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Giving Blueday: Support LGBTQIA2S+ students on March 13

February 21, 2024

Giving Blueday is the University of Michigan’s annual day of giving—where friends, alumni, and colleagues around the world support what they love most about U-M. Giving to Spectrum Center this Giving Blueday, March 13, is an investment in our students' wellbeing, success, and safety.

$70K committed to Trans Belonging Fund in successful launch

December 4, 2023

In 25 days, 43 Spectrum Center friends collectively gave $20,095—and we had to raise our goal three times—as the center launched a new fund to help transgender students belong and succeed. Together with a lead gift of $50,000 from Marchell and Jeffrey Willian, the fund will get underway with a total commitment of over $70,000.

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$70K committed to Trans Belonging Fund in successful launch

December 4, 2023

In 25 days, 43 Spectrum Center friends collectively gave $20,095—and we had to raise our goal three times—as the center launched a new fund to help transgender students belong and succeed. Together with a lead gift of $50,000 from Marchell and Jeffrey Willian, the fund will get underway with a total commitment of over $70,000.

Say their names: TDOR gathering recapped by Michigan Daily

November 21, 2023

"Sixty-two faces flashed across the screen in the Pendleton Ballroom of the Michigan Union at the annual Trans Day of Remembrance Banquet. Under each picture, there was a name, age, date of death and, for some, a cause of death listed..."

University of Michigan launches Trans Belonging Fund

November 6, 2023

The University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center is launching a new fund aimed at helping transgender students belong and succeed. The Trans Belonging Fund will enhance programming and initiatives supporting trans and nonbinary students and increase education on gender for the larger campus community.

Spectrum Center announces LGBT History Month lineup for October

September 29, 2023

Spectrum Center and groups across campus are delighted to share an exciting slate of October programming at the University of Michigan in honor and celebration of LGBT History Month. Events include a Kiki ballroom-inspired kickoff, drag show with Monét X Change, Michigan Athletics Pride Games, talk by Dr. D-L Stewart, workshops, screenings, and more!

Beal, Freeman, Peeler, Velázquez elected to national LGBTQ higher ed consortium

June 20, 2023

This spring, four University of Michigan Spectrum Center staff were elected to serve important roles within the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Jesse Beal, Angie Freeman, Lorant Peeler, and Des Velázquez will be officially seated this July, marking the first time four successful candidates have come from the same institution.

Support LGBTQIA2S+ students this Giving Blueday

February 25, 2023

Giving Blueday is the University of Michigan’s annual day of giving—where friends, alumni, and colleagues around the world support what they love most about U-M. Giving to the Spectrum Center this Giving Blueday, March 15, sustains and builds on our commitment to new leadership opportunities for U-M students and to provide funding for the programming that matters to them. 

Statements on the passing of our friend Howard Bragman (AB ‘78)

February 13, 2023

Howard Bragman (AB ‘78), a long-time friend and supporter of the Spectrum Center, passed away on Saturday evening, February 11, 2023. News of his passing has been reported by several media outlets including NBC News, The Advocate, MLive, and Variety.

Jesse Beal named as Spectrum Center's director

January 2, 2023

Following a competitive national search, Jesse Beal has been chosen to lead the University of Michigan's Spectrum Center as its director. Beal, formerly the associate director of the center, had served as interim director following the promotion of Will Sherry to be Student Life's director of strategic initiatives. Their role was made permanent on December 1, 2022.

Jim Toy Celebration of Liberation

You’re invited to join the Spectrum Center for the Jim Toy Celebration of Liberation, happening Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. This event is an opportunity for community and friends to come together to honor Jim Toy, who passed away on New Year’s Day. Jim was co-founder of the Spectrum Center, and his legacy has been felt deeply across campus.

Jim Toy, one of Spectrum Center's founders, dies at 91

January 3, 2022

Spectrum Center co-founder and U-M alumnus Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, passed away over the weekend at the age of 91. Toy was known as an outspoken activist and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and worked to establish the Human Sexuality Office in 1971, which later became the Spectrum Center. 


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