Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

Almost Summer!May, 2013
In This Issue
1. IU GLBTAA Board
2. Michael Guest/Global LGBT Equality
3. Member Profile
4. Facebook
5. Academic Scholarship Recipient
6. Member Notes
7. Rainbow Cycling - 14th!
8. Circle City IN Pride
9. GLBTAA Scholarships
10. Membership
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We have summarized the organization and governance of your GLBTAA Board in paragraph #1 below, in large part, to express gratitude for the continued support of our nearly 1,500 members nation-wide. THANK YOU!  With your support, we can continue to build on our 16-year legacy.



Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]   


1. IU GLBTAA Board



Board in 2011, but this photo has been photo-shopped to reflect resignations and new directors. Four current directors are not pictured.


The GLBTAA was formed in June, 1997 by a small group of strong, visionary individuals and has since been supported by many committed members, leaders and IUAA staff. All have worked tirelessly to continue fulfilling the GLBTAA important mission of improving "the quality of life for GLBT students, faculty, staff and alumni of Indiana University on all eight campuses." Each year the GLBTAA builds on that historical vision and commitment. From the original organizing group of three, the GLBTAA now has reached nearly 1,500 members nation-wide.  We are governed by a Board consisting of fifteen voting directors, including two IU students. Additionally we have two ex-officio, non-voting directors. Each director brings a unique, vibrant skill set to the Board, and we're all united to continue serving the IU LGBT community and our many constituencies. Directors serve two-year terms and can be re-elected for succeeding terms. Each serves on at least two of the Board's standing committees. For a list of our current directors, please see:


Building on its solid legacy, the GLBTAA continues to expand its reach and to perform good deeds. Specifically, the GLBTAA continues: to sponsor educational activities and to host speakers for a wide range of programs and symposia; to provide information regarding the activities and events of the IU LGBT community; to provide networking and social opportunities for members and allies of our community; to award academic and emergency scholarships to students; to award mini-grants to deserving students and student organizations in support of educational, social or community-based projects benefiting the LGBT community; to provide mentoring and support programs for IU students and other young people; to help recruit and provide support for IU faculty and staff; to keep our alumni interested and engaged with the University once they leave campus; to advocate LGBT issues to the IU administration; to support the GLBT Student Support Services office in Bloomington; and to keep members informed of legal developments that affect our community, particularly in the Indiana Legislature. We are especially proud to be the only IUAA Affiliate with a monthly newsletter.


We are profoundly grateful for the steadfast commitment of our membership.  Without your continued support, we would not be able to continue the legacy established in 1997 and strengthened these past sixteen years.  Thank you!


Your Board at work



GLBTAA received two IUAA awards at Cream & Crimson
Celebrating awards at 2012 Cream & Crimson




2. Michael Guest/Global LGBT Equality   





Michael Guest


Retired Ambassador Michael Guest argued the case for why U.S. foreign policy must work for global LGBT rights and equality in a lecture on April 4 co-hosted by the Maurer School of Law's LGBT Alumni Advisory Board and IU's new School of Global and International Studies (SGIS). The lecture marked the first joint venture between the law school and SGIS.


"I take very seriously the question of what it means to be an American, and I take equally seriously the question of how the United States represents that meaning to other countries," Guest told the audience of approximately 55 students, faculty, staff, and community members in the law school's moot court room.   "If our human rights policies abroad are to carry consistency and integrity, they must be applied to the rights of LGBT minorities just as much as they're applied to any other minority."


The full video of Guest's lecture is available at:  


In his 26-year career with the State Department, Ambassador Guest held a range of executive-level positions in Washington and overseas. In 2001, former President George H.W. Bush appointed him as the United States ambassador to Romania, a post in which he served for three years, and which made him America's first openly gay, Senate-confirmed ambassador. Among other activities, he now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Council for Global Equality, a coalition of 21 human rights and LGBT advocacy organizations seeking U.S. support for LGBT-fair policies abroad.



3. Member Profile 

FROM FIRSTS TO FOREVERS - a journey on the road to IU's partner recognition


By Cindy Stone

Cindy Stone


Back in the spring of 1994, I was wrapping up my first term as an IU trustee. It was a term of many firsts. I was the first IU staff member to serve on the Board of Trustees and the youngest alumna (BS '78, MS '08) to be elected by the alumni to the Board, and, perhaps most significantly for me, I was the first openly-gay IU trustee at a time when LGBT awareness wasn't where it is today. 


And of course when awareness is in its toddler stages, there's always the opportunity to be a part of making big changes happen. I'd worked at the University for years and was active in campus governance so the Bloomington Faculty Council contacted me in the early 90s about drafting a trustee resolution regarding domestic partner benefits and bringing it to a vote at the next IU board meeting.


I agreed, but knew this resolution would be a tough sell. Sadly, I was right. It was defeated, seven to one, with only my vote in favor.  The foundation had not been in a place to help. 


The loss was tough as the issue hit home deeply. Donna Payne had been my partner for 20 years, and both of us had worked at IUB for decades.   Donna had fallen ill and was preparing to leave her IU position, which would mean also losing her IU health insurance.  There were no domestic partnership benefits at that time for IU employees, despite the combined 50 years of service that Donna and I had given the University.


