Posts Tagged LGBT

Welcome to the Tufts LGBT Center

The Tufts University LGBT Center is kicking off the semester with an inside look into their cozy, safe space. From cookies on Mondays to their HD TV and private study rooms, the Center is decked out and ready for the spring! Check out their video below to see what they’re all about.

The LGBT Center is part of the Group of Six and works collaboratively with many groups on campus to provide education on the value of different identities and ensure that bias of any form does not undermine the academic, personal, or professional experience of any member of the Tufts community.

The LGBT Center is available to anyone  interested in learning more about LGBT-related subjects or issues of sexual and gender identity. It seeks to support and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities while maintaining LGBT visibility on campus and providing campus-wide education.

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LGBT Intern Shines at PFLAG Event

George Murphy, A14, an intern at the Tufts LGBT Center, recently gave the keynote speech at a Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) fundraiser.

His speech highlighted the importance of programs like PFLAG for the LGBT community in creating hope and allies. He disclosed his personal experiences coming out and his commitment to be himself and fight for others to do so as well:

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Reflecting on Fall 2011

Earlier this semester, we introduced you to the Fall 2011 LGBT Center interns. As the semester comes to close, the interns have released a new video reflecting on their experiences as leaders in the LGBT Center. In one of these videos, Aliandro Brathwaite discusses an event in which Kit Yan visited Tufts and gave students the chance to perform their own spoken-word poetry:

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Meet the Interns

The Fletcher School and Tufts’s own LGBT Center have Jumbo love for their interns this fall!

In a series of blog posts, Fletcher School admissions highlights their three interns and welcomes them to the office. One of their Interns, Katie, is a Lebanese Egyptian from Cairo interested in Human Security and NGO & Public Management. She’s extremely excited to be here and said,

Despite being far from Egypt, I felt at home at Fletcher right away. Between the exciting stories my fellow Fletcherians tell, and the numerous courses to choose from, I feel like a kid in a candy shop!

The LGBT Center chose to show their love through a video introducing seven undergraduate and graduate interns as well as two graduate staff assistants and the center director, Tom Bourdon. In the video, the entire staff return the love to their home away from home:

Video filmed, edited, and produced by George Murphy, A14.

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Gearing Up for National Coming Out Day

Time to dust off your rainbow flags, National Coming Out Day is right around the corner! On the hill, the LGBT Center has planned a number of events leading up to National Coming Out Day like the week of flags, painting the cannon “in a glorious rainbow (THERE WILL BE HELLA GLITTER),” and a feature in the Tufts Daily where “Out and Proud” community members “out themselves.”

Tufts has a rich tradition of supporting the LGBT community — both professors and students rally in support of LGBT students. This love and support is perfectly portrayed in the following “It Gets Better” video by the Fletcher GLBT club and their allies:

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It Gets Better

The Tufts LGBT Center has started to post a series of videos on their YouTube channel as part of the “It Gets Better” project.  Each video features an interview with a Tufts faculty or staff member reflecting on their experiences with coming out and embracing their sexuality. Thus far, they have interviewed Michelle Bowdler, senior director of health and wellness services, and Ben Hescott, senior lecturer in computer science.

Check out the “It Gets Better” interviews here and all the rest of the LGBT center’s videos on their YouTube channel

Here is the interview with Ben Hescott

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LGBT at Tufts

In this short video segment, Tom Bourdon, the Director of the LGBT Center at Tufts, talks about diversity and safe space on campus:

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