Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report

University of Maryland, College Park

“The unstoppable & QUEER.”

“The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.”

-Rita Mae Brown

Click here to view our Newsletter. Below is a brief table of contents reflecting its content.


Below is the full, detailed Office of LGBT Equity Newsletter.

LGBT Equity Programs:

* LGBTQA Networking Reception During Campus Career Fair

o Wednesday, September 28, 5:30PM-7:30PM

o Colony Ballroom – Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park

o Meet employers who want to hire LGBTQA students and alumni at UMD.

o RSVP by Friday: http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/events_description.cfm?event_id=2304

* National LGBTQA College Student Career Conference

o Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25

o Weekend-long conference in Washington, DC

o To register: http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/events_description.cfm?event_id=2247

* Queer Study Time (Every Wednesday)

o Wednesdays at 2PM, 0119 Cole Student Activities Bldg.

o Don’t forget to study! Even though the semester is just beginning you can bring your homework for some low-key study time in a relaxed environment.

* Safe Space (Every Thursday)

o Thursdays from 7:30PM-9PM, 3215 Art/Soc. Bldg.

o A peer-facilitated Safe Space for students to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning issues.

* Queer Luncheon (Every Thursday)

o Thursdays from 11:30AM-12:30PM, 0119 Cole Student Activities Bldg.

o Come bring your lunch, and your friends. We'll bring the board games, the card games, the music, and the queer space. Allies are encouraged to join us!

Co-sponsored Programs:

* State Senator Rob Garagiola (This Thursday)

o Thursday, September 22 at 7:30PM, 0220Benjamin Building Room

o Hamsa, UMD's Jewish LGBTQQIA student organization, is proud to host State Senator Rob Garagiola.

o Sen. Garagiola will speak to us about critical and exciting issues affecting the LGBTQQIA community in Maryland, including the struggle for marriage rights and equality in the workplace. Don't miss this exciting evening, complete with free food.

o All are welcome. Feel free to contact Hannah at hspiro@umd.edu with any questions

Additional Announcements:

* Bro2Bro (Every Monday)

o A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified men. 4:30PM, Terrapin Room in Stamp Student Involvement Suite.

* Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM) (This Tuesday)

o A discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight. 6-7PM, 0120 Jimenez.

* Women2Women (W2W) (Every Tuesday)

o A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women. 7-8PM, 0120 Jimenez.

* True Colors of Maryland (TCOM) (Every Thursday)

o A discussion group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors. 7-9PM, 0120 Jimenez.

* Hamsa’s Weekly Meeting (Every Thursday)

o 5-6PM in the Student Center conference room in Hillel, located behind the Business School. All are welcome!

* Not Your Mother’s Trans 101 (This Thursday)

o Thursday, 9/22,6pm Rooftop Garden. Want to learn how to be a good trans* ally? Come join the discussion on the Rooftop Garden!

* Back In The Mix (This Friday)

o Pride Alliance presents: Friday, September 23, 8:30PM – 11:30pm, Prince George’s Room, Stamp Student Union

o Welcome (back) to UMD! Come hang out with your current and future friends at Pride Alliance’s BACK IN THE MIX event.

o Featuring music by DJ Baronhawk of Urban Artistry. There will be refreshments. New and returning students welcome!


* Ben Cohen at GU

o Friday, September 30, 4:00 pm ICC Auditorium at Georgetown University

o Back to School Tour with Ben Cohen: World Class Rugby player, Chairman, StandUp Foundation.

o Ben Cohen was a professional rugby player from 1996-2011 playing in both England and France. He is first among straight professional athletes to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of the LGBT community.

o After retiring from rugby, Ben has committed his time and energy to the StandUp Foundation (www.standupfoundation.com) which is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of homophobia and bullying in sports.

* Lavender Country and Folk Dancers

o October 21-23, 2011

o Gender-Free Contra Dance Camp in Becket, MA. All dancing is gender free: no gender terms used in teaching and calling and people are free to dance either role. Experienced dancers and beginners are welcome. People of any gender identity and sexual orientation are welcome. http://lcfd.org/lcfd/

o Contra dance is like square dancing, but is done in long lines. It's a ton of fun; there are several regular (not gender-free) contra dances in the area. I'll be attending the Friday night dances at Glen Echo most regularly, if anyone is interested in checking it out. More on contra and the Friday Night Dance here: http://fridaynightdance.org/

* National Coming Out Day Sign Up

o NCOD is an internationally observed (Oct. 11) civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about issues facing the LGBTQIA community. The MICA office, LGBT Equity and the ONE Project are collaborating on an event in the Stamp at which students can step up to the microphone and come out or briefly share their personal story about facing issues around coming out and transitioning. If you would like to participate as a speaker, please sign up via the form https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGNHZ2o4d1dOMnlEclZzc3FnMDZXUGc6MQ

Would you like your announcement or program to appear in Rainbow Report? The Report is typically sent out on Mondays. To ensure your announcement’s consideration for publication, submit it via this form at least one week in advance: http://lgbt.umd.edu/newsletteritem.html

[On website: Programs and announcements that support the mission of the Office of LGBT Equity are typically posted (hyperlink to mission). Please read the mission statement if you have any questions. Additionally, for research requests, the research should have IRB approval, and be research conducted by a member of the UMD campus community.]

Would you like the Office of LGBT Equity to consider co-sponsoring one of your events by lending our name, resources, or outreach support? Please submit all co-sponsorship requests through this web form at least one week prior to requesting a decision on your co-sponsorship request. Resources are limited. http://lgbt.umd.edu/cosponsorships.html If you wish to engage in a deeper collaboration beyond event co-sponsorship, please talk and meet with us directly.

[On website: Event co-sponsorship in name is often provided for events that support the mission of the Office of LGBT Equity (hyperlink to mission). Please read the mission statement if you have any questions.]

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us at 301-405-8720, by e-mail at lgbt@umd.edu, or come to our office. We are located in the Cole Student Activities Building in room 0119.