Monday, April 15, 2013

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report
University of Maryland, College Park
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-Albert Einstein

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LGBT Equity Programs:     
* Queer Lunch!
o   Bring your lunch this Thursday at 12:30 in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   It’s like lunch in your high school cafeteria except WAY better. Come sit with the cool kids J
* Lavender Graduation
o   It’s that time again! This year, Lavender Graduation will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 3-5PM in the Memorial Chapel.
o   If you are a graduate, family member, or community member interested in attending RSVP here.
o   Come for the graduates, stay for the rainbow tassels J
* 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!
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   There is ONE left this semester: Wednesday, April 24 1-4PM.
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
*  LGBT Staff/Faculty Association Lunch @ The Dairy
o   Members of the LGBT Staff/Faculty Association will be meeting informally for lunch on the first Thursday of every month during the spring semester in the Dairy. Please join for good food and great conversation!
*  “Rise Above” Request for Proposals
o   The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) seeks proposals (up to $750.00 per awardee) from the campus community for events and other endeavors that further the overall goals of the “Rise Above” campaign.
o   The campaign calls on us to "Rise Above" racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bias and, instead, to “embrace” unity, respect, and diversity.  Through this grant program, ODI seeks to offer campus community members opportunities to engage actively around issues of diversity, culture, identity, bias, and difference.
o   Proposals will be accepted on a rolling process. Download the Request for Proposals document and template at For more information, contact Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, at or x56810.
* LGBT Service Day
o   The LGBT Staff and Faculty Association will host an LGBT Service day on Thursday and Friday, April 18th and 19th from 12:30-4:30 at Marie Mount Hall.
o   They will be working with the Arboretum and Horticultural Services to clean up and add some flowers and color to the area around Marie Mount.
o   Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to join! You can sign up here.
* Debilitating Queerness: The Queer Studies 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   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:
o   A group for those who want to make the Jewish community a more comfortable and accepting place for LGBTQ students. Tuesdays at 4:00PM in the LGBT Equity Center.

* 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.
o   A group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors. Thursdays at 5:00PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
* TransU
o   A discussion and safe space for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise feel restricted by conventional definitions of "man" and "woman". Thursdays at 6:00PM 2218 Marie Mount Hall
* Women2Women (W2W)
o   A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women. Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
This Week in PRIDE MONTH:

April 16
o   MICA:  Interfaith and Sexuality Roundtable
·      5:30-6:30pm in the Grand Ballroom Lounge in Stamp
o   Bro2Bro: Picnic on McKeldin Mall
·      6-8pm next to the ODK Fountain on the Mall

April 19
o   Pride Alliance: Queer Young Adult Literature Discussion Ft. H.E. Knight
·      6-7pm in the Banneker Key Room
Additional Announcements:
* Safer Sex Study
o   Are you a female? Are you 18-35 years old? Do you identify as lesbian or bisexual, or have you had sex with a woman in the last two years? We are looking for participants who meet the above criteria to be involved in a study of same-gender safe sex knowledge in the lesbian and bisexual community. The findings will be used to design better sexual health campaigns for lesbian and bisexual women.
o   Participation will include 1 one-hour phone or in-person interview. For more information, contact the graduate researcher of the study, Lauren Crook, at

* FREE Testing
o   The University Health Center will offer free STI testing on Thursday, April 18 from 11-2:30pm.
o   There will be more free testing days in April and May. Check here for more information on the dates and types of testing being offered.
* PFLAG Scholarship
o   The Columbia-Howard County PFLAG is offering the Scholarship for Outstanding LGBT Youth and their Allies.
o   You can view the requirements and get the application here.
o   HURRY the application must be postmarked by TODAY, Monday, April 15.
* Camp Lightbulb
o   Camp Lightbulb is an overnight summer camp for LGBT youth in Provincetown, MA. After a fantastic launch year in 2012 we are now expanding to 4 individual weeks from 07/28 through 08/24.
o   We are looking for counselors to join our dream team and help create memories that last a lifetime in the vibrant, welcoming surroundings of gorgeous Provincetown.
o   Accommodation provided. Salary negotiable. Application deadline is TODAY April 15. Full details on our website:
* Students for Justice in Palestine Presents: Hip-Hop artist INVINCIBLE
o   On Friday, April 19 at 6PM in the Jimenez room of the Stamp Student Union, UMD’s Students for Justice in Palestine will be hosting Detroit-based activist and hip-hop artist INVINCIBLE.
o   INVINCIBLE uses hip-hop as activism centering her content around queer and feminist issues, urban poverty, and human rights.
o   This is the last event in SJP’s 5th Annual Palestinian Solidarity Week that begins on Monday, April 15th. For more information on the week’s events visit their Facebook.
* Peer Leadership Council Applications
o   The Peer Leadership Council (PLC) is a trained group of undergraduate and graduate students who deliver leadership experiences to other students through a series of workshops, institutes, and conferences. PLC participation provides an opportunity to serve the campus community, apply personal leadership skills, and develop an awareness of self.
o   To apply, visit the website
* Program Assistant for The Safe Spaces Project
o   The Safe Spaces Project supports organizations and networks that provide welcoming spaces and resources for LGBTQ youth.
o   They are looking for a part-time program assistant for their virtual team.
o   If interested, please contact Alex Carter at with “program assistant” in the subject line.

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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.