Events and Announcements
The Stonewall Center's LGBTQIA+ Foundations and Allyship web course is now available for UMass staff, faculty, and students
The course offers an independent, self-paced learning experience around the foundations of sexuality, gender, gender identity, and allyship. It is designed for UMass Amherst faculty, staff, and students to learn about strategies and resources to support LGBTQIA+ people. Faculty and staff who complete the training can receive a placard for their office that states that “this is a welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ people” and be listed on the Stonewall Center’s website as having taken the course. People can enroll here.
Connect with Stonewall through Our Virtual Lounge on Discord
LGBTQIA+ Five College and other area college and high school students are invited to join the Stonewall Center’s Discord virtual lounge to hang out and chat or seek support and information.
Halloween Gayme Night and Costume Contest: Mon., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center
Join us for a fun evening of costumes and board GAYmes to celebrate Halloween! Wear your best costume and enter the costume contest to win a prize (costumes are encouraged but not required). Sponsored by the Stonewall Center.
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Meeting: Tues., Oct. 26 (& every Tues.), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center
BPQC is a weekly social group for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and sexually fluid students. Connect with them via Discord here
Therapy Dog Hour with Peanut: Wed., Oct. 27, 5-6 p.m., Patio of the Stonewall Center
Come de-stress with Peanut (our favorite therapy dog) and other LGBTQIA+ students.
LGBTQIA+ Discussion and Support Group Meeting: Wed., Oct. 27 (& every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
Open to all Five College Students. Come for conversation, community, and support. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center.
QTPOC Friendship Bracelet Making Night: Wed., Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center
Open to all queer and trans students of color. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center.
LGBTQ+ Grad Student Discussion and Support Space: Wed., Oct. 27 (& every other Wed.), 7-8 p.m., via Zoom
A peer-facilitated space for LGBTQ+ grad students to meet each other, build community, and give mutual support and care. Meeting ID: 962 4628 6861
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Support Group Meeting: Thurs., Oct. 28 (& every Thurs.), 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Free and open to UMass and other Five College students. Facilitated by the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). Call Brad Landon or Beth Prullage at CCPH if interested in joining: 413-545-2337.
Ace, Aro, & Ally Cupcakes & Crafts: Thurs., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center
For Asexual Awareness Week, we will be painting canvases and eating cupcakes (because we would rather eat cake). Sponsored by the Stonewall Center, the SpACE+, and the Pride Alliance.
Pride Alliance Meeting: Thurs., Nov. 4 (& every Thurs.), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center
The Pride Alliance is a Registered Student Organization for LGBTQIA+ students.
“Beyond Awareness: Creating a Space for Asexual and Aromantic People”: Tues., Nov. 9, 6 p.m., via Zoom
A panel discussion featuring Yasmin Benoit, a prominent lingerie and alternative model and a leading asexual activist, and Julie Sondra Decker, the author of The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality and a popular YouTuber. Registration required. Register here.
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 surrounding Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, racism, transmisogyny, and other forms of oppression and intersectionalities. We do this in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments, offices, and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership and to support individual academic success while building LGBTQIA communities and enhancing the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.