November 28, 2005
LGBT commission to co-sponsor quilt reading
Rangus and Chanmi Kim
The most recent meeting of the President’s Commission on the
Status of LGBT Concerns, Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 400 Administration,
featured discussion on issues ranging from gay adoption to next month’s
all-commission holiday celebration.
Co-chair elect Paige Parvin reported on a recent meeting with Chuck
Bowen, executive director of Georgia Equality, a statewide LGBT
group. She said the commission would remain in conversation with Georgia Equality
and could provide assistance should any legislation be introduced to ban adoption
by gay couples in the state.
Commission chair Paul Towne asked that bullet points from the meeting
be prepared for submission to President Jim Wagner to keep him
abreast of the issue.
Discussion continued around transgender awareness, the commission’s
central theme of the year. Towne said he and the commission’s
subcommittee chairs will be meeting with the Office of LGBT Life,
which already has done some research
on the issue, to choose the most effective way to move forward. One suggestion
was to hold a transgender awareness week in the spring that would feature panel
discussions and other educational activities.
Faculty concerns chair Patrick Haggard said his subcommittee was
looking to plan a social event for LGBT faculty. He also mentioned
there has been some
confusion on campus about the Office of LGBT Life-sponsored Safe Space Program,
in which participants—both LGBT and allied—display a Safe Space
logo in support of LGBT equality. Discussion focused on how better to promote
awareness of what the Safe Space logo signifies, especially among faculty,
and to step up advertising.
Student and alumni concerns chair Jakub Kakietek further detailed
commission research on transgender issues—such as other schools’ housing
situations for transgender students—but said the research
is a work in progress.
Staff concerns chair Margaret Clawson said the commission could
have an opportunity to review upcoming nominees to the Board of Trustees.
The next list already
has been processed, she said, but suggestions for nominees, as well as support
for people already nominated, could be possible for future cycles.
Towne said the commission has been invited to participate in ceremonies
surrounding the display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, to be held
Dec. 1 on the Quadrangle.
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the event will feature guest speakers and
a reading of the names of AIDS victims on the quilt. The commission unanimously
voted to financially support the event, expected to be the largest AIDS Memorial
Quilt showing in Atlanta history. Towne asked for volunteer readers. A one-hour
block has been reserved specifically for commission members.
Towne said all three president’s commissions and the Employee
Council will co-sponsor a holiday party with Wagner on Thursday,
Dec. 8, from 5:30–7:30
p.m. in room W525 of Goizueta Business School. Guests will be welcome.
The next LGBT meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:15 p.m.
in 400 Administration.
If you have a question or comment for the LGBT commission, send
e-mail to Chair Paul Towne at email@example.com.