All were welcome in the LGBTQ Resource Center for the fifth annual Queer Spring Fling on Wednesday night.
The Queer Spring Fling was co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Triangle Coalition. LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator Struby Struble said the Queer Spring Fling was moved up earlier this semester to bring awareness to Triangle Coalition, which meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The event also raised awareness for other organizations in the LGBTQ Resource Center.
The event had a beanbag toss, games, free pizza and drinks. KCOU played through the hallway speakers as students and staff alike mingled. The MSA/GPC Craft Studio set up crafts for the guests as well.
Struble said the social is a fun tradition.
“It’s a really fun welcome back party that also gives people the chance to learn about whatever we are doing this upcoming semester,” Struble said. “Everyone on campus is invited.”
Struble said spring is especially busy for the LGBTQ Resource Center because April is Pride Month. She said lots of different people come to the LGBTQ Resource Center events on campus.
“We get a lot of Triangle Coalition members who come, QPOC members — which is our Queer People of Color association — and regulars who just hang out in the center a lot,” Struble said.
The Queer Spring Fling is one of the center’s biggest events every semester.
“We usually get 200 people,” Struble said. “People see what we’re doing for the rest of the semester and pick and choose what they come to.”
Theo Tushaus, a student on the board of Triangle Coalition, said he tries to get people involved.
“TriCo is primarily a social organization, but we also do activism,” Tushaus said. “We’re an area for people in our community to hang out and feel accepted. As a student leader, I try to get as many people involved in my organization as possible and here’s a good place to do that.”
Tony Lakey, president of Skeptics, Atheist, Secular Humanist and Agnostics, said he also enjoys the events thrown by the LGBTQ Resource Center.
“I’m the president of a student group myself, so I like being able to work with other groups and meet with them,” Lakey said. “I just think it’s great to have that sort of resource on campus. It’s a blast.”
Struble said she hopes to educate people about the purpose of the LGBTQ Resource Center.
“I think it’s a good event because people have the misconception that our office is only if you’re in crisis or to lecture you,” Struble said. “We do offer training and we absolutely help people who come in crisis. But we also have a lot of fun social community building events.”
Junior Gavin Womack said he comes to the events to show his support.
“I went to the spring fling last year and had fun,” Womack said. “I didn’t want to miss out on another great opportunity. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to meet cool new people. It may be different than what they’re used to, but I definitely would come down and check it out.”