Monday, May 6, 2013

Rainbow Report

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

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

-William Faulkner

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LGBT Equity Programs:     
* Queer Lunch!
o   Bring your lunch this Thursday at 12:30 in the LGBT Equity Center to the LAST Queer Lunch of the semester!!!
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
Co-Sponsored Programs:
* Safe Space
o   Wednesdays 7:30 PM in 2308 Marie Mount Hall
*  Queer Camp 2013 Applications
o   Leader applications are due no later than next Thursday, May 9th, 2013.  Leaders will have the opportunity to assist in the planning and development of the retreat and programming, and Leaders are not required to have participated in Queer Camp 2012.  
o   Returning/Upperclassmen applications will be accepted on a first come, first served rolling basis until September 6th, 2013.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis and no later than September 16th, 2013.
* 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.

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.

Additional Announcements:
* Lambda Pride Rooftop Happy Hour
o   Celebrate the end of the spring semester and a beautiful May evening by enjoying complimentary cocktails and a gorgeous view of Washington, DC along fellow UMD alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends.
o   Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 1010 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 
o   Cocktails are complimentary though this is a 21 and over event. The official event sign-up webpage is coming very soon so please save the date! Space is limited!
o   This event is free for UMD Alumni Association members. A$10 donation is asked of non-members

* USLT 498L/AMST 328R: Exploring Latin@ Gender & Sexuality in Popular Culture
o   The objective of this class is to examine how race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class are represented by and in relation to Latin@s in US popular culture. We will read and apply theory to the work of musicians like Selena, Shakira, and Ricky Martin. We will consider the depictions of Latin@s in film by watching the likes of Desi Arnaz, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Lopez, and Lupe Ontiveros. We will also read fiction by and about Latin@ authors, including Junot Diaz' latest novel, This is How You Lose Her.

* 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 (results in two weeks) testing on Thursday, May 16 from 11-2:30pm.
o   There will be more free testing days in May. Check here for more information on the dates and types of testing being offered.
* 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.

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.