Pierce College’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club will host an all-day event, fundraiser, and discussion panel on three separate days to support and educate students and faculty members about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
The all-day event, Spirit Day, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear purple to honor and remember LGBT people who have committed suicide because of bullying.
“We are here for any student,” said GSA President Jose Moran. “We’re here to let the faculty and Pierce College know that we’re here for them.”
Spirit Day was originally scheduled to be held on the Mall, but a lack of funding changed those plans.
“That may be changed to just wearing purple and I might send out a letter to all faculty to let them know what Spirit Day is,” Moran said. “We just don’t have the funds.”
The fundraiser will be at Pizza Rev on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. proceeds will go to the club. Pizza Rev will donate a percentage of sales from anyone who mentions or shows a GSA flyer.
The discussion panel is “Transgender 101” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2-5 p.m., in the Great Hall.
“It’s a safe environment where people could talk about openly about their sexuality, any questions that they have regarding that,” said GSA Member Dayana Manriquez. “And you get to know people that are interested in the same subject.”
The club spreads awareness about issues, topics, situations, upcoming events and things that are useful to know and that help people, GSA Vice President Cameron Brenner said.
“I would like to see the support of the faculty for the transgender awareness and for spirit week if we can get them out there,” Moran said. “To show them we have an LGBT community and maybe we need more education at Pierce. I would like to see our pierce students come and show their support to us and everyone else.”
Thursday, Oct. 16
Wednesday, Oct. 22
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
6439 Canoga Ave.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
2 – 5 p.m.
The Great Hall