How many people know the meaning of this word? How many people actually practice the act of this word? That is the message the members of the Gay-Straight Alliance Club are attempting to spread on the campus of Saint Clair County Community College.
Knowing how hard it is to find somewhere where people are accepting of others sexual orientations or gender identities, the Gay-Straight Alliance are working on creating a safe place where people can go for help, support and knowledge of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender (also known as LGBT) community.
Gay-Straight Alliance meets on the first, third, and when applicable, the fifth Monday of every month between noon and 2 p.m.
Their main goals are to educate, raise awareness of the issues the LGBT community faces, and to have fun at the same time.
They have many events in the works for the near future, though nothing is set in stone yet. These include a movie viewing that interacts with Native American Month, a free HIV testing for World Aids Day, and they are working on putting together a second drag show.
Their first drag show raised over $7000 dollars for the Ruth Ellis Center in Ferndale, and they are hoping to match that, or raise more, this year.
A major accomplishment for the Gay-Straight Alliance this year was becoming the Dodgeball Champions in the All-Club Dodgeball tournament held earlier this semester.
When asked how it felt to have won this title, Gay-Straight Alliance Club President Sean Lathrop stated, “It feels great. August Smith, Ryan Silver, Thomas Rose-Grey, and myself worked hard that day to get the title and we just seemed to have dominated, having lost only two games all day.”
Though this title did come with some negativity on campus, as well as a lot of anger towards the club, Lathrop feels that winning the title just helps prove that you can’t judge a book by its cover.