United teaches students about LGBT+ community

The Chadron State College Residence Life Association, with help from the CSC United Club, discussed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) terminology and being an ally in a brief program at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Kodi Baumann, 22, junior of Chadron, the event was intended to spread awareness about the LGBT+ community and the on-campus LGBT+ club, United.
“I personally have a lot of friends who are involved in that group (United), so this is something that touches close to home for me as something to spread awareness about,” Baumann said. “I’m hoping the event will give people a better understanding of what people who are in that club are about, and do, and that there is more to the club. It’s not just a club for people who identify as anything in the LGBTQ name, but also as allies who are friends who support equal rights.”
Baumann and Casey Kukowski, 19, freshman of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, the Campus Activities Board member for the CSC United Club, displayed a slideshow presentation about being an ally, which is a term for a straight/heterosexual person who supports equal rights for members of the LGBT+ community. The slideshow also included sections discussing LGBT+ terminology and anti-bullying tactics. Kukowski read excerpts from an essay published by GLSEN, an organization for promoting the welfare of LGBT+ youth.
The event included refreshments and the opportunity to make anti-bullying bracelets. Around 40 people attended.

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