Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Troy Brooks appreciates student organizations making an effort to support diversity on campus.

A series of speakers and events are taking place this month at Indiana University Kokomo in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) History Month.

Brooks, an openly gay senior, believes that students should learn to accept people who are different than them.

"A person should never have to be afraid to be themselves," Brooks said. "They shouldn't be fearful of how others might treat them, or be forced to feel like they have to tiptoe around, limit their lives and experiences, because of other people's reactions."

Student organizations like the Student Union Board (SUB) and Cougar Advocates for Diversity (CAD) are hosting events to bring awareness and celebration of LGBT History Month.

"I think it is extremely important to promote diversity on campus, not just for LGBT purposes, but also of all religions, ethnicities, faiths, and backgrounds," said Brooks.

Allison Percival, alumna, said although she had a positive experience as a gay student, it is important to educate others about all kinds of people.

"It is always positive to expose more people to a better understanding of gay students," she said.

Gay and lesbian celebrities are featured on signs and flyers around campus highlighting upcoming LGBT events, including poet and lecturer Katie Wirsing, October 17, at 2:30 p.m., and comedian Chris Doucette, October 23, at 12 p.m. Both events will take place in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130, and are free and open to the public. In addition, CAD hosted a speaker from the Indiana Youth Group, who answered questions related to the LGBT community and shared tips on how to be an ally.

For more information about campus events, visit the homepage of the IU Kokomo website at iuk.edu.

Story written by Sofia Stout. Sofia is an intern for the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.