First off, it was incredible to see all of you at the Women’s March on Saturday. There were between 500 and 1,000 men, women, and children that gathered at the Allen Street Gates to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. I met all kinds of incredible people on Saturday, from a six/seven year old in a Wonder Woman costume, to an elderly woman with a pocket constitution attached to her tricorn hat. It was clear from the march that it was so much more than women fighting for women’s rights – we were marching for all human rights.
Here’s a quick slideshow of pictures from the march (‘Quiet’ by MILCK was first debuted at the Women’s March in D.C.)
Okay, now onto today’s content.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am extremely vocal about my support of LGBTQA rights. If you don’t know me at all, well, know you know. I grew up with two moms, and I have always believed that, if and whenever I meet somebody I want to spend my life with, I should have the legal right to do that without discrimination, regardless of their gender.
My convictions about LGBT rights have only grown since I came to Penn State, and I’ve ended up arranging both my classes and extracurricular activities in a way where I can do as much research (and blogging, of course) about LGBT rights as possible. If you recall my post from last fall, I visited the LGBTQA Student Resource Center in 101 Boucke to meet the student staffers and to see what I could do to get involved.
As any Penn Stater could guess, I ended up on an email ListServ.
One of my more recent emails included an invitation for students to join the Straight Talks program – it’s a peer education program where students act as ambassadors of the Student Resource Center and work with other clubs and groups on campus to spread awareness for sexual and gender diversity. It’s an incredible opportunity for Penn State students to get involved in promoting LGBT rights right here in Happy Valley. There will be two training sessions on February 11th and 25th for students accepted to the program. Here’s how you can apply:
**The deadline for the email and application is Thursday, February 1st.**
I’m sure you all got my point here, but I can’t stress it enough: APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM!! Regardless of whether you end up speaking to campus organizations or not, doing the training for this program will make a difference in how you interact with the world. Just speaking with students and staff at the LGBTQA Student Resource Center can help you widen your perspective and be more aware of discrimination on campus. Apply for the Straight Talks program, and see what I mean.
I hope to see you all at training!
(For more information about Straight Talks, see the LGBTQA Student Center’s Info Page)