Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association 

Reaching Out

An e-Newsletter by the IU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Happy Halloween!October, 2012
In This Issue
1. Fifth Celebration Weekend
2. GLBTSSS Office
4. Facebook
5. Alumni/Member Notes
6. Did You Know?
7. GLBTAA Scholarships
8. Membership
Quick Links
IUB students at IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner

Thank you for all your feedback regarding our new Newsletter format!  Many of your suggestions have been adopted, including the name "Reaching Out," which was the original name of our Newlsletter some years back. We welcome your continued suggestions.


We have co-hosted two wonderful Harvey Milk events since our last Newsletter: one at IUPUI on October 9 and one at IU South Bend on October 12.  Both were well-attended, fun and inspirational and reached a particularly large group of students and young people.  Both, of course, paid tribute to one of our community's heroes, Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected public official in the Nation.  Kand McQueen, PhD, a national expert regarding gender identity, spoke at IUPUI and Gavin Ferlic, South Bend Councilman, spoke at IUSB.  Part of the GLBTAA mission is to build on Harvey Milk's legacy of strength, vision and LGBT equality.  We also co-hosted Chaz Bono's visit to the Bloomington campus on October 4, another successful event.  Bono's main appearance at the IU Auditorium addressed gender identity and his 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body.


In this Newsletter, we are announcing plans for our Fifth Celebration Weekend the first week of February.  Hope to visit with you then!  


Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President  


1. Fifth Celebration Weekend
Grazie, '12
Grazie, '12

The GLBTAA is proud to announce its fifth annual Celebration Weekend February 1-3! Coinciding with the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival, our Celebration Weekend offers faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends a wonderful schedule of diverse and fun-filled events throughout the first weekend in February. The main events are:


Reception at the Lilly Library

~ Friday, February 1, 2013, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

~ For parking information and directions to the Library, please visit

The Lilly Library is one of the largest rare book and manuscript libraries in the nation, home to such rare items as a Gutenberg Bible and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. What a fabulous way to to start the evening of films at the PRIDE Film Festival! Admission is free with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. We will be bestowing the GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award at this event. The name of the 2013 recipient will be announced in our November Newsletter. The GLBT Student Support Services office will also be presenting its annual Spirit Awards.


GLBTAA Annual Board Meeting

~ Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - noon

~ DeVault Alumni Center,1000 E. 17th St. (parking available in lot west of building)


Grazie! Reception and Silent Auction                     

~ Saturday, February, 2, 2013, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

~ Grazie! Italian Eatery, 106 W. Sixth St.

~ Cost is $20 per person, which includes a glass of wine

Please join us for an early evening of hors d'oeuvres, rainbow martinis, jazz piano, a silent auction and much, much more! What a great way to see old friends and make new ones before attending one of the films, or any other of the events, during this special Saturday evening. All net proceeds benefit our various GLBTAA events, programs and scholarships. A reservation site will be available in our November Newsletter. If you wish, you will also be able to contribute to pay for one or more Grazie tickets for IU students. The GLBTAA Board will administer the distribution of all such donated tickets to students. Thank you in advance for any student ticket donations you may elect to make. Please look for the reservation site in our next Newsletter.


Bagels and Coffee at the GLBTSSS Office

~ Sunday, February 3, 2013, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

~ GLBT Student Support Services Office, 705 E. Seventh St. (across from the IMU)

Wrap up the weekend with coffee and bagels at the GLBTSSS Office, a "home away from home" for countless of our IUB students for over 17 years. If you haven't already done so, come by and take a tour of the fairly recent renovations to the office - a perfect way to complete the weekend's festivities.    




 2. GLBTSSS Office


We receive numerous requests for information about the IU GLBT Student Support Services Office ("GLBTSSS") on the Bloomington campus. The GLBTSSS has provided a "home away from home" and rendered critically important services to our students for over 17 years. We are only too pleased to pass along information about the GLBTSSS and its countless good deeds. We intend to post this and related information in future Newsletters periodically.


The GLBTSSS website is: As you move from its home page, you'll want to click on "Office Staff" to become acquainted with some of the amazing people, who work in the office, as well as "About Us", where you'll find a number of the GLBTSSS Annual Reports. Written in narrative style, you'll learn the stories of the various students, staff, faculty, alumni and parents, who have have been associated with the office over the years The 2011 Annual Report will give you news of the recent renovations to the "old house" occupied since 1994. As a result of changes in the IU Division of Student Affairs, the GLBTSSS now occupies most of the space of the newly renovated house. The office now has an impressive library, a welcoming reception area and room for interns and student volunteers from the School of Education, Social Work, and Library and Information Services.


It's an exciting, yet challenging, time to be advocating for LGBT issues and supporting LGBT individuals.  As you peruse these web pages, feel free to e-mail (, call the office (812-855-4252), or drop by and visit when you're in the neighborhood - and see first-hand the extraordinary work being performed by the GLBTSSS! The coffee pot is usually on, and personnel will be delighted to share with you some of the positive energy experienced each and every day. Special thanks go to two of our heroes:   Doug Bauder, Coordinator, and Carol Fischer, Office Supervisor, of the GLBTSSS!


3. RCAP 

The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention ("RCAP") promotes HIV/STD prevention in rural America. RCAP is headquartered at IU, and William L. Yarber, Professor in IU's Department of Applied Science and Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, is a co-founder and Senior Director of RCAP. RCAP's mission includes: (i) providing prevention resources to professionals and the public; (ii) developing educational resources; and (iii) developing strategies to overcome behavioral and social barriers. RCAP has just announced a new online awareness initiative called Project CREATE, which (i) allows individuals to share HIV/AIDS related pictures, blogs and videos and (ii) provides support via a custom-tailored forum with five distinct topics. To learn more about RCAP and Project CREATE, please see:




4. Facebook


The GLBTAA has had a Facebook page for some time now, but some of you may not be aware of it.  If you haven't already done so, check out our Facebook page at  "Like" our page and then you will automatically get our Facebook posts regarding news, updates and information of our events.


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5. Alumni/Member Notes


Steve Sanders, GLBTAA director and visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School, contributed an excellent essay to SCOTUSblog as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider several cases dealing with same-sex marriage.  The essay is at:       

SCOTUSblog is a law blog written by lawyers and law professors who specialize in Supreme Court practice. In the Spring of 2013, Steve will be joining the faculty of the IU Maurer School of Law teaching constitutional law.  His current scholarship focuses on issues affecting same-sex couples at the intersection of constitutional law, conflict of law, federalism and family law.


6. Did You Know? 


Certain research preliminarily suggests sexual arousal among women decreases the so-called disgust response.  Such research helps support "the idea that sexual arousal lowers inhibitions" and may help therapists understand how to deal with sexual incompatibility. "It's a very sad experience for many people," says our own Debra Herenick, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer in IU's Applied Health Sciences Department and Sexual Health Educator at The Kinsey Institute.  "Many people say 'I love this person but I feel turned off'.....We don't understand that switch, especially when they clearly love and care for that person." For more, read: 

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. 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  or Mike Shumate at .


If not already a member, please consider joining the IUAA by visiting, by  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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