Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association

Reaching Out

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

Gay Pride!July, 2014
In This Issue
1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign
2. Women's Basketball
3. Quarryland Men's Chorus
4. Medical School's GSMA
5. Facebook
6. Circle City IN Pride
7. Academic Scholarship Recipients
8. GLBTAA Scholarships
9. Membership
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Circle City IN Pride Parade








We had a booth again this year at the Circle City IN Pride Festival, one of the nation's spectacular LGBT celebrations. The weather was ideal, and we reached people from many different age groups. We signed up 101 new members! The greatest success perhaps was that we provided support to LGBT young people as they celebrated "exactly who they are." And we reminded them that they have a "home away from home" at IU. 


Consistent with President Obama's proclamation declaring June "LGBT Pride Month," we have reason to continue to celebrate the several federal court victories for marriage equality and other important strides. We indeed have made steady progress since Stonewall, but we need to continue to focus on our life-long quest for full equality, and to remember that each good deed within our civil rights movement is only accomplished by building on the commitment and legacy of countless others in whose footsteps we follow. As President Obama wrote recently, "let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity - because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too."



 Mike Shumate, GLBTAA Immediate Past President

 [email protected]   


 1. GLBTAA Scholarship Campaign




Please continue to "spread the word" about our ground-breaking Campaign, which will help to endow our GLBTAA Scholarship Program. We recently awarded eight academic scholarships for the 2014 fall semester. Each recipient will be featured in one of our Newsletters. Two are covered in paragraph # 7 below.  After reviewing another heart-breaking story, we also awarded emergency funds to an IUB student. Since 2005, we have now granted 48 scholarships (36 academic scholarships and 12 emergency scholarships) to IU students. Because of your generous support, we will be able to continue providing scholarships well into the future. 


Tessa Wilkerson, one of our emergency scholarship recipients, has commented:

"In Fall 2011, I had recently transferred to IU from Brigham Young University (owned by the Mormon church). My parents (devout Mormons), who did not approve of my choice to transfer, were not paying for any of my schooling which was unexpected for me. I maxed out all my available financial aid but I still had thousands of dollars in tuition and housing fees to pay and only the savings from my summer job to pay it. I had received generous academic recruitment scholarships as a high school senior, but after a tearful (on my part) meeting with the University's scholarship office I was informed that because I had taken more than 27 credits at another institution I was no longer eligible for my scholarships. Walking home from that meeting, I stopped by the GLBTA office and discovered the opportunity for the emergency scholarship. I applied immediately and received the scholarship. During a time when I felt abandoned by my family, my faith, and my university, the GLBTAA Emergency Scholarship helped to pick me up and put me back on my feet for a little while. Without that scholarship I would have been forced to leave school. Thanks to it, I was able to stay at IU and continue to live authentically and honestly - even if it was hard sometimes."


Contributions can 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 supporting our Campaign.


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




 2. Women's Basketball 

Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller just completed his second season at the helm of the Hoosier program, and what a season it was!  Heading into 2013-14, Indiana returned just 36 percent of its scoring output from the year before, the second-lowest point total returning in the Big Ten.  Many thought the Hoosiers were in for another rough season.  But Miller's first true recruiting class of six scholarship freshmen, that ranked as one of the top 30 incoming classes nationally, as well as a group of five seniors, had other ideas. 


IU won a school record 21 games and set a program mark with 259 made 3-point field goals, which is the second most 3-pointers made in Big Ten History.  Indiana went a perfect 13-0 in non-conference games to total the program's most non-league wins in a single year. The Hoosiers had the best start to a season in school history winning the first 14 games, which earned IU its highest national ranking ever at No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll on January 6.


Miller's Hoosiers also made their mark in other program single season categories, including ranking second all-time in points scored (2,369) and field goals made (850), and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.344) and rebounds (1,332).


Point guard Larryn Brooks became the first freshman in Indiana history to score over 500 points in a single season as she led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game.  She also paced the Hoosiers in field goals made, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage, free throws made, free throw percentage and assists.  She set IU freshman records in points scored, 3-pointers made, assists and free throws made.  Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.


Miller had a vision when he came to Bloomington to build a championship team inside the locker room first in order to take the proper steps to have success on the court.  As the 2013-14 Hoosiers played into the quarterfinals of the WNIT, Miller achieved his vision within his first two years at Indiana, but he has bigger aspirations in mind. 


The Girard, Pa., native has been a head coach for 13 years, including an 11-year stint at Bowling Green State University prior to arriving at Indiana.  During his time at BGSU, Miller led the Falcons to eight-straight regular season Mid-American Conference (MAC) titles, five MAC Tournament Championships and eight postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournament berths. 


In 2006-07, Miller led Bowling Green to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first MAC team to achieve such a feat as the Falcons defeated Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the first and second rounds.  BGSU finished the season with a 31-4 record.  During his time at Bowling Green, Miller averaged over 23 wins per season.


Miller, who was a finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year for the fifth time this year, built a powerhouse program at his previous stop and has goals of doing the same thing at Indiana.  The Hoosiers had a winning year on the court in 2013-14, but also won over a Hoosier fan base off the court.  Indiana set a program record with an average attendance of 2,708 fans per game in Assembly Hall, an increase of over 25 percent from Miller's first year.  Attendance has increased by over 50 percent since Miller took over the reigns of the program.


