LGBTQ Affairs - April 18 Newsletter

Hey there, Wildcats!

Can you believe it's already mid-April? You can count on the weeks after Spring Break to be among the busiest of the whole academic year, and that's certainly true for LGBTQ Affairs. You won't want to miss three big events coming up soon: Safe Zone's "Trans 101", Second Chance Prom (with a Sci Fi/Steampunk theme, even!), and our wildly fabulous Rainbow Graduation! Read on for details!


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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LGBTQ Affairs

Continuing Series

  1. LGBTQA Support Group, Tuesdays, 4:00pm
  2. Queer People of Color & Two-Spirit Discussion Group (QPOC), Thursdays, 5:30pm
  3. Safe Zone Spring 2014 Workshop Schedule
  4. Gender Spectrum Support Group, Mondays, 3:00pm

Special Events

  1. Queer People of Color & Two-Spirit Lecture Series Presents Yosimar Reyes, April 23-25
  2. Advanced Safe Zone: Transgender 101 - Friday, April 25, 3:00-5:00pm 
  3. Second Chance Prom 2014, Saturday, April 26, 7pm-12am


  1. Celebrate Asian Pacific American History Month, April 2014
  2. The Best Energy Drinks - Living Wild! April 2014
  3. Mapping Queer - April 23-May 14 – UA Museum of Art
  4. Pursuing Value in a Time of Healthcare Transformation: Delivering Quality Care to Diverse Populations - Friday, April 25, Noon – 1:00pm
  5. Mindful Mondays, Every Monday, 12:00-1:00pm
  6. LGBTQ Abuse Survivors Support Group - Every Thursday 1:00-2:00 at CAPS


  1. Volunteer Orientation Offered for Those Seeking to Make a Difference This Summer – Tuesday, April 22, 1:00-4:00pm
  2. Desert Voices 25th Anniversary Concert! "Spring Forward" – Saturday, April 26, 7:00pm
  3. Mental Health First Aid for LGBTQ Populations – Thursday, May 1, 8:30am-4:30pm, Hilton El Conquistador
  4. Let's Get Better Together Conference - Friday, May 2, 8:00am-4:30pm, Hilton El Conquistador
  5. "The Laramie Project" at Tucson High – Now Through May 3
  6. Reveille Men’s Chorus Spring Concert "Simply Fabulous" – Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4


  1. Equiss Social Justice Experience – Registration Deadline: April 18
  2. Arizona Applicant Academy – Deadline: April 25
  3. Dr. Anna Jolivet Award - Deadline: April 25, 2014
  4. Camp Pride - July 15-20 - Scholarships Available - Register Now
  5. Victory LGBTQ Congressional Internship for Fall 2014 – Deadline: May 5
  6. Health Study: Physical Activity Among Gay Men
  7. LGBTQA Freshmen Survey
  8. Bisexual Health Study
  9. Become a Tutor!

LGBTQ Affairs Events

Continuing Series​  

1. LGBTQA Support Group, Every Tuesday, 4:00pm, Room 412, SUMC

This group is a safe space for UA students to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQ and Allied community. Students can discuss topics ranging from coming out to making new friends, from the media to gender identity. Facilitated by LGBTQA staff to provide resources and guidance if needed, the group is free and confidential. Please drop in - no need to call! For more information, please contact Martie van der Voort, MC, LPC, 621-3334 or email:

As confidentiality is an important aspect of the group, the group is not open to individuals writing papers for classes or other projects.

Co-sponsored by LGBTQ Affairs, Dean of Students, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Room 412 is located on the 4th floor of the Student Union Memorial Center, directly across from the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) and next to Career Services.

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2. Queer People of Color & Two-Spirit Discussion Group (QPOC), Thursdays, 5:30pm, Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs (Chavez 205)

The first of its kind at the University of Arizona, this peer to peer discussion group provides a safe and comfortable environment for LGBTQ and Two Spirit identified people of color to connect, share experiences, and show support for one another. These meetings are an opportunity for students to have discussions around LGBTQ issues within communities of minority races/ethnicities. Meetings are every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Cesar Chavez Buildng, Room 205. 