Five years after Donna's death, colleagues asked me to join a large task force which would include University Deans, faculty, staff and students.  Together we worked to lobby the Trustees and administration on domestic partnership benefits - and this time also to educate and build consensus the right way.  Thanks to the leadership of our own Steve Sanders, this time the outcome was different.  And in 2001 the Trustees unanimously passed a resolution in favor of a broad range of domestic partner benefits for all IU's faculty and staff in same-sex relationships.


Fast forward to today. I am now a full-time faculty lecturer in the Kelley School of Business, and I no longer fear losing those hard-won benefits.  I have been with my partner, Amy Benckart (MS '90), for the past 13 years.  And as both of us look towards our impending retirements from IU Bloomington, we are so happy that more choices are available to protect IU employees like us and everything we all built, to last into the future.


In the coming months, I'm looking forward to returning to the GLBTAA Board, as part of the group I helped create back in 1997.  I was the first vice-president of the GLBTAA, and I'm delighted to watch it flourish as it raises funds for young IU students in need as they come out to their families. I'm hopeful I can serve as a vital link between our students and our alumni.  We have indeed come such a long way since I first started on my journey. We have come to a place where it no longer matters whose hand you hold as you walk through campus towards Kirkwood Avenue, towards an ever brighter future.  



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. Academic Scholarship Recipient 

CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Paula M. Grez, one of our 2013 Fall Academic Scholarship recipients!  Paula is in the Elementary Transition to Teaching Program, leading to her Master's and certification.  Her undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry from the Universidad de Chile in 2005, and she received a Masters, with a concentration in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology, from IU in 2011.  She is pursuing a profession in elementary education, where her ultimate "dream job would be at a science center or children's museum in the United States."  She is currently a substitute teacher at the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Among other extracurricular activities, she currently is a volunteer at WonderLab. She has volunteered for the Buskirk-Chumlet Theater, specifically for the PRIDE Festival, for the past four years, where among other services she was the photographer and supplied photographs on a non-charge basis. She has accomplished all this while maintaining an impressive 3.8 GPA.


6. Member Notes

Aaron Kaleb Crain, an IUB sophomore majoring in Social Studies in the School of Education, was recently awarded the McKaig Student Award, which is presented annually to one undergraduate or graduate student for contributing to the goals and values of IU's Division of Student Affairs. Specifically, the Award recognizes a student's efforts in balancing academic, and extra-curricular activities, and bringing special attention to the mission of the Division. Last semester Kaleb was "verbally attacked" by one of the "hate preachers" who visits our campus occasionally. Please look for the related article in our June Newsletter, which we intend to republish with permission by the Herald-Times.



Tim Lemper, GLBTAA director and faculty advisor to Out @ Kelley, was recently promoted to Full Clinical Professor in Kelley's Department of Business Law & Ethics.  He has also been named a recipient of the 2013 Trustees Teaching Award at the Kelley School of Business. The Trustees Teaching Awards are selected by faculty committee and recognize outstanding teaching at the undergraduate level by full-time faculty whose primary duty is teaching. Congratulations, Tim!


William Yarber, Professor in IU's Department of Applied Sciences, Senior Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention and Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, is a 2012 inductee into IU's Presidents Circle. Congratulations and thank you, Bill!  


Please send any proposed inserts for "Member Notes" to any one of the following:  Steve Bretthauer at [email protected]; Stephanie Burks at [email protected]; Tim Lemper at [email protected]; or Mike Shumate at [email protected].

7. Rainbow Cycling - 14th!


Across the Finish Line!



Cherryl Ellison, Sarah Hugus and Torrey Byrd represented Rainbow Cycling and the GLBT community with spirit, courage and unmatched perseverance on Friday, April 19th during the 26th running of the Women's Little 500. Their 14th place finish is the best race result for any Rainbow Cycling team. The women of Rainbow Cycling wrote a new chapter in the Rainbow Cycling history books that will be remembered.


While most teams race with four riders, Rainbow started with only three, knowing they would have to ride well to place among the top teams. The windy, cold weather and a fast start contributed to an unfortunate crash on Lap 4 that ended sophomore rookie Cherryl's first race with a broken collarbone. Don't worry, she'll be ok and is already planning for next year!


Seniors Sarah and Torrey met the challenge of racing with two riders and Rainbow fans in attendance kept the team's spirits high by being among the loudest in the stadium. Falling to 31st and losing almost two laps after the early crash, Rainbow soon found a spot in the lead pack and would not let it go until near the end of the race.


Sarah and Torrey exceeded all expectations by repeatedly closing gaps that stretched from one-quarter to one-half lap and completing 12 - 15 lap sets, while most other teams were content with 5 - 6 lap sets for their riders. On lap 94, Torrey finished her last set and Sarah took over, sprinting a 41 second lap for 14th place and capping off a memorable year for Rainbow Cycling with a huge smile.


You can find the team on Facebook at

to see pictures and videos from the race or follow the team on Twitter @RainbowCycling.





8. Circle City IN Pride
The Circle City IN Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 8, starting at 10:00 a.m. The GLBTAA once again will have a booth to welcome all who wish to share in the celebration of this spectacular parade and related activities. We will also be spreading the word about IU's "five stars" and being ranked in the "top 25" LGBT-friendly universities and colleges in the nation. Hope to see you downtown Indy on June 8! The entire preceding week is full of fun LGBT-related events.  For more information, please see:  
Volunteers at our 2012 Indy Pride Booth
9. 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 Fall 2013 semester is April 15, 2013.


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:


10. Membership


Encourage your friends to join the GLBTAA. They can visit our website here  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 at:[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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