West Virginia Wesleyan College Making Campus a More Welcoming Place for LGBT Students
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on October 07, 2013 @ 10:08AM
Created on October 04, 2013 @ 7:44PM
For the first time in school history, West Virginia Wesleyan College is hosting Coming Out Week.
For many, the issue of LGBT rights has always been an extremely hot-button issue that his driven a wedge into America's communities. Over the last few decades, people's minds have begun to change.
As more and more folks began coming out of the closet, people began realizing that the LGBT community wasn't all that different. At West Virginia Wesleyan College, student groups like Prism, and members of the faculty and administration, hope that hosting a Coming Out Week at the college will foster a more open, honest, and welcoming environment to all students.
"The importance of this week is basically for the reason to let them know that we do have an accepting community and that we are here, and we are here for them [LGBT Community]," Morgan Carter, VP of Prism told 5 News.
On Friday, the school will celebrate Coming Out Day on the Chapel lawn in hopes that they can create a dialogue and perhaps create a bridge between people inside and outside of the LGBT community.
"The Gospel message is that we should love our community and that we should love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. So, coming together [whether] you are gay, lesbian, straight, or allies it's just across the board an important time for us to be together," Reverend Angela Gay Kinkead, Dean of the Wesley Chapel told 5 News.
"Naturally someone who has been taught to hate members of the LGBT community are going to believe that we are amoral and promiscuous and that we're not capable of leading productive, spiritual lives. And that's just not true. And I hope that by my fellow member's examples and by my example people we see that is a complete fallacy," said Prism's President, Ali Carter.
From the college's perspective, starting a dialogue on LGBT rights and treatment is the most important thing they can accomplish. After all, at a school of higher learning, dialogue is currency. As Vice President of Student Development Julie Keehner told us it's easier to catch people with honey then with vinegar.
"We hope that people will come and be more fully educated [and] that people will come and honor difference. We hope that people will come and appreciate difference. So, I look forward to opening our doors for anybody who wants to learn more about all of the issues that will be covered this week."
Among all things though, the college wants to make sure that anybody is welcome to attend these events, and they hope that they'll see you there.
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