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3. Safe Zone Spring 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, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.


Upcoming training and registration links:

Friday, April 18, 2014
Sabino Room, SUMC
Workshop is full; registration is closed.
Friday, April 25
DeArmond Room, Highland Commons
(See description in Special Events)
Friday, May 23
Ventana Room, Student Union


4. Gender Spectrum Support Group, Mondays, 3:00–4:00pm, CAPS 

Gender non-conforming? Transgender? Transsexual? Gender queer? Cross dressing? Gender blending? Gender bending?

Come join us!

Support, therapy, and education group for U of A students dealing with gender identity issues
When: Mondays, 3:00–4:00pm. Check in at CAPS
Where: Admin. Conference Room (enter at Counseling and Psych Services, 3rd Floor, Southeast corner of the Campus Health Building)
Cost: $5 each week (can be billed to Bursar's)
For more information contact:
Martie van der Voort, MC, LPC at (520) 621-3334 or


1. Queer People of Color & Two-Spirit Lecture Series Presents: Yosimar Reyes, April 23-25, University of Arizona

April 23: "QPOC Spoken Word Night" & Reception
Location: Kiva Room, Student Union
Time:  5:30-7:00pm

Join the UA QTPOC and Two-Spirit community for a spoken word and open mic night featuring headliner and guest MC Yosimar Reyes.  This event also features a slate of local poets and writers co-curated by Sarah Gonzalez and Francisco J. Galarte.  Other performers TBA. There will also be an open-mic portion for community members to share their creative work. 

April 24/25: Sin Vergüenza:  A Dialogue with a Poet About Growing Up Queer in the Hood
Location: C/HSA, Chavez Building, Room 205
Time: 12:00-1:30

Sin Vergüenza y que?! Join queer poet Yosimar Reyes for lunch and an informal dialogue about the life experiences that intimately inform his Jota (Queer) poetics.  Learn what Yosimar’s hood means to him and how his barrio landscapes inspire this writing, politics and everyday struggle. 

2. Advanced Safe Zone: Transgender 101 - Friday, April 25, 3:00-5:00pm - DeArmond Room, Highland Commons 

What’s the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity? What does it mean to be transgender? How does the transition process work? How can I be more supportive and inclusive of trans people? This interactive workshop is a must for anyone who wants to learn what it means to be an ally to the transgender community.

Transgender 101 is an advanced training intended for participants who have already completed the Safe Zone General Education workshop.

Register here:

3. Second Chance Prom 2014, April 26, 7pm-12am, Student Union Grand Ballroom

Second Chance Prom is a FREE prom that is open to all queer and allied members of the University. It is a semi-formal reception intended to recreate a high-school prom reception for people who did not get to take their preferred partner(s) to prom, or wear the clothing they wanted to. While this event is geared towards the LGBTQA community, queer and allied people are welcome. 
The theme for this year is Sci-Fi/Steampunk! However, you do not have to dress according to the theme. Just come ready to have a good time and take up some space with food, games, special drag performances, and great music!
For those who are interested in shopping for steampunk-themed attire, keep an eye out on the Pride Alliance Facebook Page as we plan a trip down 4th Avenue with a professional steampunker to find clothing and accessories. 
Spread the word, grab your space suit, and watch out for those meteors!


Campus Events

1. Celebrating Asian Pacific American History Month, April 2014

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2. Living Wild! April 2014: The Best Energy Drinks

Here's the latest edition of "Living Wild!" - a magazine by Campus Health filled with juicy topics just for you. There's even a chance to win a massage in this issue!
  • Fitness Faux Pas
  • Food Labels: Read Between the Lines
  • The Best Energy Drinks
  • Synthetic Marijuana: Consumer Beware

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3. Mapping Queer - April 23-May 14 – UA Museum of Art

The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) and ALLY (Arizona's Life Links for Youth) have collaborated on a new museum program starting next week.

