Monday, April 23, 2012

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report
University of Maryland, College Park
“The unstoppable & QUEER.”

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.
~Cesar Chavez

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LGBT Equity Programs:
*  Queer Spanish
o    Monday, April 16th, 5-6PM in 2218 Marie Mount Hall
o   Grupo de conversación informal con un ambiente queer.
o   Informal Spanish conversation group in a queer environment.
*  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   April 24th, 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.
*  Lavender Graduation 2012
o   You are cordially invited to the Fourteenth Annual Lavender Graduation at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Please celebrate with us!
o   Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates.  Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of achievement. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.
o   This year’s Lavender Graduation will be Saturday, May 19, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union and includes both a ceremony and a generous buffet.
o   The University’s Main Commencement Ceremony will be Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 PM.  College ceremonies will be immediately following the Main Commencement and all day Monday, May 21. You are encouraged to participate in all relevant commencement activities during these days.  By beginning with Lavender Graduation, you will have your Rainbow Tassel to wear at the other ceremonies.
o   Graduates at all levels are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives.  This may include members of faculty or staff.  Of course, all faculty and staff are invited.
o   Academic regalia is optional. Please RSVP by going to
o   Lavender Graduates are strongly encouraged to fill out the form completely and early.(Some are already submitting their information.)For all others, you need only respond to the first three questions and RSVP by May 6.
Co-Sponsored Programs:
* Queering Honors
o  Would you like to put together a framework to help build a visible queer community within the Honors program? This would be relatively independent work that would involve talking with administrators, coordinating programming, and trying to engage with other students to figure out needs and build interest in this effort.
o   The Honors program is interested in supporting this effort, but hesitant to commit substantial resources unless we can demonstrate an active interest in this among Honors students.
o   If you’re interested contact Jack Izen or Vinny at
Additional Announcements:.  
*  Women2Women (W2W):
o   Tuesday, April 24th 7-8PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.
o   a group for LGBTQQIA- identified women.
*  Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM):
o   Thursday, April 26th, 6-7PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.
o   a discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight.
*  Bro2Bro:
o   Wednesday, April 25th, 6-8PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.
o   a group for LGBTQQIA- identified men.
*  TransU
o   Thursday, April 26th, 7-8PM, in 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".
*  Rodler-Wood Scholarship 2012
o   The LGBT Studies Program invites applications for the Rodler-Wood Scholarship.
o   Full-time undergraduate or graduate students returning in Fall 2012 are eligible to apply for this $1000 award (towards Fall tuition costs).  The award  will be made on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:demonstrated financial need; hardship based on sexual orientation; academic interest in LGBT Studies; extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.
o   Applicants should submit:1) a brief written statement outlining their qualifications and interests;2) an unofficial transcript; and 3) one letter of recommendation.
o   Hard copies of materials should be submitted to the LGBT Studies Program,2417 Marie Mount Hall, attn. JV Sapinoso, no later than Tuesday May 1.
o   Materials may also be sent by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by May 1 to Put “Rodler-Wood Scholarship” in the subject line of your message.
o   A list of past recipients of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship can be found at
o   For further information, contact JV Sapinoso For the facebook posting, go to
*  Help Center Transgender Panel
o   Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 PM in Anne Arundel Hall
o   Through this panel, our organization is trying to expand the basic knowledge and understanding of different trans experiences both on campus and off. It is our hope that many members of the campus community will be in attendance, and can learn from our panelists (both students and community members) as well as ask questions freely.
*  Rainbow Families DC
o   Saturday, April 28, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Georgetown Day School 4200 Davenport St NW Washington, DC 20016
o   RFDC is proud to present our biennial conference. The Family Conference will bring together hundreds of parents and families, expert panelists, service providers, businesses, schools and others interested in connecting with the Rainbow Families DC community.  Join us for a full day of workshops, discussion groups, and social networking opportunities designed to provide information and resources in a variety of topic areas of importance to LGBT parents and prospective parents.  The conference also includes a fun and nurturing day of activities for children of all ages.  
o   Opening Session/Keynote Speaker:David Valdes Greenwood is a nonfiction author and playwright. Valdes Greenwood has written about same-sex marriage and parenting for the Boston Globe and AOL, and in his book Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same Sex Marriage, the first memoir of legal same-sex marriage.  His poignant and entertaining stories about parenting can currently be found on The Huffington Post and his blog, “Diva Has Two Daddies.”  His other nonfiction books includeThe Rhinestone Sisterhood and A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays (a Today Show Top-10 holiday books pick). As a playwright, his work has been produced throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, including the published drama Brave Navigator. He is currently a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow.  With an MFA from Emerson College, David has been teaching writing to students of all ages for 20 years; currently, he is a Lecturer in English at Tufts University.  But his own education continues at home, where his daughter keeps her two dads on their toes.
o   Link to more information and registration:
o   Contact: 202.747.0407
*  LGBT Health Survey
o   Ethan Mereish is a doctoral candidate at Boston College. He is conducting an online research study on LGBTQ people’s health and resilience in relation to discrimination and oppression. He is conducting his dissertation study to help our community, and would like to use the results from this study for the purposes of promoting our health and clinical care. 
o   The confidential survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
o   In appreciation for your participation, he will donate $1 on each participants' behalf to a LGBTQ-affirming organization. As an additional thank you for participating, LGBTQ university members have the option of entering into raffle to win one of five $50 prizes. The study has been approved by the Boston College Institutional Review Board and it is supervised by Dr. Paul Poteat.
*  Victory Congressional Internship
o   The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Fall 2012.
o   The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.
o   The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference in Long Beach, California, in December 2012.
o   Applications for Fall 2012 are due Monday, April 30 – find out more and apply now at
o   The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.
*  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:
*  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.

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