Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds announced at a community meeting Wednesday night the development of new resources for BGLTQ students at Harvard, including the establishment of a full-time staff person and campus space dedicated to the BGLTQ community.
Several alleged hate crimes targeting LGBT individuals on campus have called into question the level of tolerance at Harvard—generally touted as a liberal haven accepting of people of all identities and backgrounds—and the administration’s ability to adequately address these issues.
After conducting an investigation in response to a recent police report that 36 books treating LGBT topics had been damaged with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library last month, the University determined Monday morning that the incident was an accident and will no longer be treated as a hate crime, according to a statement sent from College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds to the Harvard community on Monday.
Though the damage of 36 LGBT-related books in Lamont Library is no longer being characterized as a hate crime, the incident has brought to light the issue of homophobia on campus and left the LGBT community at Harvard feeling confused and frustrated.
After conducting an investigation in reponse to a recent police report that 36 books treating LGBT topics had been damaged with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library last month, the University determined Monday morning that the incident was an accident and will no longer be treated as a hate crime, according to a statement sent from College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds to the Harvard community on Monday.
Last night’s World AIDS Day Rally took both a commemorative and a political tone as more than 100 people gathered in the Boston Common gazebo to honor the millions of lives that have been lost to the disease and to advocate for further funding and support for health care across the globe.
Following yesterday’s release of a Pentagon report on gay and lesbian service members in the military, members of the Harvard College Democrats and Harvard College Queer Students and Allies gathered to discuss the possible impact of the report on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and Harvard’s current ban on the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Hoping to house the Queer Resource Center in a more visible place than its Thayer basement location, LGBT students, allies, and other Harvard affiliates crammed into roughly 380 square foot area outlined on the Science Center lawn to demonstrate that the only LGBT-specific space on campus cannot contain the students it aims to serve.
“Sustained Dialogue is a student-led initiative to help people become aware of the campus’s social climate and challenge it,” says Cintron-Arroyo, who is also an intern at The Harvard Foundation. “We aim to break down barriers that people are often uncomfortable approaching.”
With the aim of addressing the intersection of religious and queer identities, Harvard Jewish Law Students Association and BAGELS, the undergraduate Jewish LGBT group, teamed up to host a talk last night given by Doctor Norman P. Spack, who works with transgender children.