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LGBTQ week

By Pamela Brault
On April 18, 2012

This week the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and

Queer ALliance is celebrating the annual LGBTQ week on

campus. Alliance is a group that includes anyone who identifies outside of the hetero-normative way of thinking.

They are a support group for anyone who identifies themself

as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and try to raise awareness of the LGBTQ culture on campus. To celebrate this week, a number of programs are scheduled including guest speaker Chris Seelbach, a Xavier alumnus and Cincinnati City Council member. As an undergraduate student, Seelbach founded Xavier's Alliance. Another highlight of the week was the "Gay? Fine By Me" T-shirt giveaway, which kicked off the events on Monday.

LGBTQ week is meant to be a celebration of the community

as well as raise awareness. The Alliance is working to educate campus about the word "queer." It used to be an insulting word but is now being used as a term for anyone who identifies with or supports this community.Club president, Carlos Garcia, said that he is excited about the

club's success and can't wait to see the club grow even more in the next year with new president Timmy Wiethop.

"I am sure LGBTQ Week will continue next spring and many

years to come and remain the success that it is now," Garcia

said.


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