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UConn Speak OUT

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rain Locale: SU Ballroom

On Thursday March 5th, Rachelle Lee Smith's photography exhibit, Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus, portraying the voices of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning+ individuals was vandalized in the Student Union Art Gallery with hate speech against the community. The story made the front page of the Daily Campus and yet many people were unaware of this unacceptable occurrence. You may be feeling outraged, frustrated, and fearful about this happening in our own UConn community.

This recent act of vandalization is an unfortunate but necessary reminder that hate still does exist. Join us in coming together as a community to end hate on campus. Whether you identify in the community or as an ally (supporter of the LGBTQ community), we need your help to stop this hate and come together as a university.

The event will consist of students and administration speaking OUT against hate on campus. Additionally, there will be a time at the end of the program with an open invitation to come up to the mic and share your own experience with hate on campus.

We are also initiating a photo campaign with the hashtag #UConnSpeakOUT - This is an opportunity to share why you personally speak out against hate on our campus.

Choose to take a stand against hate on campus and improve safety for individuals who identify on the LBGTQ spectrum. Our goal is to change the atmosphere of campus to one that provides the necessary support needed for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.” -Elie Wiesel

Find us on Twitter and Instagram @UCSpeakOUT and please use the hashtag #UConnSpeakOUT to spread visibility and build solidarity for the campaign!


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