Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association Newsletter
Fall is ApproachingSeptember, 2012
In This Issue
1. Top 25 LGBT Campus
2. Camp Pride
3. IUPUI Harvey Milk
4. Bono's IUB Visit
5. IUSB Harvey Milk
6. GLBTAA Alumni Award
7. GLBTAA Scholarships
8. Did You Know?
9. Alumni/Member Notes
10. Membership
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GLBTAA received two IUAA awards at Cream & Crimson
GLBTAA received two IUAA awards at Cream & Crimson

Greetings from the IU GLBTAA! We are excited to launch this new e-mail format, which is now administered by Constant Contact. The IU Alumni Association (IUAA) recently contracted with Constant Contact to give IUAA's affiliates more flexibility in designing e-mail communications with their constituencies.


The GLBTAA is pleased to have the ability to improve our monthly newsletters. We take pride in being the only IUAA affiliate with a "monthly" newsletter. For the first time, we now have a number of new options available, e.g., color, photos, logos, etc. to enhance the content of our newsletters. The IUAA has delegated much responsibility to the GLBTAA Board in the composition and distribution of our newsletters, meaning that now much of the work is being done by the Board and other volunteers, rather than the IUAA staff.


We welcome your input, and please keep in mind there will undoubtedly be a learning curve with the new Constant Contact administration, as we strive each month to keep you abreast of the news and activities of the IU LGBT community. We hope you enjoy reading this September Newsletter as much as we have enjoyed preparing it.  


Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]  



 1. Top 25 LGBT-friendly Campus


In addition to being rated "5-stars" as a LGBT-friendly campus for the past year, IU Bloomington has also recently been named to Campus Pride's "Top 25 LGBT-friendly" colleges and universities in the nation. IU was selected from nearly 350 other colleges and universities that participated in an extensive survey that assessed policies, programs and resources regarding support and commitment to LGBT equality. This is yet another confirmation that IU is committed to assuring equality for all! Read the good news at

2. Camp Pride 

The GLBTAA and GLBT Student Support Services co-sponsored Hana Horton, a senior at IUB, in attending the 2012 Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp at Vanderbilt University this past July. Camp Pride brought together over 60 LGBT and allied young people from across the nation for five days of student leadership development, campus organization techniques, social justice advocacy and diversity education. Campus Pride is the nation's leading non-profit organization for LGBT and allied college students. Hana is expecting her BA (Journalism) in May, 2013. She is Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of the Indiana Residence Hall Organization. She volunteers at the GLBTSSS, where this past year she helped organize IU's delegation of students to the annual MBLGTA College Conference at Iowa State.



3. IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner

The IU GLBTAA; the IUPUI Advocates for Sexual Equality; the IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council; the IUPUI Office for Student Involvement; and the IU Alumni Association are co-sponsoring the third annual Harvey Milk Dinner on Tuesday, October 9th to celebrate gender identity and sexual orientation equality at IUPUI. The dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 6:15 p.m. on the fourth floor (Room 450) of the IUPUI Campus Center at 420 University Blvd. in Indianapolis. Dinner tickets are $20 for students and $40 for everyone else. Dinner reservations may be made at
 The GLBTAA for the first time will sponsor a reception prior to the dinner in the fourth floor atrium. The reception will commence at 6:15 p.m. with complimentary hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar and will be free-of-charge to anyone attending the dinner. The keynote speaker will be Kand McQueen, PhD, who is one of the most sought-after speakers in the nation regarding gender identity. In the words of Doug Bauder, GLBTAA director: "Kane McQueen is the most articulate speaker on issues of gender identity I have ever heard. Kand has a unique style - a common sense approach which combines passion with perspective and honesty with humor."

4. Bono to Visit IUB

The IU GLBTAA is co-sponsoring a visit to IUB by Chaz Bono, an LGBT rights advocate, author, speaker and, of course, only child of Sonny and Cher. Bono will be speaking to a number of student groups and appearing at certain receptions during his visit. His featured appearance, on a general admission basis, will be at the IU Auditorium on the Bloomington campus on Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. addressing gender identity issues. His book Transition is a candid account of his 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body.