Mapping Queer is a free multi-event program for youth ages 14-24. The program takes place at the UA Museum of Art, studio art classrooms at the UA, and a celebration in a queer space TBD. Through the program, participants will investigate ways in which signs, visuals, and written text act to normalize heterosexuality and hide or ignore queer lifestyles. Students will tour the UAMA, create a visual project in response to the tour, exhibit their project at the UAMA and celebrate their completion of the program with a party!

The program serves to empower participants to critically understand how signs and visuals are used to normalize heterosexuality. ALLY curriculum will also focus on reducing youth suicide among Arizona youth. Please see the attached flyer. The UA community is invited to participate in this brand new programming through the UAMA.

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4. Pursuing Value in a Time of Healthcare Transformation: Delivering Quality Care to Diverse Populations - Friday, April 25, Noon – 1:00pm

DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director, The Disparities Solutions Center Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Program Director of Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital Co-Founder, Quality Interactions, Inc.

Dr. Betancourt directs the Disparities Solutions Center, which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. He is Director of Multicultural Education for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an expert in cross-cultural care and communication. Dr. Betancourt is also a co-founder of Quality Interactions, Inc., an industry-leading company that has created and deployed a portfolio of e-learning programs in the area of cross-cultural care and communication to over 125,000 health care professionals across the country.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at

College of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion 520.621.0235

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6. LGBTQ Abuse Survivors Support Group - Thursdays 1:00-2:00 at CAPS

Do you identify within the LGBTQ Spectrum? Do you feel like traditional support groups aren’t a good fit? Have you experienced dating violence or abuse? Sexual assault or abuse? This group is for you!

Who can join? UA students who have experience interpersonal abuse/violence and identify as LGBTQ. This FREE group is open to all genders.

What does the group do? Provides support and education regarding the impact of sexual and relationship abuse. Connects you with others with similar experiences to facilitate healing.

  • Shame and guilt
  • Impact of trauma
  • Support systems
  • Boundaries
  • Coping skills
  • Overcoming self-blame
  • Sexuality

For more information contact Dr. Kathe Young, Oasis Psychologist, 520-621-2051 or -

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Community Events

 1. Volunteer Orientation Offered for Those Seeking to Make a Difference This Summer – Tuesday, April 22, 1:00-4:00pm

Contact:  Scott Blades, TIHAN Executive Director (520) 299-6647 or

Welcome to the beginning of summer! Are you a teacher or a student who might have time on your hands this summer and want to stay active and involved to make a difference in your community?
Are you someone who loves to educate others, and have some time this summer to contribute? Do you want to use your experience and skills, either behind-the-scenes in an administrative capacity, or one-on-one with people living with HIV? Do you love being a part of a team, working with others, and sharing a common goal? Are you interested in being one of our happy greeters (in person and by phone), connecting people to information and resources, or educating others about HIV/AIDS and TIHAN’s response? Then the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) is the place to be. Please come and learn more about our volunteer opportunities at our next volunteer training on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1:00-4:30pm.
TIHAN’s Volunteer Orientation will address questions about HIV/AIDS and give volunteers new ideas about what they can do to help. Interactive and informative, the orientation is available to all who want to learn more about HIV/AIDS and gain an understanding of and sensitivity to those living with HIV/AIDS. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $17 fee to cover the costs of food and materials. Full and partial scholarships are available. The orientation will take place at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (centrally located 2331 E. Adams Street – near Speedway and Tucson Blvd).
Since 1994, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) has been organizing faith communities and volunteers in Tucson to respond to the HIV/AIDS health crisis with compassion and education.
Volunteer Application packets are available online at For more information or to sign up for the Volunteer Orientation, contact Alicia Talerico, Office and Volunteer Coordinator, at (520) 299-6647 or

