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May 13, 1988 - Image 5

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1988-05-13

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'U' fliers oppose
anti-gay bigotry
BY VERONICA WOOLRIDGE
A new hot pink and black "Tell Someone" poster affixed around
University buildings encourages people to speak up about harassment
based onsexual orientation.
The University has sent 2,550 copies of the posters to University
departments and academic units this spring. They are the newest addi-
tion to the "Tell Someone" series, which highlights University policy
on discriminatory acts based on race, sex, and now sexual orientation.
"I am glad to see the University is doing something publicly to stop
discrimination," said recent LSA graduate Carol Wayman, a member of
the Lesbian and Gay Rights Organizing Committee (LaGROC). The
posters should make people more aware that the University does not
publicly condone discrimination based on sexual orientation, she said.
MEMBERS of LaGROC and the University's Lesbian and Gay
Male Programs Office said they consider the posters an encouraging
step toward achieving their longtime goal of amending University anti-
discrimination bylaw 14.06 to prohibit discrimination against lesbians
and gay males.
The bylaw currently prohibits discrimination based on "race, sex,
color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status,
handicap, or Vietnam-era veteran status."
Jim Toy, a student services associate in the Student Counseling Of-
fice, said people on campus are now more conscious of discrimination
because of sexual orientation. Many have called LaGROC to say they
are heartened and encouraged by the posters, he said.
The posters, however, have had a controversial wall life. They say
"please post" on the upper left comer, but units are under no official
obligation to post. Some units have requested more posters because
theirs were torn or taken down, Toy said.
A SEXUAL ORIENTATION task force, working out of the
office of Affirmative Action, collaborated with LaGROC and the Les-
bian and Gay Male Programs office to design and write the poster. Toy
said the number of organizations that contributed to the poster's design
and content made it a "better poster," despite the time involved.
Recent LSA graduate Alicia Lucksted, a member of LaGROC, said,
"Working on getting the poster accepted took a really long time and
was quite frustrating." She said the idea for a poster was first conceived
during winter, 1987, with the intent of releasing them the following
fall.
But the Office of Affirmative Action delayed work on the poster last
fall until the Lesbian and Gay Male Programs office was legally autho-
rized to offer confidential counseling, said Director of Affirmative Ac-
tion Virginia Nordby.
we're going to present to the state,"
Vienahe said. "No one is here." He said
that the event was scheduled on a bad
Continued from Page 3 day, because most students aren't on
Tackett, a Vietnam veteran, has campus.
spent the last five years garnering DOLGON, however, said that
support in Michigan for a statewide the holiday was planned for May 7
holiday honoring Vietnam vets, after because it commemorates the day
which he plans to work for a na- when former President Gerald Ford
tionwide holiday. Last Saturday's signed documents to bring home the
holiday, he has said, is a significant last soldiers from Vietnam. Dolgon
step toward achieving such a goal. said MSA postered malls and shop-
RACKHAM graduate student ping centers and had radio stations
Corey Dolgon, an MSA representa- announce the event the week before.
tive who helped plan the event, said Speaker Mary Wise, director of
- the festival was held to recognize the Michigan State Memorial for
that Vietnam veterans should be Vietnam Veterans, criticized Univer-
welcomed back into society, and to sity officials because she said they
question American foreign policy. did not participate in the event.
Future generations have to re- "They should have rolled out the
member what happened in the past fucking red carpet for this," Wise
so we don't repeat it," Dolgon said, said
referring to situations in Angola and But Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Honduras. Arbor) said he was at the plaza "for a
5 Despite a light turnout early in short time" during the holiday,
the day, about 250 people stopped addiig that he supports the planners'
their bikes, laid out blankets, or sat all for a national Vietnam holiday.
on nearby benches to check out the Between speakers, the audience
live bands and speakers as the day listened to local bands such as the
went on. Iodine Raincoats, Martin and the
One veteran at the event, who Kites, and the Holy Cows, and
asked that his name not be used, filled out more than 300 postcards to
criticized the degree to which MSA Governor James Blanchard support-
publicized the event. "It was sup- ing statewide recognition of the hol-
posed to be a major heyday that iday.

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