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GSA celebrates LGBT History Month

By Maria Ramirez
On October 16, 2012

In honor of LGBT History month, The Gay-Straight Alliance recently sponsored the documentary film "Fagbug", as well as a National Coming Out Day Forum.

"Fagbug" was shown October 9 in Sherman Hall. "Fagbug" director Erwin Davies was on hand to speak about her experiences after her Volkswagen Beetle was vandalized with graffiti. The graffiti said the words "fAg" and "U R gay." After her car was vandalized, Davies went on a 55,000 mile journey throughout the United States. She interviewed as many as 500 people and spoke against hate crimes towards the LGBT community.

In addition, on Thursday, October 11, the Alliance sponsored the National Coming Out Day Forum in Engbretson Hall. Several staff members and students shared their stories about their struggles with being gay or having a loved one who is. An open mic session was also held, in which the audience participated by sharing their stories as well.

William Schranz, secretary of the Gay-Straight Alliance, shared his thoughts at the forum. He discussed the stigma that any affiliation with the LGBT community carries.During his speech, Schranz said, "everyone automatically thinks that I am gay for being in the environment".

Schranz was inspired to join the Gay-Straight Alliance club because of an experience during his first semester on campus. One afternoon in the Hall of Governors, Schranz saw an anti-homosexuality booth, and was bothered that only a few people were infuriated by the presence of the booth. Schranz also said in his speech that all students are welcome to join the Gay-Straight Alliance in order to build unity, diversity, friendships, and equality on campus. Alliance meetings take place every Wednesday in E2590 at 3:00 P.M.

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