Events and Announcements
Nominate a Student, Staff, or Faculty Member for Their LGBTQIA+ Support or Activism
The Stonewall Center is seeking nominations for an undergraduate or graduate student and for a faculty or staff member who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQIA+ and ally communities on campus. The individuals will be recognized at Rainbow Graduation on May 2. The specific awards are below. To nominate someone, go here. The deadline is April 12.
Hannah Frilot Award for Student Leadership: In memory of Hannah Frilot who was an active member of Pride Alliance during her time as a student, this award is for a graduating student here at UMass who is an active member of one or multiple LGBTQ+ student groups on campus. The student who receives this award is someone who has contributed greatly to the groups that they are in.
Emerging Leader Award: The Emerging Leader Award is given to a non-graduating student who has expressed their compassion for the LGBTQ+ community through their service and activism.
Faculty and Staff Award: This award is for the faculty and staff who have not only excelled in their work, but gone beyond that in their service and impact to the LGBTQ+ community at UMass.
LGBTQIA+ Art Show, Last Day March 22, Student Union Art Gallery (now in 310 Bartlett Hall)
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.” More than a dozen artists in a wide variety of mediums are participating.
UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, March 22 (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.
Trans Support Group Weekly Meeting, Tuesday, March 26 (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)..
STI and Rapid HIV Testing, Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 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. Other spring testing dates are April 9 and April 22.
LGBTQIA+ Support Groups
- Wednesday, March 27 (and every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
- Thursday, March 28 (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: email@example.com; the Thursday group is more of a coming out group and is facilitated by Lydia Rackenberg, a therapist at CCPH: firstname.lastname@example.org.
America in Transition: Documentaries about Trans People of Color, Thursday, March 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
A screening and discussion of three short documentaries (each 20 minutes) on the lives and experiences of trans people of color in the U.S. Facebook event page.
TheSpACE(+) Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray Group Meeting, Monday, April 1 (and the 1st & 3rd Mon. each month), 6:30-7:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Come kick back with the Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray community for discussion and snacks. Partners and support people are welcomed to attend.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group, Tuesday, April 2, 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. Future dates are April 16 and April 30.
Monthly QTPOC Dinner Series, Wednesday, April 3, 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 fellow QTPOC on campus? Join us for dinner! The April dinner is a potluck (but you need not make something in order to attend).
Trans Community Conversations
- Trans Male and Masculine Student Dialogue, Thursday, April 4, 6-7 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
- Trans Female and Trans Feminine Student Dialogue, Wednesday, April 10, 6-7 p.m., Stonewall Center
- Nonbinary Trans Student Dialogue, Wednesday, April 17, 6-7 p.m., Stonewall Center
An opportunity to meet and share experiences and concerns with other members of the trans community. Each discussion is limited to members of the specific group and is facilitated by a member of that group.
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.