VCU’s LGBT History Month features almost nightly events
October is LGBT History Month, dedicated to remembering the accomplishments of a different gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender historical figure each day.
Started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, the trip through LGBT history hopes to recognize the many contributions sexual minority people have made to society, and is now nationally recognized and supported by several civil rights and education groups.
VCU has taken an active role observing LGBT History Month, and will be hosting several events throughout the month, orchestrated by VCU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Events include discussion groups, movie screenings, open mic nights, and other events and activities promoting LGBT awareness.
Lorin Hoisington, a graduate assistant with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, took the lead in organizing many of the events for VCU’s celebration of LGBT History Month, and shared some information on what it was like putting October’s events together and what the VCU community can look forward to.
For Hoisington, this year’s LGBT History Month is all about getting involved. One approach Hoisington took was to create more, “small, intimate gatherings,” in the hopes of giving people “the opportunity to come to different events.”
Hoisington has been particularly encouraged by the support and involvement from a wide range of organizations, both in the Richmond and VCU communities. “I’ve gotten a couple of outreaches from organizations I was wasn’t expecting, like VCU Athletics. Their graduate assistant contacted me and invited us to a volleyball match on October 19th because they’re making it a LGBT night,” Hoisington said.
VCU’s Dean of Students, Dr. Reuban Rodriguez, has been very supportive, as well. “He showed his support for the calendar, and he came to my event on Monday, the Coming Out Week party, and he’s been really supportive in helping get the word out,” Hoisington said.
Of all the events to participate in, Hoisington is especially excited about tonight’s Trans Awareness Panel and the various discussion groups throughout the month. Hoisington calls the Trans Panel her “biggest event,” and says that she has, “been planning this for a really long time.”
Hoisington is also very enthusiastic about the discussion groups, and believes they will be a great place to have deep conversations in a secure environment. “They are really open, and even though I have topics planned for each discussion group, I really do encourage students to come because you can talk about anything, because these discussion groups are here for students and not for me. So even though I have stuff planned, I really would hope that students know that they can come and feel safe there and talk about anything they like,” Hoisington said.
For more information and to see the full calendar of events for VCU’s LGBT History Month, visit http://www.omsa.vcu.edu/ or call (804)828-6672. You can also visit the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in Suite 215 at the Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.
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