Desert Voices, Arizona’s premier LGBTS chorus, is proud to announce our 25th Anniversary concert, "Spring Forward". The music, programmed by Artistic Director Shawn Cullen, reflects pop and Broadway and other Chorus favorites. One night only, April 26th at 7:00pm! Tickets are $18 in advance ( or $20 at the door. Location: PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. For more information, call 520-791-9662 or email


Hope, Inc. Presents “Mental Health First Aid for LGBTQ Populations” in conjunction with The 2014 Let’s Get Better Together Conference! 
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education program that teaches the general public a five-step process to recognize and help when a person is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. The training equips people to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness and provide initial help until appropriate professional, peer or family support can be engaged. Participants also learn about risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction.
Because this MHFA session is a companion to the Let’s Get Better Together Conference, it will also discuss how these issues specifically affect LGBTQ populations.
Who should take Mental Health First Aid? 
This training is primarily designed for community members with little or no experience in direct treatment of individuals with mental health issues and provides basic mental health education and approach skills for community members and non-clinical behavioral health staff.
For this special session of MHFA, attending this session will be particularly effective for LGBTQ identified individuals, family members of LGBTQ individuals and those who work with LGBTQ individuals.
MHFA is an 8-hour, one day course. You must attend all 8 hours to successfully complete the training. The training is FREE and open to the public.
May 1, 2014, 8:30 -4:30 
The 2014 Let’s Get Better Together Conference Hotel
The Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 Oracle Rd, Tucson AZ 85704 
On April 11, 18, 19, 25, 26 and May 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday nights), Tucson High will perform "The Laramie Project." If you have never seen a Tucson High performance before, they can be extraordinary. General Admission is $8. Show time is 7:00 pm, with a Saturday, May 3, matinee at 2:00 pm.
Seating is limited, and reservations and advance ticket sales are strongly encouraged. Call 225-5326 or email to reserve. Produced with the support of SAAF and the Fund for Civility and Understanding.
Fabulous doesn't happen overnight…
Imagine if you will, Michael and Barry. Two young men just recently out of the closet, ready to take on the world. But, just exactly how does one go about doing that? How do they navigate a gay world they know nothing about? What they need are a few older and wiser members of the community to take them under their wings and teach them what it means to be FABULOUS!
Join us on their musical adventure, Simply Fabulous, as they chart the sometimes treacherous, but always entertaining waters of everything gay, guided by their 8 Professors of Fabulosity: Style, History, Drag, Fitness, Dating, Sex, Family and Sense of Self.
Saturday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM and Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 PM at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S Scott, in fabulous downtown Tucson. $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online at, at Antigone Books or from a Reveille member. Call 520-304-1758 for discounted group rates on 10 or more. Like & follow us at!



1. Equiss Social Justice Experience – Registration Deadline: April 18

From May 20-22, 50 undergraduate students from colleges and universities from all over the country will have a unique opportunity to explore, reflect on, and learn how to take action to address social injustices. In a three-day dynamic retreat, participants will explore their own identities and engage in activities and discussions on various social justice topics to learn how to make a difference on campus and in the community.

Comments from past participants: 

"I learned to ask, rather than assume."

"I learned how much of a difference I can have on social justice issues in the world."

"I feel much more equipped with tools so I can still make a difference on my own campus."

"Everything touched and changed me. The experience was priceless."

Registration is available online at Deadline: April 18th, 2014
Cost: $175 (includes room and board during retreat) Location: Tucson, Arizona

Contact us at: (520) 621-8046 or at

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2. Arizona Applicant Academy - Deadline: Friday, April 25

The Arizona Applicant Academy is an intensive one day seminar for pre-med college students who are ready to apply to medical school. Items covered in the seminar include developing a personal statement, working on interview strategies, and managing secondary appli­cations. This seminar is very hands-on and focused. Ideally, participants should be ready to apply to medical school in the year they attend Applicant Academy. The deadline to apply is April 25.

