UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

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

Events and Announcements

The Stonewall Center is now hiring students for next year!

Are you motivated to make change on campus? Do you want to work for LGBTQIA rights and visibility? Are you looking for a work-study or non-work study job for the 2015-16 academic year? If so, contact the Stonewall Center at or fill out an application at Interviews will begin after April 10.

Are You a Graduating UMass Undergraduate or Graduate LGBTQIA+ or Ally Student? Be Recognized at Rainbow Graduation!

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center. The graduation speaker is Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Graduates who sign up before Friday, April 10 at noon will be recognized with a personalized gift and a rainbow tassel that can be worn at UMass graduation.

To participate, please fill out the form at

LGBTQIA+ and Ally Student and Staff/Faculty of the Year Awards

At Rainbow Graduation, the Stonewall Center and campus LGBTQIA student groups will be recognizing a UMass Amherst undergraduate or graduate student and a faculty or staff member for their outstanding contributions to the LGBTQIA and ally communities on campus. To nominate someone, please fill out the appropriate form at the link below. The deadline is Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Nomination Form for LGBTQIA+ and Ally Student of the Year Award:

Nomination Form for LGBTQIA+ and Ally Faculty/Staff of the Year Award: here.

Stonewall After-Hours
Saturday, March 28, 6-9 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall, UMass

An awesome time for people to hang out, meet new people, play games, and do anything else you want. Never been to an event before? No worries!!! Everyone is welcome and you can stay as long as you want :) We will be showing two episodes of "Transparent" from around 6:30-7:30. Pizza will be provided and some light refreshments. Feel welcome to bring your friends. Facebook event page:

LGBTQIA Discussion and Support Group
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
102 Wilder Hall (CMASS), UMass

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 weekly support group. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

Free Film Screening: The Mask You Live in – a film on masculinity in the U.S. by the makers of Miss Representation
Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
UMass Integrative Learning Center Hub (3rd Floor, in the Communication Dept.)

Facebook event page:

Free, Anonymous STD and HIV Testing
Monday, April 6, Noon-3:30 p.m.
174-76 Campus Center

No appointment is necessary and no blood is involved, just oral swabs. An HIV test will take about 20 minutes. Testing is conducted by Tapestry Health.

Lisa Aronson Fontes, "Invisible Chains: Coercive Control in Intimate Relationships"
Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m.
New Africa House, Room 203, UMass

Coercive control is a strategy some people (mostly men) use to dominate their intimate partners and maintain their privileges. It usually includes some combination of degrading, isolating, micromanaging, manipulating, stalking, physically abusing, sexual coercion, threatening or punishing. This interactive presentation describes how coercive control shows up in the lives of real people--and what we can do about it. Free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Out Now, "Our Liberation!"
Thursday, April 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall, UMass

Out Now, an organization from Springfield that works to support LGBTQIA youth, will be coming to the Stonewall Center to perform "Our Liberation!," which is an interactive performance workshop that uses Theater of the Oppressed techniques to disrupt incidents of oppression. Facebook event page:

Speak Out! To End the Day of Silence
Friday, April 17, 6-8 p.m.
Earthfoods Cafe, UMass Student Union

A night to share our stories, struggles, intersections, and celebrations as LGBTQIA people. Let’s Speak Out after a Day of Silence! Sponsored by the Stonewall Center, GLSEN Massachusetts, CEPA, and the Amherst Regional High School Gay Straight Alliance.

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.