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'Support Love' week educates, celebrates acceptance
Justine Agaloos
Antelope Staff
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Members of QSA sold their 'Support Love' shirts in the student union for students to wear today. Since beginning to sell them, QSA has sold over 200 shirts.

Queer Straight Alliance, an on-campus gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) friendly organization, hosted its annual “Support Love” week Feb. 2. “Support Love” week celebrates the acceptance of all individuals regardless of their orientation. The week focuses on educational value to help promote a better understanding of the GLBTQ community to others.

“Even if people don’t feel comfortable about Support Love week, it’s an educational week. QSA is not trying to change people’s views, we are just trying to get information out there so people can start looking into their own beliefs and have better understanding,” said Cristianne Palmer, vice president of QSA.

On Tuesday the members of QSA distributed their “Support Love” shirts so the next day, people could wear them in honor of friends, family members or individuals who are part of the community. The members of QSA have sold over 200 shirts in the past and have even distributed them outside the state of Nebraska. The states include Kansas, Montana and South Dakota.

QSA had their annual Pink Triangle Training in the Ponderosa Room of the student union. The Pink Triangle Training was hosted by Dr. Matthew Mims and provided quality awareness training and consultancy on sexual orientation issues. Training helps break down barriers and prevents and/or addresses discrimination or harassment on the subject of sexual orientation. Pink Triangle Training was on Feb. 2 and had two training sessions at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The members of QSA decided on the name “Queer Straight Alliance” instead of “Gay Straight Alliance” because they wanted to show the word “Queer” is a connotation people should not fear. The number of QSA members has doubled in size since it started in fall 2008. Queer Straight Alliance has their weekly meetings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Martin Hall lounge where they keep the names of the members confidential. For more information please visit www.qsaatunk.awardspace.com or e-mail palmercs@unk.edu.


Reporter Justine Agaloos
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