Events and Announcements
New Spring Gen Ed. Course: Queer Lights
Electrical and Computer Engineering 190A; Tues and Thurs 2:30-3:45 p.m. This course will combine learning about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people with the design and construction of computer programmable electronic light displays that reflect the students’ course learning or personal experience. No programming experience is necessary.
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.
UMass Students Can Now Apply to Live on the Spectrum LGBTQIA+ Floor for 2019-20
Spectrum is a comfortable and inclusive community for LGBQTIA+ students and their allies. Located in the Central Residential Area, Spectrum has a single and a multi-stall gender-inclusive bathroom, and students can request a gender-inclusive room (have a roommate of any gender). The application deadline is February 17. Apply here.
Trans Support Group Weekly Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 22 (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).
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 22 (and every Tues.), 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A group that provides a space for bisexual, pansexual, queer and all around fluid-identifying folks to feel valid, supported, and heard.
LGBTQIA+ Support Groups
- Thursday, Jan. 24 (and Thursdays thereafter), 3-4:30 p.m., Middlesex House (CCPH)
- Wednesday, Jan. 30 (and Wednesdays thereafter), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall (CMASS)
These are safe and affirming space to explore sexual orientation and gender identity, share experiences, and learn about community resources. Preregistration is not required; students can drop-in at any time. The Wednesday group is facilitated by staff of the Stonewall Center: email@example.com; the Thursday group is facilitated by Lydia Rackenberg, a therapist at CCPH: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMass Student-Led Trans and GNC Support Group, Friday, Jan. 25 (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.
STI and Rapid HIV Testing, Monday, Jan. 28, 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 Feb. 12, Feb. 27, March 27, April 9, and April 22.
LGBTQIA+ Community Ice Skating, Saturday, Feb. 2, 4-5:50 p.m., Mullins Center Ice Rink
Come skate or hang out and meet folks in our games room. Free entry and skate rental provided by the Stonewall Center.
Monthly QTPOC Dinner Series, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 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! Future dinners will be on March 6, April 3, and May 1.
Marking the Legacy of the Stonewall Riots Art Show
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” -- for March 17-23 in the UMass Student Union Art Gallery, which will be temporarily located in 310 Bartlett Hall. Submissions in all art mediums are welcomed, including painting, photography, sculpture, film and projected media, and performance. Submissions are open to all. To submit a work or to sign up to perform, please fill out the form here. The deadline for submissions is March 1.
LGBTQIA+ Health Fair, Monday, March 4, Noon-3 p.m., UMass Rec Center (by the Courtside Café)
The fair will include LGBTQIA+ supportive physical, mental, and sexual health resources; free massages; therapy dogs; and STI testing
"Trans Literature Today," Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
A reading and discussion with trans writers Samuel Ace (Visiting Lecturer, Creative Writing, Mount Holyoke College), Cameron Awkward-Rich (Assistant Professor, WGSS, UMass), Joy Ladin (Professor, English, Yeshiva University), and Andrea Lawlor (Visiting Lecturer, English, Mount Holyoke College)
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.
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.