Monday, September 24, 2012

Rainbow Report

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

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.
 –Robert Frost

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LGBT Equity Programs:
* Queer Lunch
o   Thursdays, 11:30AM- 1PM, 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 there will be cross stitching!!!!
*  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
* Diversity on the Ballot
o   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. 

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

Small Groups 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

Additional Announcements:
* 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
* Queer Monologues: Queer Open Mic
o   The Queer Monologues presents Queer Open Mic in celebration of National Coming Out Week.
o   Wednesday, October 10th @ 3-5PM in the North Atrium (near entrance to CoOp), Stamp.
o   Anyone can participate! If interested, contact or

* 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.