GSMA Celebration

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies (GSMA) Celebration 2019
Monday, October 21—Friday, October 25

Blast Off to a Rainbow Planet!


Prepare for Launch

Monday, October 21  |  4 pm  |  Ball Circle (Rain Location:  Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Blastoff for PRISM’s seventh annual celebration begins with a social barbecue!  Come hang out with members and friends of PRISM and enjoy FREE food.  Have a universe of fun, get familiar with PRISM, and get pumped for the awesome events scheduled for this celebration!

Rainbow Night Dinner
Tuesday, October 22  |  5 p.m.  |  Dining at the Top of the UC
Cost with Campus Meal Plan:  1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne:  $12.50 +tax
Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Enjoy rainbow cake and sherbet during dinner as we celebrate diversity and the LGBTQ+ community.

We Were Here:  The AIDS Years in San Francisco
Tuesday, October 22  |  6:30 pm  |  Capital Room (314), University Center

An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. WE WERE HERE offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS. It opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years and provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support.

Part of the annual Human Rights Film Series through the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker:  Ted Lewis
Wednesday, October 23  |  7 p.m.  |  Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

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Ted Lewis has over a decade of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth mainly in higher education at institutions such as UNC Charlottes and the University of Richmond. They also served as the Special Projects and Outreach Coordinator for Campus Pride. Ted currently serves as Executive Director of Side by Side, an LGBTQ+ youth organization in Richmond, and was recently featured as a top 40 under 40 with Style Magazine. Finally, Ted is a proud graduate of Mary Washington (where they were a PRISM member as a student) and the University of South Carolina.



You Matter:  LGBTQ+ People in STEM
Thursday, October, 24  |  5 p.m.  |  Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Join UMW faculty as they reach for the stars and examine the role of LGBTQ+ people in STEM fields.  They will also provide a closer look at the lives and work of prominent LGBTQ+ scientists.

PRISM Prom: Liftoff!
Friday, October 25 | 8:30 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Students: $3 in advance, $5 at the door
Non-students:  $5 in advance; $7 at the door

Join us for our annual PRISM Prom under the (indoor) stars!  Dress up in your finest and come enjoy dancing, food, and drinks at this stellar event!

For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 or visit our web page at