June 5th Newsletter


Hey Wildcats!

School is over but there are still some great events to check out while you're out getting a tan (and avoiding that 109 degree heat!) We present our June newsletter, and be on the look out for us in the Fall. 

Best wishes and stay cool!

- LGBTQ Affairs 


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

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs Website

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Current Events & News


  1. Marie J. Kuda Present Exhibit at UA Poetry Center, May19 - July30th
  2. Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Marie Kuda Archives, June 14th 10:00am
  3. Arizona Public Media LGBT Pride Month Events, Month of June


  1. Just Gender Film Premier at The Loft to Benefit SAGA, June 16th 7:00pm


  1. Undergraduate Research Assistantship Request, Family Studies & Human Development, Summer 2014-Spring 2015
  2. Institute for LGBT Studies Deep Dish Fall 2014
  3. Common Ground Alliance Courage Retreat, Aug 14-17th
  4. Health Study: Physical Activity Among Gay Men
  5. LGBTQA Freshmen Survey
  6. Bisexual Health Study


Campus Events

1. Marie J. Kuda Presents Exhibit at the UA Poetry Center, May 19-July 30th


Come one, Come all, Come out and Help Spread the Word




When: May 19th-July 30th

 As a literary mentor and an active voice in the Chicago writing scene, Marie J. Kuda compiled a lifelong personal poetry and literature collection whose holdings included Audre Lorde’s Uses of the Erotic:

The Erotic as Power, published as a pamphlet by Out & Out Books, and a first printing of Gwendolyn Brooks’s Riot. In 2012, the Poetry Center was honored to receive selected books, chapbooks, and ephemera from Kuda’s collection, on display for the first time in this exhibit of lesbian and feminist works. 

The University of Arizona Poetry Center      

1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0150

Summer Hours    From May 10 through August 24                         

Monday & Thursday  9:00  to 8:00   Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday   9:00  to 5:00

2. Behind-the-Scenes Tour Celebrating Marie Kuda Archives, Saturday June 14th 10:00am

You are invited!

Please join the University of Arizona Poetry Center and friends of Marie J. Kuda

for a special behind-the-scenes tour


Lesbian and Feminist Works from the Marie J. Kuda Archives

an exhibit on display at the Poetry Center Library, May 19–July 30, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014 ~ 10:00 AM

The University of Arizona Poetry Center

1508 E. Helen St., Tucson AZ 85721 (View Map)

Please RSVP with # of attendees by June 5 to Wendy Burk,wlburk@email.arizona.edu

Poetry Center Librarian Wendy Burk and friends of Marie J. Kuda welcome you to this behind-the-scenes exhibit tour sharing works from the historically significant Marie J. Kuda Archives, donated to the Poetry Center in 2013 by Marie J. Kuda and Shirley Rissman. The exhibit draws from Marie J. Kuda’s lifelong personal collection of books, chapbooks, pamphlets, ephemera, and historical materials relating to lesbian and feminist writers and activism.

On display for this event only will be additional materials from the Kuda Archives, as well as other rare books, periodicals, and broadsides from lesbian feminist poets, drawn from the Poetry Center’s permanent collection.

ABOUT MARIE J. KUDA: Marie Jayne Kuda (b. 1939) is a Chicago-area writer, historian, scholar, activist and publisher. Most known for her important role as a chronicler of LGBTQ history and culture, she is also an important cultural creator. Kuda founded Womanpress, an independent press publishing lesbian feminist voices. She also conceived and organized the Lesbian Writers Conferences held in Chicago from 1974 to 1978—the first conferences devoted to lesbian feminist writing.

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3. Arizona Public Media LGBT Pride Month Events, Month of June

Arizona Public Media honors LGBT Pride Month with Special Programs in June on PBS 6, WORLD,

the UA Channel, ReadyTV on NPR 89.1 and at azpm.org

Tucson, Arizona – May 29, 2014 – Arizona Public Media presents an extensive lineup of special programming during June in observance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month.) From history to performing arts to independent film, PBS 6, WORLD, the UA Channel and ReadyTV offer viewers the opportunity to explore the observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

LGBT Pride Month, currently celebrated each year in the month of June, honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the U.S. the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

A recent story posted on azpm.org by AZPM’s Inès Taracena told of the difficulties that LGBT refugees seeking asylum in the United States must face. "The story showed that for one gay man from Brazil, asylum was his only choice. He didn't have a family or a community to support him, he faced only persecution. I never thought about how devastating the lack of social support in other countries can be, and I was proud to know that that man was finding help for his situation here in Arizona." Read about “LGBT Global Persecution Leads to Asylum Seekers in Southern AZ,” along with other related stories.

