LGBTQ Affairs Newsletter
February 28, 2020
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Resource Center creates a safe space for thousands of students every year on the University of Arizona campus through programs, trainings, events, and through the LGBTQ Resource Center in the Student Union.

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Student Union Memorial Center
4th Floor, Room 404V
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
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In this newsletter...
Happenings in the Center
LGBTQ+ Affairs Clubs and Organization Meetings
Scholarship Opportunities
Cultural and Resource Center Events
Campus Wide Opportunities Resources and Events
In the Community
Happenings in the Center
LGBTQ+ Resource Center Presents:

Queer Sex Ed!

Date: Wednesday, March 4th
Time: 12:00-2:00
Location: LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Come and chat with SAAF about all things Queer sex ed. Bring all your questions! Free food will be provided
Mid-week Reset

Join our faculty fellow, Russ Toomey, for community building and conversation.
Wednesdays, 12-2pm
Free Community Lunch from 12-1pm & Faculty Fellow Led Activity 1-2pm
1-on-1 coaching sessions 11 -2 pm with Dominique Calza
Schedule appointments with the LGBTQRC front desk or at:
(520) 621-7585 
 At the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), 4th Floor, Room 404V
QTPOC Collective

Wednesdays 6-7 PM (starting January 29th)
LGBTQ+ Resource Center
(SUMC 4th floor suite 404V)
Click here to follow QTPOC on Instagram!
Do you need financial aid advice?
Your Financial Aid Peer Advisor is Here!
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2-4 pm
Fridays from 3-5 pm

You can also reach out via email at
Donations Needed for Queer Closet
Formal Shoes
Formal Clothes
XS and S Clothes
XL-XXXXL Clothes
Hygiene Products
Body Soap
Shampoo and Conditioner
First-Aid Kits
Black Hair Products

Drop off at LGBTQ+ Center, 4th Floor of Student Union
Gender Spectrum Support Group
Every Monday
Campus Health on the 3rd Floor, Counseling and Psych Services
For  more information contact:

This group will meet every Monday during the school year from 3-4:00 p.m. This group will take place at the new CAPS Satellite office in the North District -Honors Village, 1051 N Mabel, Second floor of Rec Center (corner of Mabel and Fremont)

This group is designed for UA students who are dealing with gender identities outside of the traditional binary system, whether transitioning from the gender assigned at birth, identifying as some combination of genders, neither gender, or questioning the role of gender in their lives. Terms such as transsexual, two-spirit, neutrois, agender, gender-queer, gender-fluid, transgender (and more) have been used to describe these identities. The low cost ($5 per group, billable to Bursar’s,) is for those who might need support and/or therapy to process their gender identity, deal with family and friends’ reactions, identify options of a transition process, and gather resources and support for issues related to gender. For more information, contact Martie van der Voort at or (520) 621-3334.

LGBTQ+ Support Group
Every Tuesday, 4pm
Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), 4th Floor, Rm 412
Free and open to all Wildcats
For more information email:

This group meets every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. in room 412 of the Student Union during the academic year. This group is a safe space for UA students, staff and faculty to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQ+ and Allied community. This group is facilitated by LGBTQ+ staff to provide resources and guidance. It is free and confidential. For more information, contact Martie van der Voort at or (520) 621-3334.
LGBTQ+ Affairs Clubs and Organization Meetings
Tuesdays 6:30
@LGBTQ+ Resource Center

oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an organization that facilitates greater involvement and leadership of the LGBT*QQIAAP community in the sciences. Specifically, the organization's mission is to (1) educate, empower, and engage a diverse community (2) identify, address, and advocate for the needs of queer students in the STEM fields and (3) fulfill these needs through reciprocal mentorships, networking, and professional development opportunities. You can find more information at or find the University of Arizona group on facebook!
Meets every other Wednesday from 5-6pm

