March 2nd Newsletter


Happy March!

We have lots of great opportunities and events to share with you in this edition of the newsletter. 

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


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events

  1. The Female Orgasm, March 4th 6:30pm
  2. Reading with Dr. Liz Kennedy, March 11th 6:30pm
  3. Vote for the Second Chance Prom theme this year!

Continuing Series

  1. Support Groups
  2. Safe Zone Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule 



  1. Meet the Dean Spring 2015 Hours
  2. Comfort Women Wanted: March 2nd, 3-5 PM
  3. Spring 2015 Deep Dish Schedule
  4. Masculinity and Men of Color: March 24th, 5:00-6:30 PM
  5. 5th Annual Miranda Joseph Lecture, March 26th 6-7pm
  6. ACT Stomp it Out series: Using Inclusive Language



  1. BICAS Ride & Wrench event: Feb 23rd and March 30th
  2. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference, May 8th 2015


  1. Consider the Social Justice Wing for 2015-2016
  2. Donna Swaim Travel Scholarship
  3. New Start Employment Opportunities
  4. ​Greatness magazine submission opportunity
  5. PFLAG Scholarship
  6. 2015 Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship
  7. BlaqOUT Conference: April 10-11th 


LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. The Female Orgasm, March 4th 6:30pm

Join the WRC in the kickoff event for HERstory month!

Takes place in the South Ballroom (SUMC)

"The Female Orgasm combines sex education and women's empowerment with a hearty dose of laughter. 
We bring a playful, honest approach to this topic, packing the house on college campuses. 
With warmth and humor, we illuminate the subject of female orgasm for everyone, 
whether you want to have your first one, you're hoping to help your partner, 
or you're debating the existence of the G-spot or 'to fake or not to fake?'"
For more information visit The Female Orgasm website.

2. Reading with Dr. Liz Kennedy, author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold, March 11th 6:30pm

Dr. Liz Kennedy Reading
Wednesday March 11th, 6:30pm
Women's Resource Center, Student Union 4th

Liz Lapovsky Kennedy reads from the 20th Anniversary Edition of BOOTS OF LEATHER, SLIPPERS OF GOLD: THE HISTORY OF A LESBIAN COMMUNITY  by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline Davis. (Routledge, 2014).

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold traces the evolution of the lesbian community in Buffalo, New York from the mid-1930s up to the early 1960s. Drawing upon oral histories of 45 women, it was the first comprehensive history of a working-class lesbian community. These  stories show how black and white working-class lesbians, although living under oppressive circumstances, nevertheless became powerful agents of historical change. Boots of Leather provides a unique insider’s perspective on butch-femme culture and argues that the roots of gay and lesbian liberation are found specifically in the determined resistance of working-class lesbians.  

This 20th anniversary edition republishes the book for a new generation of readers. The humorous, insightful and heart-rending memories about negotiating bars, house parties, romance and violence have not tarnished, giving tantalizing glimpses into the story tellers personalities and social  lives. So if you ever wondered about what  life was like for butch-fem lesbians in the mid twentieth century,  this reading is the place for you.  

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy is currently a Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She was one of the original founders of Women’s Studies in the early 1970s and has been a pioneer in the field of lesbian history.  She has published extensively in both areas

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3. Vote for the Second Chance Prom theme this year!

Second Chance Prom will be the night to remember! ... But we need your help to decide what it will look like. Vote now for your favorite theme! Cats? Wonderland? GENDER GLAM? You decide! Poll is open until Sunday, March 22nd. 

Vote Here

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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 203

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

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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, March 6
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training


Ally Development Training



Friday , April 17
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training


Ally Development Training



Campus Events


1. Meet the Dean! Spring 2015 Hours   

Visit Kendal Washington White, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students during her Meet the Dean hours! Stop by Nugent 100 Mondays from 12-1pm or Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm and chat with her. These hours are open from February 2nd to May 14th. 

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2. Comfort Women Wanted: Video Screening with Chang-Jin Lee, March 2nd 3-5pm

COMFORT WOMEN WANTED brings to light the memory of 200,000 young women, referred to as "comfort women," who were systematically exploited as sex slaves in Asia during World War II, and increases awareness of sexual violence against women during wartime.