5. IUSB Harvey Milk Screening

The IU GLBTAA and the IU South Bend Alumni Office are co-sponsoring a reception and screening of the Oscar-winning movie Milk on Friday, October 12. The reception will start at 6:00 p.m. with remarks commencing at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the bridge of Weikamp Hall at 1700 W. Mishawaka Ave. on the IU South Bend Campus. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. The screening of Milk will commence at 7:00 p.m. followed by a short Q&A session at Weikamp Hall 1001. Reservations may be made at No matter how many times you may have seen Milk, no one tires of witnessing the countless contributions Harvey Milk has made to the LGBT community. Come and visit with friends, make new ones, discuss the strides we've made, pay tribute to the strength and determination of Harvey Milk....and just have a great time!  

6. Distinguished Alumni Award

We are seeking nominations for the 2013 GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award. The Award is available to (i) members of the LGBT community and (ii) individual allies or supporters of the LGBT community, regardless of sexual orientation. Only living alumni of Indiana University are eligible. Nominees

Shane Windmeyer (right) '12 Recipient

shall have been outstanding in his or her field of endeavor and shall have made significant contributions benefiting Indiana University or his or her community, state or nation. Nominations must be submitted by September 30. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Rachael McAfee at [email protected] or 812-855-8266.


7. GLBTAA Scholarships


GLBTAA Academic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships are awarded to IU students enrolled at any IU campus, who are academically strong, as well as active in promoting diversity, tolerance and social justice. Scholarships are awarded to students based upon academic achievement, career goals, financial need, leadership experience, community service and extracurricular activities. Involvement in activities promoting diversity and raising awareness of GLBT and related issues on the student's campus or in his or her community is carefully reviewed by the Board. The maximum award for an Academic Scholarship is $1,000 per semester. An individual student may not receive more than $2,000. The deadline for the Spring 2013 semester is November 15, 2012.


IU GLBTAA Emergency Scholarships
Emergency Scholarships are awarded to those students who experience the loss of financial support when they make the courageous decision to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to their families. Emergency Scholarships help to ensure that students need not choose between their education at IU and living life openly and honestly. Emergency Scholarships are awarded to students attending any IU campus. The maximum award for an Emergency Scholarship is $1,500 per semester, and a student may not receive more than $3,000.
You can learn more about the GLBTAA Scholarships and apply online at:


8. Did You Know? 


Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that two-thirds of teens and young adults have had oral sex. The research further shows that one in four teens is now having oral sex before vaginal sex, making the "hierarchical reordering of oral sex in America culture," says our own Justin Garcia, an evolutionary biologist with The Kinsey Institute. The research also shows that gender differences found in earlier research no longer exist. For more, read:


9. Alumni/Member Notes


Christine Badowski, BA '89, former GLBTAA director, was joined in a civil union with her partner, Dr. Wendy Koenig, on March 30, 2012. Dr. Koenig did attend IU for two semesters but then (oh, so foolishly) transferred to, and is a graduate of, the University of Louisville, Ohio University and Ohio State University. She is an associate professor of art history at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Badowski notes that she is sure Dr. Koenig still regrets the transfer from IU when she could have certainly met Chris as an undergrad. Warmest congratulations, Chris and Wendy!


10. Membership


Encourage your friends to join the GLBTAA. They can visit our website at  and join.  There are no membership dues, and you do not have to be a member of the IUAA. We are approaching 1,400 members, and we're growing! We appreciate your continued commitment! It is because of you that the GLBTAA is in existence, continues to grow and continues to serve our important mission on all eight of IU's campuses. If you are a member and wish to continue receiving our newsletters, please make sure we have a current e-mail address for you.   You can visit to see if your official record, including your e-mail address, is current.  Thank you for your support through your membership. We look forward to serving you now and in the years to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rachael McAfee [email protected]  or Mike Shumate at [email protected] .


If not already a member, please consider joining the IUAA by visiting, by [email protected]  or calling (800) 824-3044. By joining the IUAA, among many other things, you help fund the various GLBTAA programs, along with gaining access to IUAA member-only events.


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