December 1st Newsletter

We hope your Thanksgiving break went well. We are thankful for all of you :)

Peruse our Decem-brrrrr newsletter below, and good luck with your finals or end-of-the-year tasks. Stay safe over the break and we will see you back in Spring! 

For an updated calendar of events, or for more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, please visit:

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs Website

 For up-to-the-minute event announcements, please "Like" us on Facebook:

 LGBTQ Affairs Facebook Page

 Pride Alliance Facebook Page


LGBTQ Affairs

Current Events & News


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events

  1. Free HIV testing, Dec 10th 10-2pm
  2. Homo for the Holidays, Dec 10th 6-8pm
  3. Pride Alliance Internship 

Continuing Series

  1. Support Groups
  2. Safe Zone Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule 



  1. ​Mapping Q Exhibit Opening, Dec 3rd
  2. Early Registration for the NCLC
  3. Campus Health's Living Wild Magazine
  4. Trans Literature Class 
  5. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Application



  1. World AIDS Day Free Screening of Broken Heart Land, Dec 1st 7:30pm
  2. Reveille Men's Chorus Presents "Tis the 20th Season," Dec 5-7th
  3. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference, May 8th 2015


  1. Join the Men's Project
  2. SPEAC Internship
  3. Submit a Proposal for 2015 Let's Get Better Together Conference
  4. Academic School Tutor Positions
  5. Participate in a Research Study on Gender, Youth, and Dress Code


LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Free HIV Testing, December 10th from 10am-2pm

FREE HIV Testing
Career Services Center, Student Union 4th Floor
Wednesday, December 10th from 10am to 2pm

Constantly updating your status? Don't forget your HIV Status! Pride Alliance is collaborating once again with Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation to provide FREE HIV testing to students and community members on campus. Don't miss out on this opportunity! All you have to do is email your top 3 time slots to

Testing will occur in 20 minute intervals from 10am to 2pm. Testing is confidential and your name or information will not be used for any reason other than scheduling your appointment.


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2. Homo for the Holidays, December 10th from 6-8pm

Wednesday December 10 is "Homo for the Holidays" from 6-8pm at the Pima Lodge. We know that the holidays can be a tough time for some people, so come hang out with your queer and allied U of A family! We'll be having an ugly sweater contest, holiday karaoke, genderbread people decorating, and a rainbow elephant gift exchange. Refreshments will be provided too! 
If you'd like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift of no more than $5 value. 

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3. Pride Alliance Internship

Have you always wanted to do an internship with our office? We are currently looking for interns for spring 2015! We will select up to 10 interns who will work directly with Jen Hoefle Olson and the Pride Alliance directors to develop programs for LGBTQA+ and allied students, staff, faculty, and alumni at the University of Arizona. Interns will coordinate social events, develop campus-wide educational initiatives, and plan large scale events like the Second Chance prom, the Day of Silence, and Rainbow Graduation. It’s an awesome experience, just ask any of our current interns.

You can find the application above, or at:

Applications are due Friday December 5th @ noon. 

LGBTQ Affairs Continuing Events

1. Support Groups

LGBTQ Affairs provides support groups to people who need some support in their lives. Those include: 

LGBTQA+ Support Group
Tuesdays 4-5:30pm in the SUMC Room 412 (4th Floor Conference Room)

This is a safe space for UA students, faculty, and staff to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQA+ and Allied community. 

Gender Spectrum Support Group
Mondays 3-4pm in the 3rd Floor Highland Commons, SE Corner

This is a support, therapy, and education group for UA students dealing with gender identity, gender dysphoria, and issues related to gender. There is a $5 a week charge, that can be billed to Bursar's

QPOC and Two-Spirit Discussion Group
Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm in Nugent Room 205

This is a peer to peer discussion group that provides a safe environment  to connect, share experiences, and show support for each other. 

