LGBTQ Affairs Newsletter
March 6th, 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.

Drop by and visit us!

Student Union Memorial Center
4th Floor, Room 404V
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Follow us on social media to get the latest updates on what the happenings are in the Center! 
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
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

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
  • Have Two Recommendations

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 18, 2020


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
Cultural and Resource Center Events
International Women's Day Concert 2020 with Rocky Rivera and DJ Roza
Match 7th 
31 E Toole Ave, Tucson AZ, 85701
Doors open at 6:30
Show starts at 7
Free for all ages
Come and enjoy a concert for International Women's Day with Rocky Rivera and DJ Roza! This event is FREE and for All-Ages.The location is at Solar Culture.   

Osimiri Sprowal’s Events Thursday March 19th 

We are excited to invite you all to join us for the upcoming visit from Osimiri Sprowal, an Afro-Indigenous, Two-Spirit, QueerCrip poet, model, researcher, and Disabled/queer homeless rights activist. Their work grapples with the complex nature of identity and spirituality, and chronicles their journey to finding the divine within himself. Centering the body, Osimiri’s poetry deals with disability, trans identity, and self-transformation. 

Poetry Workshop: #inspirational! 

3:30-5:00pm in the DCC, Highland Commons Rm D217 

This workshop is catered to and centers Disabled audiences and invites participants to engage in conversation and art making around abled microaggressions -- such as the use of disabled people as props for “inspiration.” 

Poetry Open Mic

7:30-9:30pm, Café Commons in ENR2 Building

This open mic will feature Osimiri Sprowal, alongside Aura Valdez, Naomi Ortiz, Juli Kinu, Rachel Scoggins, Deborah Branden & Natalie Brewster Nguyen, and will provide space for those in attendance to share their poetry as well. 

If you are interested in performing please check out our flyer below and fill out our google form: 

All events are held in physically accessible spaces & will be low-scent. The food provided will offer vegan and gluten free options. If you have any additional access needs contact us at
Jay brissette is a black, queer, youth worker, born and raised in Los Angeles. as co-founder of the (now defunct) Los Angeles childcare collective with 17 years of experience working with youth and a parent themself, jay is invested in creating a future that centers and honors black children and youth. their focus is creating trainings and resources that make political education accessible to children of color and serving communities of color as a parent educator. they are currently working as a parent educator with echo, an organization whose mission is to educate trauma survivors (including parents and service professionals) about trauma and resilience in order to break the cycle of generational trauma.

They will be hosting two events, one on campus and one in the community.
March 16:
Event held in WGRC, 4th floor of the Student Union UA
Open to all

March 14: BIPOC Community Space Saturday 
1-4 pm, venue details will be shared via email.


Lunch & Film Screening:

DCC & DRC staff wanted to invite you to join us for lunch and a film screening of Lives Worth Living with Judy. This event will be taking place on Monday, March 16th from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Disability Cultural Center. 

Judy was featured in the PBS documentary Lives Worth Living for her leadership and activism within the Disability Rights Movement. Please join us for a catered lunch and film screening with Judy, who will dialogue about the film and her career. 

There will be vegan and gluten free options at this lunch, if you have any additional dietary needs, allergies, or food sensitivities please email the DCC at 

Important: RSVP to Brenda Hamilton,, by Monday, March 9, as we can only accommodate the first 40 who RSVP.

Discussion and Book Signing:

Join us for a conversation with disability rights pioneer, Judy Heumann, about her new memoir, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, her career in disability activism and policy and her reflections on the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A book signing will immediately follow her discussion.

This will be taking place on March 16th from 5:30-7pm in the ENR2 Building, Room N120 at the University of Arizona.

This event is graciously sponsored by the Disability Resource Center, the Disability Cultural Center, the College of Education, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disability (UCEDD), and Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion

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?

Protect Your Magic: building resiliency and care practices in academia
Thursday April 2 12:30-2:30pm
Open to all - Location TBD

Bruja Feminista & Abuelita Knowledge & Reproductive Justice
Saturday April 4 7:30-9pm
BIPOC Community Space, venue details will be shared via email.


Loba is a Queer educator, herbalist, activist and consultant. They have been doing this work for almost a decade. It encompasses Andina identity, Reproductive Justice, doula work and plant
connections.They currently reside in Los Angeles, CA and travel for work and research all over the US (Turtle Island) and Latin America (Abya Yala). They have facilitated over a hundred trainings and skill shares in universities and community groups on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice and autonomous health. They are invested in disseminating information with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of abuelita knowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities.  
Campus Wide Opportunities
Resources and Events

The Trans Body is "A Precious Resource": New Designs for Sexual Difference

Talk by Dr. Eric Plemins
Thursday, March 19
Emil W.Haury Anthropology Bldg, 215
2-3:30 pm

There has been a long-articulated fantasy among transgender people undergoing surgery of swapping their unwanted body parts with other trans folks who wish they had them. While the Dream of trading sexed body parts was once a medical impossibility, emerging technologies of organ transplantation and tissue engineering suggest that "the transgender swap" may not only be the best way to realize transgender transitions, but it might also facilitate the gender consolidation of other bodies, as well. In this talk I show how contemporary efforts to materialize sexual difference through the exchange of sexed body parts is reframing surgical discourse about trans patients. In the developing fields of uterus and penis transplant, and tissue engineering, trans bodies are emerging as uniquely valuable sources of exchangeable bodily materials.
Peace Corps 101: Information Session
Make the Most of Your World.

Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Join us at this information session to:
  • Learn about volunteer experiences
  • Ask questions about service
  • Gain tips to guide you through the application process
Thursday, March 19th 5:30-6:30 pm 
Career Services Room 409A
1303 E. University Boulevard
Student Union Memorial Center, 411
Tucson, Arizona 85721

For more information, please contact Hannah at
If you require reasonable accommodations when attending a Peace Corps event, please email Hannah Martin at and provide details of the reasonable accommodation you are requesting
14th Annual Social Justice Symposium 

Fostering Mental Health Together:
Intersectional Approaches for Resilience

The Social Justice Symposium is a one day event to engage faculty, students, community members, and health professionals in dialogue to raise awareness and foster social change. The Symposium is run entirely by students at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. The theme for the 14th Annual Social Justice Symposium is "Fostering Mental Health Together: Intersectional Approaches for Resilience" exploring a myriad of topics including: empowerment, indigenous health, mental health de-stigmatization, climate change (i.e. eco-anxiety), LGBTQ+, mental health education (e.g. students in schools experience violence), homelessness, addiction.
Check-In & Registration:
Begins at 7:30 a.m in Nursing, Room 117
1305 North Martin Avenue, Tucson, AZ
April 3rd 8:00 am - 1:30 pm 

Symposium will take place in:
Drachman Hal, 1294 N Martin Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85724

RSVP at or via QR code (see image)
Admission is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to those who register by March 16th.
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

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
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