Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

Celebration Weekend is Near!January, 2014
In This Issue
1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
2. Sixth Celebration Weekend
3. Pride Night
4. Did You Know?
5. Facebook
6. Member Notes
7. Academic Scholarship Recipient
8. GLBTAA Scholarships
9. Membership
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Winter at IUB




Foremost, we send special wishes to those of you affected by the challenging weather. As the big thaw begins, please stay safe and warm with your families and loved ones.


We are anxious to greet you at our Sixth Celebration Weekend January 24-26. The weekend will be launched at the Neal-Marshall Center reception on Friday, January 24, with welcoming comments and the presentation of our 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Grazie reception on Saturday, January 25 remains our main attraction. The silent auction that evening provides our largest fundraising activity of the year. The net proceeds help fund our scholarships, mini-grants and various other programs. Please think if you have any item(s) you wish to contribute to our silent auction. If so, please contact Stephanie Burks at [email protected] or Jennifer Gentry at

[email protected]  Also, as in the past, you are able to donate "student" tickets to the Grazie reception on our reservation site at:

We will wrap up the weekend with coffee and bagels at the GLBT Student Support Services Office on Sunday morning, January 26.


All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, please join us for this fabulous weekend and see for yourselves why IU has received "five stars" and has been ranked in the "top 25" LGBT-friendly universities and colleges in the nation! We look forward to visiting with as many of you as possible!



Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President

[email protected]   


 1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign




Please continue to help "spread the word" about our ground-breaking Scholarship Campaign which will help to endow our GLBTAA Scholarship Program. Since 2005, we have granted 39 scholarships to IU students, and our hope is to increase the amounts and number of these scholarships.


Contributions can continue to be made online at:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Shumate at [email protected] or 858-922-6105; or IUAA Alumni Relations Officer Jennifer Gentry at 800-824-3044. Again, heartfelt gratitude to everyone for helping to support our Campaign.


Our Campaign was listed as one of the "Top Stories from IU in 2013."

Here is the IU release: 


THANK YOU, IU alumni, faculty, staff, students, allies and friends!




 2. Sixth Celebration Weekend 



The GLBTAA is proud to announce its sixth annual Celebration Weekend January 24-26, 2014. 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 last weekend in January. The main events are:


 Reception at the Neal-Marshall Center

~ Friday, January 24, 2014, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

~ 275 N. Jordan Ave.

The Neal-Marshal Black Cultural Center serves as a bridge connecting Indiana University to Black culture and has a rich history in supporting IU's efforts in the recruitment and retention of Black students and in promoting knowledge and awareness of the Black experience. We are thrilled to be hosting our opening event here for the first time.  For more information about the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, please see:  


GLBTAA Annual Board Meeting

~ Saturday, January 25, 2014, 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, January, 25, 2014, 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. If you wish, you can 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.
Reservations can now be made online at:


Bagels and Coffee at the GLBTSSS Office

~ Sunday, January 26, 2014, 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 18 years. If you haven't already done so, come by and take a tour of the renovated office - a perfect way to complete the weekend's festivities.    



Grazie, 2013


Friday Reception, 2013
 3. Pride Night 
The GLBTAA will host Pride Night at the IU Women's Basketball game against Northwestern on January 30. We will gather at Cook Hall for a pre-game reception, where, among other activities, Coach Curt Miller will add to the enthusiasm by making comments and showing a short video. We're also hoping to have an appearance by Athletic Director Fred Glass. The pre-game reception will commence at 5:30 p.m. Following the reception, we will walk to Assembly Hall to cheer on our Hoosiers for another victory! The Quarryland Men's Chorus will lead the National Anthem to start the game and will also perform at half-time. We will then celebrate and share in the fun of the evening at Yogi's Grill & Bar downtown Bloomington at 519 East 10th Street. The price for the entire evening is $20. Soon an online reservation site will be available. The $20 cost will entitle you to admission to the pre-game reception, a box meal distributed at the reception and one ticket to the game.


This Pride Night is still in the planning stages, and there may be event changes as we coordinate the final details. Please stay tuned. We will confirm the final details on social media and elsewhere.


IU remains unbeaten at 14-0, which is the best start in program history! And, we were just ranked No. 22 in this week's AP Poll - the highest ranking ever in school history!  Way to go Hoosiers! 

