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LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) has a wide variety of events planned this month to celebrate the University’s LGBTQ+ community. This year is especially significant, as LGBTSS is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

LGBT History Month was created by Rodney Wilson in 1994. As a high school teacher, Wilson believed that students should be taught about the LGBTQ+ community’s history. The month of October holds significance for the LGBTQ+ community, as Oct. 11 marks National Coming Out Day.

According to information on LGBTSS’ site, they are unique in the way they “place a particular emphasis on … the University ethos of Interculturalism and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.”

Simran Porwal, a sophomore film, television and media studies major, is grateful to be on a campus that continually strives to be inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. Porwal expressed the importance of inclusivity and said, “It’s very comforting to know that we’re represented here.” Porwal recognized that not all universities are accepting of the LGBTQ+ community. “Generally … religion does not really go well with sexuality in terms of [the religious] stance on it, but LMU is one of the few [universities] that’s actually supportive of the community.”

During the final week of October, The Gay Rub will have an installation in University Hall. According to their website, “The Gay Rub is a project devoted to collecting rubbings from LGBTQ historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques and monuments.” To conclude LGBT History Month, LGBTSS will screen “The Gay Rub: A Documentary” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 in Ahmanson Auditorium.

LGBTSS welcomes all students who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies, so come show your support for the LGBTQ+ community on campus this month! Although October is halfway over, there are still plenty of events left to participate in. 

Francesca Bermudez is a freshman journalism major from Saratoga, CA. She is a fashion and film enthusiast who enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.

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