AC Allies: LGBTQ+

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Lee Ann Pelletier

Assumption College is our home. Everyone has their own space where they can feel comfortable and impact the school community. For some, this place exists in Assumption College Allies.

AC Allies is a club for anyone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer community and allies.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Tinsley next to the Chapel. AC Allies is a student-run organization under Campus Ministry, with Paul Covino serving as the group’s faculty mentor.

“One of the things that has been a great consolation in working with AC Allies is the sentiment expressed by the students in the group that they feel accepted on our campus,” said Covino,

When Covino became the director of Campus Ministry in 2014, he was happy to hear that he would be the advisor of AC Allies.

“I was happy to be associated with a group whose primary focus is rooted in the belief that each person is a child of God endowed with human dignity. This is fundamental to Catholic moral theology and Catholic social teaching and, thus, to our mission as a Catholic and Assumptionist college,” said Covino.

AC Allies is a great way to make friends and interact with the Assumption College community.

“I joined AC Allies in order to promote an environment where other students of the LGBTQ community can feel comfortable, and to establish new friendships of my own,” said sophomore Isobelle Ives, the Allies secretary.

Other student leaders include President Jurnee Serating-Ware, Vice President John Magnuson (2016) and Treasurer Cassandra Schultz (2017).

Past events have included collaborations with Peers Advocating Wellness for Students and Campus Activities Board.

The Second Annual LGBTQ Rendezvous was held in October to honor the official LGBTQ history month. Impactful figures and laws, such as Harvey Milk and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were discussed. Poetry readings, a performance by Hound Sound, and celebrity guessing games were also played.

AC Allies also participated in PAW’s Take Back the Night, a blue-lights walk around campus that talked about sexual violence.

AC Allies is ready for the spring semester with a lot of fun events that the whole campus can take part in, such as Date Night in conjunction with Peer Ministry, a healthy relationship presentation, and a “donut be afraid to ask” table where students can ask questions about LGBTQ life. A “You Can Play” video is also in the making, highlighting the inclusivity of sports teams around Campus.

AC Allies looks forward to the rest of the year and welcomes any new members.

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