Gay Straight Alliance, a community for all
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, as well as straight allies, have found a home at the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club at St. Clair Community College (SC4). The GSA has been at SC4 since fall semester 2009 and has helped many students find a sense of community.
Amber Oile, current President of the GSA, said, “We want people to feel okay in their own skin and have a place that will harbor their individuality. GSA gives you that chance.”
Sean Lathrop, former GSA president and SC4 Alumni, said “It was an organization that school and community needed for LBGT rights and issues.”
“We want to create a bond with the straight community and the alley community and educate the people that would shy away from us,” said Oile.
The GSA also holds charity events for different causes, the biggest event being the Drag Show, which has been annual since April 2011. Last year, the Drag Show raised $900 for Port of Hopes, a mental illness center, as originally written in the article “Lip-Syncing for charity” in the Erie Square Gazette.
Another event the GSA has hosted over the years is Gayme Night, a collection of games from which people can play. This year’s Gayme Night will have a different appearance than past ones.
“It’s gonna be a Gayme Night that’s Halloween themed/a costume party,” Oile said.
In addition to wearing the costumes for fun, any student that comes can pay a dollar in order to enter in a contest to see who has the best costume. A one dollar cover is required to participate in Gayme Night which includes pizza, pop, games, and the chance to socially mingle.
Gayme Night is set to arrive in SC4’s cafeteria on Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Any student interested in joining the GSA should report to room 201 in the North Building. Meetings are held every Monday from Noon to 1 p.m.