Monday, October 7, 2013

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report
University of Maryland, College Park

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
–Margaret Fuller

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LGBT Equity Programs:  
*  Queer Lunch
o   Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm, 2218 Marie Mount Hall. Bring your lunch; we’ll bring the conversation and fun! This week’s Queer Lunch will include the Rainbow Terps Return and Learn. We will be talking about Queer Camp!
*  Safe Space
o   Thursdays at 7 pm, 2308 Marie Mount Hall. Safe Space is a peer-facilitated supportive environment for any student navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. Even if you consider yourself already “out,” this is a space to decompress, share what’s on your mind, and find support. This Safe Space is for you! 
*  Rainbow Terrapin Network
o   Sign up now for Rainbow Terrapin Network trainings along with our new Trans* Advocacy Trainings!  
*   “I Heart Rainbow Terps” Week!
o   All week long, take part in the LGBT Equity Office’s Rainbow Terps Week. The week is designed to increase the visibility of the Rainbow Terrapin Network, a group of students, staff, and faculty on campus who enhance support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people, and their allies on campus.
o   You can show your support by taking your picture with an ‘I Heart Rainbow Terps!’ sign and posting it on our Facebook page. Use the attached flier or feel free to make your own! Your pictures can be serious or fun, in groups or just on your own, but should show that you support LGBTQ people on campus, and love Rainbow Terps! Stop by and see us from 12-4 pm Thursday October 10th and 12-4 pm on Friday, National Coming Out Day, October 11th.

Co-Sponsored Programs:
* Congressional Internship Opportunities for UMD
o   Are you interested in an internship with Congress? Please come on Friday, October 18th 2013 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the University Career Center – Resource Room to hear about the benefits of congressional internships and gain valuable tips for how to find and apply for these opportunities. Scott M. R. Baker, an UMD Alum and former Congressional Staff member, will share valuable information on the steps needed to successfully obtain one of these coveted internship opportunities. You can RVSP for this event by going to this site: For additional information, contact Pamela Allen at
*  The One Project: The G in LGBT
o   What does it mean to be gay in 2013? Come discuss what it means to be gay and learn more about the small group sessions offered with MICA and The LGBT Equity Center.
o   Monday, October 21st, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm in the LGBT Equity Center.

Student Group Meetings
*  Pride Alliance
o   Women2Women: A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women. Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   Bro2Bro: A group for LGBTQQIA- identified men. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM): A discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight. Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   TCOM: A group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors. Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   TransU: A discussion and safe space for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise feel restricted by conventional definitions of "man" and "woman". Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.

Additional Announcements:
* National Coming Out Day/Mathew Shepard Memorial
o   The Mt. Rainier area Gateway LGBT group will be hosting a candle light vigil for Mathew Shepard at the Mt. Rainer Municipal Building (1 Municipal Place) at 6:30 pm on October 11th. The vigil will be followed by a National Coming Out Day celebration at Urban Eats  (3311 Rhode Island Avenue). Join us to show your support for all the brave men and women who made it possible for all of us to live our lives openly.
o   Please bring your own candle.

* DC Metro LGBTQ Symposium
o   The 8th Annual DC Metro LGBTQ Symposium presents Intricate Identities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Culture and Ability in the LGBTQ Community, which will be held Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at American University in Washington, DC. The Symposium aims to create a communal space for education and reflection on leadership, activism, and research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* issues and topics for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
o   Students, faculty and staff interested in presenting at the Symposium are encouraged to complete the online proposal submission form located at Workshops and presentations in the past have included discussions/workshops about national, local and campus activism and identity issues, as well as research (a paper written or project completed for class) on the LGBT community. While we encourage presenters to tie their proposal to the theme of “Exploring the Intersections of Race, Culture and Ability in the LGBT Community,” we also appreciate creativity and liberal interpretations of the theme.
o   The Symposium is a collaboration among American, Howard, Gallaudet, George Mason, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities, and the University of Maryland College Park.
o   The deadline to submit a program proposal is 5 pm, October 13th, 2013.
Selected presenters will be contacted by October 20th. For more information on the Symposium please contact Matt Bruno at Registration for the Symposium is FREE and open to everyone, and it can be accessed at
* Feminist Graduate Student Symposium
o   The University of Maryland’s Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association and the Department of Women’s Studies are pleased to announce the First Annual Feminist Graduate Student Symposium to be held Wednesday, October 16th 2013, in the Margaret Brent Room, 2112 Stamp Student Union.
o   Interventions: Women’s Studies on the Edge
Feminist scholarship at the University of Maryland engages a wide range of questions, topics, methods and disciplines meant to address the lived experiences and representations of women, especially with regard to issues such as gender, race, sexuality, nationality, disability, etc. This symposium highlights various feminist projects in development at the University Maryland and the surrounding area, profiling the cutting edge of feminist scholarship. The symposium will consist of panels structured around three themes that elucidate the complexities in the diverse lives of women and communities.
o   Translations:
Papers that build bridges across national borders, consider dividing lines between fields and disciplines, and/or examine the distinctions between the academy and activists outside the university.
o   Taking Back Innovation:
Papers that push theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical boundaries to produce and share exciting feminist knowledge.
o   Bridging Gaps in Women’s Studies: Papers that address topics or questions not given enough attention by feminist scholarship and/or in feminist classrooms.

Registration is free, and lunch will be served.  This event is funded in part by Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community and the public. Other funding comes from the Pepsi Grant, and our co-sponsors are the Women's Studies Department and UMD Feminists.

Please register at

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.