AROspaCE is a social discussion group for folks who identify on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum. AROspACE meets biweekly.
Scholarship Opportunities
PFLAG Tucson/Alliance Fund 18th Annual Scholarship Program 2020 Scholarship Information and Application Process Application deadline is March 31, 2020 for FALL 2020 
It is that time of year again…time to apply for a PFLAG Tucson/Alliance Fund Scholarship!  This project is supported in part by funds from the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.  We anticipate awarding several $1,000 joint scholarships to LGBTQ+ persons or an active straight ally to attend an institution of higher education. These scholarships were founded in memory of Gene More, beloved past president of PFLAG Tucson, Mark and Art Woodland, and Norman “Mick” Meader, our invaluable past PFLAG secretary. 
Applicants can be either a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student, and a resident of the Tucson Metropolitan area or Pima County, attending any college or university.  The application deadline is March 31, 2020. 
The requirements for a PFLAG/Alliance Fund Scholarship are: • Must be a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, or an active straight ally;  • Must be accepted to an institution of higher education for the period for which the scholarship is requested. 
A complete application packet shall consist of: 1. The application (personal information page). 2. An essay detailing the applicant’s plan for higher education, activities within the community, what will this scholarship mean to you and your family financially, and why PFLAG Tucson should award a scholarship to you. 3. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from someone other than a family member); and, 4. A copy of the student’s admission acceptance letter (if the applicant is a current student, an unofficial grade transcript). 
The essay should be between 300 and 800 words and detailed enough to describe the applicant and their situation to the committee.  Any information that is provided will be used only in the scholarship selection process and will be kept in the strictest confidence.  If you have any questions, please contact us at or call us at (520) 360-3795. 
All needed information must be submitted in one envelope and postmarked by March 31, 2020 to:  PFLAG Tucson Scholarship Application    P O Box 36264   Tucson AZ 85740-6264  You may send via email to      
The applications for the PFLAG Tucson scholarships are reviewed by a select committee established by the PFLAG Board. Applications will be judged on an individual basis using only the information provided by the applicant. All applicants will be notified by email of the committee’s decisions by April 30, 2020. 
The board of directors of PFLAG Tucson and their families are excluded from receiving or applying for this scholarship. (Application and personal information form on next page)

For a printed copy of the scholarship, please contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center

We believe that one way to elevate our community is through higher education. We recognize that there are many deserving college students in the LGBT+ community who may need assistance, mentoring, and support in their college careers, and who, due to their identification as LGBT+ may be at risk for loss of educational funding and support.

To support those students, we provide an annual scholarship. Please see below for the application details.


All applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship opportunity:

  • Self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and/or another sexual or gender identity minority
  • Be seeking a degree in any area of study at The University of Arizona in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship or business ownership
  • Agree to attend a Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting
  • Consent to the use of your name and photo in conjunction with this award

We strongly suggest downloading the pdf of the application and preparing your application materials before returning to complete the online application, as you will not be able to save and return. 

The rubrics below will be used to evaluate your submission. 

Need help getting great letters of recommendation? See this website for some tips. 

Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM Arizona time, March 1, 2020


Cultural and Resource Center Events
Find Your Photo Voice

March 5th 
GSC Room 205 

This event will give students the opportunity to take photos of what keeps them retained at the University of Arizona

Food will be provided

Hungry for History

What: This event aims to explore food from Asia and its influence on the Asian American experiences in the U.S. Appetizers from a variety of cultures will be served at the event!

When: Monday, March 2nd, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Nugent Building, Second Floor, Room 205

Join us on Thursdays for DisabiliTEA chats

3:30-4:30 PM in Highland Commons room D217


This is a discussion group to learn about topics related to disability, ableism, and activism led by disabled students centering disabled students*. We will provide drinks, snacks, and a space to talk and build community. DisabiliTEA chats are held in a physically accessible and low-scent space. For any additional accommodation needs please contact us at


We hope to see you there, and feel free to share this flyer and event with your friends and colleagues!

*This group is open to all students, but will center the experiences and knowledge of disabled students and community members. This is a space to learn about ableism and disability justice, and to build community on campus and in Tucson.


Upcoming Topics & Dates:

January 16th: #WhenISayDisabled #SayTheWord

January 23rd: #SuckItAbleism #PowerToLive & Performative Environmentalism

February 6th: Disability Justice & Food Justice

February 20th: #DisabilityTooWhite

March 5th: #PatientsAreNotFaking

April 2nd: (In)Visible Disabilities

April 16th: #AcademicAbleism #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut

April 30th: Am I Disabled Enough?

Campus Wide Opportunities
Resources and Events
CULTURE OF PEACE ALLIANCE Takes Pleasure in Announcing:
Tucson's 38th Annual
A fabulous, free & family-friendly event with live music, tabling, food, children's activities, & more!! 
This Saturday, February 29, 2020
11:00 AM  to  4:00 PM
Armory Park – On South 6th Ave. in Downtown Tucson across from the Children’s Museum
Arizona's largest gathering of peace, social justice, environmental, and labor rights organizations. Come meet the people and groups that are working for a better future. See attached flyer.
The Culture of Peace Alliance has an exhibit area featuring information about the 16 locally-based groups that are now fiscally sponsored by COPA…and a variety of art activities for children and youth of all ages.
There’s always great music from start to finish. Here's the music lineup for the 2020 Peace Fair & Music Festival produced by the Tucson Peace Center:
11:00 - One Heart Beat
12:00 - Geo & Les & Friends
12:45 - Refugee Beats
1:15 - Eb Eberlein
1:40 - Raging Grannies
2:00 - Santa Pachita
3:00 - Starseed Acoustic Ensemble
4:00 – Close
Please spread the word and come with your family!!
Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 6 to 8 PM
An Invitation from the Nonviolence Legacy Program, in Collaboration with Community Conversations & the SEMA Foundation
We welcome you to bring a traditional culture dish and join us for a night filled with personal stories of pain, healing, hope and peace.
Where: SEMA Foundation, 2843 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
We look forward to building community with you, hearing your story and exchanging peace.
Hosted by Students for Sustainability Garden Committee
Leap Into Spring!
Stories in the Garden
February 29
5PM to 7PM
UA Community Garden
1400 E Marbel St
Open mic and potluck (free!)
Share stories, songs, skits, and jokes
with fellow UA students

