Like Pride Week. What better word to use than just “pride,” just being who are. And I’ve never seen a group of people so comfortable with who they were and in such a space and so public. And to me, that just impacted me, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to get involved.
I get to socialize with a lot of people and talk to them about things that we do in the office.
I’m really involved in commonGround. I go to the meetings every Tuesday.
To get involved with any of the LGBT Services groups, start coming to an LGBT Services event or meetings of any of the groups.
There are more and more and more ways for students to plug in. So commonGround obviously is the big one. It’s been around the longest, has the most members and they do amazing things. But commonGround doesn’t meet every single student’s needs. The community is just way too diverse for that.
Just having the Intersection and various groups. There’s a lot of options for people to get involved.
I’m one of the chairs for PINK, which is an amateur drag show put on by commonGround.
There’ s BlkOut, which I’m a part of. I’m the treasurer of BlkOut, and we have a lot of fun things coming up this year. And so it’s gonna be a good year.
I can’t believe that I didn’t get involved in this earlier in my school career.
Speak outs are for faculty, staff, and students.
We have a group called Transformations that I’m one of the co-founders of. That group is a group specifically for transgender students here on our campus. The reason that group is important on top of commonGround and on top of the office is that it really creates a safe space for people who may not be comfortable being out or are only completely out with other trans people. And it just gives them a safe space to gather together that is not so public, because it is a confidential group. So me, Brian, the other group members…we are the only ones who know who’s in the group.
Last year I was the director of publicity, this year I’m the vice president.
I went to the PINK that was in the Red Barn. I met Brian Buford and I met Mary Mudd that day. And there was a woman who came on stage and danced, and I gave her a dollar. I was pretty impressed with myself. And I thought, “Wow, this is awesome.” Why, why wouldn’t I get involved in something like this?