LGBTQ Abuse Survivors Suppor Group
Tuesdays 1-2pm in the 3rd Floor Highland Commons, SE Corner

This group is open to UA students of all genders who have experienced interpersonal violence/abuse and identify as LGBTQ+

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2. Safe Zone Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program committed to making The University of Arizona a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.



Upcoming Training and Registration Links:


Friday, Dec 5
Ventana Room, SUMC
Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 
General Education Training
Register: Here
Ally Development Training
Register: Here


Saturday, Jan 24
Location: Ventana Room
Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 
General Education Training
Register: Here
Ally Development Training
Register: Here

Campus Events

1. UA Art Museum Mapping Q Outreach Project

Mapping Q is a community youth program created in collaboration with the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s ALLY suicide prevention program. Youth investigated language, symbols, and images and explored how they can express personal identities as well as communicate rigidly traditional expressions of gender and sexuality. Mapping Q participants created artwork as a response to these investigations. Their work explores ideas such as the youth’s ideal spaces, personal identities, and their own understandings of gender and sexual orientations. This exhibit will be on display from December 3, 2014 until January 4, 2015.

December 9 at 4:30: Please join us for a screening of the movie, Put This on the Map, a short documentary film about queer youth by queer youth living in Seattle’s eastside suburbs.  “Professing expertise over their experiences, queer youth provide a candid evaluation of their schools, families, and communities — moving an audience from self-reflection to action.”  Following the screening, the UAMA will host a panel of LGBTQ students from UA and youth from ALLY.  K-12 and college level educators as well as community members are invited to the museum for this informative and engaging event. 

If you have questions, email or 

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Registration Opens November 1st!


Registration Opens November 1st, 2014

  • Early registration: $65 and includes the Keynote banquet, a T-shirt, workshops, and service projects. Early registration endsDecember 18th, 2014.
  • Regular registration: $75. Runs December 19th, 2014-January 15th, 2015
  • Late registration: $85. Runs January 16th-29th, 2015 (or until we reach capacity). Late registration does not include a t-shirt.


Register early to secure your spot at this year's conference!!

If you would like more information on the conference, please visit the NCLC website:

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What is the National Collegiate Leadership Conference?
NCLC is a three day student-run conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for more than 600 college students from across the nation.  

Conference Features

·         Spans three days at the University of Arizona

·         Over 80 workshops

·         Community Service projects with local organizations

·         Networking opportunities

·         Motivational speakers

·         Keynote speaker and banquet

·         Awards ceremony

·         Leadership Enrichment Certification

When is the National Collegiate Leadership Conference?
The conference will be held February 13-15, 2015 at The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. 


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3. Campus Health's Living Wild Magazine

Hey Wildcats! Check out the latest edition of "Living Wild!"  A magazine by Campus Health filled with juicy topics just for you.

  • What's Your Fitness IQ?

  • Snacks: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

  • What Resilient People Do Differently

  • Quiz: Take Your Relationship's Temperature

  • Good Drugs Gone Bad

  • And So Much More!

Direct Link: 


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4. Register now for a Trans and Genderqueer Literature Class


Register now for GWS 300, Special Topics Section 791:

Trans and Genderqueer Literature

In this groundbreaking course, we will study poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by trans and genderqueer authors. We will explore a variety of theoretical, cultural, and political contexts as we analyze the evolving literary discourses on trans and genderqueer experiences. You do not need to be trans or genderqueer identified to take this course. In fact, I encourage allies to sign up!  

Class will be held Mondays, 5:30-8pm at UA with TC Tolbert.

This class can be counted as an elective in the English or Creative Writing major or minor.

For more info, go to 

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5. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Applications

Hosted by the University of Arizona Cultural Centers, the 2015 UA Alternative Spring Break in Northern Arizona will help students gain insight about the Navajo and Hopi cultures and traditional ways of life through delivering significant and direct service to both communities. Students will be engaged in multiple cultural experiences as well as service learning projects throughout multiple cities in Northern Arizona, which include Tuba City and Chinle. Service learning experiences include but are not limited to: renovating community-wide facilities, assisting elders at the senior community center, mentoring youth, performing farm duties, and preparing for and participating in traditional blessing ceremonies. These experiences are geared to provide knowledge on social issues and give insight about traditional and contemporary views of Native American communities. Student participants also have the opportunity to earn 1 upper-division credit through LAS.

