Monday, February 20, 2012

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

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LGBT Equity Programs:

* Queer Wellness

o Monday, February 20, 5-6PM at 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o Join LGBTQQIA people to decompress & socialize while engaging in self-soothing activities, such as art, drinking some tea, or talking with other friendly folks.

* Queer Study Time (Every Wednesday)

o 2-4PM at 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o Come and study with others in a queer-friendly space! Bring your books/laptop/work. We'll have some snacks and friendly faces

* Queer Luncheon (Every Thursday)

o 11:30 AM- 1 PM at 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o Join us for some queer lunch!. Bring your food, we'll bring the games and good conversation!

* Safe Space (Every Tuesday)

o February 21st, 7:30 PM-9PM, 2308 Marie Mount Hall.

o A supportive environment for students navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. It is a partnership between the LGBT Equity Center and Pride Alliance.

Co-Sponsored Programs:

* Apply Now—Queer People of Color Conference Grant

o The One Project, in collaboration with The LGBT Equity Center, is proud to announce a travel grant for students wishing to attend the Queer People of Color Conference in Los Angeles, CA on March 30-April 1, 2012.

o A minimum of two students will be chosen to represent The University of Maryland at the conference. Students will be required to pay a minimal portion of the total cost to attend and all other costs will be covered by The One Project and The LGBT Equity Center.

o You may find the application and more information by clicking here, visiting The One Project on Facebook here, or downloading the attached application.

o Applications are due March 2, 2012.

Additional Announcements:.

* Bro to Bro (Wednesdays)

o February 22nd, 6-7 PM, 2308 Marie Mount Hall

o a group for LGBTQQIA- identified men.

* Women2Women (W2W) (Tuesdays)

o February 21st, 7-8 PM, 2218 Marie Mount Hall

o a discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women.

* Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM) (Every Thursday)

o February 23rd, 6-7 PM, 2218 Marie Mount Hall

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

* TransU (Thursdays)

o February 23rd, 7-8 PM, 2218 Marie Mount Hall

o a discussion and safe space for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise feel restricted by conventional definitions of "man" and "woman".

* True Colors of Maryland (TCOM) (Mondays)

o Monday, February 20, 6-7PM, Benjamin Banneker A.

o a discussion group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors.

* HAMSA Weekly Meeting (Every Thursday)

o February 23rd, 5:30 - 6:30 Hillel Conference Room

* LGBT @ RHSMITH Reception

o Tuesday Feb. 28th, 5:30-7:30pm (come & go as you please). Van Munching Hall, Room 2333 (2nd floor)

o PIZZA will be provided.

o Join the Facebook group at: LGBT @ RHSMITH. All current and prospective business students and alumni are welcome to attend, as well as LGBT faculty, staff, and straight allies.

* Safer Spring Break Festival

o The University Health Center’s Health Promotion Unit will be hosting their first Safer Spring Break Festival on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Hornbake Plaza. The festival is designed to raise awareness of safety issues that are important for the well-being students. Topics of concern include: sexual responsibility, alcohol poisoning, driving under the influence, sexual assault, personal safety, drug abuse, and sun and water safety. This year’s theme will be Safer Spring Break: there’s an app for that. The fun and engaging games will be inspired by today’s most popular applications and will encourage healthy choices during Spring Break and beyond. For example, Sexual Health Peer Educators will be creating a “Protect Your Tweet” twitter-themed game which will promote Safer Sex and Sexual Responsibility.

* The Mautner Project

o The Mautner Project is recruiting new volunteers (21 years or older)in DC, Maryland & Virginia. Are you interested in joining us to serve our community? Mautner’s dedicated volunteers serve throughout the DC Metro Area to provide a variety of services to assist lesbian, bisexual and transgender people with cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.

o One major barrier to cancer care is transportation. Often cancer patients are not well enough to drive themselves, or are living under the financial burden of their medical bills and can't afford transportation. Mautner makes it their job to make sure our clients get to their appointments for treatment despite these challenges!

o If you are interested please send an email to or call 202-332-5536 for more information!

* LGBT Youth Winter Dance Masquerade Ball

o This FREE event will be held on March 2, 2012 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Latin American Youth Center 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD 20782 301-779-2851

o SPONSORED BY Prince George’s County Youth Equality Project. Providing a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally youth in PG County, MD. This event is for people of 14 - 21 years old ONLY; please bring school or picture ID

o Questions? Email: Or Or CALL: 301-209-0491

o Free shuttle service back to College Park and New Carrollton METRO between 10 and 11pm!

* Spend a Week at Harvard Business School

o Apply for Harvard Business School's Summer Venture in Management Program. Application Deadline: May 16, 2012

o The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. This thirty-year HBS tradition demonstrates the many rewards of an MBA degree to students who may not otherwise have considered this path. Participants spend a week on campus living the MBA student experience – attending classes, analyzing case studies, and debating management issues with peers and faculty.

o This unique educational experience, in combination with a summer internship at a sponsoring company or organization, gives participants a broader understanding of the challenges business leaders face, the innumerable opportunities that exist in management, and the impact they can have on their community and the world through leadership.

o Participants will be selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and personal characteristics. Consistent with the objective of promoting educational diversity and opportunity in business leadership, additional criteria to be considered among others, are whether the applicant is: The first family member to attend college; A member of a group that is currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g. African-American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender); From a family with little business education or experience; and/or from a school whose graduates do not typically attend a top-tier university (e.g., attends a rural or predominantly minority college, or has attended a community college as part of a four-year degree).

o The SVMP Application will be available online in February 2012. The deadline is May 16, 2012. To apply and for more information about this program, please visit the SVMP website:

* Coping With Homonegativity Study

o Seth Christman is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Miami. As part of his dissertation research, he is conducting a survey of adult gay men’s experiences with homonegativity/homophobia. The study has been approved by the University of Miami Human Subjects Research Office (20110448)

o The purpose of this research study is to understand the homonegative/homophobic experiences of gay men, how gay men cope with homonegativity/homophobia, and how homonegativity/ homophobia impacts gay men’s health and well-being.

o Participants must self-identify as a gay male, and be over the age of 18. To participate in the study, please click here:

o The link above provides additional information on study participation. Participation in the study is expected to take approximately 30 minutes. In exchange for their time, participants have the option to be entered in a drawing for one of FIVE, $50 gift cards. After respondents have completed the survey, they will be directed to a web page where they can provide their name and email address to enter the drawing. Survey responses will not be linked to participant’s contact information.

o Participation is confidential and participants may withdraw from the study at any time. If participants have any questions, they may contact Seth at

* Whitman-Walker Health

o Need to talk? Whitman-Walker Health offers peer support.

o No matter what you are going through, there are others who have been there. Trained volunteers can provide individual and group support for issues related to HIV, life stressors, loneliness, coming out, relationships, and more.

o For more information, contact Nick Choksi at 202-797-3580, or email Whitman-Walker Health is located at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center-- 1701 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009.

* The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

o The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are building progressive movements for social change and will be enrolled in school during the 2012-13 academic year. Their website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support:

o Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided need-based grants to students who are involved in building movements for social and economic justice and are able to do academic work at the college level. Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant. Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be participating in activities in the US and plan to enroll in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.

o The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available. All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.

o Applications and the supporting documents -- transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports -- must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

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:

Would you like the LGBT Equity Center 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. If you wish to engage in a deeper collaboration beyond event co-sponsorship, please talk and meet with us directly.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us at 301-405-8720, by e-mail at, or come to our office. We are located in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.