: LGBTQ Resource Center
The second week of November marked the beginning of Transgender Empowerment and Awareness Week, a series of events hosted to promote the visibility of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
The month of October marks the commemoration of LGBTQ History Month, in which LGBTQ culture is acknowledged and reflected upon by the LGBTQ community.
The organizations that make up the LGBTQ Resource Center came together to put on an evening of games, crafts and acceptance.
Though parade attendance was down relative to previous years, students said that inclusivity for the LGBTQ Community has improved.
The comments ironically prove the necessity of the LGBTQ Resource Center
Nearly 230 students attended the event.
The official MU Facebook account received negative criticism for posting the photo in the comments.
About 500 people participated in the event.
“In those first couple of years, it was a gathering spot,” previous LGBTQ Resource Coordinator Nikole Potulsky said. “Now, it is a hub of activity. There are people that lobby at the state level from this place."
The center will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.
Struble is heading back California to obtain an MFA in creative writing at Mills College, and she is going back to write her book, most likely a memoir.
Throughout the month, students are encouraged to share photos of themselves showing their pride with the hashtag #onwednesdayswewearpride or #wearpridewednesdays.
"Drag is very celebratory of a character and a caricature in its performance whereas transgender is living your everyday life as you truly are," Struby Struble said.
Organizers planned for a year before launching the program.
Kye Allums played on George Washington University’s women’s basketball team as a transgender male.
Wirsing’s performance, titled “Katie Wirsing Comes Out,” had no formal direction. Instead, it served as a coffeehouse-style playful conversation with her audience.
The event allowed students to walk through and sign a Coming Out Door, an annual tradition.
When asked about stereotypes, everyone in the discussion was eager to speak out.
InsideOUT made its debut as a radio talk show in the spring of 2012.
Naomi Daugherty was the first spoken word performer at the show.