Come Out and Play

By William Sweet

Photo by Kate Beemer ’15

[Student Life] “If you can swim, you can swim.”

“If you can row, you can row.”  

So begins a video that Amherst athletes and staff created last spring for the You Can Play Project, a national effort advocating respect for all collegiate athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. It offers a simple yet profound message: “Gay or straight, if you can play, you can play.”

LGBTQIA? "You Can Play" at Amherst

Submitted on Tuesday, 7/9/2013, at 11:57 AM

by William Sweet

Teamwork means sticking up for your teammates, putting aside distractions and disputes, and aiming for achievement. Amherst student-athletes understand this, so it’s no surprise that they have come out to declare that Amherst Athletics welcomes and celebrates its LGBTQIA athletes.

Amherst athletes and staff collaborated this semester to create a video for the You Can Play Project, a national effort advocating respect for all collegiate athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. It offers a simple yet profound message: If you can play, you can play.

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Voices of the Gay Amherst Class

A series of vignettes based on the experiences of LGBTQIA students and recent alumni at Amherst. This is one of a series of events planned throughout the year in recognition of the founding, 25 years ago, of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni organization. Presented by the Pride Alliance and Alumni and Parent Programs at Homecoming 2010.

Pamela L. Stawasz, Area Coordinator of LGBTQIA Education and Assistant Director of Residential Life, introduces the event with a history of the Pride Alliance. The performances begin at 05:20.

A post-reunion dispatch

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Every year I volunteer to staff a few events at Reunion. The work is not hard: it involves filling water glasses, making sure talks start and end on time and annoying those seated at the end of an aisle by asking them to  pretty please move in to the center.

Insights: Gay at Amherst, 1966-70

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By Eric Patterson ’70

When I started Amherst in September 1966, what did our society say about gay people?

Voices of the Gay Amherst Class

A series of vignettes based on the experiences of LGBTQIA students and recent alumni at Amherst. This is one of a series of events planned throughout the year in recognition of the founding, 25 years ago, of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni organization. Presented by the Pride Alliance and Alumni and Parent Programs at Homecoming 2010.

Pamela L. Stawasz, Area Coordinator of LGBTQIA Education and Assistant Director of Residential Life, introduces the event with a history of the Pride Alliance. The performances begin at 05:20.

LGBTQQIAA Resources

Queer Resource Center, Basement of Morrow Dormitory

Angie Tissi, Coordinator

Amherst College is a place where queer students and allies have thrived. Here you will find a diverse and vibrant LGBTQQIAA: lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally community.