Pride Alliance Newsletter!

PRIDE ALLIANCE EVENTS:Come join us at Pride Alliance as we start off a new semester! Meet new friends, enjoy free refreshments and music, and learn about the resources, groups, and events that we have in store for this semester. Friday, February 10, 5-7PM, Terrapin Room B/C in Stamp Student Involvement Suite.


  • BisexualsatMaryland (BAM): a discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight.
  • BrotoBro: a group for LGBTQQIA- identified men.
  • Women2Women (W2W): a discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women.
  • TransU:  a discussion and safe space for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise feel restricted by conventional definitions of “man” and “woman”.
  • TrueColorsofMaryland (TCOM): a discussion group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors.
  • SafeSpace (NEW LINK): a supportive environment for students navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. It is a partnership with the Office of LGBT Equity. Tuesday, February 7, at 7:30pm in 2308 Marie Mount Hall.


Queer Social Justice: Campaigning for Equality Maryland. Monday, February 6, 5PM, 2218 Marie Mount Hall. You can make a difference and get involved! Come learn about current legislative campaigns for LGBTQ justice in Maryland. Don’t forget to take action on February 13 for Lobby Day (see below).

Get ready to celebrate TuBishvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, from an LGBT perspective. Join us at the LGBT Equity Center at 2218 Marie Mount Hall on Tuesday, February 7th from 5:30 to 7 pm. Students of all backgrounds are welcome! It’s a seder — a Jewish mealthat occurs in a certain order — so, of course, there will be food. It will also be super accessible to non-Jews and straight allies. We hope to see you there! Feel free to contact Hannah at with any questions.

Queer Study Time (Every Wednesday) February 8, 2-4PM at LGBTEquityCenter– 2218 Marie Mount Hall. Come and study with others in a queer-friendly space! Bring your books/laptop/work. We’ll have some snacks and friendly faces

Queer Luncheon (Every Thursday) February 9, 11:30 AM- 1 PM at LGBTEquityCenter– 2218 Marie Mount Hall. Join us for some queer lunch!. Bring your food, we’ll bring the games and good conversation!


The year 2011 will be remembered as a milestone in youth mobilization on the african continent. From the youth of Tahrir Square in Egypt, the revolutionaries in Tunisia and the birth of the Occupy Nigeria movement, the voices and actions of the youth of the world are contributing a great deal to shaping global discourse and action in Africa. Sponsored by ASPAC. Monday, February 6, 6PM, ASY 3202.

Are you interested in poetry? Have you been looking for an outlet for your creativity? Rap Meets Poetry is an outlet for poetic University of Maryland students every first Tuesday of each month. This event is a perfect opportunity to share your own poetry, perform the poetry of others, or appreciate the poetic talents of your fellow students. Please come to the PG Room in Stamp every first Tuesday to witness University of Maryland’s most talented poets! Tuesday, February 7.

TIM WISE – Between Barack and a Hard Place: Challenging Racism, Privilege, and Denial in the Age of Obama. Voices of Social Change invites you to join us in exploring issues of racism through a lecture and Q&A with Tim Wise, among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., also I a huge fan. Yall should be there. Say hi to me ‘cause I’ll totes be there. Wednesday, February 8, 6-7:30PM, Hoff Theater.

The Black Male Initiative Program is hosting a free screening of the film Hidden Colors at the Nyumburu Cultural Center, on February 8, 2012 at 7pm.Hidden Colors, directed by Tariq Nasheed, is a documentary detailing the real and untold history of Africans around the world. This film discusses some of the institutionally racist reasons as to why the contributions of Africans and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. All are invited to come to this important and be a part of a talk back session immediately following the film.


The LGBT Equity Center and The One Project are sponsoring a bus to Lobby Day and we want the students, faculty and staff of UMD to help advance the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act and other LGBTQQI-focused legislation. No one deserves to be fired, refused work, denied housing, education or credit, or suffer harassment or violence just because of who they are — but transgender people and those who don’t fit gender stereotypes, such as some gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight people, in Maryland routinely face this type of discrimination and/or violence without some kind of recourse. Other issues include marriage, domestic partnerships, HIV/AIDS and hate crimes. LOGISTICS: Bus leaves campus at 5pm from Lot 1 on February 13. Bus will return to campus around 8pm. Participants will be able to rally and meet with representatives to talk about the issues they care about the most.

Lunch with the One Project Advisory Board- Wednesday, February 15th, 12-1:30 PM, Baltimore Room in Stamp. We want to meet the students and learn about what your needs are as a community. Come meet with some of our advisory board and tell us what you want to see on campus. This is for students only.

Free HIV testing at the University Health Center- Thursday  February 16, (rapid HIV testing, same day results) 1pm – 4pm.

Vagina Monologues. February 16-18. Mark your calendars.


National Union of Jewish LGBT Students (NUJLS) Annual Conference, February 17-19, American University, Washington DC. Join NUJLS for our annual conference this spring at American University in Washington DC.  Come together to celebrate both queer and Jewish identities, make new friends and participate in engaging workshops surrounding advocacy and leadership. Since 1997, NUJLS has hosted an annual conference brining together Jewish LGBT students for a weekend filled of fun, friendship and learning.  Over 1000 alumni call NUJLS a second family.  NUJLS welcomes all students, regardless of how they identify and their personal identity. Pre Registration is already underway.  Visit to pre register today or visit us on facebook at

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are building progressive movements for social change and will be enrolled in school during the 2012-13 academic year. Their website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support:  


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