For all of us here at Syracuse, winter break has ended and spring semester is just beginning: new schedules, more memories, and a surprising lack of snow on the ground. However, for us here at the Life Gets Better Together Campaign, we are diving headfirst into the countdown to our conference on April 13, 2013! We are so excited for this year’s conference, which revolves around the slogan “Hate Expires.” Until then, we are busy doing some exciting things in preparation. (And it’s never too late to join us!)
In the meantime, it is also important to stay up-to-date on the happenings in the LGBT+ community. Over a month-long break, it’s easy to lose track of what’s new and noteworthy. Here, we’ve compiled a list of things that you might have missed and what’s been going in the news.
- According to a Washington Post article, there are efforts toward opening an LGBT museum in Washington D.C.. North Carolina couple Tim & Mitchell Gold have already begun raising money and collecting artifacts for the possible museum, and campaigns have been started to raise funds from outside sponsors. The museum may be years away, but has already received support from numerous donors and organizations.
- On the final day of 2012, the Huffington Post released a video list of the “Best LGBT Ally Moments of 2012.” Each clip presents a moment of support from various sources, ranging from Brad Pitt donating money for marriage equality to an entire NFL team joining the “It Gets Better” campaign. Check out the list HERE and see a sneak peek below…
- According to CNN, on January 10th Atlanta pastor Louis Giglio withdrew from the benediction delivery at President Obama’s inauguration. After a controversy surrounding a “vehemently anti-gay” speech Giglio gave in the 1990s, the pastor declined from participating.
- Survey results released by Reuters on NBC News in mid-January claimed that harassment of gay students is on the decline in the United States. They cite the “adoption of anti-discrimination measures” at schools as a possible reason for the decline in harassment.
As some of these news pieces show, climates, people and attitudes are changing. We still have a way to go, and we can’t do it alone. Join us in putting together this year’s Life Gets Better Together Conference, or join us on April 13th, when Hate Expires.
Until next time, we hope everyone has a great start to their semester and their new year.