Events and Announcements
Hang Out in the Stonewall Center's Virtual Lounge on Discord
LGBTQIA+ Five College and other area high school and college students are invited to join the Stonewall Center’s Discord virtual lounge to hang out and chat or seek support and information.
Sign Up Now to Perform at the National Coming Out Day LGBTQ+ Open Mic Night: Friday, Oct. 9, 8-10 p.m., via Zoom (performances can be pre-recorded)
In honor of National Coming Out Day, share your poetry, song, music, drag performance, or personal storytelling. Any performance pieces or stories that personally inspire you or celebrate who you are, or the queer and trans community as a whole are especially encouraged. Come showcase our LGBTQ+ community’s talent. We are accepting live or pre-recorded performances (by pre-recording, you can perform even if you cannot make the event date). Sign up to perform here. Event Zoom link here.
“Grant and Fellowship Advice for LGBTQIA+ Graduate Students”: Monday, Sept. 28, 4-5 p.m., via Zoom
The grant and fellowship landscape for LGBTQIA+ students includes many possibilities, but also many questions. This session will outline funding opportunities for LGBTQIA+ graduate students, offer strategies for when and how to discuss your identity in a personal statement, and address questions such as using legal name vs. chosen name in funding applications. Sponsored by oSTEM, the Stonewall Center, and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development. Zoom link here. Facebook event page.
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Virtual Meeting: Monday, Sept. 28 (and every Mon.), 7-9 p.m.
A weekly social group for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and sexually fluid students. Connect with them via Discord (use the Discord server invite code QK9YyNW).
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group Zoom: Wednesday, Sept. 30 (and every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m.
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 join this weekly peer support and discussion group. Facilitated by staff of the Stonewall Center. Zoom link here.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support and Discussion Space: Wednesday, Sept. 30 (and every other Wed.), 5:30-6:30 p.m., via Zoom
Are you an LGBTQIA+ graduate student wanting to make friends and build queer/trans community at UMass? Are you 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 Discussion & Support Group! This group is peer facilitated and focuses on building community between LGBTQIA+ graduate students. Zoom link here. For more info: email@example.com
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Student Support Group Zoom: Thursday, Oct. 1 (and every Thurs.), 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to all UMass and 5 College students who identify as trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, or questioning. Sponsored by the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). Students located in any state or internationally are welcome. For the link to the Zoom, contact CCPH (during normal business hours) at 413-545-2337 and ask to speak with Brad or Beth.
Stonewall Center Watch Night: Goosebumps Episodes: Thursday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., access via Discord
To get into a Halloween mood, we will watch episodes of Goosebumps. You will need a Netflix account (contact us via Discord if you do not have access to one) and have downloaded the free Netflix Party extension for Google Chrome.
The Space+: Virtual Meeting for the Ace/Aro Community: Monday, Oct. 5 and 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A twice monthly group for students who are asexual, demisexual, gray-asexual, and elsewhere on the asexual spectrum. Connect with them via Discord (use the Discord server invite code DkDzJY5) or their Facebook group page: The spACE+: Ace/Aro/Demi/Gray Community
CCPH's LGBTQIA+ Zoom Workshop Series: "Building Community": Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-5:15 p.m.
"We’ll talk about how to combat loneliness and social anxiety, exploring topics such as vulnerability, trust, and the power of creating healthy friendships. The campus community is a strong one, let’s help you find your place in it." Hosted by the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). Register here
First Year Queer Connections: Tuesday, Oct. 6, (and every other Tues.), 7-8 p.m., Online
A facilitated discussion space for first year and transfer LGBTQIA+ students to make friends, build community, and get support during their first year at UMass. Zoom link here. 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 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.