GSMA Celebration

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies (GSMA) Celebration 2022
Monday, October 17—Saturday, October 22

GSMA Kick-Off Event

Monday, October 17  | 4 PM |  Ball Circle (Rain Location:  Chandler Ballroom, Cedric Rucker University Center)

Join us for food and fun! We will be giving out free food and introducing the rest of our GSMA events for the week. 

Rainbow Night

Monday, October 17  | 5 PM | Top Of The Cedric Rucker University Center

Campus Dining, in partnership with PRISM, will be hosting “Rainbow Night” at the Top of the UC, the 4th floor of the University Center, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, featuring rainbow cakes and rainbow sherbet. This feature is included in the regular dinner price.

Gayme Night

Tuesday, October 18  | 5 PM | Talon Lounge & Capital Room, Cedric Rucker University Center

Join PRISM for a game night (or gay-me night)!  Everyone is welcome to join for refreshments and casual video and board games.  

GSMA Celebration Keynote Speaker:  James “Stress” O’Leary

Wednesday, October 19  |  7 p.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom C, Cedric Rucker University Center

A man wearing a denim jacket with an over-ear microphone, lime green lighting blurred behind himJames “Stress” O’Leary is an esports commentator from the UK, and is a cisgender gay man. James has worked in the esports industry for 11 years on broadcasts including the League of Legends World Championships for Riot Games, and currently commentates the Wild Rift European Championships. As well as broadcast commentating, James has worked for professional teams Mad Lions, Splyce, and Team Dignitas, and is a vocal LGBTQ+ advocate in the gaming space. James is married and lives on the south coast of the UK in Brighton with his husband and two cats.

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Panel 

Thursday, October 20  |   6 p.m.  |  Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

We invite you to attend our discussion panel about all things relating to queerness and mental health. The discussion may range from topics such as current trends, LGBTQ+ issues, overcoming negative experiences due to being queer, and more. The mental health panel will be led by LGBTQ+ psychology specialists and will open up for questions, so please come curious! 

PRISM Prom: Video Game/Fantasy Theme 

Saturday, October 22  | 8 PM |  Chandler Ballroom, Cedric Rucker University Center Admission Fee: $2 for the UMW Community, $3 for the General Public 

Live out your wildest fantasies and adventures with us at PRISM’s annual prom night dance! Take a break from the grind and show the world that you can slay more than just dragons by dressing up in your nerdiest cosplay attire.


UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region including, but not limited to, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only.  We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

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