The gathering of women to serve the Imperial Japanese Army was organized on an industrial scale not seen before in modern history. This project promotes awareness of these women, some of whom are still alive today, and brings to light a history which has been largely forgotten and denied.

The title, COMFORT WOMEN WANTED, is a reference to the actual text of advertisements which appeared in Asian newspapers during the war. When there weren’t enough volunteer prostitutes through the ad campaigns, young women from Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Netherlands were kidnapped or deceived, and forced into sexual slavery. Most were teenagers, some as young as 11 years old, and were raped by between 10 to 100 soldiers a day at military rape camps, known as "comfort stations." Women were starved, beaten, tortured, and killed. By some estimates only 30% survived the ordeal.

Whenever there's a war we hear about the suffering of soldiers, yet we hear almost nothing about the plight of women who are kidnaped and raped, or killed. Often it is the poorest and most marginalized elements of society who suffer most. Through out history women like this are too often invisible, forgotten and left with no place to turn.

Despite growing awareness of the issue of trafficking of women and of sexual slavery as a crime against humanity, this particular history has gone largely unacknowledged. COMFORT WOMEN WANTED attempts to bring to light this instance of organized violence against women, and to create a dialogued by acknowledging their place in history.


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3. Spring 2015 Deep Dish Schedule 

Deep Dish Lunchtime Speaker Series
When:  Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 p.m., Fall and Spring Semesters
Think deep (like "smart") and dish (like "gossip"), Deep Dish is our 10-times-a-semester, lunchtime speaker series that focuses on sharing and discussing LGBT-related research, community initiatives, and social justice issues. It's casual, conversational, informal--and best of all, there's free food. Deep Dish is our homage to an old-fashioned lesbian potluck, where we can build diverse networks and share information among faculty, students, staff, and community members interested in LGBT research and social issues. Most presenters are local, but we also feature presentations from visiting scholars when we are lucky enough to know about their visits in advance. 

Visit for more information!

Feb. 5

Eva Simone Hayward

Under Water Race: Notes On Ellen Gallagher


Feb. 12

Zury Zanz Reyes

The Leader of the Pack: Theorizing the Alternative Masculinities of the Alpha Male


Feb. 19

Thomas Strong

Is HIV a Foetus?: Comparing Discourses of Contraception and HIV Prophylaxis


Feb. 26

John-Michael Warner

Queering U.S. Landscape Art


Mar. 5

Alex Barksdale

(Re)Claiming Radical Trans and Queer Histories


Mar. 12

Sandy Davenport 

LGBTQ Older Adults and Project Visibility


Mar. 26

Paul Amar

A Conversation with Paul Amar: Thinking in New Ways about LGBT justice in the Middle East and South America


Apr. 2

Stephen Russell 

Generations: Identity and Health in Three Cohorts of LGB People


Apr. 9

Bruv Luv

Self Reflection, Listening to Women's Voices & Coming Together with Men to Make Justice: Anti-patriarchy Organizing within Social Justice Communities


Apr. 16

Alex Karaman

Queering Palestine: An Exploration of Affective and Cultural Production in Isreal- Palestine



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4. Masculinity and Men of Color Discussion Group, March 24th

This discussion group will provide a safe space for all students to connect and share experiences around masculinity in higher education. Because of the declining college enrollments of men of color and low income backgrounds, this group will meet to discuss challenges of masculinity and intersecting identities.

This event will be in African American Student Affairs-UA Room 100 on Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-6:30 PM


Visit the Facebook page at


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5. 5th Annual Miranda Joseph Lecture: Paul Amar, March 26th 6-7pm 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
UA Center for Creative Photography (1030 N. Olive Road)
Reception immediately following on the patio of College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture (1040 N. Olive Road)
In this lecture, Paul Amar articulates new approaches to the study of sexuality politics and police states, offering new ways to read and to confront emergent forms of global power by examining the pivotal, trendsetting cases of Brazil and Egypt. Addressing gaps in the study of neoliberalism and biopolitics, Amar describes how coercive security operations and cultural rescue campaigns confronting waves of resistance have appropriated progressive, antimarket discourses around morality, sexuality, and labor. The products of these struggles—including powerful new police practices, religious politics, sexuality identifications, and gender normativities—have traveled across an archipelago, a metaphorical island chain of what the global security industry calls "hot spots." Homing in on Cairo and Rio de Janeiro, Amar reveals the innovative resistances, moral-nationalist logics, and unexpected alliances that have coalesced in new polities emerging from the Arab Spring and South America's Pink Tide. These have generated a shared modern governance model that he terms the "human-security state."

