I was wondering which one of our Texas HBCU’s was going to open an on campus LGBTQ Center, and looks like Prairie View A&M University has the honor of doing so.
There are 105 HBCU in the United States, and yesterday PVAMU became only the fifth HBCU to open an on campus LGBTQ center, and the first in Texas and the SWAC to do so.
They also opened their new LGBTQ center during PVAMU’s Homecoming Week.
The new LGBTQ Center is located in May Hall in Room 125 on the north side of the PVAMU campus, which also houses the PVAMU Multicultural Center.
It’s past time that HBCU’s recognize the fact that TBLGQ students have always been and currently are matriculating on their campuses. Far too often that has been done in silence, and TBLGQ students have unique issues that need to be addressed in order for them to successfully navigate college life.
If TBLGQ students are able to come out and have the support they need, that increases their chances of successfully completing their education in addition to their GPA’s.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of attending along with Nikki Araguz Loyd and Meagan Gillett the PVAMU graduation of a trans feminine student who got that paper despite having some at times challenging moments getting her collegiate education.
The LGBTQ Centers also help educate others about the issues that TBLGQ students deal with, and facilitate introductions to trailblazers and leaders in our area TBLGQ community like Houston Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board chair Harrison Homer Guy, who also happens to be a proud PVAMU Panther alum.
Congrats to PVAMU for opening this center. Hope I get the honor and pleasure of visiting it soon.
TransGriot Note: Thanks to Harrison Homer Guy for the news tip concerning this historic event!