Since Suicide, More Resources for Transgender and Gay Students
September 29, 2012
The Brothers of Beta Sigma Chapter at Rutgers University are making their presence make a difference, and getting noticed while they’re at it.
The New York Times interviewed Beta Sigma Chapter members about the improvements made on behalf of members of the LGBT community at the university following the shocking 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a freshman student ridiculed for his sexual orientation.
But today, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters can choose from four specialized housing options, three of them new, ranging from a service to pair them with like-minded roommates to Rainbow Perspectives, a floor in a residence hall organized around common interests. They can now turn for support to the 130 staff and faculty members who have been trained as official campus liaisons, or to the graduates of a new training program for “allies,” whose inaugural session is already booked to capacity. This year’s edition of a handbook that lists campus resources for “queer issues” is 92 pages long.
Robert S. Goopio, the president of Rutgers’s chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, a predominantly gay fraternity, said “the culture might have been different a few years ago.” Since Mr. Clementi’s death, he speculated, “a lot of people who might be homophobic probably won’t say so because of the consequences they can see can happen.”