RamsPLUS provides safe space

LGBT+ organization prepares for Coming Out Day

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 12, 2018

Photo contributed by RamsPLUS: Students write encourgaing words for other students.

The RamsPLUS group held its weekly meeting in the Centennial Sky Room on Oct. 4 and discussed the organizations goals and purpose.

"We strive to not only provide a safe place for people in the community to come together, but to educate people about the community [about] terms and identities as well as current events and how they relate to LGBT+," Santana Casarez-Davis, current RamsPLUS president, said.

Davis said that the club discusses different topics each week, but the topic always relates back to LGBT+ issues. This past week, the members talked about their lives, played an icebreaker and shared their ideas of what should go into the organization’s constitution.

Freshman Colton Shelly said that this was his third time going to the meetings.

"I wanted to join because it’s a place for me to feel safe and accepted and to connect with people who are the same as I am," Shelly said. "I’m going to continue coming here for as long as I can. I want to make an impact here. We’re in rebuild mode this year, so we really want this organization to get going."

Another freshman, Daniel Jimenez, said that he was the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at his high school, so he wanted to come here because he has ideas from there that he wants to incorporate into the RamsPLUS club.

"I think that RamsPLUS is a very friendly and close environment where we can get to know all different types of people and just have a fun time," Jimenez said. "I think a lot more people should come to this club. It’s a great learning experience; it could help if someone has questions or just wants to know more about the community."

Davis said they are planning to host some other events as well.

"In addition to these meetings, we’re going to be helping out with the Multicultural Center’s Coming Out Day," Davis said.

The event will be on Oct. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the UC and they will hand out flyers that explain who they are and what they do. Davis said they also celebrate Pride Week during the spring semester.

Davis said their main goal for this year is to create a voice for the community.

"This year we just want to let others know that this group is here and we want to be able to say that we are both a prominent presence as well as a permanent presence on campus." Davis said.

RamsPLUS holds a weekly meeting every Thursday in the Centennial Sky Room at 7 p.m., and everyone is welcome to attend.

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