October 20, 2010 by staff
Spirit Day, While thousands of people around the country have committed to using today home to a national event to honor the victims Facebook’s recent suicide, a group of staff and faculty of the University of Iowa are taking a step further.
Health staff in Iowa, the UI Student Health Service, and the user interface Advisory Service according to anti-gay bullying event today is an opportunity to show students that the support of everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, says Steph Beecher, a health educator in the health of Iowa
Thirty-five members of the three service plans to use purple shirts adorned with a symbol of the word “Bully” crossed out.
“I thought this would be a great way to show students that we are included, we support, and should not feel different coming to Student Health,” said Beecher, who said he is a member of the lsbn, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Beecher designed the shirts at home Tuesday night and said it will feature logo Student Health logo Health of Iowa, and the logo of the Advisory Service.
No donations from shirt sales, but organizers expect a greater sense of awareness.
Beecher said most of the students of Health also participates in the Spirit Day.
“I’m working on the development of our sexual health, because in the past have not had too many programs,” he said, and has developed programs more inclusive for lsbn, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
IU Nicolas Martin said second purple for the event will nationally as the issue hits home.
“My brother is gay, gay rights and equality have always been important issues for me,” he said.
His brother was not comfortable going out with his sexuality until his senior year, he said, because he was afraid of what people thought of him.
Although Martin said it is important that members of the community to know who supports them, she said she is not sure if Spirit beliefs influence people’s day.
“I do not think this will change the minds of people if they are not compatible with [hmosxls] now,” he said.
A community resource for Le****n, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. Timothy Judd, program coordinator for students at the center, said events like Day of the Spirit is vital.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about the plight of the community,” he said.
Judd said that while the community has made great strides in the field of civil rights, the members are still victims of ignorance.
Recently, news of gay teenagers commit suicide by harassment of hmosxls have been national news.
“[The recent suicides] are nothing new,” he said. “It’s something that has been permeating the community for some time, and is something that should be addressed directly, not only students, but political leaders.”
Judd said the Resource Center staff are delighted that students, members of the UI community and other universities around the country have pledged to unite to support the cause through the use of purple.
During Spirit Day, Martin said that gay students should look at the participants as a stimulus.
“Look for people wearing purple and we know we will support them,” he said.
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