friend here? The Stonewall Center’s Peer Mentorship Program matches first-year and transfer students to a mentor within the UMass queer community to provide academic, social, and emotional support. This program is dedicated to building community among LGBTQIA students on campus by fostering relationships between incoming and returning students. Through peer support, incoming students have the opportunity to grasp queer campus life and have help understanding the complexity of the university.

Incoming students apply here
Returning students apply here

Attend the 28th Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality for Free

Creating Change is the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual community and their allies. The program features over 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, tons of networking opportunities, and many really fun events. The Conference is taking place in Chicago from January 21-24, 2016.

The Stonewall Center is looking to pay for 16 students to attend the conference. To be considered as one of the students sent by the center, fill out the application here by Thursday, October 8.

New Speakers Informational Meeting and Training Session for the Stonewall Center's Speakers Bureau
Monday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall

The Stonewall Center is looking for people interested in volunteering as panelists for our Speakers Bureau. It is a great volunteer, skill building, & networking opportunity. The Speakers Bureau has a very flexible time commitment and can easily fit into your class/work schedule. Come learn more and complete training this Monday. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Stonewall After Hours
Monday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall

The first After Hours of the semester! A safe and inclusive space for all LGBTQIA or Questioning individuals who wish to have and be part of a super open queer community.
Come do homework, play some games, hangout, socialize and make new friends! This is a relaxed, open space that is welcoming to all Five College students. Wheelchair accessible, has a gender-inclusive bathroom.

Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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.

LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 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.

LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 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.

Julio Capů, Jr., "Queering Latina/o Migration"
Monday, Oct. 19, noon, Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall

Julio Capů, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass. Catering provided by La Veracruzana. This event is held in celebration of Latin@ Heritage Month and National LGBT Center Day.

Janet Mock, "Redefining Realness: A Discussion with Janet Mock on Race and Gender"
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., UMass Student Union Ballroom

This event is being held to mark the 30th anniversary of the UMass Stonewall Center. Free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the talk.

Queerture Feature: An All Day Horror Film Event
Thursday, Oct. 29, noon-9 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall

Come watch some great queer horror films! We are going to have movies ranging from campy, to scary, to so-bad-they're-good (gotta love those low budgets!) plus lots of snacks to munch on. Sponsored by the UMass Pride Alliance and the Stonewall Center. The Pride Alliance will be having their meeting at 7 p.m. to watch more movies and do spooky nail painting/creepy makeovers.


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.