The LSU community has come together to develop and ensure equality for groups across campus. These efforts have changed the lives of many.
In times of darkness and losing hope of acceptance in the workplace, LSU accepted Thea Greenfield for who she is.
Several employers denied greenfield an opportunity before applying to LSU.
Greenfield expressed the feelings she experienced when applying to LSU, “By all means, we do not discriminate here. That made me pretty much have chills or something because you know discrimination, whether they admit it or not, is very prevalent in all aspects of life. But LSU again has given me this opportunity to come to work every day.”
Greenfield received support from the LSU community, and it is through this support that she decided to move forward to have several surgeries to complete her journey.
She said, “I get respect out of the students, I get respect out of the people I work with, co-workers and staff. You know, i didn’t know what to expect coming in, but I’m going to tell you there’s no way that I could be any happier with the situation as it is at this time.”
Organizations like Qroma strives to support the campus’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students of color.
It is important to have organizations like Qroma for people to connect and create a comfortable space with people that share similar experiences.
The queer black experience and the queer white experience is different. Everyone needs to be able to voice their opinions and experiences.
Vice president of membership for Qroma Kailinn Jones said, “I think that it kind of helps people that are on their own for the first time in their life trying to figure out how to do things their way and try to find a community that they belong in or create their own community like some people have cause students created these organizations.”
Both Greenfield and Jones believe that it’s important to live one's truth to love oneself and serve as a role model for others.