Monday, October 1, 2012

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report
University of Maryland, College Park
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LGBT Equity Programs:
* Diversity on the Ballot
o   TODAY! Monday October1, 7:00-9:30pm Multipurpose Room of the Nyumburu Cultural Center
o   This program will focus on the intersection of two important 2012 ballot initiatives in Maryland, the Marriage Equality Act and the Maryland Dream Act. Immigrant access to education and marriage equality may seem like very different issues.
o   Our "Diversity on the Ballot" panel will discuss the intersection of issues, solidarity and broad social justice frameworks, LGBT and undocumented issues, and what diversity looks like on the ballot and at the polls. They will challenge us to consider, is it about "justice" or "just us?" Following the panel discussion will be a Political Involvement Fair, providing an opportunity for students interested in engaging with issue advocacy organizations to get more information and to become more civically engaged, whether it is on diversity issues or beyond. 
* Queer Lunch
o   Thursdays, 12:00PM- 1:30PM, 2218 Marie Mount Hall.
o   Come enjoy your lunch with us at the Equity Center! You can eat your lunch, chat with friends, meet new people and play fun games; don’t miss out!
o   THIS WEEK: Everett Maroon will be in the LGBT Equity Center at noon, to read from his humorous memoir, entitled "Bumbling Into Body Hair: A Transsexual's Memoir" (a.k.a. "Tales of an Accident-Prone Transsexual")
o    Bring your lunch and come meet the author!
*  Out in the Workplace: An LGBT Career Panel
o   Tuesday, October 09, 2012 • 05:00PM - 07:00PM
o   In preparation for National Coming Out Day on October 11, hear from panelists across industries about LGBT career questions and issues. The panel will be followed be a light reception. More information coming soon! This panel is co-sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center, University Career Center & President's Promise, LGBT Studies, oSTEM, Lambda Pride, and SmithOUT.
o   For additional information about this event: contact Kate Juhl at
o   Location: Resource Room - University Career Center & The President's Promise

Co-Sponsored Programs:
*  Safe Space
o   A supportive environment for students navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. It is a partnership with the Office of LGBT Equity Center.
o   Wednesdays at 7:30 in 2308 Marie Mount Hall
*  “You Can’t Stop Us”: Maryland’s LGBT Legislators and the Battle for Marriage Equality
o   Thursday, October 11th from 2:30-4PM in the Multipurpose Room of the Nyumburu Cultural Center. The meet and greet will start at 2:30.
o   In February 2012, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law a bill extending the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples. The law will not take effect unless voters affirm it through a referendum on the ballot (Question 6) in the November 6 election.
o   In honor of National Coming Out Day and in preparation for this historic vote, we invite you to join us for a conversation with members of the LGBT caucus of the Maryland General Assembly. They'll discuss the power of being out in politics, the art of creating social change through the legislative process, and what lies beyond November 6 for Maryland's LGBT and allied citizens.
*  Marriage Equality Rally
o   The rally will begin at 4PM in the Nyumburu Amphitheater
o   Join us on twitter #UMDMarriageRally
o   If you need more information regarding the panel discussion or rally, please contact or
Student Group Meetings:
* Trans U
o   A discussion and safe space for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise feel restricted by conventional definitions of "man" and "woman". Mondays at 7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
* Women2Women (W2W)
o   A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women. Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
* Bro to Bro
o   A group for LGBTQQIA- identified men. Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at the LGBT Equity Center.
* Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM)
o   A discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight. Thursdays at 6:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
* True Colors of Maryland (TCOM)
o   A discussion group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors. Thursdays at 7:00 PM in
the LGBT Equity Center
*  SmithOUT
o   TODAY, October 1 at 8PM  in Van Munching 1336
o   SmithOUT will be hosting UMD Alumni that will talk about transitioning from college to the working full time and what it’s like to be out in the workplace.
o    All are welcome!

Additional Announcements:
o   Saturday, October 6th from 1-3:00PM
o   In recent years, punk and riot grrrl have become the subject of much retrospection and analysis. This retrospective turn, has largely failed to center race as a crucial factor, or to observe punks of color as a vital but also a discomforting presence. POC Zine Project and traveling panel discussion series BEYOND ‘MEET ME AT THE RACE RIOT’ interrupts this void.
o   The POC Zine Project panel includes a rotating roster of speakers who offer through their zines a chronology and a partial history of the creative and intellectual production of people of color, including multi-media zine readings by Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot zine), Anna Vo (Fix My Head zine), Cristy Road (Greenzine) & Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress). This event will also include POC zine tabling, sales and swap. To find out more about the POC Zine Project,
find them on facebook.

* Queer Monologues: Queer Open Mic
o   The Queer Monologues presents Queer Open Mic in celebration of National Coming Out Week.
o   Wednesday, October 10th from 2:30-4:30PM in the North Atrium (near entrance to CoOp), Stamp.
o   Anyone can participate! If interested, contact or
*  Terps For 6!
o   Thursday October, 11th from 10am-4pm on Hornbake Plaza
o   SmithOUT will be asking students to pledge to vote FOR marriage equality by writing “in support” on a paper cutout. We will then string up the cutouts around the plaza to show the widespread support for marriage equality we have here at the university.
o   Our mission is to effectively educate, energize, and mobilize students to the polls.
o   If you can help staff the booth or have questions about the event contact
*  A Book Talk with Dr. Celine Prrenas Shimizu
o   Thursday, October 11th from 12:00-1:30PM in the Jimenez Room in Stamp
o   Come join Dr. Shimizu, Professor, Asian American Studies at Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, as she shares highlights from her most recent book, Straightjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies. For more information, contact the Asian American Studies Program at 301.405.0996
*  Pride Alliance Presents: All Hallows Queen
o   October 20th in the Stamp Atrium
o   All Hallows Queen is Pride Alliance’s Fall dance and social!
o   You won’t want to miss this! There will be a drag show!

*  FUEL the Pride Leadership Conference
o   Saturday October 27th from 10am-4pm in the Stamp Atrium
o   The AASU will be hosting a leadership conference that opens dialogue around LGBTQ identified people in Asian and Pacific Islander American issues.
o   Registration is $5 before October 5th and $7 after October 5th.
o   Click HERE to register or learn more about the AASU.
* Terps For Marriage Equality
o   Wednesdays, 4-5PM, 2218 Marie Mount Hall
o   Meeting for students, faculty, and staff working to get UMD students to vote for
marriage equality
* The Last Closet Campaign
o   This campaign will help encourage the first athletes in US history to "come out" publicly while actively playing in any of the top five major sports. Our goal is to establish at least one positive role model in each sport (baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer). These gay sports heroes will make a world of difference to our gay youth.
o   Visit to see what you can do to help The Last Closet!
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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.