The university’s gay and lesbian community has recently found itself at the center of attention, and in my opinion, has been inaccurately represented.
The Skiff, along with local news outlets, both print and TV, have featured stories on the Iris Reaction initiative and the new DiversCity Q community. While I see some good coming from both projects, I see more harm than good in the long run.
I believe that the longer that the LGBT community portrays themselves as victims, then the longer the world will see us as such.
Why are certain LGBT students calling for segregation and pigeonholing themselves? This segregation is reinforcing the separation that they are supposedly trying to combat by raising awareness.
According to Shelly Newkirk, who founded the initiative, Iris Reaction calls for an “ultimate goal of establishing a resource center and a full-time administrative position dedicated to maintaining a welcoming environment for the LGBT community.” What other “group” on campus has a resource center? What makes the LGBT community so special? The request for a special resource center is outlandish especially when a resource center for any students in need already exists in the Office of Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services.
As an out gay student, I have never felt unsafe, discriminated against, or unwelcome at the university. I have spoken with other students and I have yet to find a case of prejudice or hate. The university is a great environment. I have asked Newkirk personally and I am still wondering how the university doesn’t support all of its students, including those who are gay and lesbian.
Collin Duwe is a sophomore theater major from Krum.