Lambda society shines light on LGBTQ+ community issues

Mone’t Dixon never knew the difference between a bisexual and a pansexual.

However, the senior education major isn’t the only one who has questions about the diverse LGBTQ+ community.

In a society where people are struggling for acceptance and respect every day, the LGBTQ+ community is still not openly discussed.

Thus, people like Dixon are often left with hanging questions.

“Q&A Panel: Queers with Answers” was organized by the ULM Lambda Society.

It was aimed to clear misconceptions about different gender/sexual identities by allowing students to ask questions anonymously.

The organization aims to eradicate transphobia and homophobia through education.

According to Emilee Mullins, vice president of the Lambda Society, the event allowed attendees to ask questions that they really wanted to know about the LGBTQ+ community.

The six panel members represented transgender, pansexual, asexual and other aspects of the LGBTQ+ society.

“Some are obviously more knowledgeable about their identity, such as being homosexual or transgendered, but they may know nothing about asexuality or being gender fluid and the issues that coincide with that and vice versa,” said Mullins, a junior kinesiology major.

Mullins has been advocating for the LGBTQ+ community for around five years and said she is still in the process of learning more about the diverse community.

Questions ranged from “Where do you get your fashion inspiration?” to “How and when did you know you were gay?” and “What is the challenge that you face being gay at ULM?”

Panelists answered the questions using their personal experiences.

More than half of them shared that the restrooms on campus, as well as the ones off campus, weren’t very LGBTQ+ friendly.

The Q&A session provided an insight on youths of the LGBTQ+ community who struggle for acceptance/ respect while handling busy college lives like any other student.

Dixon found a new level of respect for the LGBTQ+ after the event.

“We speak so much on diversity and equality, and the LGBTQ+ is sometimes overlooked or talked down,” Dixon said.

“It [the event] gives everyone the chance to learn something new, interact and ultimately be able to say ‘everyone has their differences, but those differences shouldn’t affect how others view or treat them, including myself.”

Lambda Society’s next event is set for November.

The upcoming event will focus on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.