A Safe Space Supports Inclusivity

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AfreketeAfrekete is all about supporting inclusivity. We strive to create a safe space on the campus of Spelman College for women of color who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual/allies community.   As an organization, we  encourage individuals to come as they are without judgmental reigns and to understand the issues that they are faced with every day.

To support inclusivity on Spelman’s campus, we have many initiatives and events. On Oct. 11, 2013, we will host our inaugural Safe Space Day to kickoff the 43rd Annual Pride Festival. Everyone in the Atlanta University Center is invited to Lower Manley for food, music, and games to celebrate the LGBTQIA community. Students will have the opportunity to speak, discuss common issues, and share experiences about being queer. To end Pride Weekend, Afrekete will make its first appearance in the Pride Parade at Piedmont Park on Oct. 13, 2013, beginning 1 p.m.

Formerly known as the Lesbian/Bisexual Alliance in the 1990s, Afrekete was founded as an activist group in the AUC Center that was chartered at Spelman to provide a foundation of support and resources for women who expressed interest in a lesbian/bisexual alliance.

The name Afrekete is derived from a character in writer Audre Lorde’s autobiography “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name,” which explores developing a vivid understanding of self-identity. Based in Lorde’s theme, our mission is to foster dialogue that promotes consciousness, particularly around the intersections of race, sexuality and gender identities.

To participate in these important conversations, please join us for our biweekly meetings on Thursdays beginning Oct. 10, 2013, in the Women’s Resource and Research Center from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Please join us for  our upcoming activities: We hope you will join us for an exciting year. .

Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m.: Same Love, Same Rights’ Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo. There will be dozens of gay-friendly exhibitors, eager to help you and your fiancée plan the ceremony of your dreams.

Nov.14: Afrekete will present “Coming Out Monologues,” a production for the LGBTQIA community to share their experiences as a queer or an ally.

Fall: Information Session: Raising the Rainbow Flag on Campus for Coming Out Day 2014.

Fall: Road Map to an LGBT Friendly Campus.

Spring: Day of Silence, to pay tribute to LGBTQIA individuals who were killed or committed suicide after continuously being bullied.

Spring: Know your Rights! Information session on LGBTQIA rights and restrictions.

Spring: LGBT Equality & Justice Day: Meet with your legislators and advocate for protections for transgender and gender nonconforming Georgians.

Spring: National Immigration Day of Action, leading LGBT advocacy organizations stand in solidarity.

Spring: Gay Disney. Gay Days Orlando, the first weekend in June each year, attracts more than 160,000 from around the world to the central Florida, June 3-9, 2014. – Danyelle Carter, C’2014, and Qadeerah Sharif, C’2015, serve as social media and public relations coordinators for Afrekete.

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