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3. Apply for the Dr. Anna Jolivet Award - Deadline: Friday, April 25

Announcing the Dr. Anna Jolivet Award

Dr. Anna M. Jolivet (11/24/1928 – 1/21/2014) was a renowned local leader and educator who made multiple contributions to our local and campus communities. In honor of Dr. Jolivet, the University of Arizona Black Alumni (UABA), Africana Studies, and African American Student Affairs are pleased to offer the Dr. Anna Jolivet Award for 2014. One graduating undergraduate student, and one graduate/professional student will be eligible for a $500.00 award. To nominate a graduating undergraduate, graduate or professional student for the award, please fill out the application below by Friday, April 25, 2014.

Recognized individuals should exemplify one or more of the following values:

a. Scholarship: Nominated individuals or organizations will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing scholarship within a particular field of study. Nomination letters should describe in detail how the nominee has overcome obstacles, exceeded expectations, or otherwise demonstrated a long-term commitment to making scholarly contributions.

b. Leadership: Nominated individuals or organizations will have proven to be exemplary leaders within their department, community group, or organization. Nomination letters should describe how the nominee has demonstrated leadership that inspires, is inclusive of diverse perspectives and experiences, or has otherwise inspired positive change within a given context.

c. Service: Nominated individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exemplary service and a commitment to making positive contributions through volunteering, advising, or otherwise working to improve the community.

Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and award winners will be notified by Wednesday May 7, 2014. Presentation of the Anna Jolivet Award will take place at the annual AASA Convocation Ceremony.

To nominate a student for the Dr. Anna Jolivet Award, please click here for the online application. For questions about the award, please contact Maria Moore at

4. Camp Pride Leadership Academy - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, July 15-20 - Scholarships Available - Register Now


Registration is now open. Join Campus Pride in Nashville, TN July 15-20, 2014 to gain priceless leadership skills, organizing tools and become a social justice advocate and leader on your campus.

2014 will be the 8th year of Camp Pride and the 4th year of the LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor Bootcamp). Both academies run in tandem with one another at Vanderbilt University. Learn more about Camp Pride and the Advisor Bootcamp online.

Scholarships are also available for students and professionals to attend either Camp Pride or the Advisor Bootcamp. Visit for more info regarding scholarships. You may also consider raising money with support of your campus and local community with these fundraising ideas.

$845 Early Discount Rate until April 30, 2014; $995 after April 30, 2014. Registration includes room/board, educational program materials & meals - LIMITED CAPACITY.

For questions regarding registration or for more information, please email or call (704) 277-6710

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBT and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at 

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5. Victory LGBTQ Congressional Internship for Fall 2014 – Deadline: May 5

The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.

The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2014 Conference.

Applications for Fall 2014 are due Monday, May 5 – find out more and apply now at

The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.

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6. 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

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

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7. 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 to sign up or for more information. Thank you!! 

8. 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 ( Please feel free to pass this announcement on to other people who might be interested in participating.

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9. Become a Tutor!

The THINK TANK is Now Hiring for Fall 2014!
There are positions available for tutoring in writing, Math 100-129, physics, chemistry, economics, accounting and statistics. There is paid training and you can become a CRLA Certified Tutor.
To apply, please provide the following materials when you submit your application form:
  • Letter of recommendation(s) from an instructor in each discipline you apply to tutor in
  • Brief essay detailing why you are interested in tutoring. If applying for a writing position, you must also respond to a scenario on the second page of the application.
  • Unofficial transcript (including transfer transcripts)
Application form available at under “Content Area Tutors”.
For more information, contact Mel Williams, Tutor Coordinator at the Think Tank at Completed applications can be turned in to Mel by email or dropped off at the Think Tank Bear Down Gym front desk.

Thanks for your support! See you out and about!