Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.
While on Facebook I saw my friend Andrew Tran’s profile picture changed to this:
I was even more shocked to find out that it happened Friday night. On MY campus. I know that this past week was Intersex Awareness Week so that may have prompted the vandalism. Andrew said this time around last year their flag was stolen.
More photos courtesy of Cameron de Leon
A message was sent through the LBGTRC FB group from the director Sheri Atkinson Saturday night:
To the Campus Community,
We will take what was intended to hurt us
On the night of February 26th the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center experienced acts of vandalism. The entrance to the LGBTRC was defaced with derogatory and hateful words that target the Queer community.
This vicious hate crime demonstrates the need for community centers like ours to exist in order to offer a safe space on campus and combat the homophobia, discrimination, and hate that is still prevalent within our society.
As a center we wanted not to immediately remove the vandalism in order to ensure that this hate crime does not go unnoticed by the campus community. Facilities and administration offered to clean it up immediately but we wanted to take this opportunity to educate the campus about struggles that our community continues to face. We feel it is easier to erase physical representations of violence than to heal from the ongoing impacts of this hatred. Erasing it makes it possible to avoid believing these things happen on our campus. We want to work towards a healing resolution.
The center will resume regular hours on Monday March 1st, from 9am -5pm. We will also be offering a town hall for the community to come together and express any concerns to collectively decide what actions should take place in the future.
The town hall will take place Monday, March 1st, at 5:30 pm at Regan Main (in the Segundo Dorm area). *Now ARC Ballroom
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is here to provide a large range of services for the campus community. In times like these, our presence on campus continues to be of the utmost importance. We have staff available to provide support, including a community counselor, who students can speak to. We know that homophobia is still common in our society and our role is to continue to provide the necessary support and education on campus and in the community. Check our website for a full listing our resources:lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu
I am glad to say Ericka So was able to report this incident after corresponding around midnight with my AggieTV teammates. The news never sleeps.
I am just in disbelief that stuff like this still happens and I am glad that they did leave it up so it would not go unnoticed. I hope to see in my lifetime an end to this.