LGBT prepares for Pride Week 2012

Madeline Wilhelm

Thursday marks the beginning of Iowa State Pride Week, which will consist of several events primarily hosted by the LGBT Alliance. The events are open to everyone on campus and is a way to show support and pride for the LGBT community.

This week is a time many of Iowa States LGBT community members get together and show their pride.

“The campus is, overall, tolerant of members of the LGBT community,” said Cat Howd, freshman in linguistics. However, there are people that are not so tolerant.

“Every once in a while you’ll find things and people that are derogatory,” Howd said. But there are many resources for members of the LGBT community. Every Wednesday there are meetings in Carver Hall for anyone who has questions or just wants to talk. “It’s a safe place,” Howd said.

The events for Pride Week start on Thursday with Doug Haldeman, a counseling psychologist from Seattle, Washington who focuses on the LGBT community, giving a lecture entitled ‘Sex, Love and the Modern Family in American Culture: A Psychological Perspective.’

Haldeman’s presentation will cover some of the psychological effects that members of the LGBT community may face when dealing with homophobia. He works to promote the awareness of cultural needs of members of the LGBT community.

There will be a drag show at 8 p.m. Friday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Youth & Shelter Services. There will be a dance hosted by the ISU LGBT Alliance following the drag show.

Warren J. Blumenfeld, associate professor at Iowa State, will be on campus Monday to speak about the lives of LGBT who lived under Nazi control.

On Tuesday will be The Identified Line-Up will take place on Central Campus. This event consists of people standing in a line holding a sheet of paper with their name on it. On the other side of the paper is their sexual orientation or gender identity. People walking by are invited to see if they can guess the sexual orientation or gender identity of those in the line up from noon to 2 p.m. Bowling is hosted at 7 p.m. that evening in the Underground of the Memorial Union.

Thursday, the film “Were the World Mine” will be presented at 7 p.m. in 001 Carver Hall.

Finally, on Friday, there will be a rally outside of Parks Library at noon. Feel free to stop by and show your support for the final day of ISU Pride Week.