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LBGT Awareness Week events scheduled

Feb. 9, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Several events have been scheduled this week as part of Western Michigan University's observance of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Awareness Week Feb. 9-13.

The main event will be a presentation by alumnus Gregory Sumner from the National Gay Pilot's Association from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center.

His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about being "out" in the workplace and is being co-sponsored by the Office of LBGT Student Services and the College of Aviation.

Two informal events will take place Thursday, Feb. 12. First up will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Office of LBGT student services in Room 3504 of the Faunce Student Services Building. Then, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 159 of the Bernhard Center, students, faculty and staff may learn more about the inclusion of gender identity in WMU's non-discrimination policy as well as the University's Gender Identity Training Program, which was made possible by a grant from the Arcus Foundation.

The 2009 LBGT Awareness Week activities also will include training sessions for Safe on Campus, a free program for students, faculty and staff that teaches the basics about being supportive and visible to WMU's LBGT students.

Registration is required. Trainings offered at noon will have lunch provided. Sessions without any registered participants will be canceled.

Safe on Campus training sessions

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, noon to 2 p.m., 159 Bernhard Center
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m., 107 Bernhard Center
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 107 Bernhard Center
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, noon to 2 p.m., 159 Bernhard Center

For more information, contact the Office of LBGT Student Services at lbgt-coordinator@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2123.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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