 Dates: Saturday, March 14, 2015 to Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 Costs: $150 per individual which will cover food, travel, lodging, and cultural activities  

Here at UA Alternative Breaks, we believe that there is no limit to the change you can bring to our world. So let's make some change, one trip at a time!

Please contact with any questions. Feel free to "like" our Facebook page to learn more about our organization and stay updated with us! 

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Community Events

1.Free Screening of Broken Heart Land

Broken Heart Land is a feature-length documentary that explores the response of friends, family and community members to Zack Harrington’s suicide in Norman, Oklahoma in 2010. Zack was a well-liked, openly gay teenager that carried a secret he was unable to disclose to his family or community prior to his death- he was HIV positive. Against the backdrop of a town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, Zack’s grief­stricken parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son’s death. The film highlights the need for community acceptance and support and gives special emphasis to how critical open dialogue in communities and families can be to one’s survival. You can see a trailer of the film here:

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2.Reveille Men's Chorus Presents "Tis the 20th Season," December 5-7th  

Reveille Men’s Chorus presents “TIS THE 20th SEASON.”  A holiday celebration of their 20th anniversary year spreading music, laughter and a mission of “Changing Lives Through Music” to Southern Arizona and abroad!

Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 8pm
Sunday, December 7th at 3pm
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Ticket Prices are:

$25 General Admissions
$20 for Seniors and Students with valid ID
Tickets maybe purchased through
Group Tickets Available.

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3.Save the Date for the Lets Get Better Together Conference, May 8th 2015

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The Men's Project is a dynamic University internship program that engages college male culture to improve the experiences of University of Arizona students. Undergraduate student interns participate in small-group discussions and oversee a variety of programs that challenge notions of masculinity and male identity. Through educational outreach in the form of discussion groups, workshops, and on-campus events, The Men's Project empowers students to openly discuss the issues that are most important to college men today. As an organization, The Men's Project centers around three core principles: explore, educate, and equity. Each principle addresses gender identity at individual, interpersonal, and systemic levels respectively to encourage a better understanding of one's own experiences and provide skills to foster a healthy culture of masculinity on campus.

Internships available for course credit, or on a volunteer basis.

Applications due Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.

2. Students Promoting Empowerment and Consent (SPEAC) Spring 2015 Internship

Are you interested in sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking prevention? Do you want to gain event planning experience or be a part of an on-campus movement? If you said yes to either of these questions, then you should consider applying for the UA ‘s Oasis Program Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Spring 2015 Student’s Promoting Empowerment and Consent (SPEAC) internship!

SPEAC is a social justice-oriented student group dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Through education and outreach, SPEAC aims to advocate for survivors, inspire action within the UA student community, and challenge the culture and social structures that perpetuate sexual and relationship violence.

If you have any questions regarding the application,  or need additional information, please contact Jane Otenyo at

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3. Submit a Proposal for the 2015 Let's Get Better Together Conference

The deadline to submit a proposal is December 5th, 2014. To send submissions or ask questions, please email

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4. Become an Academic Skills Tutor!
The THINK TANK is hiring Academic Skills Tutors. Click HERE to see the job description. Questions and applications can be directed to Cassandra Hirdes, Academic Services Coordinator via e-mail at
5. Participate in a research study on gender, youth, and dress codes


A reasercher form Occidental College in California has extended an invitation to University of Arizona students to participate in research on the experiences of trans and gender diverse youth.
Her research is on the experiences of gender diverse youth (ages 15-23) with high school dress codes, and serves to analyze how binary-enforcing clothing restrictions in school affect the gender presentations of these students. 
Participation involves a 30-60 minute semi-structured interview over Skype or the phone. 
Contact Emma Gerch if you have any questions:

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!