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C O M M U N i T Y WSSU becomes gay-friendlier Board of Trustees includes LGBT community in non-discrimination policy by Layla Farmer . The Chronicle The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Board of Trustees has voted to include sexual orientation among the protect ed groups of individuals in university policies. The unanimous vote took place March 20. WSSU became one of the last institutions in the University of North Carolina (UNC) sys tem to pass such a measure. Designating sexual orientation as a pro tected class allows members of the LGBT community to be free from discrimination based on their sexuality. “It was a matter of dignity and respect,” said Board Chair Nigel Alston. “Everyone deserves that, and to a degree, that’s what the action of approving the policy did.” It is an important step in the university’s history, says WSSU’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer Edward Hanes Jr. “This was a very good thing for the univer- sit)^’ stated Hanes, who has been'working to make sexual orientation a protected class since he came to WSSU in 2005. “The stance taken by the chancellor and the Board of Trustees that an individual’s sexual orientation.. .is not rele vant to educational and employment decisions is very consistent with the University’s endow ing tenants of adequation and receptiveness.” Adopting policies that guard against dis crimination based on sexual orientation has become something of a recent trend at histori cally black institutions in the UNC system in recent years, Hanes reported. “When we first started looking at this three years ago, none of the HBCUs (in North Carolina) had adopted this policyr he related. “However, as I was looking at HBCUs across this country, I saw this was an opportunity for Winston-Salem State to lead.” Although Hanes said that some LGBT stu dents and staff members have told him of instances of harassment and discrimination on campus, he received no formal opposition when he asked that the provision be considered by the Board. He credits Chancellor Donald Reaves with helping to make the process smooth. “Oftentimes, the attitude of leadership sets the course (for an organization)^ he noted. “Reaves was very open to the conversation when we had it.” Hanes says sexual orientation is not cur rently recognized as a protected class by the state or federal governments, so the policy carries little weight outside the confines of the see LGBT community on 14 lOth media campaign launched ‘G(^ rights are civil rights’AFFA says by Matt Comer . Q-Notes staff The Charleston, S.C.-based group Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) has begun its 10th to highlight its straightforward declaration: “Gay Rights are Civil Rights.” The group is challenging South Carolinians to “recognize the LGBT move ment as an intrinsic part of the historical struggle for human rights, such as those © AFFA will run this billboard in two locations for a total of 12 weeks. year of media messaging. The group plans on using a variety of media outlets and mediums related to race, gender, disability, and age>” a press release said. Warren Redman-Gress,AFFAs executive director, told Q-Notes that his group will be using newspaper, radio, TV and billboard advertising in its media campaign. They’ll also be turning to new media to help spread the word. “We are also setting up viral messaging through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter,” he said. “We have an intern from the College of Charleston who is compiling 30-second street interviews asking people why they believe gay rights are civil rights. They will be up on YouTube in two weeks.” The campaign began in early April. Its total projected cost is $20,000, with the bulk of funds going toward two 12-week billboard ads. “I am fortunate to have a great board with a creative finance committee who work hard at fundraising,” Redman-Gress said. I info: The Hide'-A-Way of Rock Hill, S.C. 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