Bowie State to Open LGBTQIA Resource Center, First Among HBCUs
Bowie State University is set to open the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies (LGBTQIA) Resource Center during a grand opening event on Monday, April 2. The center is the first of its kind at a public Historically Black College or University (HBCU), and will provide information, counseling and a “safe space” for LGBT students.
The grand opening will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in suite 301 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Building, the center’s permanent home. Donna Payne, associate director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, will be the keynote speaker. The event is open to Bowie State students, faculty and staff.
“Opening a center like this at Bowie State is significant because HBCUs usually don’t want to address LGBT issues,” says Dr. Adrian Krishnasamy, director of the Resource Center and assistant professor in the Department of Communications. “It also gives Bowie State’s LGBT community visibility. Now that we’re visible, we can arm people with knowledge and fight ignorance.”
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