Allies assist in awareness and acceptance during Ally Week

Matthew Putman/Sun Star Reporter
October 10, 2012

The schedule of events for Ally Week provided by the Student Activities Office. Click to enlarge.

The week of October 15 through 20, UAF and other campuses across the country will participate in a new approach to raising awareness and methods for assisting in the harassment of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender students. It’s known as Ally Week.

The Student Activities Office and the Gay Straight Alliance will host a chain of events to support awareness for problems amongst the LGBT community.

An ally is defined by gay rights websites as someone who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT people.

“Its another subject not a lot of people touch or know,” said Juan Cruz, who is coordinating the event. “And it makes a lot of people nervous.”

“Its an event the GSA is strongly behind and supports and wants to see and help make happen,” said Brandy Flores, GSA president. Flores said she has had a lot of people ask what allies were. “I hope that Ally Week will help people understand the meaning,” Flores said.

The UAF Women’s Center is supporting the weeklong national event as well. “Its kind of like that old theory: ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it,'” said Kayt Sunwood, manager of the Womens Center. “So we are here and there are still issues and we are thanking the current Allies for what they’ve done.” Sunwood also shed light on one of the events of the week, a training program for new Allies called Safe Space. “It’s a project where people can get this Safe Space training so they know how to be an ally and how to deal with any issues that come up.”

Other events include a presentation from Pete Pinney GSA Adviser, an open mic night, bake sale, movie night, ally gathering and a 21-and-over fashion show at The Pub. Donated clothes from stores around Fairbanks will be worn and sold at the event, and all proceeds will be donated to GSA.

If you have any questions, email or call 474-6029.

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