Rainbow Center

Check out your local friendly Rainbow Center

Check out your local friendly Rainbow Center

Up on the Student Union’s fourth floor in room 403 lies the Rainbow Center, one of the university’s cultural centers on campus. The most recently established center among the five, since the September of 1998, the Rainbow Center has been working to provide a safe space, resources and programs to members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

The systematic oppression in lecture on ‘Intimate Partner Violence’ 

The systematic oppression in lecture on ‘Intimate Partner Violence’ 

“The systems were created by people over time and can be dismantled by people over time,” said Elliot Ruggles, who presented this week’s Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community series lecture on intimate partner violence. The lecture was held Thursday afternoon in the Rainbow Center.   

Black Girl Magic: Jess Guilbeaux talks about self-acceptance and empowerment for LGBTQIA+ History Month 

Black Girl Magic: Jess Guilbeaux talks about self-acceptance and empowerment for LGBTQIA+ History Month 

Despite the gloomy weather, Jess Guilbeaux lit up the Student Union theater last night as she discussed what it means to be a queer black woman in today’s society, her journey since her time on “Queer Eye” and how audience members could work towards self-acceptance themselves.

No Right Way to ‘let your hair down:’ Rainbow Center discusses conceptions of ‘coming out’ on National Coming Out Day

No Right Way to ‘let your hair down:’ Rainbow Center discusses conceptions of ‘coming out’ on National Coming Out Day

Tuesday, Oct. 11 markes National Coming Out Day, which the Rainbow Center recognized through an installment in their weekly Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality and Community lecture series. Rainbow Center Program Coordinator, Julia Anderson, led the discussion entitled, “Complicating ‘Coming Out.’” The lecture strove to highlight misconceptions associated with “coming out” and the variety of experiences LGBTQIA+ community members may face.

Rainbow Center discusses LGBTIQ identity, memory and artivism in Peru

Rainbow Center discusses LGBTIQ identity, memory and artivism in Peru

“In Peru and across the world, challenges to social inequality are still in progress,” Meléndez said. “However, these objects and performances offer alternative pathways for us to imagine new ways for us to engage in reflection and conversation regarding these topics.”

Bisexuality Awareness Week highlights challenges the bi+ community faces

Bisexuality Awareness Week highlights challenges the bi+ community faces

The week following Bi-Visibility Day on Sunday, Sept. 23 is widely referred to as Bisexuality Awareness Week. First celebrated in 1999, a year after the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut was founded, Bi-Visibility Day and Bisexuality Awareness Week dates differ from place to place, but overall the week is recognized as a time to focus specifically on the bisexual community and the challenges they face.

Tiggy Upland tackles bisexual troubles, empowers bisexual students

Tiggy Upland tackles bisexual troubles, empowers bisexual students

Dressed as a watermelon and with a crown of fruit upon her head, Tiggy Upland brought energy and excitement to her Rainbow Center lecture entitled “Redefining Bisexuality 101.” A colorful character, Tiggy Upland is actually a persona created by Jen Bonardi, who gave the first half of the talk as Tiggy Upland and the second half as herself.