UC activists host rally for office staffer

Today University of Cincinnati students rallied for a full-time staff person for the LGBTQ Office of the Women’s Center. In a struggle with administration that has been ongoing for years for a proper queer center and staff member, students have finally taken their movement to the administration’s front door: The rally was held on McMicken lawn in front of University Pavilion which holds the president’s and other higher-ups’ offices.

Jac Stringer, founder of UC student group GenderBloc, a radical queer group focusing on trans activism, was master of ceremonies. Three people spoke: A man introduced only as Leland, Zack Michon Neal and Jason Bernstein. 

The speakers focused on the struggle of the queer community and the importance of having a safe space on campus.

The current space is the former storage closet of the Wellness Center and is staffed by a part-time graduate assistant and volunteer. The LGBTQ Office of the Women’s Center is smaller than an average walk-in closet.

The event also bolstered the efforts of the letter drive, a campaign aiming to stuff administrators’ mailboxes with letters urging them to fund a full-time staffer and a larger space.

The rally was sparsely attended, but that is understandable – It was snowing, in April. Students from the queer organizations were there, as well as a few faculty members and staff members of the Women’s Center. All told, the event seemed to raise some awareness, and I am sure the administration took notice. 

Leland speaks at the University of Cincinnati rally for a full-time staff person.

Leland speaks at the University of Cincinnati rally for a full-time LGBT staff person and larger space.

The crowd at the rally.

The crowd at the rally.

JAC Stringer serves as master of ceremonies at the rally.

JAC Stringer serves as master of ceremonies at the rally. Note the snow.

Attendees at the rally pose with their signs.

Attendees at the rally pose with their signs.

Attendees at the rally pose with their signs.

Attendees at the rally pose with their signs.

Rally organizers and attendees pose with a sign.

Rally organizers and attendees pose with a sign.

After the rally, people signed letter to UC administration urging them to fund a full-time staffer for the LGBTQ Office of the Women's Center and a larger space.

After the rally, people signed letters to UC administrators urging them to fund a full-time staffer for the LGBTQ Office of the Women's Center and a larger space.

Below is a video taken of Jason Bernstein’s speech. It pretty much sums up the point of this student movement and was has – or has not – been going on with the administration.

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4 thoughts on “UC activists host rally for office staffer

  1. I am sorry i missed the rally as well. Jason’s speech was really good i am glad i got to hear it.
    Does anyone know where and how I can start signing and helping to circulate letters for the 2nd round of the letter drive?

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