LGBTQA series provides students with community support, safe space

Harmonee Fowler/Contributing Writer

The month of April is Pride month for FIU and this past week, April 7 marked the final day of the 3D series.

It is an event dedicated twice a year to teach students the intersectionality of their identities and brings the students in the LGBT community together to help them learn about themselves.

This two-day event was targeted towards people who struggle to find or accept themselves for who they are while sharing their experiences – not only about the LGBT community, but also about other issues.

During this event, director Mario Lara explained further what this gathering was about. This 3D series stands for ‘Dine, Discuss, and Delivery’. At each event they discussed different topics such as: human trafficking, domestic violence, while not excluding abuse among same-sex couples, as well as equality. But more than anything, they discussed how to be prideful in who they are as people, despite how much the world shames them in doing so.

This event branches off the LGBT initiative and speaks on how our social identities are intertwined with each other. According to assistant director Marissa Lucchesi, this event allows people to talk about things with others going through similar situations with complete confidentiality. During this three-hour session, they covered topics that they wouldn’t be able to entrust or share with others very easily.

Sitting among others who silently harbor comparable circumstances, these students are allowed to be open with one another, while meeting new people along the way that share the same struggle; in the midst of this you will find that everyone has a story to tell and that there’s no shame in doing just that.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until next year for the upcoming event to arrive to finally be among like-minded people.

“There are resources on campus that can help… including mentors that are willing to have this conversation with you and your friends,” said Lucchesi.

She also suggest the alternatives to lighten any hardships.

“Put yourself in challenges that have you think critically,” Lucchesi said.

When you’re challenged, there are usually two choices: remain where you are or acknowledge your challenges head on. Stepping out of your comfort zone could also play a part in learning about yourself, if you allow it.

“Educating ourselves is an important step in overcoming this struggle. Learn about yourself [and] what you stand for and the purpose of the community,” said Lara.

Lara also said to, “strive to help people understand the importance of your work, while realizing that in helping others, you also soothe the aching in yourself.”

Despite the shortness of this event, much can be taken from it. While striving to be a better individual, this event points out ways that you can be a better advocate for the community, not only as a member of the LGBTQA community, but also as an ally.

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