There is still work to do for Miller and the Indiana Hoosiers as the Big Ten looks to become the top women's basketball conference in the country with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers.  IU accomplished some great things in 2013-14, but knows the journey is just beginning. Miller promised a culture change for Indiana women's basketball when he was hired in March of 2012.  With a record-setting season behind him and a roster that will feature 11 freshmen and sophomores next fall, a culture change is taking place in Bloomington.











 3. Quarryland Men's Chorus
Quarryland's Concert

Quarryland Men's Chorus has just completed 12 seasons - reaching out to new audiences and supporting the LGBTA community in South Central Indiana. Many members of the GLBTAA continue to support the Chorus and for that, we are grateful.


Last year we were very involved in the community with 14 appearances, including Spencer Pride, the Bloomington Pride Film Festival, the GLBTAA Sixth Celebration Weekend reception, and the IU Women's Basketball Pride Night. Plus we had two very successful concerts "Peace, Hope, Joy" and "Now and Forever." The spring concert followed the path of a lifetime relationship from dating through marriage and growing old together. The concert included many LGBT-friendly community organizations that support marriage equality, as well as comments from Susan Sandberg, Bloomington Common Council member. The season concluded with the election of new Chorus board members, including GLBTAA members Rex Hinkle, Marlin Howard, Rebecca Keith, Barry Magee, Jane Rogan and Mitch Serslev.


Quarryland will kick off its 13th season on August 4th. In addition to the usual fare, the Chorus hopes to visit another opening and affirming church and an IU athletic event. Everyone is welcome to sing along or join us in fellowship at our Open House on September 8th, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Church in Bloomington. Plan now to attend our fall concert "Silver Bells and Red Ribbon" on December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 at 3:00 p.m. Our spring concert will be a tribute to Hoagy Carmichael on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and May 3 at 3:00 p.m.. We're always looking for new singing and non-singing members, as well as volunteers. For more information, please visit and like us on Facebook at



Gathering before entering Assembly Hall Court



Performing at PRIDE Night at Women's Basketball Game.
4. Medical School's GSMA



School of Medicine at IUPUI



The IU School of Medicine's Gay-Straight Medical Alliance ("GSMA") is a student-led organization whose mission is to foster greater understanding among medical students, residents and staff about the special healthcare needs of the LGBT community. The GSMA serves as a liaison between the Medical School's faculty and administration and LGBT medical students and allies. It also works to improve outreach for medical students to the larger Indianapolis LGBT community itself.


GSMA Board members and volunteer students visit the Indiana Youth Group headquarters often to increase LGBT youth health awareness through interactive discussions, activities and presentations regarding a number of topics. Such meetings have included topics such as safe-sex education; teen safety and accidents; LGBT mental health; and careers in healthcare. The GSMA also participates in community outreach at various health fairs, assisting with health screenings and providing resources for members of the LGBT community.


The GSMA works with the IUPUI campus community by periodically collaborating with the LGBT student organizations for the Schools of Law, Dentistry and Nursing, as well. On April 14, the GSMA hosted a dinner and panel discussion focusing on current research and key issues facing LGBT patients across the lifespan. For more information, please visit the GSMA website page at:



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. Circle City IN Pride 



The Circle City IN Pride Parade was held on Saturday, June 14. The GLBTAA once again had a booth to welcome all who shared in the celebration of this spectacular parade. We also continued to spread the word about IU's "five stars" and being one of the leading LGBT-friendly universities and colleges in the nation. Seeing all of you who dropped by was a joy!


Some of Our Volunteers! 



7. Academic Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations are extended to Zachary D. Bailey, one of our 2014 Fall Academic Scholarship recipients. Zach received his BA in Political Science at IUB  in 2011 and is now working toward his MPA at IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.  Before entering graduate school,  Zach worked as Deputy Finance Director and personal aide for John Gregg in his campaign for Indiana Governor where, among other responsibilities, he led the campaign's LGBT community outreach efforts. While an undergraduate in Bloomington, Zach was a teaching and research assistant at the Kelley School of Business, a member of Out at Kelley, and a member of the Kelley Academic Fairness Committee. More recently, he volunteered for Freedom Indiana and currently serves as graduate student advisor and mentor to students in Out at Kelley' He did organizational work for Kelley's new Hoosier Social Impact Fund in the Dominican Republic at the beginning of the summer and is now interning at the White House in the Office of Administration within the Executive Office.  



Congratulations are also extended to Marcus A. McGhee, another of our 2014 Fall Academic Scholarship recipients! Marcus will be a third-year evening student at the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI. He received a BA in Criminal Justice in 2010, and an MPA  in 2012 - both from Northern Kentucky University. He aspires to becoming a litigator following graduation.  He is currently an adjunct instructor and working as an intern at IU McKinney's Wrongful Conviction Clinic and is a former intern of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  Among other extracurricular activities, he is currently a member and former Treasurer of McKinney's Lambda Law Society and a member of the IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council. He is a member and the former Chapter Secretary of McKinney's Black Law Student Association. This summer he is interning at Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, the nation's first law school-based legal services program to serve low-income people living with HIV and AIDS.


We're proud of you Zach and Marcus!



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 2015 semester is November 15, 2014.


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.


If you would like to unsubscribe and terminate future communications from the GLBTAA, please respond to:  [email protected].