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"I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers -- only to hope it keeps asking the right questions." -[Grace Hartigan]

Although we cannot provide answers to every issue or question, we do offer the following resources. Be sure to check out our RESOURCES page for a comprehensive list of everything from coming out to local LGBTQ-friendly churches.

If you have a question, please contact us at allyance@moreheadstate.edu, or, you may also consider talking to an Eagle ALLY about these and other issues.


What is the ALLYance? 

The ALLYance is an established group determined to shape the views of those around us through providing resources, education, awareness, and support to Morehead State University students, faculty, and staff and the surrounding community.

We focus focus primarily on issues that releate to sexual orientation, and work toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, questioning/queer, intersexed, asexual and allied (LGBTQQIA) equality throughout the community. The ALLYance is an advocacy organization that envisions an institution where people are ensured of their basic human rights and can be open, honest, and safe.

 


Why is the ALLYance an important organization at Morehead State?

It is very important for Morehead State University to be accepting and open for all members of its community, especially as our largest population includes young adults age 18 to 24. The ALLYance takes a strong stand for visibility, openness, acceptance and support of MSU's GLBT student and employee population.

 


Do I have to be gay to be in the ALLYance?

NO! The ALLYance is an organization at Morehead State whose members include gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their heterosexual allies. Our goal is to promote equality and acceptance and everyone's support is welcome!

 


How many people are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?

Although it is difficult to to give an exact percentage of those who identify as GLBT, the accepted average is currently estimated at 5-10%. However, many feel that this number is inaccurate as many people do not report their orientation in census or polling for data.

It's interesting to realize that at Morehead State University, with enrollment at approximately 9,000 students, even the lower estimate of 10% would mean there are 900 students that are GLBT. Similarly, out of approximately 1,100 employees, that's 110 people. This means that at MSU, we potentially have approximately 1,010 members of our campus community that are invisible to most.

 



Bullying and Harassment

At Morehead State, we have a ZERO TOLERANCE for bullying and harassment. If you experience negative harassment and bullying (even on social networks, such as Facebook and Myspace) and would like to report it, contact the Dean of Students at 606-783-2070 or visit ADUC 211. To view MSU's sexual harassment policy, please view pg. 51-53 in the Eagle Student Handbook.

Consider the following statistics published by Lamda Legal:

  • Five to six percent of American students are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT)— a conservative estimate means there are 2.25 to 2.7 million school-age LGBT youth.
  • Recent studies show the average age for a gay or lesbian youth to come out is now 16-years-old — down from earlier studies showing the average age at 19 to 23 years old.
  • 77.9% heard remarks such as “faggot” or “dyke” frequently or often at school (similar studies have shown that the average high school student hears such epithets 25 times a day);
  • 18.8% heard similar remarks from faculty or school staff at least some of the time;
  • 82.9% reported that faculty or staff never or only sometimes intervened when they were present when such remarks were made. on that basis;
  • 84% personally had been verbally harassed at school (that is, called names or threatened) because of their sexual orientation;
  • 65.3% had been sexually harassed (e.g., inappropriately touched or subjected to sexual comments);
  • 64.3% felt unsafe in their school because of their sexual orientation;
  • 39.1% had been physically harassed (by being shoved or pushed) and 17% had been assaulted (by being punched, kicked or injured with a weapon) at school because of their sexual orientation;
  • 50% of lesbian and bisexual young women reported being verbally harassed.
  • 44.7% of LGBT students of color reported being verbally harassed because of both their sexual orientation and their race or ethnicity;
  • LGBT youth are 7 times more likely than other students to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school.


Christianity vs. Homosexuality

There are many differing views as to the Christianity and homosexuality debate. The ALLYance does not promote one particular religious view over another, but rather encourages each individual to research for themselves and decide what they find to be truth. It is important that both conservative and liberal interpretations do not lead to anger, hurt and resentment toward either side of the issue.

Some resources that may be of help to those questioning their spirituality include:


Sexual Assault / Abuse

It can be difficult to know what to do to help a family member, friend or yourself who has been raped or assaulted. The following resources are available for you or your loved one:


trevor project 2Suicide Prevention

"Suicide rates among L.G.B.T. teens are four times the rate of their straight counterparts." (NYTimes, October 1, 2010)


Each of us, at some point, may have thoughts of suicide. It is important to recognize how you can help someone or yourself, when dealing with feelings of hoplessness.

If you are having thoughts of suicide . . .

Please don't hesitate to call one of the 24/7 helplines listed below OR contact the University Counseling Center (606-783-2123). They are open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F and are located in 112 Allie Young Hall.

If you suspect a friend is having thoughts of suicide . . .

Talk to your RA or hall director immediately. You may also contact the Dean of Students at 606-783-2070. Resources are available to help your friend, and it will be handled in an efficient, compassionate manner.

Resources: