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On Feb. 2, 2018, the Republican National Committee officially endorsed President Trump’s “efforts to bar transgender people from military service” altogether. Once again, transgender soldiers have to fight off the battlefield against the president’s administration. Yet the military is but one arena of many where trans people and other people who do not conform to the gender non-binary have felt discrimination.
October is LGBTQ History Month. More specifically, today is National Coming Out Day.
People always tell me that I have a lot of valid insight about travel, being “out” and life in general. I think they’re right. Like many LGBTQs, I know not to walk down road "A" because the one time I did as a drunk college student I was catcalled – but not the names that would reaffirm you look good in your new skinny jeans. The calls were more like derogatory gay slurs that can make you feel like those great jeans were a waste because the only label people see on you is “gay.”
Kelsey Fuson, a freshman at University of Richmond who identifies as asexual, conducted a survey on campus to find out what students know – or do not know – about asexuality.
*Note: Pronouns io/iom/iors will be used to reference Harlowe Kerckhove in the article when necessary.
Laverne Cox has recently risen to stardom with her role in the popular Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." Richmond will host the actress on Sept. 29 to speak about a different topic: her experiences as a transgender woman and activist.
Members of Students Creating Opportunity, Pride and Equality, building on a strong history of LGBTQ advocacy at University of Richmond, have founded a new organization in search of something new on campus – a group that promotes diversity, inclusion and fun.
The three students chosen to speak at this year's graduation ceremonies have at least two things in common: they are members of multiple student organizations, and they identify as LGBTQ or allies.
Derrick Gordon, a University of Massachusetts starter, became the first openly gay men's Division I basketball player last week - another positive step for gay student-athletes in what hasn't always been a welcoming environment.
No requests have gone through the University of Richmond Advancement Office to have the name of the future admissions building changed from Queally Center for Admissions and Career Services, according to Thomas Gutenberger, vice president of advancement.
The offices of Common Ground, Counseling and Psychological Services and the Chaplaincy sponsored a discussion called "Sexuality & Spirituality: Student Stories of Faith & Struggle" March 31 in Adams Auditorium.
Inclusivity has been a major focus at University of Richmond as part of the Richmond Promise. As a result of the hard work of many faculty and students, the university will be honored May 3 with the Catalyst Award for supporting LGBTQ students and creating a more inclusive environment.
The Office of Common Ground is currently accepting nominations for the Ally of the Year Award, an honor that will be presented to one faculty or staff member and one student who have had a positive impact on the LGBTQ community at University of Richmond.
University of Richmond President Edward Ayers choked back tears at a Common Ground forum Tuesday night when he responded to feelings expressed by university community members regarding the comments made by board of trustees member Paul Queally.
In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student, was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyo., because he was gay. We have dedicated this year's One Book, One Richmond program to "The Laramie Project"--a play based on the murder and responses to it. Though deep-seated homophobia led to Matt's murder 15 years ago, we must continue the conversation today because prejudice, discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals still persist worldwide. Here, in Virginia, we have recently seen the advancement of marriage equality in the state, along with other shifts toward tolerance for the LGBTQ community. These and other advancements toward full equality for the LGBTQ community are occurring alongside the legalization of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Arizona, criminalization of homosexuality in parts of Africa and intense violence against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. If anything, the hate-filled murder of Matthew Shepard was just the beginning of the long-overdue conversation about the treatment and status of LGBTQ individuals in the U.S. and worldwide.
I, like many of you, am sad, frustrated, and hurt by recent homophobic and sexist jokes made by a member of our community. These comments, even if made in jest, and even if meant to be kept in private, are hurtful and damaging to our community here at the University of Richmond. As a queer person and as a feminist, I am hurt and offended. I see my friends, colleagues, students, alumni, and community partners struggling to overcome the pain these jokes inflict on us. For many of us, these now public jokes and comments are just the latest in often daily homophobia and sexism directed at us and our communities.
Richmond Athletics, UR Common Ground, Recreation and Wellness, the Office of the Chaplaincy and the Division of Student Development came together this past weekend to host Campus Pride and put on the first Campus Pride Sports Summit, a two-day event for University of Richmond students, administration and faculty, focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered student-athletes.
Throughout October, University of Richmond's Office of Common Ground has been busy hosting its annual UR Comes Out: a series of speakers, receptions and interactive workshops celebrating LGBTQ History Month on campus.
A few weeks ago, I ventured into a space I would normally avoid: a fraternity apartment party.
University of Richmond held its first Lavender Graduation to celebrate LGBTQ campus life and to honor LGBTQ community members and their allies.