The weekly radio series on NPR 89.1, Arizona Spotlight, continues to feature the diversity of the Southern Arizona community by including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender stories. In 2014, producer and host Mark McLemore, plans to embark on a new series of short fiction by transgender authors, inspired by an anthology co-edited by local poet TC Tolbert called Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Arizona Spotlight can be heard on NPR 89.1 on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Program highlights include:

The Grove – Premieres on PBS 6, WORLD, the UA Channel and Ready TV

More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. And the pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide. But few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The Grove chronicles this garden's transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial. The film shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined. But as the Grove's stakeholders seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, a battle erupts over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

Independent Lens: The New Black – Premieres on PBS 6, WORLD and the UA Channel

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

The Day it Snowed in Miami – Premieres on PBS 6, WORLD and the UA Channel

The Day it Snowed in Miami traces the political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami, and how it galvanized the gay rights movement in Florida and beyond. Thirty five years ago, as snowflakes prepared to dust palm trees in a city known for its warmth, an addendum to the county's existing anti-discrimination legislation was proposed, which sought to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations or employment based on the basis of "affectional or sexual preference." On Jan. 18, 1977, a throng of conservatives led by singer and Florida Orange Juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant packed downtown commission chambers in protest. The commissioners ultimately passed the ordinance by a narrow 5-3 margin, but Bryant vowed to lead a repeal - and succeeded. The ordinance set back the gay-rights movement for decades; it took more than 20 years for Miami-Dade to revive and pass the law. The film also chronicles the tragic effects of the AIDS pandemic in South Florida, and the ironic, compassionate turn in public opinion towards the gay community.

Independent Lens: Love Free or Die – Premieres on PBS 6, FWORLD and the UA Channel

Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Robinson is a man whose two primary passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. His consecration by the Episcopal Church in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir. He becomes the focal point as American churches debate whether or not lesbian and gay people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, while the United States at large struggles with legal equality for gays and lesbians.

A complete list of programs, dates and times can be found here

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Community Events

 1. Premier of Just Gender Film as SAGA Benefit, Monday June 16th 7:00pm at The Loft Cinema  

The Loft Cinema is hosting a benefit for Wingspan/SAGA with the film Just Gender, a feature-length documentary about transgender experiences. Tickets are $10 and available at www.wingspan.org. The screening is at 7:00pm on Monday, June 16th, and there will be a post-screening panel discussion. 

The Loft is located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716

For more information, please contact:

Carol Grimbsy, Executive Director

520-624-1779 X 125



Chad Mosher, Programs Director

520-624-1779 X 127




1. Undergraduate Research Assistantship Request, Summer 2014-Spring 2015, University of Arizona

Professor Name:  Stephen Russell, Ph.D

Project Title and Description:

Research assistants may have the opportunity to work on several ongoing projects depending on skills and interests. Projects include research on suicide and self-harm among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) youth, themes (including sexuality) in the poetry of young poets, identity and self-identification among LGBs at different life stages, the role of gender, race, disability, sexuality as factors in school discipline. 

We encourage students to enroll who have an interest in and who plan to continue research on these or related areas in the future. 

Description of RA duties:

Research assistants will be responsible for assisting with data entry, administrative office tasks, and project-related research. Additional tasks may be assigned based on individual skills and interests.

# Hours/Week (45 per unit):

2 units (6 hours/week) or 3 units (9 hours/week)

Start/End Dates:

Starting over summer sessions if possible. Preference will be given to applicants available to enroll through Spring of 2015.


Hours are flexible, although most work will occur in our office between 9am and 5pm. Research assistants will be asked to commit to a regular weekly schedule.

Type of course: FSHD 492 (Section 042)

Student characteristics:

Students must be reliable, dedicated, and should possess strong communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.