Tucson Festival of Books, Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, with Marcelo Castillo, Tammy Letherer, and Thomas Moore.
University of Arizona Poetry Center, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2.
Antigone Books, 6 p.m., Friday, May 1, with Lydia Millet.
W.W. Norton
ISBN-13: 978-0393608298
ISBN-10: 0393608298
A profound meditation on accepting and celebrating one’s solitude.
Fenton Johnson explores what it means to choose to be solitary and celebrates the notion that solitude is a legitimate and dignified calling. He delves into the lives and works of iconic “solitaries” he considers kindred spirits. Each character portrait is full of intense detail, the bright wakes they’ve left behind illuminating Fenton Johnson’s journey from his childhood in the backwoods of Kentucky to his travels alone throughout the world and the people he has lost and found along the way. Combining memoir, social criticism, and research, At the Center of All Beauty resonates with all solitaries and all who might wish to carve out more space for solitude.
“Rhapsodic recollections of a profoundly full life.  An erudite lesson in embracing aloneness.”
                                                                                                --Kirkus Reviews
For more  information:
Study Title: Media and the LGBQ+ Experience
Principal Investigator: Heather Gahler  

You are being invited to take part in a research study. In order to participate in this study, you must identify as a member of the LGBQ+ community, have told at least one person about your sexuality, and be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old.  The study will involve completing a short (15 to 20 minutes) online questionnaire.  Your participation is voluntary: you can stop at any time without penalty, but if you stop participating before the end, you will not be eligible to enter to win the raffle.  If you choose to enter your email at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a random drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

If you wish to participate in this study, please click on this link (or copy and paste into a browser) to access the questionnaire:

The deadline for participation in the first part of this study is Sunday 03/01/20 at 11:59 PM MST.

If you have questions about the study, feel free to contact the researcher: Ms. Heather Gahler at
Do you know students looking for a summer internship? Did you know there are opportunities while living in Washington, D.C., doing an internship, and earning academic credit? 

The Washington Center is an education non-profit we work with who provide an academic internship experience in Washington, D.C. They’re currently taking applications for the summer of 2020. Find more information at TWC.  Students may use code APPLY2020 to waive $60 application fee.

Students need to apply directly to TWC first. The University of Arizona has 10 scholarships available and students may apply through Handshake for a  scholarship once their application has been accepted. Acceptance to TWC does not guarantee scholarship award. Deadline to apply is March 18. Students will be notified of scholarship award after March 18.

Nine scholarships will be awarded for program fee and housing ($12,090) and one scholarship will be awarded for housing fee + $1200 stipend toward program fee ($6190).

Additionally, students will be responsible for U of A summer internship tuition & fees for the number of credits they will earn, airfare, food, local transportation and any other personal expenses. These are unpaid internships, but students may be eligible for the Summer Impact Awards as well.
Student must be an undergraduate in good, continuing Academic Standing, 18 years of age, sophomore, junior, or senior AND not graduating before December 2020, maintain GPA of 2.75, and receive academic (internship) credit for the program.

If you have questions, contact Kathy Koppy at
Career Ed DYS_Sig Kathy

What is SOS? SOS is for the UArizona community! If you have questions or issues and are unsure about where to go for answers, you can ask SOS. Whether you’re brand-new to campus or have been around for a while, just reach out to SOS for round-the-clock support.
Any Question. Just Ask.
Contacting SOS: 
Text: SOS to 97779
Visit the website or chat with us at
Gallagher Theater: M-F 10-3
Voice feminization Treatment program Using a Smartphone App.
We are recruiting adolescents and adult transwoman, with able-hearing and who own an iOS( iPhone or iPad) or Android mobile device. Participation involves weekly group and brief individual sessions in conjunction with daily voice practice with smartphone app (provided). For more information, please email Janet Hawley at:
Phone number: 520-626-6073
The Shift - Every Tuesday

Tune in as we hear from students, faculty, staff, and community members as they share their stories in this podcast about masculinity and power in academia, and trying to move towards a more healthy and inclusive environment.

Follow us on Instagram @shiftingua to stay up to date on episodes and other great content!
In the community
Youth Empowerment Conference
When: March 6, 2020
Where: Pueblo High School Auditorium
Time: Check in 9 am- 9:30 am
Start: 9:45
End 1:30
The day will feature an opening session, various workshops, free lunch, resource fair and more! All LGBTQ+ allies are welcomed.

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