Events and Announcements
Stonewall Is Hiring
The Stonewall Center is looking to hire a UMass undergrad student for the spring semester to help plan QTPOC, trans, and additional community-building events. To apply, please fill out the application at this link. The application deadline is Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m.
Marking the Legacy of the Stonewall Riots Art Show
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in June 2019, the UMass Stonewall Center is curating an art exhibit -- “LGBTQIA+ Identity, Community, and Activism Today” -- for March 17-23 in the UMass Student Union Art Gallery, which will be temporarily located on the 4th floor of Bartlett Hall. Submissions in all art mediums are welcomed, including painting, photography, sculpture, film and projected media, and performance. Submissions are open to all. To submit a work or to sign up to perform, please fill out the form here. The deadline for submissions is March 1.
Cardinal Ball Postponed
In order to create a more comprehensive event, the Cardinal Ball planned for November 30 is being postponed until the spring.
Workshop on "Fragile Goodness: Race in Queer College Communities," Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., 112 Herter Hall
This will be an interactive workshop on race and racism in queer communities. It will discuss what it means to decenter whiteness, show up for people of color in our communities, and build more inclusive queer communities. The workshop will be facilitated by LaLa Louis, a queer, nonbinary, Haitian-American social justice educator. Dinner provided. Facebook event page.
Trans Studies Working Group Talk: S. Denny Bobot, “Cultivating Communities of Care with/for Trans and Queer College Residents," Friday, Nov. 16, 11-noon, W465 South College
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UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, Nov. 16, 5:30-7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall (location changed for this week only)
Come talk with other trans and gender nonconforming students, make friends, and exchange support. For more information, email here.
Pose Episodes Screening, Sunday, Nov. 25, 6.p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Laugh, cry and be moved by this groundbreaking queer familial drama set in New York City in the 1980s. We will screen the final two episodes. Facebook event page.
Annual Food and Supply Donation Drive, Nov. 26-Dec. 7
Donations support the Student Food Pantry and the Student Care Supply Closet. People can drop off nonperishable food, toiletries, and other household items to the 2nd floor lobby of Whitmore, the Off-Campus Student Center in the Student Union, or 317C Bartlett.
Trans Support Group, Tuesday, Nov. 27 (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).
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Weekly Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 27 (and every Tues.), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The group provides a space for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and all around fluid identifying folks to feel valid, supported, and heard.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7-8 p.m., Campus Center, Room 905-09
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.
STI and Rapid HIV Testing, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 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). STI 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
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group, Wednesday, Nov. 28 (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).
Trans Woman and Fem(me) Meetup, Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8 p.m., Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton (use side door)
A social/support gathering by and for all trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming (C)AMAB folks. For more information, email here.
UMass Asexual Meetup, Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A newly forming group for anyone on the ace and aro spectrums,
Free Webinar: "Advocating Justice: Issue Areas for Transgender Rights," Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7-8 p.m.
Dru Levasseur '03, senior attorney and director of the Transgender Rights Projects at Lambda Legal, will discuss the growing docket of cases surrounding LGBTQ rights and what attorneys and future attorneys need to know to better represent LGBTQ+ clients. Sponsored by the UMass LGBTQ and Allies Alumni Network and the Legal Alumni Network. Register here.
Queer Jews Hanukah Event, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Hillel, 388 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
The group will be making potato latkes.
New Spring Gen Ed. Course: Queer Lights
Electrical and Computer Engineering 190A; Tues and Thurs 2:30-3:45 p.m. This course will combine learning about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people with the design and construction of computer programmable electronic light displays that reflect the students’ course learning or personal experience. No programming experience is necessary.
Free Support for Trans People to Change Paperwork
"The Law Office of Peter Irvine is offering to trans/non binary folks pro bono legal assistance with paperwork related to a legal gender and/or name change, as well as court accompaniment in Hampshire and Franklin counties. For those who’d like some support in entering or navigating a courthouse or the court system, we can literally and metaphorically walk you through that process. Located in downtown Northampton, we're reachable at email@example.com or 413-587-0008."
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.