How to apply

Email your resume and letter of interest to Jason Rivera at jasonrivera@email.arizona.edu.  In your letter of interest please note if you have work study eligibility.  

2. Institute for LGBT Studies Deep Dish Lecture Series Fall 2014

The Institute for LGBT Studies’ Deep Dish Lecture Series resumes Fall 2014, and we would like to invite you to present and participate.

We would love to learn about what's happening in your world, related to LGBT Studies!  For example, are you, your students, your friends, or anyone else you know conducting research on LGBT issues or implementing LGBT community initiatives that you think should be shared with other scholars, students, and community members interested in the same?

If so, Deep Dish is the perfect venue for you (or for those you know). Deep Dish is casual, conversational, informal—and best of all, there is free pizza.  The goal of Deep Dish is to build networks among those interested in LGBT social justice issues, research, and community-building in Tucson.

The particulars:

Casual. Deep Dish lasts an hour, 12:00-1:00 p.m, every Thursday fromSeptember 11th to November 13th, in McClelland Park ,Room 402.

Conversational. We start with 10 minutes or so of conversation so that we can eat before the featured presentation.  We also leave plenty of time afterwards for conversation, questions, and feedback.

Informal. Don't feel like you need to read a paper. Just come to talk with students, staff, fellow researchers, and community members about your LGBT-related initiative or research for 15-20 minutes. 

Food. Did we mention the free pizza? Veggie slices provided, but feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch if you prefer.

Please drop me a line at freemank@email.arizona.edu or give me a call at(520) 621-0326 to sign up for your time to “dish.” And please pass this invitation along to anybody you think might be interested.

3. Common Ground Alliance Courage Retreat, August 14th-17th


August 14th-17th 2014
Prescott, AZ 

Build connections with 50 other UA students in this unique experience designed to empower leadership for social change. Arizona politics engage students from diverse perspectives on issues from immigration to transgender rights.
Courage Retreat 2014 brings students together and equips them with facilitation and dialogue skills critical in navigating these issues while bringing awareness to students who are interested in understanding power, privilege and equity in our community.

What you need to know:

·  Deadline to apply June 15, 2014

·  Cost FREE

·  Open to all current UA students

Click Here to Apply!

For more information please contact Sarah Gonzales, Program Coordinator, Cultural Centers sarita@email.arizona.edu

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4. Health Study: Physical Activity Among Gay Men

A public health research team at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado is looking for participants for an online survey study on physical activity among gay men. Participants need to be men who self-identify as gay and are between the ages of 18-64 years. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and participants can be entered into a drawing to receive 1 of 12 $10 Starbucks gift cards. For more information, contact Melissa Ford and Dr. Danielle Brittain at CHResearch@unco.edu.

If you would like to participate in the study, please click on the following link:

5. LGBTQA Freshmen Survey

Are you a first-year, UA freshman? Do you identify as LGBTQ or are an LGBTQ ally? Have 10-15 minutes to spare?

If so, we want to hear about your experiences as a UA college student and use of campus resources. Our goal is to help improve campus resources for all LGBTQ folk. Your opinion is important!

The paper survey only takes 10-15 minutes to complete! It’s that easy! You will automatically be entered in a raffle to win a free $15 Chipotle gift card!! Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t be shy! Please e-mail Ayla Kapahi at amkapahi@email.arizona.edu to sign up or for more information. Thank you!! 

6. Bisexual Health Study

We are a group of researchers conducting an online research study on bisexual women and men’s health and resilience in relation to discrimination and oppression. For the purposes of this study, we are defining bisexual as a person of any gender who identifies as bisexual or who is attracted to more than one gender. We are conducting this study to help our LGBTQ community, and we would like to use the results from this study for the purposes of promoting bisexual people’s health and clinical care. We would like to request your participation in this online survey and help with this cause. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, and your participation would be voluntary and confidential. We would greatly appreciate your help on this project!

In appreciation for your participation, you are welcome to enter a raffle to win one of five $25 prizes. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The study has been approved by the Boston College Institutional Review Board and it is supervised by Dr. Paul Poteat. If you would like to participate, please visit the link below to take the survey:


If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact us at this email address (bisexualhealth@gmail.com). Please feel free to pass this announcement on to other people who might be interested in participating.

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!