Genderqueer DC, Tuesday 7:00pm

Genderqueer DC will have its first meeting on August 21st. We’ll use this time to discuss what potential members would like to get out of this group, and to brainstorm ideas for future meeting topics. GQ DC will focus on members’ personal experiences with identifying and living as genderqueer, bigender, agender, genderfluid, and otherwise outside of the gender binary, but allies are also welcome to attend this first meeting.  Click here for more info!

When: Tuesday 8/21 7:00pm- 9:00pm

Where: The DC Center 1318 U St NW, Washington DC

The genderqueer flag. Lavender stripe across top to represent androgyny (mix of blue and pink) and queer; white stripe to represent agender identity; and dark green stripe to represent the inverse of the lavender, the ‘third gender’ defined apart from the binary.

Disorientation Guide Kick-Off, Monday August 20

Every year the UMD social justice community creates a zine, the Disorientation Guide, about the different ways to get involved.  Come help your group be a part of this community!  Together we can outreach to new students and empower more people!

Click here for examples of other Disorientation Guides, and here for more information on the meeting, Monday at 5pm.

Cover of last year’s UMD Disorientation Guide, with picture of Testudo.

Femme2012: Pulling the Pieces Together

Femme2012: Pulling the Pieces Together is a multi-threaded conference and forum for those who think about, talk about, and create Femme as a queer gender and identity.

Following our Femme2006, 2008 & 2010 conferences in San Francisco, Chicago & Oakland, where hundreds of femmes and allies gathered for workshops, panels, films, visual art galleries and performances, we again invite community members, artists, academics, homemakers, geeks, techies, activists, femmes of all kinds, and their allies to continue the conversation by participating in Femme 2012 as presenters and participants.

We are invested in having Femme2012 continue to reflect the diversity and complexity of femme gender, identity and contributions. We hope for this conference to be a community building event, as well as an exploration and celebration of what it means to build and live queer femme identities.

Click here for the website or here for the facebook!

When: Friday 8/17 9:00am- Sunday 8/19 7:00pm

Where: Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore, 4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Femme2012

Femme2012 flier reading “The 4th Femme Conference is this summer!” with jigsaw heart and mermaid cats.

Pride Alliance General Body Meeting, Nov 16

Want to find out about Pride Alliance? Have something to contribute to Pride Alliance? Please come and join us next Wednesday as we hold a General Body Meeting for everybody to join. We shall discuss our plans for events as well as answer any questions, concerns, or suggestions to make Pride Alliance bigger and better. We’re all in this together so please join us next Wednesday and be a part of Pride Alliance!  Click here for the facebook event!

When: Wednesday, November 16 · 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Where: Terrapin Room, Stamp, UMD

UMD Pride Alliance logo

Deconstructing the Binary: Two-Spirits, gender, and sexuality, Nov 10

Coordinated by the America Indian Student Union and Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office.

How do we construct sexuality and gender expressions? Typically, we understand sexuality and gender as binaries, that is, gay and straight or man and woman. This workshop will use an interactive approach to deconstruct and reconstruct our understanding of the sexual paradigm utilizing the Native American Indian concept of “two spirits” as a catalyst for critical examination of sexuality and gender.  Click here for the facebook event!

When: Thursday, November 10 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Terrapin Room A, Stamp Student Union, UMD

American Indian painting

Captive Genders Workshop, Nov 1

Fresh off the release of their acclaimed novel, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, editors Eric Stanley and Nat Smith will be hosting a workshop to discuss their book as well as the issues surrounding gender, sexuality, race, and ability and its under-representation and ongoing struggles in the prison system.

When: Tuesday, November 1 · 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: Nanticoke Room, Stamp Student Union, UMD

Captive Genders book cover

All Hallows Queen, Oct 28

Ready for Halloween to be frightful and fabulous? Come join us at Pride Alliance as we celebrate this year’s Fall Social: All Hallows Queen. Be ready for amazing music, frightful decorations and costumes, awesome refreshments (and lots of candy :D), and a great way to celebrate the beginning of Halloween weekend with all your friends. The event is free and everybody is invited to attend the festivities! Additional information may be added once new developments are made public. Click here for the facebook event!

When: Friday, October 28 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Where: Atrium, Stamp Student Union, UMD

All Hallows Queen flyer

Month of Fear: HOMOPHOBIA, Oct 27

This Thursday, Community Roots will be discussing homophobia and the effect it has on the University of Maryland campus. This school has repeatedly turned a blind eye to many crucial LGBT issues, so it’s important that we continue the education and keep the conversation alive.

Faculty from the Office of LGBT Equity and OMSE will be joining us; they’ll help to lead activities and facilitate discussion, as well as answer any LGBT questions people may have. They are amazing resources and are looking forward to being there.  Click here for the facebook event!

When: Thursday, October 27 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: 1102 Tydings, UMD

Homophobia crossed out

Latina/o LGBTQ Get Together and Small Group Discussion, Oct 27

We are inviting those who self-identify as Latina/o LGBTQ people to join us for a casual and private conversation about the needs of LGBTQ Latina/o people on campus, to meet others who identify with these communities/issues, and to just come by and have fun. It’s a safe space, and a great opportunity to meet others. Friends of the community may also join, but should be aware that the content of the discussion is around concerns, support, and empowerment for LGBTQ Latina/o people rather than around ally development. In other words, it’s not an educational workshop or an “event” per se; it’s a discussion and space for LGBTQ Latina/o communities and those who feel close to the community.  Please read the above description before attending. Thanks!

When:  Thursday, October 27th, 3:30pm-5pm

Where: 1132 Stamp Student Union (small conference room across from MICA office)

Latin@ Pride 2011

The Queer Monologues Submissions, through Nov 1

Now accepting monologue submissions!!

Have an interesting, funny, poignant LGBTQQIA-related experience? Click the link and tell us about it!

Just type in your story/monologue or copy and paste the text into the box. There is no word limit so write as much (or as little) as you want.

Check out the event on Facebook for more info or the FB Group.

If you have any questions, email us at: monologues.comingout@gmail.com

Due: Tuesday, November 1.

Pink microphone