On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the University will again celebrate International Pronouns Day (IPD), a global initiative established in 2018 that seeks to make respecting, sharing and educating about personal pronouns a common occurrence. Referring to people by the pronouns they…
Call for Names: Queer and Trans Solidarity List
Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) community members are invited to join in sharing solidarity, showing support and building advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, by signing the annual Queer and Trans Solidarity List.
Hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center, this visual representation of names helps to further highlight the strong foundation of support within our campus communities. Names will be collected until Thursday, Oct. 1.
Coinciding with National Coming Out Day, Sunday, Oct. 11, during the LGBTQ+ History Month celebration, the Queer and Trans Solidarity List will first be published in The Daily Orange on Thursday, Oct. 8. A list will also be available on the LGBT Resource Center website.
“As we host the annual signing of the Queer and Trans Solidarity List, it is a time for our campus community to not only celebrate and recognize but to openly recommit themselves to supporting and advocating for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and questioning students and other community members,” says Jorge A. Castillo, director of the LGBT Resource Center. “Now more than ever, we need to make sure LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff know that there are many Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF community members supporting their success, safety and general well-being.”
Current faculty, staff and students can add their name to this year’s list by completing the Queer and Trans Solidarity List form. Please note: due to space limitations, academic degrees and affiliations cannot be included.
By adding your name, you demonstrate support for the following statement:
“We pledge to support those who identify within lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities at Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. We believe that coming out can be an empowering and rewarding process. We also acknowledge that not everyone has the desire or ability to come out; for some, coming out can pose a threat to emotional and even physical safety. But we believe that you do not have to come out to find support and community. We acknowledge that your experiences are real and valid, and we list our names here as resources. We will listen to you, work with you, advocate for you and welcome you. We are committed to working against queer and trans antagonism that marginalizes LGBTQIA+ people; we actively strive to build campuses that celebrate LGBTQIA+ identities and communities. The names listed here demonstrate the breadth of solidarity across Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF. We believe that queer and trans existence is beautiful!”
For more information, please contact the LGBT Resource Center at 315.443.3983 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.