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The Insider: Students ready for Pride Week 2012

October 12, 2012 9:30 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
aduples@tulane.edu

Pride Week 2012 at Tulane University kicks off on Monday (Oct. 15), and the Tulane Colony of Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL), a national sorority representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning and allied collegiate women, is among the groups pumped about the upcoming activities.

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Courtney Amabile, president of the newly chartered GRL colony at Tulane, says her group is excited about its first pride week. She hopes that all students feel welcome to participate.

“We plan to be out there supporting our community as well as using the events to make ourselves, our values, and our vision for tolerance, unity and diversity known to the greater Tulane campus,” says Amabile. “We support all the LGBT students on campus as well as the other organizations who represent them, and we hope everyone comes out to support our events in kind.”

Red Tremmel, director of the office for gender and sexual diversity, says that events like Pride Week offer positive representations of the LGBTIQA community.

“Pride events such as these take place on college campuses across the nation as opportunities for communities to show support, appreciation and respect for gender and sexual diversity,” Tremmel says.

And Tuesday’s "coming out wall" will be one of those opportunities to show support.

“There will be fabric squares where people can write about their coming out stories, allies can write words of support, and trans people can write about their experiences,” Tremmel explains. “It is a visibility and celebratory event for LGBTIQA-identified students on campus.”

Pride Week 2012 schedule of events:
Monday (Oct. 15)
BBQueer on the Lavin-Bernick Center Quad, noon–2 p.m.
Discussion of In Exile, new book on the history of New Orleans gay culture by Frank Perez, 5:30–7 p.m, LBC, Stibbs 203
Tuesday (Oct. 16)
Coming out wall of support, LBC Quad, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday (Oct. 17)
LGBTIQA voter information, LBC Quad, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday (Oct. 18)
Lavender Day at Bruff — show support by wearing lavender, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Karaoke night at The Rat, 9 p.m.–midnight.
Friday (Oct. 19)
"The Perils and Possibilities of State-Based Freedom Projects," Caroline Richardson Hall, Anna Many Lounge, noon–1 p.m.
"Chelsea Lately" comedian Fortune Feimster, McAlister Auditorium, 9 p.m.–10 p.m.

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