A club to promote equality
by: Gretchen Neal/Campus & Features Editor
There is an abundance of clubs around Lake Land College available for all students, should one decide that just taking classes is leaving one a little too bland. One such club is B-GLADD (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies to Develop Diversity), a student-run group for LGBTQ+ and ally students dedicated to spreading awareness and promoting equality. The club participates in fundraising for charities and National Coming Out Day display and National Day of Silence. The club has also helped the official College Diversity Committee with the woman’s shelter’s fundraiser each year. The club does participate in other activities, but those are not always static. This year, the club is looking forward to the possibility of partaking in LGBTQ+ panels, a type of informational meeting in which people with questions concerning the LGBTQ+ community can receive answers from LGBTQ+ people. “Basically our goal is to raise awareness of LGBT issues, provide a safe environment for LGBT students and kind of show people that we’re all the same,” club co-sponsor Marcy Satterwhite said.
B-GLADD started years ago, but it faded out due to all of the members graduating. Eight years ago, a group of students brought the club back into existence. These days, the club typically meets at 11 AM in Webb Hall, Room 105 every second and fourth Wednesday of every month. This semester’s scheduled meetings will occur on Oct 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. October 11 is National Coming Out Day, which means that B-GLADD will be in the Student Life lobby that day with an informational booth on the holiday. Any student, regardless of their sexuality, is welcome to join the club if they are interested.
Any additional information on B-GLADD can be attained by adding the club’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lakelandbgladd), emailing Satterwhite at firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting “@bgla” to (244)-900-2836 to receive texts from Satterwhite whenever an event is scheduled to take place (the service is anonymous, no one will be given a participant’s actual phone number).