Missouri State University hosting LGBTQ+ events all month to celebrate heritage month

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 1:32 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Missouri State University is hosting a panel to discuss the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community within the political realm. This is one of many events on the topic this month.

The panelists include politicians and activists out of Jefferson City. Grey Garris, the assistant director of the Resource Center, says he can see the impact of the month and the center on students. Around 150 students a day use the center. And the events help get students connected with the right faculty.

The event is free. It starts tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union room 315. You can also join virtually through MSU’s website.

One Missouri State student shared how much the resource center means to him and other students on campus.

“I feel heard and seen as a member of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Senior, Michael Chapman. “It’s important to not only have a safe space to talk about these events in the history behind them but also to feel seen and heard to discuss how we can improve at the university too.”

The director of the center says he can see and feel the impact it has on its students.

”Having the LGBTQ+ resource center has been massively helpful for students’ willingness to stay part of Missouri State,” said Garris.

“I love being a student at Missouri State University and I think that Missouri State fosters an opportunity to thrive and strive for inclusive excellence,” said Chapman.

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