This Thursday at 7 p.m., Spectrum will host a vigil in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance, an international holiday to remember all of the trans-identified people killed last year. “Vigil is the Latin word for ‘awake’ and we hope that this event has that effect on attendees – we need to see and realize the threats that our trans students, faculty and staff face in their daily lives and work our hardest to support them and prevent violence,” said Meredith Bagley, a faculty advisor for Spectrum. The vigil will be held in the Ferguson Center art gallery in Room 2101, where Spectrum is also displaying art through Friday afternoon.
Spectrum members will sing, dance and dress in drag Saturday to raise money for the West Alabama AIDS Outreach in their annual charity drag show. The Rest is Drag show started three years ago, when Spectrum members were trying to think of a fun way to raise money for WAAO. “It was a big hit.
A new group organized by UA students and faculty aims to support the parents, family and friends of gay and lesbian people. Spectrum, the UA student LGBTQA group, with the support of Capstone Alliance, the UA faculty and staff LGBQTA group, and various community members, is organizing a new PFLAG chapter for Tuscaloosa. PFLAG — which stands for Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — is a grassroots organization that works in communities around the nation to actively support LBGTQA persons, their families and friends through education and positive advocacy. “This organization is unique in that it acts as a voice for those who often go unheard in the national discourse over LGBTQA equality issues, the family and friends of those affected by discrimination, harassment and violence,” Spectrum Political Committee chairman Michael Dewar said. According to the organization’s mission statement, PFLAG promotes the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families and friends.