• News,  This Week's Paper

    Queens College’s GLASA: A Club for All

    Every club has a story to be told, however, the Gender, Love, and Sexuality Alliance club is more than a space where narratives are recited. Instead, it is a space where one will discover the meaning of acceptance and empowerment. “The atmosphere of the Gender, Love, and Sexuality Alliance club is very welcoming. We have members that are very compassionate towards others of different backgrounds. This has caused me to find a community of people who truly care about me,” Diego Fernando Ortega, a sophomore majoring in Biology and member of two years, said about the atmosphere of GLASA. Ortega admitted that life has never been simple for him. After…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    They’re here, they’re queer and they’re talented

    The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance’s second annual Big Queer Talent Show was a night of singing, spoken-word, music, fundraising and impromptu haircuts at Queens College. The Nov. 8 event in the Patio Room collected donations for the Ali Forney Center in Manhattan, which has been deemed uninhabitable after Hurricane Sandy struck on Oct. 30. The Forney Center helps thousands of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youths and provides shelter, food, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, mental health and substance abuse services. Once GLASA learned of the damage caused by the hurricane, they turned their talent show into a fundraiser. “Their main drop-in center — which is…

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    GLASA conducts ‘safe-space’ training for faculty and staff

    In an effort to ensure students feel safe in classrooms and on campus, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Alliance held their first ever safe space training session for Queens College faculty members on Oct. 22. The training was designed to educate faculty on issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students face on campus and how they can feel safe at QC. “I hope that professors and advisers will be active allies in the LGBTQ community and that they’ll really take the things we said and apply them not only in the classrooms but in their everyday lives,” GLASA president, Samantha Nathanson said. “It’s really important for faculty members —…