Joe Traigle Speaks at LSU on “LGBTQ History: A View from Baton Rouge”
BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, Oct. 3, the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs’ LGBTQ Project and Safe Space Campaign hosted a guest speaker on campus to mark the beginning of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning, or LGBTQ, History Month. Joe Traigle is, among many other things, a past president of the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; a member of the National Board of Trustees for Public Television for seven years; and the founding chairperson of the Capital City Alliance, an organization working for LGBTQ equality and headquartered in Baton Rouge.
Traigle’s emphasis on the importance of visibility and dialogue between communities fits well with the mission of the LGBTQ Project & Safe Space Campaign to provide educational opportunities; ongoing professional development; and programming for students, staff, faculty and administration to highlight the unique experiences of LGBTQ students and their allies.
As LGBTQ History Month, October includes National Coming Out Day; the anniversary of the first march on Washington by LGBTQ people in 1979; Spirit Day, on which people around the country wear purple in support of LGBTQ youth; Ally Week, a week in which allies against LGBTQ discrimination, harassment and bullying are celebrated; and the anniversary of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard’s murder on Oct. 12, 1998, which sparked the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
The LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs strives to facilitate the academic excellence, personal growth and social experiences of all students with specific commitments to students of color and other traditionally underrepresented groups. Through programming efforts, the staff of OMA coordinates, implements and executes comprehensive educational, cultural and social activities that reflect the cultural diversity LSU has to offer. For more information, visit http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/edco/oma/.