University Renamed Its LGBT Center Because The Label Wasn’t Inclusive Enough
A university changed the name of its LGBT Center after deciding the label wasn’t inclusive enough of all genders and identities.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison renamed its LGBT Center to the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center in an effort to better serve its students who identify with a gender not described by the LGBT label, reported Campus Reform Wednesday.
“The purpose of the name change is to better align with the center’s mission,” stated the press release that notifies the community about the change. “The center continues to serve those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, but also serves many more students who use an array of other language for their own identities and experiences.”
Queer student Simone Williams fully supports the change, explaining the name change validates the notion that minority students will no longer be silenced.
“Changing the name to Gender & Sexuality Campus Center tells students across all identities they can be heard,” she said in the article. “There is a space here that doesn’t require labels or binaries. As culture shifts we must shift.” (RELATED: The Boy Scouts’ March To Inclusivity Is Over, And The Girl Scouts Aren’t Happy)
The move is also part of an effort to stay current and keep up with a growing trend of renaming LGBT centers on college campuses. Duke University and the University of Illinois at Chicago have also changed the names of their LGBT centers. Duke’s LGBT center became the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, while the Chicago university renamed its center to the Gender and Sexuality Center.
The center unveiled its new name at a Rainbow Graduation Ceremony May 9.