I would like to respond to Eric Zaugg’s letter in the Jan. 29 issue of the Lantern. Mr. Zaugg is incorrect in assuming that Gay Blue Jeans Day was a means of just showing support. This event was scheduled as part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex and Ally Awareness Week. The week’s purpose was to increase awareness of the issues faced by members of our community.Many people were aware of Gay Blue Jeans Day and made the decision to show their support. However, Mr. Zaugg so eloquently pointed out in his letter that many other people wore jeans without realizing the event was taking place.We decided upon blue jeans specifically because they are common. Many students put blue jeans on in the morning and give it no more thought. Unfortunately, just as easily as it is to wear blue jeans, one can be unaware of the gay, lesbian, or bisexual students on this campus and the difficulties they face. But last Wednesday, those knowing about Gay Blue Jeans Day were forced to become aware of something that usually isn’t even thought about.For those that didn’t know about Gay Blue Jeans Day at the time it occurred, the effects of it continue on even now. With every letter written and every protest made with regard to our event, an ever-increasing number of people are forced to make a choice. If one had known about the event in advance, would they have chosen to wear blue jeans or not? Ultimately, the question to be answered is this: Do you stand up and show your supports for our community by being an ally and wearing blue jeans? Or would you rather keep quiet and protest our fight to end discrimination and unequal rights by wearing khaki pants? Either way, the purpose of Gay Blue Jeans Day and Awareness Week has been served.
Grant A. Wright, Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance council member, psychology
Source: The Lantern