BY DINA ABDALLA
The college’s Pride Alliance threw a prom-styled dance, officially known as the “Night of Noise” in the SRC, to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights or LGBT last Saturday, April 13.
Followed by the “Night of Noise” was the “Day of Silence” The purpose of the day of silence was to mourn the suicides of all LGBT youth and condemn bullying nationwide.
The Courier sat down with the Pride Alliance’s board members to discuss the significance of Night of Noise and the Supreme Court’s opinion on the legalization of gay marriage.
Tino Spears, a member of the Pride Alliance, said that the purpose of the event was to “have an environment where LGBT students can be who they are and not have to be ashamed of who they are.”
Vice president of Pride Alliance, Mallory Mack, said that the event was also created to help LGBT students’ network and get to know each other in a safe environment.
When asked about the recent Supreme Court conversations on the legalization of gay marriage, President of the Pride Alliance Cat McDonald, passionately confirmed her support for it.
“Gay marriage is important in order to achieve equality in this country. Denying gay rights is the same thing as being racist or sexist”, McDonald said.
However, board member Brad Setter, who was an ex-marine during the US military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, said gay marriage is not necessary but, “others need it.”
The opinions on gay marriage and other LBGT issues stand clear between both sides in the United States and the following months are crucial for the Supreme Court and US citizens to decide what choices are right to make.
The day of silence will fall on April 19 and to honor this day, there will be a room available for students who need a break from the daily stresses of life like bullying in the SSC room 25.