Paul Amar, Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program, is a political scientist and anthropologist with affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic development specialist at the United Nations. His books include: Cairo Cosmopolitan (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing (2010); Global South to the Rescue (2011); Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013); The Middle East and Brazil (2014), and The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics and the End of Neoliberalism, which was awarded the Charles Taylor Award for "Best Book of the Year" in 2014 by the American Political Science Association.

Now in its fifth year, the Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture is an annual event of the Institute for LGBT Studies. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Paul Amar. We will also be hosting a “Deep Dish” conversation with Amar. Both events are free and open to the public.

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6. ACT Stomp it Out Series: Using Inclusive Language 

Join Advocates Coming Together (ACT) this semester for their annual programing series on using inclusive language – Stomp It Out! Come learn about words related to race and racism, disability and mental illness, & gender identity and gender expression that hurt others. In the end, we pledge to eliminate these words from our vocabulary by covering our hands and feet in paint, and literally stomping them out! Dinner served at all events! #ACTstompitout #uasojo


All events at 7pm:

·         Tuesday 3/31 - Disability and Mental Illness - Maricopa hall

·         Thursday 4/16 - Gender Identity and Expression - Colonia de La Paz hall

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Community Events

1. BICAS Ride & Wrench 

BICAS is pleased to invite UA students and faculty to "Ride & Wrench" on March 30th from 4-6pm. Ride & Wrench is a brand new way for the UA community to connect with BICAS WTF Workshop.

BICAS WTF Workshop is a weekly workshop for people who identify as women, girls, transgender, trans*, genderqueer, femme, &/or feminine to learn and practice bicycle mechanics.

We are excited to offer this fun & FREE opportunity for UA students and faculty who identify as women, trans*, &/or femme to enjoy a leisurely bike ride lead by BICAS staff, a welcome tour and refreshments at BICAS' WTF Workshop, and a short demonstration on a basic bicycle repair topic.

You may register for either date online at:

March 30th
Time: 4-6pm
Cost: FREE!
Meeting Place: Women's Plaza of Honor

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

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1. Thinking of Living on Campus for 2015-2016? Consider the Social Justice Wing!

Are you passionate about diversity and social justice? Want to live in a community of affirming, passionate people? Consider living with Residence Life in Pima, just north of the student union. Gender-inclusive roommate pairs and suite bathrooms are available!

Need more information?  Visit or contact

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Alumni, friends, and family of Dr. Donna Swaim have created an endowment to honor her academic influence and mentorship during her prestigious career at The University of Arizona.  Dr. Swaim believes that students who travel abroad with faculty will not only benefit academically, but will also perceive their faculty as more approachable and accessible, resulting in stronger student-faculty relationships.

A committee from Student Affairs and Enrollment Management / Academic Initiatives and Student Success will select two (2) recipients of the Donna Swaim Travel Abroad Scholarship.  Each recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship.

Applications are due by Friday, March 27, 2015. The online application form can be found here:

For more information see: ​/sites/

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3. New Start Employment Opportunities

The New Start Summer Program is now accepting applications for student employment for Summer 2015!  New Start is a six-week summer program for incoming freshmen that helps students make a successful transition to the University of Arizona.  Applications for Peer Advisor, Resident Assistant, and Tutor positions are open and due by Friday, March 13 at noon.

The attached file contains more information about the program, the available positions, the selection process and the link to the online application.  For questions about the New Start Summer Program or these employment opportunities, please contact Tom Murray at or 621-5787.

For more information see: /sites/

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It’s official – Acts of Greatness‘s new LGBTQ youth magazine is ready to accept submissions!

