Lavender Convocation, Thursday 4pm

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Center Presents:

Lavender Convocation

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
4pm program, followed by reception and resource fair
Orem Hall, Riggs Alumni Center

Allies welcome! All students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited.

The program includes a welcome from President Loh and the premier of a campus LGBT promo video!

For questions or special accommodations, email with ample notice to or call 301-405-8720.
Thanks to our event sponsors, the University of Maryland Alumni Association, Novak LGBT Student Fund, One Project, Department of Resident Life, and Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy.  Click here for more info!

When: Thursday 9/6, 4pm

Where: Orem Hall, Riggs Alumni Center, UMD

Field of lavender.

Pride Alliance Fall Semester Retreat, Tuesday 10am

As a welcome back event, we are hosting a retreat before classes start to assemble ideas and perspectives for what we are going to focus on for next semester. This will consist of proper introductions, a discussion of our constitution and mission statement, reintroducing our plans and actions, as well as an event planning scenario. This event is MANDATORY if possible for all Executive Board Members and is OPEN to the public to attend. As an organization focused on helping the needs of the campus LGBT community it is important to voice your ideas and contribute to making this campus and the greater community a better and more inclusive place. This event provides a safe space and a venue on which you can voice your opinions and ideas towards improving and fortifying our organization. There may be light refreshments. Click here for more info.

When: Tuesday 8/28, 10:00am- 2:00pm
Where: Charles Carroll Room (2203K Stamp Student Union), University of Maryland College Park

Text “Got Pride?” with rainbow underneath.

Do you HEART Rainbow Terps?, Wednesday 10am

The Rainbow Terrapin Network has a new logo, and our office is working with University Relations on a fabulous promo video for UMD that will premier at Lavender Convocation. But we need your help to make it great! So we’re taking pictures that will help for the promo sequence of the video.
Join us and have your picture taken holding an “I Heart Rainbow Terps” sign at the Testudo in front of McKeldin Library. You don’t need to bring anything, just show up any time between 10am and 11am and someone will be there with a sign for you to hold up and get your picture taken. It will be pretty quick.
When: Wednesday 8/22, 10am-11am
Where: Testudo outside McKeldin Library, University of Maryland

I heart rainbow terps. Picture of a winking terrapin with rainbow shell.

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 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