Monday, November 26, 2012

Rainbow Report

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

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
 —Fredrick Douglass
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LGBT Equity Programs:
* 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!

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

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
* Pride Alliance General Body Meeting
o   Sunday, December 2nd at 7PM in the Pride Alliance office—0207J in the student involvement suite.

Additional Announcements:
* STI Testing
o   There will be HIV rapid testing with same day results in the Health Center on Wednesday, November 28th from 10AM-2PM.
* Come to Lunch! Members and Allies of the API & South Asian Community at UMD
o   The purpose is simply to get to know other LGBTQ API/South Asian students, staff, faculty, and alumni in the UMD campus community, and our friends and supporters.
o   The lunch will take place off campus on Saturday, December 1 at 2:30pm. If you are interested, please contact Chris Quach at for further details.
* Internships available at Where The Girls Go
o   Where The Girls Go is a local queer lady events website experiencing major growth…including a new sweet website in the works.
o   We are currently seeking a few interns to help us out with event coverage, events, PHOTOGRAPHY, graphic design, marketing, writing and business development.
o   Ideally, you're interested in events, media and queers.  Passionate about community and building it.  And sharing it.  You should also be bright and fun and can commit about 5 hours per week on your respective duties.   
o   We can't pay you (YET) but have lots of perks including free event tickets and can arrange for school credit if you're school allows it.
o   Please send a note with your experience and which department you'd like to help expand to
* Queer Activist Coalition
o   The Queer Activist Coalition will be a new political activism group for the LGBTQA community.
o   Next meeting is TBA. Look out for more updates!
* LGBT Studies Courses for Spring 2013
o   The courses listed below may be used to fulfill individual requirements for the minor and certificate in LGBT Studies, as well as some General Education and CORE requirements. For advising appointments, please email JV Sapinoso at
o   This LGBT course information can also be found online at

LGBT Courses for Spring 2013
LGBT 200 – Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
LGBT 265 – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures
LGBT 285 – Homophobia in the U.S. Society in the New Millennium
LGBT 327 – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film and Video
LGBT 359M – Queer Comedy
LGBT 386 – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Organization Internship
LGBT 448C – Sex and the City
LGBT 448M – Advanced Study of Queer Latina/o Cultures:  Migration and Sexuality
LGBT 494 – Lesbian Communities and Differences
LGBT 499 – Independent Study

Also being offered are the following approved LGBT electives:
AASP 498Y – Special Topics in Black Culture: Sex Work
AMST 289A – Shifting Sands: Constructing Cultural Mainstreams and Margins in the U.S.
EDCP 418I – Special Topics in Leadership: LGBT Leadership
EDHI 338N – Teaching & Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue: LGBT/Heterosexual
FMSC 330 – Family Theories and Patterns
HIST289N – The Politics of Sex in America: A Historical Approach
HLTH 377 – Human Sexuality
HONR 258W – Exploring Homophobia: Demystifying Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
ISRL 449W – Advanced Topics in Israel Studies: Women and Gender in Israel
JWST 491 – Judaism and the Construction of Gender
PSYC 332 – Psychology of Human Sexuality
SOCY 325 – The Sociology of Gender
SOCY498X – Selected Topics in Sociology: Love and Marriage in Modern Society
WMST 400 – Theories of Feminism
WMST 498Q – Science Fiction Feminisms

GRADUATE LEVEL courses of interest:
AMST 6290 – Seminar in American Studies: Performance and Culture
AMST 629T – Seminar in American Studies: Body, Sexuality, and Society
ENGL 668A – Readings in Modern Literary Theory:  Queer Theory
SPAN 798P – Queer Readings of Spanish Romantic, Realist and Naturalist Writings

* Native American Heritage Month Events
o   OMSE and American Indian Student Union present the 8th annual Powwow on Saturday, December 8 from 10AM-6PM in the Riggs Alumni Center.
o   There will be Native American food, music, and dancing. You can even bring your own drum! Don’t miss it!

* 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!
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.