Monday, April 30, 2012

Rainbow Report

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

We are not heterosexual, homosexual, nor nonsexual. We are simply sexual. Deal with it.
~Amy Birdsong

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LGBT Equity Programs:
*  Queer Wellness
o    Monday, April 30th, 5-6PM in 2218 Marie Mount Hall
o   Finals week is looming over our heads and the end of the semester is upon us. Join us to destress and prepare for the academic apocalypse with self-care maps! Don't know what that is? Come out and find out! Smelly markers will be involved
*  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   May 1st, 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   Are you interested in putting 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 Prell at
Additional Announcements:.  
*  Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM):
o   Thursday, May 3rd, 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, May 2nd, 6-8PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.
o   a group for LGBTQQIA- identified men.
*  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
*  Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS Event
o   Monday, May 7th at 7PM in the Cafritz Theatre in CSPAC
o   Students in the University of Maryland Musical Theatre Workshop will present a Cabaret of contemporary work from the Broadway stage as a Benefit for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS ( The show was created by the students themselves with musical direction by Ron Chiles under the direction of Scot Reese. The show features songs and duets from the contemporary musical stage including In the Heights, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Book of Mormon, and much more. 
o   During the musical performance, a silent auction will take place to support Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Just some of the items to be featured include:
- Cast autographed posters of War Horse, Mary Poppins, and others.
-A magnificent, Broadway inspired snow globe.
-And a plethora of Broadway apparel
o   Come out and dress to the nines to support these rising artists and a fantastic cause!
o   To view the facebook event, go to
*  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 May 14– 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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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.