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Spectrum at Hamilton

Spectrum is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and straight ally alumni of Hamilton College.

The purpose of Spectrum is to:

  • Provide career mentoring and general support for LGBT and straight ally Hamilton alumni and students;
  • Offer unique social and professional alumni activities and programs; and
  • Promote the tradition of alumni giving and service to Hamilton College community.

You're invited to sign-up for announcements and leave feedback. Please do so by contacting Laurie Russell, director of Affinity Programs. Your feedback is appreciated and will help to better serve the SPECTRUM network.

 Spectrum LGBT-Ally Alumni Network


New York City

Robert Eisenhart III '11

Washington, D.C.

Jon Kuhl '06


Jimmy Nguyen '14

San Francisco

Ann Horwitz '06

If you desire to start a chapter in your area, please contact Laurie Russell, director of affinity programs.


September 2015

Dear Members of Spectrum,

I am pleased to have been appointed the Interim Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Hamilton College. I feel it an honor to bring my experiences as a Hamilton alum, POSSE mentor, and Director of Opportunity Programs together to serve our community. I am enjoying working with members of the Womyn's Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center, and our many multicultural organizations. I am reminded of my time as a Hamilton student, the challenges, as well as the rewards. I have been a part of Hamilton's past, shared in what is current, and look forward to a changing and exciting future. Hamilton has indeed changed a great deal, and continues to work towards being a truly inclusive community. In addition to a strong presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning students, faculty and staff on campus, that spans across ethnic and socioeconomic groups, there is a visible and growing presence of many allies, offering solidarity and positive change.

For the last 4 years, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion has collaborated with Rainbow Alliance and the Office of Alumni Relations to publish Hamilton's "Out & Ally" List. Many colleges publish similar lists, and Hamilton College's list is one of the largest published in the country! Many Spectrum alumni signed the lists last year, and we couldn't be happier. Please visit the Out & Ally List Form to sign and show your support of the Hamilton LGBTQ community this year. The deadline to sign Hamilton's "Out & Ally" List is Friday, September 30, 2015.

This year, we are conducting a series of Trans* trainings for staff, faculty, and students. We are actively reviewing all areas of the campus, and have restructured restrooms, including changed restroom signage in all but 2 buildings on campus. We will continue to move forward in programming, collaboration, and activities that support our LGBTQ community.
Rainbow Alliance, our student-led LGBTQ group, continues to offer a confidential discussion group for LGBTQA students titled "Open Doors." Moreover, all campus leaders, including Residence Advisors and Orientation Leaders, also received comprehensive diversity trainings inclusive of LGBTQ issues.

I am very encouraged and thankful for the work of Laurie Russell, director of affinity programs in the office of Alumni Relations, as she has been instrumental in organizing the Spectrum alumni group. If you know of any classmates who might be interested in Spectrum, please encourage them to join. Additionally, if you have any thoughts, ideas, questions or comments, please contact Laurie at 315-859-4642 or lrussell@hamilton.edu.

Phyllis A. Breland ’80
Director of Opportunity Programs and Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion


LGBTQ Resource Center
LGBTQ student conference
Diversity at Hamilton
Days-Massolo Center



Michael Pellman Rowland '02 serves the LGBT Community


Mary Bonauto, Class of 1983, Wins MacArthur Award

Mary Bonauto '83, a civil rights lawyer with the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston, has been named as one of 21 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Award. She is credited as a major force behind the same-sex mariage cases that went to the Supreme Court. Click here to read the NY Times article on the 2014 MacArthur Awards and here to read more about Bonauto's role in the fight for same-sex marriage.


LGBTQ & Ally Students Travel to New York City

On Sept. 21, 35 Hamilton LGBTQ & Ally students took a trip to New York City with the goals of discussing LGBTQA history, examining current LGBTQA issues, receiving career-planning perspectives, and connecting with alumni. This program was organized by Hamilton’s Days-Massolo Center, and the Office of Alumni Relations. Read More

Lecture with Attorney and Civil Rights Advocate Mary Bonauto '83

On March 10, Hamilton alumni gathered at a lecture with Attorney and Civil Rights Advocate Mary Bonauto '83 in Washington, D.C. Bonauto spoke on marriage for same-sex couples.

