Events and Announcements
Stonewall Is Hiring
The Stonewall Center is looking to hire an UMass undergrad student to help plan QTPOC, trans and additional community-building events. To apply, please fill out the application at this link. Applications will be considered beginning on 9/24.
Students Can Now Enter Their Pronouns in Spire to Appear on Class Rosters and in Other Systems
UMass Amherst has become one of the first colleges in the country to enable students to indicate their pronouns on records to help foster a campus climate of respect for people of all gender identities and expressions. Pronouns entered in Spire will be available to instructors, advisors, academic deans and department administrators, and the staffs of administrative offices, such as the Registrar’s Office, the Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, and Residential Life (to enter pronouns, go to "my personal information" on Spire). More information is available on the University's pronoun FAQ web page.
Trans Support Group, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 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).
For Bi+ Visibility Day: Bi Activist and Writer Robyn Ochs, "Beyond Bisexuality 101: Unpacking Biphobia and Bi Erasure and Creating a Culture of Inclusion"
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Student Union. Facebook event page.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 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.
Queer and Now Auditions, Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 26
Queer and Now is an ensemble theater project that fuses physical theater, drag, lip syncing, choreography, and gender play to create an evening of celebration and protest. More information is here; sign up for one of four audition slots here.
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group, Wednesday, Sept. 26 (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).
Out in STEM (oSTEM) General Body Meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. N210 Life Sciences Labs (LSL)
Facebook group page.
LGBTQ+ Dinner for Sukkot, Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. Hillel, 388 North Pleasant St., Amherst
Out in STEM Craft Center Night, Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Student Union Craft Center
Pride Alliance Weekly Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center
The oldest LGBTQIA+ UMass group, the Pride Alliance plans social and community-building events.
UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, Sept. 28 (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.
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 2 (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.
Rapid HIV and STD Testing, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 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). STD 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
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.