Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report

University of Maryland, College Park

“The unstoppable & QUEER.”

“On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.”
- Virginia Woolf

LGBT Equity Programs:

* 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:

* Celebrate National Coming Out Day!

o Tuesday, October 11, 11:30-12:30 pm, Baltimore Room in Stamp (big side room just off the food court).

o Share your story or experiences. Sign up now at http://alturl.com/7zcdq or just show up! A microphone will be set up on stage and you will have about two minutes to share a thought-out story, poem or experience.

o Sign our banner. An 8 foot canvas banner will hang in the union. LGBTQI and A students are encouraged to sign the banner. This banner will be used at future NCOD events and we hope to hang it in front of Stamp during pride month.

o Share information about your LGBTQ organizations. A table will be available to share your resources with other students.

o Support your friends. Come out and just listen to the stories your friends share.

Additional Announcements:

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

o October 4, 6-7PM, 0120 Jimenez.

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

* Women2Women (W2W)(Every Tuesday):

o October 4, 7-8PM, 0120 Jimenez.

o A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women.

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

o October 6, 7-9PM, 0120 Jimenez.

o a discussion group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors.

* Safe Space(Every Thursday):

o October 6, 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.


o Thursday, October 6, 5:00 pm Weekly Meeting

o Join us at Hillel to plan other events for this semester! Our meetings are in the Student Conference center at Hillel (behind the business school) from 5-6. All are welcome!

o Thursday, October 20

o "So you want to meet a doctah!" -- Hamsa's having a joint mixer with oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Look forward to a fun evening of getting to know people, playing Wii and board games, and eating snacks! (Location and exact time to be announced.)

* Sara Marcus at UMD

o Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 pm

o Writer Sara Marcus will visit UMD and give a public talk. Marcus is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Harper Perennial, 2010).

* “Homosexuality in Africa”- UMCP ASA

o Wednesday, October 5th, 5:00-6:30 pm Nyumburu Cultural Center

o Come join the the ASA in a conscious discussion on homosexuality in the African community. https://www.facebook.com/lgbtequity#!/event.php?eid=246788698700586

o This event is designed to raise awareness and lower intolerance!!
Please bring an open mind and heart

* 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/

* 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/

* United Methodist Campus Ministry

o Tuesday, October 4, 2011 1117, Jimenez

o Join us for group discussion on sexuality and Christianity. Examine biblical references to same-sex conduct in light of the broader biblical message which affirms that we are children or heirs of the Promise (all receive God's love).

o Open to people of any faith, or no faith. We welcome you to come explore this topic with us in a safe and loving environment.

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.