Events and Announcements
During the spring semester, the Stonewall Center is accessible only remotely. If you need support or assistance, please contact us by email, Facebook, or Discord, or leave a message at (413) 545-4826.
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.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support and Discussion Space: Tues., Feb. 23 and March 9 (every other Tues.), 6-7 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.
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Virtual Meeting: Tues., Feb. 23 (& every Tues.), 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+ Student Support & Discussion Group Meeting: Wed., Feb. 24 (& every Wed.), 6:30-8 p.m., via Zoom
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.
Journey Trans Group Monthly Online Meeting: Wed., Feb. 24, 6-7:15 p.m.
Journey is a free local social and support group for trans and nonbinary individuals of all ages. To join a meeting, please send an introductory email to the group’s facilitator, Yohah Ralph, here. He will provide you with access information for Zoom.
Trans & Gender-Nonconforming Student Support Group: Thurs., Feb. 25 (& every Thurs.), 5:30-6:30 p.m., via Zoom
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 anywhere 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.
Pride Alliance Meeting: Thurs., Feb. 25 (every other Thurs.), 7-8 p.m., via Zoom, Register here.
The Pride Alliance is the official UMass RSO for LGBTQIA+ students and allies. New member welcomed! Connect with them through the Pride Alliance Discord.
Black History Month LGBTQ+ Trivia Night: Fri., Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., Register here.
In honor of Black History Month, this trivia night will have a lot of questions focused on Black LGBTQ history and culture. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Malcolm X Cultural Center.
Registration is now open for the 2021 Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference, March 5-7, Register here.
The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Keynote address: Vanessa Rochelle Lewis & Friends on “Queer Liberation Is A Spiritual Practice: Why We MUST Center Kindness In Our Movement Spaces Today & How To Do It With Intelligence & Self-Care"
The SpACE+ Ace/Aro Virtual Meetings: Mon., March 1 & 15 (every 1st & 3rd Mon.), 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Discord
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 on Facebook.
“Being Trans and a Person of Faith”: Thursday, March 11, 6 p.m., via Zoom; Registration link here
A panel discussion with:
- Joy Ladin, professor of English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, and author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders and The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
- Louis Mitchell, co-founder and executive director of Transfaith and an ordained United Church of Christ minister
- Tynan Power, co-founder of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity and moderator of the TransMuslims email group
- Z Shane Zaldivar, ecumenical and non-denominational outreach pastor, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and former Marine
LGBTQIA+ Relationship Glow Up Group: Mondays, 2:30-4:30, Beginning Soon.
"Healthy relationships take work, and sometimes our family, friends, and community make it harder. Join us to talk about healthy relationships and explore how microaggressions and past trauma affect our relationships. We will start to heal from previous relationships as well as build skills to identify warning signs and microaggressions, develop healthy boundaries, and establish the respectful dynamics we want to see moving forward. The group will operate for an intersectional framework and be trauma-informed." Run by the Center for Women and Community (CWC). To register, call CWC at (413) 545-0883 and press 2.
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.