Promoting equality on campus


LGBTQI Alliance club promotes self-acceptance
By Camyle Cryderman
Editorial Intern
Over nine million people in the United States are homosexual or questioning their sexuality, yet homosexuality and gender identity are still among the most widely disputed issues of modern day society.
By creating accepting environments for all students, many colleges throughout the nation are taking the initiative to show equality and promote self-acceptance. Schoolcraft is one such college.
Schoolcraft’s LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex) Alliance strives to create a safe place for all students to come together and gain knowledge  about the struggles that people face today, because of their sexual identity.
Members also discuss solutions to the issues and promote the visibility of LGBTQI individuals across campus, club president Matt Solomon said.
The group creates educational events for the campus and community that are not only enjoyable, but help teach acceptance of others.  According to club advisor Professor Polk, the main goal of the group is to bring “awareness
LGBTQIA_byLindseyWellsof the issues within the LGBTQI communities, in the world and on campus.”
In partnership with the Jewish Gay Network of Michigan and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the LGBTQI Alliance aspires to make a great impact within the Schoolcraft community on the subjects of homosexuality, sexual identity, and self-acceptance.  In order to spread this message, the club hosts movie viewings and discussions on the topics of gender and sexuality where all are welcome. Informational symposiums are also held with guest speakers and scholars, along with relevant literature and attendance by the Schoolcraft Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology departments.
Sexual identity and equality are “issues of very severe importance at this time,” Polk said.
Increasing the awareness of these topics in society can not only help students with personal acceptance, but also  teach students to accept others. With educational events and activities, the LGBTQI Alliance is open to all; whether a member of the LGBTQI community, or not.
“The main goal is letting people know we are here and a part of everyday life; and having a varied membership is an awesome way to help accomplish that,” Solomon said regarding the club’s acceptance of all students. The LGBTQI Alliance is a haven for students to come and feel welcome, all the while helping spread equality for everyone.