Officials at the University of Oklahoma have announced plans to enhance ‘inclusivity’ on campus by building a separate, but equal student lounge which will segregate gay, lesbian and transgender students by themselves.
The Oklahoma Daily reported that a group of students called Queer Inclusion on Campus came together in late February to discuss the issues that the LGBTQ community faces at OU. Women and gender studies and English senior Alexander Ruggiers, who is a member of the group, said it is a group of students who came together to try to understand the needs of the LGBTQ community. The members wrote a 20-page report which included the many things that LBGTQ students wanted to see changed at OU, he said.
“Queer Inclusion on Campus is an initiative of several students representing the issues that are important to the LGBTQ community,” Ruggiers said. “We produced a document that we delivered to a lot of high level administrators about things that we wanted to see changed.”
Kasey Catlett, the assistant director of LGBTQ and health programs at the Women’s Outreach Center, said that the study room will help build community and allow students to come together to meet people in a safe space. He also said it will allow students to hang out and be themselves. Catlett said that details like its appearance and its opening date have not been determined yet.
“It’s going to be huge … I think it’s going to be used for a number of things, one, to have a sense of community, something that LGBTQ students have never had before,” Ruggiers said. “I am looking forward to seeing what it will look like and walking by seeing students utilizing it.”
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