4. Did You Know?
William Yarber, far right, and the CURT Team

Research by The Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (CURT) and the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) at IU has established a new and successful strategy for combating the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and draws from an old idea: Practice is fundamental to learning, even when it involves using condoms correctly.


The Kinsey Institute Homework Intervention Strategy gives men a "ditty bag" full of condoms and lubricants, makes sure the men understand how to apply condoms correctly, and then assigns homework. The men are expected to try out at least six condoms solo, paying particular attention to their own pleasure and which

condoms they like best.


"It's such a simple idea, but nobody has every structured an approach like this," said William L. Yarber, Senior Director of RCAP, Professor in IU's School of Public Health-Bloomington, and Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. Yarber is co-author of the study, A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to improve condom use among young men who have sex with men. "These are still pilot studies. But even with small samples, the results are really good. Men become more motivated to use condoms; they use them more correctly and consistently. They also appreciate learning that there are different condoms available."


Yarber and his colleagues have documented for more than 10 years how merely wearing a condom is not enough to provide effective protection against STDs. Condoms need to be used correctly, yet fit-and-feel issues can result in erection difficulty, loss of sensation, removal of condoms before the intercourse

episode ends, and other problems that can interfere with their correct use.


Not all condoms fit the same, and the use of lubricant also can be helpful.

"Most men do not experiment with different kinds of condoms," Yarber said. "They get what's available or what the other guys talk about. The kits for this study included eight different kinds of condoms and five kinds of



The study was presented at the American Public Health Association annual conference by Bobbie Emetu, study co-author and doctoral student in Health Behavior at IU.  Other co-authors included Alex Marshall at the University of Central Arkansas and other CURT members Stephanie Sanders at The Kinsey Institute, Richard Crosby at University of Kentucky, Robin Milhausen at  University of Geulph, Ontario, Canada and Cynthia Graham at University of South Hampton, UK.


5. 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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 6. Member Notes 
Dr. Julia Heiman is stepping down as Director of The Kinsey Institute. She will return to her faculty position in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IUB. Stepanie Sanders will serve as interim director until Dr. Heiman's successor is appointed. 
New research sheds light on the US Supreme Court's rejection of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Tim Lemper GLBTAA director and Full Clinical Professor in Kelley's Department of Business Law & Ethics has completed research and has had an analytical paper published in Business Horizons, a journal by IU's Kelley School of Business. Lemper reasons that the Supreme Court's decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius actually established new limits on the power of the federal government.
"The court was heavily criticized for betraying the principles of federalism and limited government in the U.S. Constitution," Lemper said. "In reality, the court's decision placed groundbreaking limits on Congress' power to regulate commerce and use federal funds to pressure states into doing its bidding. "These aspects of the court's decision received less attention in the popular media but may actually prove to have a more significant impact on the scope of federal power in the future." For more, please see IU's press release at:
Dr. William L. Yarber recently presented a keynote address on research concerning comprehensive sexuality education versus abstinence education at a conference at the University of Warsaw in Poland. He has presented seminars to graduate students in sexology at the University. 
7. Academic Scholarship Recipient
Jason Sprinkle

Congratulations are extended to Jason R. Sprinkle, one of our 2014 Spring Academic Scholarship recipients! Jason is a second-year student at the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.  Jason earned his BA in Bloomington in 2012, majoring in English and Political Science. He has found the time to be involved in a number of extracurricular activities both in Bloomington and Indianapolis. At IUB, he was the director of marketing for Out at Kelley, marketing chair of the Hutton Honors College Diversity in Action Group and was involved in the IU Student Foundation Marketing and Fundraising Committees, which benefitted, among others, Middle Way House and Camp Kesem. He also volunteered to raise awareness for victims of sexual assault and the local Planned Parenthood, when attempts were made to cut off public funding. Jason presently is vice president of the Lambda Law Society at McKinney and volunteers for the Damien Center in Indy. Following law school, he hopes to pursue a career with the JAG Corps. Stop by the Grazie on January 25 and extend your personal congratulations to Jason.


8. 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 2014 semester is November 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 Scholarship Program and apply online at:


9. 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, or an IU degree-holder. We are approaching 1,600 members nation-wide, 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 e-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 Jennifer Gentry, Alumni Relations Officer, 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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