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Vigil at The Rock for Orlando Victims

Sunday, June 12, 2016

About sixty people gathered at 8 p.m. tonight at “the rock” near the MSU Auditorium to pay tribute to those murdered at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early this morning in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Dee Hurlbert, the Director of MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center, told the people gathered that she appreciated “the gift of coming together with total strangers” at a time like this.

Vigils in Lansing, East Lansing to Mourn Orlando Murder Victims

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Several vigils are planned to mark the murder of more than 50 people at an Orlando, Florida nightclub early this morning.

At 6:00 pm a candlelight vigil will take place on the lawn of the State Capitol, hosted by the Lansing Association for Human Rights. The Capitol Building is located at 100 N Capitol Ave, in Lansing.

Supreme Court Marriage Ruling Has Immediate Impact for East Lansing

Friday, June 26, 2015

Above: Lauren Brown, Lindsey Wren, and Pastor Nicolette Siragusa at the Ingham County Courthouse today.

Lauren Brown and Lindsey Wren, residents of East Lansing’s Pinecrest neighborhood, were at the Ingham County Courthouse today within two hours of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-gender marriage nationwide. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum told us she was committed to staying as late as necessary to make sure any couples wishing to marry today can do so.

A Productive Year for East Lansing High School’s Students for Gender Equality

Thursday, June 11, 2015

East Lansing High School’s Students for Gender Equality Club was created in May of 2014, when its co-presidents Brianna Wells, Aiden Foster-Fishman, Sarah Hansen, and Sara Faverman, identified what they believed to be clear gender biases within a cyber safety presentation given by the High School. “We then decided to create a club to combat these and bring awareness to the school,” says Co-President Hansen.

Valley Court Steps Turn Rainbow

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Image: Melissa Sortman (left) and Terry Scharf on the newly-painted steps at Valley Court Park

Visitors to this year’s East Lansing Farmers’ Market in Valley Court (opening June 7) will see a new art feature just north of the market. The steps running from Valley Court’s glacial washout plain up to the Oakwood Neighborhood have been painted rainbow colors under a project led by Melissa Sortman and Terry Scharf.

Valentine's Day at MSU: Kisses and Red Velvet Cupcakes

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine’s Day at MSU

Ahh, Valentine’s Day. Everyone has a different opinion about the holiday. Some love it because they’ve celebrated it with their significant other for years. Other despise it because they’ve never had a valentine or have a terrible memory of the day. Some may have a significant other, but find the holiday exhausting with too many expectations.

No matter their views towards the love-themed day, we can all agree Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest holidays of the year.

QCROSS: Campus Organization and Documentary Focus on Intersection of Sexuality And Faith

Friday, October 17, 2014

In 2010 our nation was plagued with a rash of teen suicides in the LGBTQ community. At the time, Krista Rowe was a student on the MSU campus who saw the need to build a faith community among her LGBTQ friends on campus. Rev. Jenn Tafel volunteered to offer clergy support, and Queer Christians Reclaiming Our Sexuality and Spirituality (“QCROSS”) was born at MSU that fall as a response to the tragedy.

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