October 23, 2000
LGBT discusses United Way, Coming Out Day
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
The Oct. 10 meeting of the Presidents Commission on LGBT Concerns
opened with the approval of wording changes to the commissions bylaws.
All of the proposed changes discussed at the commissions September
meeting were accepted.
Faculty representative Luis Cosme, a lecturer in Spanish, briefed the
commission on his meeting with University Secretary Gary Hauk and Michelle
Smith, executive director of corporate relations, concerning Emorys
United Way campaign.
LGBT wanted to express concern about the United Ways support of
the Boy Scouts, which has policies some LGBT members do not agree with.
Cosmes questions to Smith centered on whether donations to the United
Way could be targeted to specific groups; and the United Way does provide
an option to designate gifts for specific charities (see Letter
to the editor").
Mark Jordan, Candler Professor of Religion, discussed the idea of queer
studies becoming a concentration in the college. That process, however,
is a long road. In a related issue, the topic of the LGBT collection in
the library was reintroduced.
The commission then discussed an article that appeared in the Oct. 3
issue of The Emory Wheel, which outlined a proposal that would
increase Methodist membership in the Board of Trustees to 60 percent (see
related story, page 7) and any possible effects that could have on the
News from the committee reports included a reminder of Emorys and
the commissions recognition of National Coming Out Day, which took
place Oct. 11; the United First Metropolitan Community Churchs application
for recognition as a religious group on campus; and the University Senates
request for a representative member from LGBT. That person has yet to
Nominations for chair-elect, as well as selection of another student
member, were tabled for discussion at the November meeting, which is scheduled
for Nov. 14 in 400 Administration Building.
If you have a question or concern for LGBT, send e-mail to Chair Jennifer Gossett at firstname.lastname@example.org.