Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report

University of Maryland, College Park

“The unstoppable & QUEER.”

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”

- Virginia Woolf

* Candlelight Vigil in memory of Dr. Gaurav Gopalan
September 27, 6:00 PM

o West Chapel of the Memorial Chapel. All are invited to the Candlelight Vigil in memory of Dr. Gaurav Gopalan sponsored by the Office of LGBT Equity

o All are welcome to express their memories, sorrow, fears, hopes, or other emotions or thoughts at this remembrance.Dr. Guarav Gopalan was found dead September 10 at 5:20 AM in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. On September 20, the DC Medical Examiner ruled Dr. Gopalan’s death a homicide. He was 35.Dr. Gopalan graduated from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2004.

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.ed/events_description.cfm?event_id=2304

* 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!

o A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women.

Co-sponsored Programs:

Additional Announcements:

* Bisexuals at Maryland(BAM)(This Tuesday):

o September 27, 6-7 PM, 0120 Jiminez.

o A discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight.

* Women2Women (W2W)(Every Tuesday):

o September 27, 7-8 PM, 0120 Jimenez.

* TransU(This Thursday):

o September 29,6-7PM, 0120 Jimenez.

o Discussion group for trans people, gender nonconforming folk, the rest of us, friends, and allies.

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

o September 29,7-9PM, 0120 Jimenez.

o a discussion group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors.

* Safe Space(Every Thursday):

o September 29,from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Art/Sociology Building (ASY) room 3215.

o a supportive environment for students navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. It is a partnership with the Office of LGBT Equity.

* Apply to be an RA!

o The Department of Resident Life’s Resident Assistant selection for the 2012-2013 academic year is beginning, and they are interested in LGBTQA students’ applications.

o For information on how to apply, visit http://www.resnet.umd.edu/reslife/human_resources/ra/

* 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.