Greatness magazine will showcase the freshest art and writing by, for, and about LGBTQ youth. The magazine invites youth (up to age 23) from around the world who identify as LGBTQ to write and create art about the world they see around them: their dreams, their activism, their work, their worries, their interests, and their humor.

We welcome all kinds of artwork and writing: nonfiction, essays, memoir, poetry, short stories, travelogue, flash-fiction, advice, interviews or reviews (books, plays, TV shows, movies), photography, illustrations, etc. either by LGBTQ youth or about LGBTQ youth.

We ask that all submissions be in by March 31, 2015. This way we can distribute the magazine for May 2015.

Greatness will be available online at 


The first 40 people who submit to Greatness will receive a free print of our cover (see above image)!

Please send your submissions to

Writing should be emailed as a Word attachment. Please also include a bio of up-to 150 words. We will consider one piece of prose (story, essay, memoir, review, etc.) at a time, and up to 3 poems.

We will also feature artwork by, about, and for LGBTQ youth. Please send samples or links to your online portfolio for us to consider it.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about what to submit. We’re happy to hear from you.

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5. PFLAG Scholarship 

This year again PFLAG Tucson will be awarding several $1,000 LGBT scholarships in the name Gene Moore, our past president, and one $1,000 scholarship in the name of Art and Mark Woodland.  These scholarships will go to southern Arizona high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students to attend an institution of higher education, wherever that may be.

This year's application materials are now available on PFLAG Tucson’s website at  For further information you may also contact PFLAG at, P.O. Box 36264, Tucson, AZ 85740.  The application deadline is March 31, 2015, and we will make our award decisions in mid-April, to be followed by our awards reception on May 6 at the Ward VI City Council Offices.    

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6. 2015 Monique Wittig Writers's Scholarship 

This scholarship honors the life and work of Monique Wittig, French novelist, poet and social theorist. Wittig was a professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 1990 to 2003. First published as a novelist, Wittig’s fiction revolutionized French literature. Mary McCarthy called her “the best writer anywhere of her generation.” Wittig’s fiction, as well as theoretical writing, has had a fundamental and worldwide impact upon feminist theory and lesbian and gay theory.

In honor of Wittig, the Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship will foster innovation in literary forms and the connection between politics and language. It will allow University of Arizona graduate and undergraduate students to allocate more time to their writing.

This scholarship is open to writers in all fields including literature, film, theater, poetry, essays and new/mixed media. The winner will be expected to present from the work in progress at the awards ceremony toward the end of the spring 2014 semester.

Applications should include the application form (here) and a cover letter indicating how the student’s work addresses the political and artistic goals of the scholarship, and how the project relates to the student’s other work, and where possible, the work of Monique Wittig. It should also include a writing sample (or other artistic sample) from the project that will be helped by the award, and a plan that demonstrates how the scholarship will aid the student in completing his/her project.


1) Completed Application Form

2) Cover Letter

3) Writing Sample from your project—8-18 pages (if prose, double-spaced)

4) A plan on how this scholarship will facilitate the completion of your project

5) Compile all the components of the application into one PDF, with a file format = last name of the applicant.PDF  (e.g., smith.PDF)

Applications due April 1, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

Submit applications via email to Professor Sandra Soto at

Direct questions to:   Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship

                                    Gender & Women’s Studies Department

                                    Leigh Spencer, Program Coordinator


                                    Phone: 520-621-5656

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The UCR LGBT Resource Center is pleased to announce the Second BlaqOUT Conference on April 10-11, 2015 @ University of California, Riverside.

We cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/African American or of African Descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBTQ Spectrum, to apply to attend.

If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend the QPOC Conference on May 1-3, 2015 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The QPOC Conference is open to all individuals.

Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African Communities on the LGBTQ Spectrum. Various Workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our community and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals.

The workshop proposal form will be available online in January 2015.

The general application to attend will open online in February; please apply by March 28th, 2015.

Once you have been selected for the BlaqOUT Conference, you have until April 3, 2015 to pay registration fees or your spot will be given to another individual. Registration is $20 with a T-Shirt included in the registration fee. If you do not want a T-Shirt, Reduced Registration is $10. 

Questions? Email or LGBT Resource Center Program Coordinator Toi Thibodeaux at or 951-827-2267. Visit for more! 

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