GSMA Celebration

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies (GSMA) Celebration 2017

Monday, October 23—Saturday, October 28
“Fall In Love”

This celebration will highlight the growing empowerment of the LGBTQA+ community to address the problems of the present and find hope for the future.  Join PRISM and the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we celebrate the accomplishments of the GSMA community.

Kickoff Celebration

Monday, October 23  |  5 p.m.  |  Ball Circle

Kick off PRISM’s seventh annual celebration with a barbecue! Come hang out with members and friends of PRISM and enjoy some burgers and hot dogs.  Play games, get familiar with PRISM, and get pumped for the awesome events scheduled for this celebration!


James Farmer Multicultural Center Human Rights Film Series:  The Out List

Tuesday, October 24 | 6 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

A diverse cross-section of Americans share personal and professional stories, both heart-wrenching and triumphant, of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer experience in The Out List.

Through this series of intimate interviews, LGBT personalities both known and unknown bring color and depth to their experiences of sexuality, gender expression, and identity. With wit and wisdom, this set of trailblazing individuals weaves universal themes of love, loss, trial, and triumph into the determined fight for full equality.


Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker:  Faisal Alam
Wednesday, Oct. 25 • 7 p.m. • Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

GSMA Keynote speaker Faisal Alam

GSMA Keynote speaker Faisal Alam

Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. At 19, while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, Alam organized a gathering of LGBT Muslims that led to the founding of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning Muslims and their allies. Since founding Al-Fatiha, Alam has traveled around the world to meet with LGBTIQ Muslims to build a global queer Muslim movement. Advocate Magazine, Genre Magazine, the Utne Reader, and the Equality Forum have recognized Alam for his activism, and Pride Toronto honored his “outstanding contribution in the area of spirituality that positively impacts LGBT communities.”


Mental Health Awareness Event/Panel

Thursday, Oct. 26  |  4:00 p.m. |  Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Join UMW faculty and staff, representatives from PRISM, and members of the UMW Safe Zone committee to engage in a panel discussion on mental health in the LGBTQIQA+ community.


PRISM Prom: Masquerade

Friday, October 27 | 9 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Cost information: Students – $3 in advance, $5 at the door

Non-students – $5 in advance, $7 at the door

Join us for the finale to this celebration as we party to a revolution wave.  Dress up in your finest and come enjoy dancing, food, and drinks at this empowering event!  Proceeds go to an organization supporting the GSMA community.