The Daily 49er's managing editor Austin Brumblay shares his experience as a performer in Draglicious, hosted by Delta Lambda Phi.
The second annual Long Beach State LGBTQ Splash Mob took place Thursday at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center pool as part of Associated Student Inc.’s Respect Diversity Week, and was promoted as an event where, queer, trans, and all body positive people could come together, eat food, play games and hang out.
The smell of jambalaya and pizza took over the room as a group of students and faculty hurried in University Student Union room 205 for a night full of sharing their authentic stories. Attendees gathered Tuesday night to celebrate queer voices in the Black community for Associated Students Inc.’s #BlackQueerStories event. This intimate event at Long Beach State was meant to highlight Black LGBTQ+ figures in the community, some long passed and some still prominent in order to encourage a healthy community for students on campus. The comfortable and supportive space allowed students to have conversations they might not have anywhere else. “The goal for tonight is to have students be the authors of their stories and be their authentic selves,” said Giovanni Smith, staff member in University Outreach and School Relations. “The goal is to get students to see there have been people before that have paved the way.” Linda Shaw, LGBTQ+ Cultural Resource Center student assistant, showed eight icons in a PowerPoint presentation to show those who attended the event that many in the past and still today have overcome obstacles. “James Baldwin showed that we as people, even with our body shapes, can do ballet,” said Angela
This week’s Associated Students, Inc. meeting began with a quote read by Sylvana Cicero, director of university student union, in regard to the rescission of DACA and its impact on the Cal State Long Beach campus community. Cicero read a quote originally said by Cesar Chavez. “To make great dreams come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream, the second is persistence.” Cicero quoted. She went on to reach out to the campus at large regarding the termination of DACA. “This has been a difficult semester for our students,” Cicero said. “As we stand with our undocumented Long Beach State family, we must remember we are all dreamers.” Genesis Jara, chief government relations officer, spoke to senate about upcoming events in support of undocumented students. A legal clinic will be held for free Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal help on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in USU 303-307. This will allow students the opportunity to ask questions to lawyers and staff members about the renewal process for student education. After the uproar of receiving death threats over the weekend, La Raza Student Association wants to keep DACA students safe on campus. Nazi fliers were
In an effort to promote commitment to LGBTQ inclusion on college campuses, non-profit organization Campus Pride is launching an index for sports. Schools are evaluated annually on more than 50 self-assessment questions. Once the assessments are concluded, schools receive a 14-page report containing results and recommendations to help create an action plan to improve their LGBTQ campus climate, Rebby Kern, the media, communication and programs manager for Campus Pride, said. California State University, Long Beach has a Campus Pride score of four out of five stars that will most likely be diminishing because of the new indexes, Associated Students Inc. Sen. Kelsey Reyes said. “We’re reputable in being LGBT friendly as a university and our community,” Reyes said. “So it would be unfortunate to have our school score go down, when in reality we are LGBT friendly.” ASI is in the beginning stages of trying to figure out a resolution to help improve that score, Reyes said. CSULB raised its score from 2.5 stars in 2013, to four stars in 2014. "We can't expect LGBTQ students to come out on campus if their campuses aren't coming out as LGBTQ friendly," Kern said. The Campus Pride Athlete Report found that one