Saturday, October 19

LGBT Center offers support for gender, sexuality matters


One of the gifts of UCLA is that each of you is welcome here,
including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning
and same-gender-loving people. You are expected to be here.

My department is the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
Campus Resource Center. You may be wondering why you would come to
the LGBT Center. Well, you might come to see us if you’re
exploring your sexual or gender identity or if you have a family
member, friend, roommate or teammate who might be lesbian, gay,
bisexual or transgendered.

You might be working on a research paper in our library, the
largest LGBT campus library anywhere in the nation. Or you might
wish to use our brand new David Bohnett Campus CyberCenter. Our Web
site is www.lgbt.ucla.edu.

In addition to the LGBT Campus Resource Center, UCLA has an
exciting and dynamic LGBT Studies program through which you can
obtain an undergraduate minor or take interesting classes about
sexual orientation and gender identity.

There are specific groups, like MAHU for Asian-Pacific Islanders
and BlaQue Consciousness for blacks ““ these groups deal with
both LGBT issues and racial issues. Queer Alliance is the
overarching student group that encompasses all LGBT
organizations.

There also are numerous campus events and opportunities to which
you’re invited. National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11, and the
celebration lasts for all of Week Two. The LGBT Center is
celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with festivities
throughout the year. LGBT Studies hosts the Qgrad conference each
November. And there is Lavender Graduation in June, during which we
honor the lives and achievements of our graduating LGBT students.
Contact the LGBT Center for more information on how you can get
involved with any of these events.

Our mission is to help you succeed academically in a safe and
welcoming environment. Regardless of your sexual orientation or
gender identity, you’re welcome to come to the UCLA LGBT
Campus Resource Center in the Student Activities Center.
We’re located behind the McClure stage in Bruin Plaza. Just
look for the rainbow flags in our windows.

Remember, as many students can tell you, we’re a place
where you can obtain lots of information, engage in lots of
interesting conversation, enhance your academic achievement and, of
course, get free condoms and lubricant. I invite you to visit us
any time.

Sanlo is the director of the UCLA LGBT Center. E-mail her at
[email protected]

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