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Second annual GLBTQ Awareness Week sheds light on diversity issues

The second annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Awareness Week will educate the New Mexico State University about diversity issues through various events April 11-16.

"The ultimate goal of the event is to create awareness at NMSU on GLBTQ issues," said Sharna Horn, coordinator for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center at NMSU. "We also want GLBTQ students to know they have a place to go on campus."

GLBTQ Awareness Week will begin with the showing of "Bullied," a film about the impact of bullying on the GLBTQ community, at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Milton Hall Digital Media Theater. After the film, a panel will discuss bullying in the school system.

Safe Zone Training, provided by the SGDRC, will address the unique experiences of GLBTQ people to create more visibility and understanding on campus and will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Senate Chambers and Senate Gallery in Corbett Center. Tuesday's events will end with a speech from Sylvia Guerrero, the mother of a 17-year-old transgender woman who was murdered in 2002, at 5 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The "Festival of Colors," a social and informative event involving the GLBTQ community, will feature free lunch and informational tables, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Corbett Center outdoor stage. The movie, "For the Bible Tells Me So," will round out the events of the day at 5:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. After the film, a panel of clergy from a variety of churches and temples will speak about their experiences with homosexuality and the Bible.

Professional performers from New Mexico, Arizona and El Paso will perform in the "Drag Show," with an opening reception beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Friday will draw attention to the National Day of Silence, in which many students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to GLBTQ name calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Day of Silence Tabling will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 15 on the Corbett Center International Mall. Then, the Lavender Graduation and Recognition Dinner, recognizing GLBTQ May 2011 graduates for their leadership and commitment to diversity, will begin at 5 p.m. in the NMSU Golf Course banquet room. Lavender graduation tickets are on sale for $20 at the SGDRC in Regents Row Room 531.

The final day of the event will award two hours of free bowling, food and soft drinks to the first 192 people to sign in at 10 Pin Alley on East Amador Avenue in Las Cruces. Rainbow Bowling will begin at 6 p.m.

GLBTQ Awareness Week is sponsored by Associated Students of NMSU. Stonewall Queer Straight Alliance at NMSU is also very involved in awareness week, Horn said.

"Without the support of ASNMSU and the involvement from Stonewall, the event would not have been possible," Horn said. "These groups are helping bring awareness to the community and are, at the same time, creating future leaders."

For more information, contact the SGDRC at 575-646-7031.