Events and Announcements
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.
Students Can Now Enter Their Pronouns in Spire to Appear on Class Rosters and in Other Systems
UMass Amherst has become one of the first colleges in the country to enable students to indicate their pronouns on records to help foster a campus climate of respect for people of all gender identities and expressions. Pronouns entered in Spire will be available to instructors, advisors, academic deans and department administrators, and the staffs of administrative offices, such as the Registrar’s Office, the Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, and Residential Life (to enter pronouns, go to "my personal information" on Spire). More information is available on the University's pronoun FAQ web page.
Trans Support Group, Tuesday, Oct. 16 (and evert Tues.), 6:30 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).
Auditions for Nostras Voces, Oct. 16 & 19, 7-8 p.m., 440 Fine Arts Center Bridge
Nostras Voces is a student directed, produced, written, and performed show around pieces of identity and reproductive justice. More information here.
First Annual International Pronouns Day, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Campus Center
A day set aside to encourage people to share, ask, and respect pronouns. Stop by the Stonewall Center's table on the Campus Center concourse to get pronoun buttons.
Hot Pot with QTPOC, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A space for queer and trans people of color. Facebook event page.
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group, Wednesday, Oct. 17 (and every Wed.), 6:30 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
This is a weekly drop-in group for students who are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual and for students who are already out and looking for a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
Queer Black Feminist Conference and Krudas Cubensi Concert, Thursday, Oct. 18, 1-5 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Facebook event page.
Stonewall Center Volunteer Orientation, Friday, Oct. 19. 4-5 p.m., Stonewall Center
Learn how you can volunteer at the center and meet other volunteers.
UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, Oct. 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.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7-8 p.m., Campus Center, Room 805-09
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.
Rapid HIV and STD Testing, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., UHS Ground Floor
Testing is conducted by University Health Services (UHS). There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing (bring your insurance card). STD testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia (don't urinate for 1-2 hours before the test). HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Sponsored by UHS and the Stonewall Center. For more information: www.umass.edu/uhs
Free Screening of Kumu Hina, with special guest Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Kumu Hina), Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., 137 Isenberg School of Management (Flavin Aud)
"Kuma Hina is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawai'i. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, known as Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian māhū, or trans, cultural practitioner, and community leader, uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe."
Free Screening of A Fantastic Woman, Friday, Oct. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., Stonewall Center
Dinner provided. Facebook event page.
Christopher Cayari, "Who Am I? I Am What I Am: A Story Told through Broadway Music," Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center
With music from Rent, Bare: A Pop Opera, La Cage aux Folles, 13: The Musical, Altar Boyz, and 35mm: A Musical Exhibition.
Lunch Discussion with Christopher Cayari, Tuesday, Oct. 30, noon-1, Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Lunch provided. Christopher Cayari is an assistant professor of Music Education at Purdue University and the writer and performer of "Who Am I? I Am What I Am: A Story Told through Broadway Music" (which he is performing on Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30, Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center). Facebook event page.
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.