Monday, February 4, 2013

Rainbow Report

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

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”
—Dr. Cornel West
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LGBT Equity Programs:
* Rainbow Terrapin Network
o   The RTN enhances support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people, and their allies on campus. Participants receive training on how to be effective in providing support for LGBT people, an opportunity to show commitment to this vital element of diversity, connection to others who are engaged in this work, and ongoing support in standing against anti-LGBT attitudes and heterosexism.
o   You can sign up for the trainings here! The first and second trainings are on Wednesday, February 6th from 4-7PM and Friday, February 15th from 1-4PM, respectively.
o   There are 8 trainings so find one that fits your schedule and join the Network!
* !NEW! Trans* Advocacy Trainings
o   The Equity Center is now offering at training on trans* issues and how to be a better ally and advocate for trans* communities.
o   So far there will be two this semester: Thursday, February 28th 9:30AM-12:30PM and Wednesday, April 3rd 4-7PM.
o   You can sign up for either training here.
o   This is a great opportunity to extend your training if you’ve already completed a Rainbow Terrapin Network training J
Co-Sponsored Programs:
* Safe Space
o   Wednesdays 7:30 PM in 2308 Marie Mount Hall
* Debilitating Queerness: The Sixth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium and Lecture Series
o   UMD’s LGBT Studies program along with American University, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University present the 6th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium and Lecture series: Debilitating Queerness. All events are free and open to the public!
o   Come to the kick off event, Robert McRuer’s lecture “Queer Austerity and Excess: Cripping the Crisis; or, the Rise of Disability Capitalism” on Thursday, February 7th at 5PM in Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall.
o   Eli Clare’s lecture, “Yearning Toward Carrie Buck” is on Thursday, March 7th at 5:15PM in Ulrich Recital Hall.
o   Jasbir Puar’s lecture, “Bodies with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled” is on Friday, April 5th at 5PM in Ulrich Recital Hall.
o   Heather Love’s lecture, “’I am Here, Where Are You?’ Autism, Deviance, and the Observational Social Sciences” is on Thursday April 25th  at 5:15PM in the Ulrich Recital Hall.

Student Group Meetings:
* Pride Alliance Valentine’s Day Social
o   Saturday, February 9th in the Margaret Brent Room in Stamp.
o   Join Pride Alliance for refreshments and socializing on Valentine’s weekend! You can bring friends or come make new ones!
* SmithOUT Diversity in the Workplace Symposium
o   Monday, February 11th from 6:30-8PM location TBA
o   Check the SmithOUT Facebook page for updates!
* oSTEM Mid-Atlantic Conference
o   Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th time and location TBA
o   Check the oSTEM Facebook page for updates!
* Bro to Bro
o   A group for LGBTQQIA- identified men. Tuesdays at 6:00 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. Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
* Women2Women (W2W)
o   A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women. Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.

Additional Announcements:
* StampFEST
o   Visit the Grand Ballroom in Stamp from 10AM-4PM on Thursday February 7th for StampFEST Organization and Involvement Fair!
o   You can learn about different student groups and ways to get involved on campus. Be sure to visit the Pride Alliance table!
* Delta Lambda Phi
o   Delta Lambda Phi is an international fraternity for gay men that was founded in Washington, DC in 1986.  Here in Washington, the Alpha chapter continues to operate in a multi-campus format, including several brothers at the University of Maryland at College Park.
o   DLP is approaching their Spring recruitment period and would love to hear from people interested in joining. For more information visit their website or email
* Queer Monologues
o   The Queer Monologues seeks to share the experiences of UMD's LGBTQQIA community, promote awareness and inclusivity, and make University of Maryland a more welcoming environment overall through storytelling. The performances, which have reflected upon triumph and struggle, humor and heartache, reveal a diverse glimpse of what the queer community experiences.
o   This year, Queer Monologues will take place on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:00p.m. in the Hoff Theater of the Stamp Student Union. If you would like to write for Queer Monologues, please fill out a submission form here by March 3, 2013.
o   Finally, if you would like to be more involved in The Queer Monologues, starting this week, Wednesday, 2/6/13, we will have TQM interest/planning meetings every Wed from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the MICA Office on the 1st Floor (with Testudo on it).
* Internships with Community Access National Network
o   Community Access National Network is a non-profit that advocates for the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C
o   CANN is launching a global anti-stigma campaign called Rise Up To HIV that promotes “No Shame About Being HIV Positive” and is looking for interns. There are also internships available for an upcoming Hepatitis C project that has just launched.
o   To learn more, get involved, or join the campaign, visit the Rise Up To HIV Facebook or Twitter.
·      Available 15-25 hours each week for the next month
·      Skilled in using Photoshop
·      Knowledgeable with social networking sights like Twitter and Facebook
·      Contact Kevin Maloney at

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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.