Have you ever heard of LGBT? Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered. Pretty familiar, right? How about LGBTTQQIAAP? The acronym has grown from the short and sweet, to a long, powerhouse of human rights and identities. It has evolved from LGBT, to LGBTQ, and LGBTI, to LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual).

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The initials continuously change, sometimes criticized for being so long and for occasionally for leaving some out, and even battles around letter placements. I apologize in advance if I do misspell or leave out a specific sexuality, as it is hard to pin point an 100% accurate acronym. Regardless, this makes it clear that along with the initials changing, this community is constantly changing too. The community is facing new problems and difficulties in everyday life, not commonly experienced by those cisgendered, straight humans.

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I’m sure you all heard of a recent happening in the community — the welcoming of Caitlyn Jenner. Along with the welcoming, there was also an inability to accept change among many. Though Jenner is not to represent all of the community, it is important to learn from times like these and realize that changes like this are made everyday, not only by Jenner, but by people you probably sit next to on the bus. Some go through this alone, and I am so happy that faculties like Brock have made way for this acceptance. Something important to do now, is to make sure resources are known among the students and general public. I’m going to add links to some of the resources Brock University  —

Brock Pride
A club created to harvest a safe atmosphere for students of all genders and sexual identities.

Student Justice Centre
Brock’s centre that educates students on racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of prejudices. Also provide peer support!

Human Resources
Staff and student source for any problems in admin.

Human Rights and Equity Services
Your go-to for discrimination assistance.

Personal Counselling
Free counselling for those studying at Brock in need of personal help.

Trans Resource Guide
The universities publication for trans students and faculty.

Positive Space Campaign
The Positive Space Campaign is at Brock and many other universities as a way to increase the number of safe and welcoming spaces all over campus, and create a safe campus in general.

Health Services
Team of professionals in term of health. Supportive and confidential health care provided to every single student on campus, including prevention programs, wellness education, and a variety of
academic partnerships promoting a healthy lifestyle. Definitely worth looking in to.

You are aren’t alone, Badgers. 🙂
These links (as well as awareness of potential ignorance) WILL benefit your life, and the lives of those around you.

An upcoming event I found is one going on downtown St Catharine’s this October! Niagara Pride is holding their 2nd Annual Halloween SCREAM Ball at Detour (88 St. Paul Street). It will be hosted by performer Helena Poisn. It is a costume party, has a $5 cover, and is 19+. I see some familiar faces. Stay proud, Brock!

“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”
— Harvey Milk

Love,
Jam!