Speaking freely about TCU

Posted on 14 Apr 2009 at 10:10am

We’ll have more on the situation over at “Texas Closeted University” in Friday’s Voice. But for now, I wanted to share with you this video called, “If I Could Speak Freely.” The video was produced by TCU sophomore Shelly Newkirk, one of the students behind a proposed living-learning community for LGBT students and their allies. In case you missed it, university administrators shelved the proposed living-learning community Monday after it became national news last week. But according to Newkirk’s video, which went viral on the TCU campus back in January, yesterday’s decision was just the tip of the iceberg. After the jump, I’ve posted a press release about a demonstration planned for the TCU campus on Friday to commemorate the National Day of Silence.

DEMONSTRATION HOPES TO SHOW LGBT SUPPORT AT CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

FORT WORTH – In correlation to the Day of Silence, the Iris Reaction, a grassroots initiative with the mission to establish a Resource Center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students at Texas Christian University, will be hosting a silent demonstration on the TCU campus. The Iris Reaction is not affiliated with any of TCU’s student organizations but designed to promote support and inclusiveness.

The event, designed to show support for LGBT students, will be held at 11:45 a.m. on April 17 on the campus of Texas Christian University. A silent march across campus will start in front of the Bass Building, proceed to Sadler Hall, and end at the University Commons. Irises will be placed on the steps of Sadler Hall to symbolize the TCU administration working eye-to-eye on the initiative to promote inclusiveness on campus and rainbow flags will be placed in the ground
at the University Commons to symbolize support.

The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of LGBT students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

Like the Day of Silence, the Demonstration of Support also is an opportunity for students to take the initiative to teach one another about diversity, respect and safety for all students. TCU’s Gay- Straight Alliance (GSA) will also be hosting several Day of Silence events on campus.

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For more information about the Iris Reaction’s Demonstration of Support, email the Iris Reaction at irisreaction@gmail.com, visit http://www.irisereaction.com or visit the Facebook Event page, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=69471324793

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