2:17 p.m., March 6, 2013

Across All Lines seeks change

Members of the Across All Lines club of Laramie County Community College, realizing the importance of educating their peers on issues surrounding the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, traveled to Atlanta Georgia for their second Creating Change conference Jan 22–27. This conference offered seminars and classes that taught individuals how to educate others in order to both promote understanding and prevent discrimination of the LGBT community.

Mary Aragon, the club’s adviser, said the group is always looking for new ways to bring diversity to the LCCC campus as well as to educate the LCCC community about these issues.

Aragon, the club president A.J. McDaniel, the club secretary Jennifer Mumaugh, and club member Samantha Logan all attended the six-day conference. The conference activities covered a variety of topics that participants could attend based on what they wanted to learn more about, Aragon said. Because transgender students are in the club, Aragon attended a lot of presentations about transgender people and issues faced by the transgender population as well as how to deal with particular situations.

Aragon said she hoped the group will be able to attend future Creating Change conferences, but it would depend on their fundraising ability.

Aragon said the general message of the conference is to continue to educate communities about LGBT issues and to stop discrimination based on those issues.

Aragon said it was important for LCCC to be educated on LGBT issues because LGBT students at LCCC deal with discrimination and being bullied, adding they have the right to an education as much as everyone else.

Aragon said she has seen mixed emotions about LGBT issues on the LCCC campus. She said at events the Across All Lines club has held she witnessed homophobic comments as well as see those who support the LGBT community.

Aragon said she hoped to continue to educate the LCCC community and others about LGBT issues. “Education is the best way, rather than discrimination.”

When: The club meets Thursday evenings in the College Community Center, Room 179 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Who: Anyone can join the club by attending one of the meetings. To join or to contact club adviser Mary Aragon, call 307-778-1388.
Fees: There are no membership fees.
Contact: Anyone interested can contact Aragon at maragon@lccc.wy.edu or AJ McDaniel at huskermama21@yahoo.com.
Officers: The club president is McDaniel, and the secretary/treasurer is Jennifer Mumaugh. The vice president position is currently vacant.
Purpose: Across All Lines is dedicated to raising awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through education, activism and community service to begin breaking down the stereotypes prevalent toward the LGBT community, Aragon said. The club strives to “make the Laramie County Community College campus as well as the wider state as a whole a safer place for peoples of all diverse backgrounds,” she added. “As the name implies, we reach across all lines. This means the organization welcomes everyone including members of the wider community and straight allies.”
FYI: The club is currently planning for the National Day of Silence on April 19 and looking into a possible collaboration with a Fort Collins’ group to present an anti bullying program.