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these charities, which were frozen, despite t
be allocated to other charities with known f
similar missions. So far, however, to come
this request has not been fulfilled. said LSA
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encouraging all organizations to be join the1
more transparent ... and try to show a power
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are beginning to make such efforts, to remer
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does not conduct background checks co-spons
for small donors, it does for larger crats -a
ones. "We have to know them for the Coll
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eatly admired his courage
ng out publicly at our rally,
he fact that he is such a well-
igure on campus and had yet
out to all of his colleagues,"
A senior Brian Hull, co-chair
LGBT Commission of MSA.
like Prof. Williams make our
ty an exciting place to earn
e, and to have him publicly
LGBT community with such
ful speech as he did, it made
ional Coming Out Week one
oming out was not the only
dressed at the rally. One event
sored by the Stonewall Demo-
a campus LGBT group within
Jege Democrats - provided
nal literature regarding Pro-
a ballot initiative seeking to
amend the state constitution to ban
gay marriage and similar unions.
"We want to get the word out about
Proposal 2 and the Kerry-Edwards
campaign," said LSA senior Andrea
KnitteL co-chair of the Stonewall
Democrats, who opposes the proposal.
"(Proposal 2) is very vague. We don't
know how far it will go, but definitely
beyond defining marriage."
Foula Dimopoulos, a Social Work
alum and community advocate for
LGBT issues, told the audience to act
in opposition to the amendment. "At
this crossroad, we have an opportu-
nity to declare what we desire in out
communities and on campus," Dimo-
Campus visibility was another
theme supported by both speakers and
rally attendees. Many took advantage
of free buttons, rainbow ribbons and
Kerry-Edwards signs provided by the
Stonewall Democrats and other spon-
"I came out to see if any of my stu-
dents were here, and to let them see
their instructor is queer," said Holly
Burmeister, a graduate student in Eng-
lish. "It is important for faculty and
instructors, when they are able to be
out, to create a more inclusive atmo-
sphere of student comfort,"
LSA senior Meghan Jarpe said
LGBT events on campus are often
lightly attended. "I'm here as a part of
the queer community, just to be sup-
portive. I always wish there were more
people at these events, so it's my obli-
gation to go," she said.
The rally earned the praise of both
participants and organizers, and pro-
vided a show of support for the recog-
nition of National Coming Out Week.
"We had a great crowd gather and
I believe that the rally did succeed in
bringing more visibility to campus for
LGBTQ issues," Garrett said. "It also
celebrated who we are as LGBTQ peo-
ple and allies. My favorite part of the
rally is always the tradition of coming
through the closet door to come out
publicly. I think this is a great sym-
bolic act that can be very empowering
for its participants."
LGBT advocate Jamison Green
will keynote speaker for National
Coming Out Day. Green is interna-
tionally respected for his work with
transgender people and advocacy on
LGBT issues. Green published this
year his book "Becoming a Visible
Man," which addresses the auto-
biographical experience of being a
female-to-male transsexual and the
struggles of opposing social and
The keynote speech takes place
today at 7 p.m. in Hutchins Hall.
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community. Reed said, "While I do not
want to overstate how much impact these
scholarships have on overall society, the
fact that they are there says something
about pop culture and the social climate.
It acknowledges that LGBT people exist
and that they have some value to soci-
The University's lesbian and gay
alumni society, UMGALAS, offers two
scholarships: the Detroit Eagle Gay Com-
munity and the Jim Toy Scholarship. Both
award SI1,000 per semester to a single
recipient who has demonstrated leader-
ship, support or involvement in activities
associated with the gay community.
The UMGALAS scholarships, which
started in the early 1990s, receive an
average of five applicants per semester,
according to the University's office of
Rackham and Social Work student
Carla Pfeffer received the two scholar-
ships last year. Her involvement in vari-
ous University LGBT rallies, activities
and student organizations made her a
qualified candidate for the award. "Where
I grew up, there wasn't an active gay com-
munity. People were closeted and segre-
gated. When I came to Ann Arbor, I met a
group of people who had similar political
interests as I did and so I decided to net-
work with the community," said Pfeffer,
who describes herself as queer.
She added that these scholarships are a
good way of recognizing students' efforts
in raising awareness of LGBT concerns.
"It might be difficult to get other schol-
arships because our involvement means
we may not have time to take part in other
types of extracurricular activities," Pfef-
She said such scholarships also allow
gay students to confidently list their full
range of activities without fear of feeling
- or making others feel -- uncom fort-
Hsu, who received four other scholar-
ships not affiliated with LGBT affairs,
including the Michigan Merit Scholar-
ship and the University Regents Scholar-
ship, expressed similar sentiments.
"Although I never felt it was a big issue,
I was careful about disclosing my sexual-
ity to some other agencies. While being
gay is something that 1 identify with, I do
not define myself by it," tisu said. "What
I did was to choose to emphasize different
aspects of my life when applying for vari-
ous scholarships. It is more important to
focus on academic achievements."
While scholarships which offer one
time grants may help offset the cost of
books and living expenses, students
looking for complete sponsorship should
apply to nationwide organizations such
as Parents, Families and Friends of Les-
bians and Gays and The Point Founda-
tion. The Point Foundation, the nation's
first LGBT scholarship organization, has
invested nearly $1 million in scholarships
since it began in 2001. PFLAG, a 31-year-
old organization that started its national
scholarship program last year, aims to
provide support for students who have
been discriminated against because of
their sexual orientation or because of their
support for their gay friends. PFLAG
received 255 applications this year and
awarded 25 scholarships, with values
ranging from $1,000 to complete tuition
PFLAG Executive Director Ron
Schlittler said, "These students will final-
ly know that they can be accepted and
rewarded for their achievements without
being ashamed of who they are."
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