Mary Bonauto '83 and John Hadity '83
Mary Bonauto '83 and John Hadity '83
Paul Reichert '90, Paddy McGuire '81, P'11, Mary Bonauto '83, Ann Horwitz '06, Jon Kuhl '06
Paul Reichert '90, Paddy McGuire '81, P'11, Mary Bonauto '83, Ann Horwitz '06, Jon Kuhl '06
Amit Taneja
Amit Taneja
Gretha Suarez '15 and Alicia Rost '15 with Mary Bonauto
Gretha Suarez '15 and Alicia Rost '15 with Mary Bonauto
Matt D'Amico '08 and Scott Brinitzer '85
Matt D'Amico '08 and Scott Brinitzer '85
Mary Bonauto '83
Mary Bonauto '83
Yao Odamtten '98, Amit Taneja, Ann Horwitz '06, and Ellen Rainey '87
Yao Odamtten '98, Amit Taneja, Ann Horwitz '06, and Ellen Rainey '87
Laurie Russell, Jon Kuhl 06, and Alicia Rost '15
Laurie Russell, Jon Kuhl 06, and Alicia Rost '15
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Past Events

NYC Premiere "Kiss Me Just Once More," a play by Michael Breslin '13

Friday, September 25, 2015


LGBT Networking Event

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Pride celebrated by Spectrum across the country ...

Hamilton gatherings were held in Washington, D.C., New York City and San Francisco during May and June.

Meet the Artists: Anthony Cudahy and Ryan James McFarland

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Uprise Art
384 West 18th Street corner of 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

A lecture with Attorney and Civil Rights Advocate Mary Bonauto '83

Monday, March 10, 2014 with 6 p.m. Reception and 6:40 p.m. Lecture

“Marriage for Same-Sex Couples — A National Round Up”
Jones Day
300 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001-2113

Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood, Talk by Laverne Cox

Saturday, February 22 at 5 p.m.

Held as part of the NY6 Spectrum Conference for Students, Laverne Cox, actress, writer, transgender advocate who can currently be seen on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” will share her journey. As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media.

Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY 13323


Small Liberal Arts College LGBTQA Mixer

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m.

An informal opportunity for alumni from the nation’s small liberal arts colleges to connect with peers in NYC

Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street (between Thompson & Sullivan)
New York, NY 10012
(The venue is a little difficult to spot, located between Amity Hall and Vyne, down a set of stairs)

NESCAC in DC LGBT Happy Hour

Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6 - 8 p.m.

NESCAC Alumni in the nation's capital gathered for an informal opportunity to connect with each other in DC at

Number Nine
1435 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Co-hosted by alumni from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Wesleyan, and Williams.

LGBT Alumni Network in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

The Spectrum LGBT Alumni Network in Washington, D.C. held an event for food, drink, conversation and celebration at

Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

LGBT Alumni Network in Boston

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6 p.m.

The Spectrum LGBT Alumni Network in Boston held an event for food, drink, conversation and celebration at

Fajitas & ’Ritas
25 West Street, Boston, MA


Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Spectrum alumni held a NESCAC LGBTQA Mixer at

Tom & Jerry’s Bar
288 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

LGBTQ NESCAC alumni in the NYC area held a networking event.

Hosted by Robert D. Eisenhart III '11

Double Wide
505 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009

Boston Pre-PRIDE Parade Gathering

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Boston Spectrum held a pre-PRIDE Parade Gathering in the South End.

Boston Spectrum Inaugural Event

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Spectrum* LGBT Alumni Network held its inaugural Boston event for food, drink, conversation and celebration.

Fajitas and 'Ritas
25 West Street
Boston, MA