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allyance logoAbout 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. The organization will focus primarily on, but will not limit itself 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.

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Officers & Advisors

Who are the leaders of this organization?

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  • Executive Council, Fall 2011
    • Timothy Williams, President
    • Rachael Geyer, Vice President
    • Amanda Moore, Secretary
    • Samantha Griffith, Treasurer
  • Other Officers, Fall 2011
    • Jeanna Smith, Student Government Representative
    • Kathryn Renyer, Parliamentarian     
  • Committee Chairs, 2011
    • Jo'el Becks, Education and Support
    • Alex Gubser, Planning and Public Relations
  • Advisors/Coordinators
    • Shante Hearst, advisor, Coordinator Multiculturalism & Inclusion (


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.

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Why is the ALLYance important 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.

Bullying and harassment

Consider the following statistics published by Lambda 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.

Suicide and other Mental Health Issues

  • "Like most heterosexual youths, most lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths are healthy individuals who have significant attachments to and make contributions to their families, peers, schools, and religious institutions. However, lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth must also cope with the prejudice, discrimination, and violence in society and, in some cases, in their own families, schools, and communities. Such marginalization negatively affects the health, mental health, and education of those lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people who experience it." -[p. 3]
  • "One result of the isolation and lack of support experienced by some lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is higher rates of emotional distress, suicide attempts, and risky sexual behavior and substance use." -[p. 4]