Events and Announcements
Are You a Graduating UMass Undergraduate or Graduate LGBTQIA+ or Ally Student? Be Recognized at Rainbow Graduation!
The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center and include a dinner from 6-6:30 and a special keynote speaker. Graduates who sign up before Friday, April 26 at noon will be recognized with a gift and a rainbow tassel that can be worn at UMass graduation. To participate, please fill out the form here.
Rainbow Graduation 2019, Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m., Amherst Room (10th floor), Campus Center
Come help us celebrate graduating LGBTQ+ and ally students. We will have a special surprise keynote speaker. Buffet dinner provided. To have a count for dinner, we need attendees to RSVP by April 26 to the Facebook event page.
Fall Gen Ed Course: Queer Lights (ECE190A, 4 credits)
Meets TuTh 2:30-3:45 p.m.in the Stonewall Center and the Craft Center. 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.
UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, April 19 (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.
Last Open STI and Rapid HIV Testing of the Semester, Monday, April 22, 11-3, 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.
Trans Support Group Weekly Meeting, Tuesday, April 23 (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).
LGBTQIA+ Support Groups
- Wednesday, April 24 (and every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
- Thursday, April 25 (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: firstname.lastname@example.org; the Thursday group is more of a coming out group and is facilitated by Lydia Rackenberg, a therapist at CCPH: email@example.com.
Queer and Trans People of Color Study Night, Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Food and free printing. Facebook event page.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group, Tuesday, April 30, 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.
Queer and Trans People of Color End-of-the-Year Dinner, Wednesday, May 1, 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 other QTPOC on campus? Join us for dinner!
UMass Contingent in the Noho Pride Parade, Saturday, May 4
Arrive to the parking lot across from Northampton Brewery by 9:30 a.m. All marchers who register by April 15 receive a free t-shirt, courtesy of the College of Information and Computer Sciences. Register here.
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.
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.