May 5th Newsletter

Hey Wildcats!

Well we are nearing the end of the semester here at the University of Arizona, and so with that we present to everyone the final newsletter for this academic year! We had lots of fun, exciting, informative, and diverse events this year that wou;dn't have been possible without the continuous support of our on and off campus communities. We will be hard at work over the summer to ensure that next year is just as amazing! Be on the look out for us in the Fall, and be sure to check out this year's Rainbow Graduation 2014 on May 9th at 6PM in the Gallagher Theater at the University of Arizona! 

Best wishes and HAPPY SUMMER 2014! 

- 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

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

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. The Best Energy Drinks - Living Wild! April 2014
  2. Mapping Queer - April 23-May 14 – UA Museum of Art
  3. Mindful Mondays, Every Monday, 12:00-1:00pm
  4. LGBTQ Abuse Survivors Support Group - Every Thursday 1:00-2:00 at CAPS
  5. GRE Prep Course, May 6-29, University of Arizona, REGISTER TODAY!


  1. Attend the First Annual Tucson Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, May 14th, 8:00AM, Hotel Tucson City Center Inn Suites


  1. Undergraduate Research Assistantship Request, Family Studies & Human Development, Summer 2014-Spring 2015
  2. Camp Pride - July 15-20 - Scholarships Available - Register Now
  3. Victory LGBTQ Congressional Internship for Fall 2014 – Deadline: May 5
  4. Health Study: Physical Activity Among Gay Men
  5. LGBTQA Freshmen Survey
  6. Bisexual Health Study
  7. 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, 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. 2014 Annual Rainbow Graduation Ceremony, May 9th 2014, 6PM, UA Gallagher Theater
































Rainbow Graduation 2014:
The 7th Annual LGBTQA & Allied Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 9th  2014

6pm to 8pm
Gallagher Theater, Student Union, 1303 E. University

This festive and intimate end-of-the-year celebration will provide personal recognition of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual (LGBTQA) and allied seniors, as well as graduating graduate school and professional school students at The University of Arizona. Each graduate will receive a rainbow cord and certificate of honor, and a catered reception will follow the ceremony.  You must register by April 28th to participate.

We look forward to honoring our graduatin Wildcats in May!

Campus Events

1. 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

Direct Link:

2. 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. 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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5. GRE Prep Course, May 6th-May 29th, University of Arizona, REGISTER TODAY!!





























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Community Events

 1. Attend the First Annual Tucson Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Wednesday, May 14, 8AM, Hotel Tucson City Center Inn Suites 

TUCSON, AZ — Just days before the U.S. Postal Service plans to officially unveil the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp in a ceremony at the White House, Arizonans will have the opportunity to come together in the spirit of equality and justice and celebrate Harvey Milk’s legacy on May 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM at Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort in Downtown Tucson. More than 200 community leaders and citizens from across Arizona are expected to come together and share conversation about diversity, tolerance, equality and a united Arizona, . The breakfast fundraiser event is being organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade Committee.  Stuart Milk, global human rights advocate and nephew of Harvey Milk, will be the Keynote Speaker.

The Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade was created in Fall of 2013 by numerous Tucson citizens in response to being faced with celebrating the annual Tucson LGBT Pride festivities without a parade. Stuart Milk served as the Parade Grand Marshal and City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild served as Honorary Parade Chair. In observance of National Coming Out Day, the 2014 parade will fill the streets of Downtown Tucson starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 10th and finish in the center of the 41st annual Tucson Meet Yourself folk-life festival. In an effort to keep the parade open for all to participate at no cost, the Parade Committee is collaborating with various entities to raise funds for the public safety expenses, permits and fees charged by the Tucson Police Department and City of Tucson.

Tickets for the First Annual Tucson Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast may be purchased online at for a tax-deductible contribution of $25.00.  

Sponsorships and Table Host opportunities may also be handled through the same website. The Facebook event page can be found by going to

More information about the Harvey Milk Foundation may be found online at

More information about Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade may be found at:



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  In your letter of interest please note if you have work study eligibility.  

2. 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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3. 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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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

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

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

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7. 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!