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Students mingle in front of the Spectrum Club's table at the UNLV Involvement Fair (Photo/Wesley Juhl).
Students mingle in front of the Spectrum Club's table at the UNLV Involvement Fair (Photo/Wesley Juhl).

UNLV’s Spectrum Club Marks 30 Years of Campus Pride

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UNLV’s Spectrum club for LGBT students held their first meeting on the second floor of the Student Union at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This year is the student organization’s 30th anniversary, said Spectrum President Kriston Poindexter. Nearly 40 people came to the first meeting, twice the average attendance last semester.

“Spectrum is important to me, so we can establish a queer community on campus,” Poindexter said. “There’s nowhere for LGBT students to go and have a place to call home and a space to be themselves.”

Spectrum Vice President Jerra Strong stressed the significance of visibility for UNLV’s LGBT students.

“I think it’s important to normalize our students,” he said. “People on campus will remember seeing us.”

In addition to regular meetings, the group will host several special events throughout the semester such as National Coming Out Day, traditionally held in October, in conjunction with SODA (Students Organizing Diversity Activities).

They are also planning events for Transgender Day of Remembrance and another big drag show. The group also hosts a biweekly book club, called Reading Rainbow.

“We have our own little socials and community service events,” Poindexter added. “We’re all about activism, education, intersectionality, outreach and youth.”

Spectrum will be marching in the Pride Night Parade downtown Friday for the first time in recent history. They will also have a table at Saturday’s festival at the Government Center. All interested UNLV students are welcome to walk with them. Find UNLV Spectrum on Facebook for more information.

New Horizons, a mixer for LGBT students, is Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Contact reporter Wesley Juhl at wes.juhl@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @WesJuhl.

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