Club Spotlight: Gender and Sexuality Alliance
Displayed on the overhead projector, a question read: “If you could get transferred into any fictional universe, where would you go?” During introductions newcomers and regulars alike were asked to turn to a person next to them and then introduce that person.
Syd Paulino, club secretary, said they would like to go to the “Parks and Recreation” universe. Ricky Hines, club president, chose the “Pokémon” universe and Rilley Hickman, a regular, chose the book universe “The Culture” by Iain M. Banks. There was a wide variety of stories mentioned, such as The Hungry Caterpillar, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Narnia, and more. Each week the ice breaker question is different.
After introductions, President Hines introduced the term of the day: pangender – a non-binary gender defined as being more than one gender. Hines said, regarding her goal for “the term of the day,” that “everyone should know a little more about GSA [and the LGBT community] every single day”
Secretary Paulino presented a segment about a queer icon: Crystal LaBeija. LaBeija was a runner up in a Drag Show back in 1967 who fought to be the winner after the show. Paulino talked about how the show was for queer contestants only, but the winner wasn’t queer. Paulino then showed a clip of the conversation that was held after the show. Club members laughed while the video played.
GSA member, Irina Sweedler, then passed out articles about the presentation of oneself to others for members to read, which started a discussion. Members agreed to using more broad terms for the general public and more in-depth terms within their community. Hickman even going so far as to write on the board to help him explain his point. He writes how people will say bisexual instead of pansexual so there won’t be a need to clarify.
At the end of the meeting, Paulino and Hines recalled some of their favorite moments with GSA.
“Putting on the drag show last year,” Paulino said, regarding their proudest moment.
“When I became president I started to do PowerPoints instead of just presenting up there and trying to remember things,” Hines said her proudest moment being.
GSA meets every Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Gruening Building, Room 408. The club is also hosting an 18+ Drag Show April 7 in the Wood Center Ballroom. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for the public, and $15 for a VIP seat. For more information readers can check out their Facebook and Orgsync pages.