October is National LGBTQ+ History Month, and many organizations on campus are doing their part to celebrate, educate and raise awareness.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs' LGBTQ+ Program, alongside student organizations like Qroma and Spectrum, are holding several activities this week to appreciate and promote LGBTQ+ history.
On Wednesday, Oct. 13 OMA and Spectrum will be organizing a Tie Dye event in Free Speech Alley from 10:30 to 2:00 to celebrate National Coming Out Day. Spectrum also plans to have their iconic rainbow door present for students to walk through and take photos with.
On Friday, Oct. 16, the OMA will celebrate National Black Poetry Day with a Zoom meeting involving local Pan African poets and artists who will share some of their pieces. The event will begin at 6:30, and registration links can be found through the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ social media pages.
LGBTQ+ Project Graduate Assistant Savannah Mattox shares that the purpose of LGBTQ+ History month is “to celebrate the milestones, successes, and turning point moments in the LGBTQ+ community; [while bringing] more attention to erasure.”
Assistant Director of Cross Cultural Affairs, Wes Heath, says the three main goals of the LGBTQ+ Project are advocacy, awareness, and advising.
“We work to make sure that LSU is a welcoming, safe environment,” he says.
In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month, Wes Heath and Savannah Mattox suggest that everyone research the Stonewall Riots--a major turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
“It was a very empowering event, brought on by extreme police brutality, and led by amazing queer/trans women,” Heath says.
To learn more, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs website, or @lsuoma @qromalsu @spectrum_lsu on Instagram.