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Jun 2016

#WeAreOrlando: A Letter and Request from Reaching Out’s Executive Director

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Where were you Saturday night?

I was at my wedding. My husband Shawn and I have been together over 13 years and following last year’s marriage equality ruling, we decided to finally tie the knot. It was a joyous celebration with friends and family. Following the event about 30 of us ended up at a nightclub with our friends and stayed until close.

Luckily I happened to be in California, but I could have been in Orlando and the night might have ended much differently. I still haven’t processed what it means that my wedding will forever be tied to such a callous act towards the LGBT community. Worse yet is the thought that any of us celebrating a night out in such a perceived safe space could have been in a situation like the shooting victims at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

While our thoughts can go to the victims, that’s not enough. Yet it also isn’t productive just to get angry or sad, and many of us are wondering what we can do to help and to heal.

Reaching Out was founded with the simple principle that if we come together as LGBT MBAs (both students and professionals) we hold great power and influence that can impact change. It’s time to give back and use that collective voice to help those from the LGBT community who need support.

With that in mind, we are asking all students and professionals in the Reaching Out network to join us for a donation & Thunderclap campaign to raise money for the victims and their families of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. For those unfamiliar with Thunderclap, it is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks.

Here’s what you need to do:

1)  Make a donation to the Victims the Pulse Shooting Fund

This fund was established by Equality Florida and supported by the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both the Chattanooga and Aurora shootings. All funds will go directly to the victims and families of the shooting.

2)  Sign-up for our Thunderclap campaign & let all our voices be heard collectively on Sunday

It may feel like your voice is lost by itself, but together we can be heard and influence others to add their support.  Let’s show that LGBT MBAs can and will give back to our greater community. On Sunday at 12noon, any social networks you register with will show the following:

“I’m joining LGBT & Ally MBAs around the world in donating to the Pulse Victims Fund #LGBTMBAsGive #WeAreOrlando http://thndr.me/SzcuWg”

Please join us and show that together we can have an impact.

Sincerely,

 

Matt Kidd

Executive Director

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09

Mar 2016

NCAA, It’s Time to #GiveBackIX

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Reaching Out is proud to join a coalition of over 70 LGBTQ, sports, religious, and youth advocacy groups calling on the NCAA to divest from all religious-based institutions who have made Title IX requests to discriminate against LGBTQ youth. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education decided to include protection for transgender students under Title IX, triggering these religious exemption requests from 59 NCAA member institutions on Campus Pride’s #ShameList.

We stand with Campus Pride reminding the NCAA of its core values of integrity, inclusive culture, and sportsmanship. The NCAA should continue its longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion of all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Transgender people already face systemic discrimination and disproportionate rates of poverty, suicide, and murder. Schools that are affiliated with the NCAA should be dedicated to fostering a campus that allows all students to flourish both academically and in co-curricular activities such as athletics.

Along with Campus Pride and the other signatories on the letter to the NCAA President, NCAA Executive Team, and NCAA Board of Governors, Reaching Out is committed to the students at all of our LGBT Club Affiliate schools, and we hope to see movement from the NCAA on this matter soon. It’s time to #GiveBackIX.

10

Nov 2015

LGBT MBA Club Focus: Tepper’s Out&Allied Coming Out Week

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Guest Blog by Jeffrey Loh, President of Carnegie Mellon Tepper’s Out&Allied

As President of Out&Allied the LGBTA club on campus, I’d like to share some of the success that we have had as an MBA community during Coming Out Week. This branded week kicks off with Pink Party, an event where everyone comes decked out in as much pink as they possibly get. My VP of Marketing, Lindsey Ray, had shared the brilliant idea of partnering with Tepper Women of Business as October was also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over 25% of our class showed up to our local neighborhood friendly gay bar 5801 that night!

Throughout Coming Out Week, we aimed to bring awareness to our community every day through e-mails requesting our classmates complete the Friendfactor challenge and Facebook posts about the inequality that LGBT individuals continue to face. 

Finally we end our week of events on Monday with Coming Out Stories where four of us including an Ally staff member, an army vet Ally, and two LGBT members shared their stories of their Coming Out process either about themselves or as Allies. At Tepper, we pride ourselves for being very relationship oriented and community focused. This event strengthens the importance of relationship building as we continue to share some of the stories, we are hoping that we convince more to become more active allies.We wish everyone at our fellow MBA programs a happy Coming Out Day. And for any prospective students that are interested about our community at Out&Allied or the Tepper School of Business, we welcome you! 

We wish everyone at our fellow MBA programs a happy Coming Out Day. And for any prospective students that are interested about our community at Out&Allied or the Tepper School of Business, we welcome you! 

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