The IU GLBT Center’s renovation coincides with a new study of the continued prevalence of harassment of gay and lesbian students in schools.
According to a study done by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network in 2009, ridicule towards gay or lesbian students is still prevalent in schools.
Office Coordinator of The GLBT Center, Doug Bauder while referring a study done by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, and Education Network, says the study found that 9 out of 10 gay or lesbian students are still facing persecution.
“Kids in high school who are gay or lesbian still experience a fair amount of harassment,” he said, “and Indiana in this study, which was done in 2009, did not fare well.”
The campus funded the renovation and the Alumni Association, four individuals in particular, bought new furniture.
Friday afternoon a gathering of students, faculty and supportive alumni attended the “Rainbow Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony” to help celebrate the building’s renovation.
An IU student and the outreach Coordinator of the GLBT Center, Eric Gonzaba said the center is inviting the head researcher of the Gay Lesbian Education Network to speak at their next event.
“He is going to present his findings on a survey he did that showed that nine out of 10 students face harassment,” Gonzaba said.
The GLBT Center opened in this location in 1994 under the late president Myles Brand and former Chancellor Ken Lewis as the primary outreach for GLBT students at IU.