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Do you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer (or similarly self-identified) person of color? If so…

*rXs (The Intersection of Race and Sexuality) invites you to engage in a dialogue about your lived experiences!

rXs is a semester-long, intragroup dialogue series for LGBTQ (and similarly self-identified) people of color who are part of the University of Michigan and/or greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community.

This group is for those that are discreet OR “out”, questioning OR certain, fresh OR experienced regarding their racial and/or sexual identity.

After a successful first year, we are looking for a new group of dynamic participants! You do not need to have experience in dialogue, just an openness to share and a willingness to learn.

DATES and TIMES are TBA, as they are based on participant interest. Location is always undisclosed, as we value people’s privacy and safety in rXs.

If you are interested in our program, please fill out this form no later than 5:00p on Friday, September 21st. 

Please note there is no obligation to join rXs by submitting a form.

Have questions? Please email rxscoreteam@umich.edu


Peace x Love,
The rXs Core Team

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About rXs

*rXs is a semester-long, intragroup dialogue series for LGBTQ (and similarly self-identified) people of color that was launched in the fall of 2011 by two undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. rXs seek to create a safe space for its participants so that  they can build community with one another. rXs also challenges its participants to consider the intersection of all their social identities, both target and agent, and how these identities may impact their lived experiences as LGBTQ (and similarly self-identified) people of color.


rXs is CLOSED and CONFIDENTIAL. It is open to LGBTQ (and similarly self-identified) people of color who are part of  the University of Michigan and/or greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community.


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rXs is supported by MESA (The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs), the Spectrum Center, and IGR (The Program on Inter-group Relations).

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Two transgender children struggle to be themselves

The stories of two transgender 10-year-olds; both born boys, but identify as girls and are struggling to gain acceptance and support so they can be themselves.

Nice to see a story about young transgender PoC and their families. There so many negative stories about the PoC community and the LGBTQ community there is sense that we don’t care, especially at at a young age. This helps combat that stigma.

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 Sparlha Swa - Doing My Thing

#Female Artists #Feel Good Song.

It was also the theme song for the movie Pariah, a film focused on the struggle with ‘coming out’ in a community of color. 

One of my favorite movies and one of my favorite songs! i hope you guys like it too. 

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Two New Organizations for Queer People of Color!

The University of Michigan is, quite possibly, one of the best places to be a young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) college student. Not only does Michigan boast one of the nation’s oldest offices for LGBT Student Affairs, it is home to a wide array of gay and transgender student groups. Two of the most recent organizations to join our ever-expanding queer community are rXs and the Coalition for Queer People of Color.

rXs: The Intersection of Race and Sexuality is a semester-long, intragroup dialogue series for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning (LGBTQQ) and other similarly self-identified people of color. Throughout the semester, participants are asked to consider the intersection of all their social identities—both target and agent—and how these identities might influence their lived experiences as LGBTQQ people of color. The program is meant to serve as a coming out group, a safe space, a place to build community and a forum for meaningful dialogue. rXs is closed to non-participants and strictly confidential. It is sponsored by the Spectrum Center, the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the Program on Inter-Group Relations (IGR).

If you would like to sign-up for rXs, please email rxscoreteam@umich.edu.

The Coalition for Queer People of Color (“the Coalition”) is a group of University of Michigan students, faculty and staff all committed to building community around, and highlighting the lived experiences of, queer people of color. The Coalition recruits year-round and is open to queer people of color AND our allies. “Like” us on Facebook to learn about upcoming Coalition events.

If you would like to get involved with the Coalition, please email thecoalitionchairs@umich.edu.

QPOC March Symposium!
In anticipation of Spring Pride Week (Mar. 12-16th), the Coalition for Queer People of Color would like to present its March symposium.
Locked Up: (Over)Incarceration of LGBTQ Youth of Color Who: The Coalition for Queer People of Color and Students Organizing Against Prisons (SOAP) What: Moderated panel discussion of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color are disproportionately impacted by the U.S. criminal justice system. Expert panelists include Kenyon Farrow (formerly of Queer for Economic Justice), Maya Rupert (National Center for Lesbian Rights) and Jack Harrison (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force). The event will conclude with small group discussions and a catered reception. When & Where: Wednesday, March 14th from 7-830p in the Annenberg Auditorium, which is located in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Note: If you have Facebook, please be sure to RSVP here. Otherwise, feel free contact Noel Gordon if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
The “F Word” : What Does Feminism Mean for Women of Color Who: Nourish YOURself and the Coalition for Queer People of Color What: Moderated panel discussion of what Feminism means to self-identified women of color at the University of Michigan. Program attendees will have the opportunity to write down questions for the panelists and engage in meaningful dialogue. Food will be provided. When & Where: Thursday, March 15th from 1130a-100p in CSG Chambers, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Michigan Union. Note: Feel free to contact Erica Williams if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Intentionally Supporting LGBTQ Students of Color Workshop Who: The Coalition for Queer People of Color What: 2.5 hour-long workshop focused on teaching University of Michigan students, faculty and staff how to be better allies to queer and questioning students of color. Participants can expect to leave this workshop with a better understanding of the intersection between race and sexuality. Space is limited, so be sure to sign-up today! When & Where: Saturday, March 17th (3-530p) or Sunday, March 18th (12-230p or 230-5p). Each workshop will take place in Wolverine Room ABC, which is located on the 1st floor of the Michigan Union. Note: The deadline to submit an application form is Thursday, March 15th at 10:00p. Feel free to contact Noel Gordon if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Psychosocial Health of African American Sexuality Minority Men Who: OUTbreak, OUTMD and the Coalition for Queer People of Color What: Lunch time lecture and discussion with Dr. Louis F. Graham. Dr. Graham is a W.K. Kellogg Postdoctoral Health Scholar at the School of Public Health. His current research looks at mental health and sexually transmitted infections among Black and Latino gay and bisexual men, and social and sexual geographies among transgender youth in Detroit. Food will be provided. When & Where: Tuesday, March 20th from 12:00-1:00p in the School of Public Health Room 1655. Note: If you have Facebook, please be sure to RSVP here. Otherwise, feel free to contact Jamie Tam if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Catwalk Extravaganza! Who: OUTbreak, Ambatana Multicultural Council and the Coalition for Queer People of Color What: 2nd annual Catwalk Extravaganza! You are invited to showcase your diversity, uniqueness and inner fabulosity during this queer and ally community event. Part runway, part drag, and part variety show - Catwalk Extravaganza is all about self-expression. One performer will receive the title of Michigan’s Catwalk Diva Extraordinaire. When & Where: Thursday, March 29th from 8:00-10:00p in the Vanderberg Room, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Michigan League. Note: If you have Facebook, please be sure to RSVP here. If you would like to perform at the Catwalk Extravaganza, please submit this application form. Otherwise, feel free to contact Jamie Tam if you have any questions, comments or concerns.