March 3rd-7th is Ally Week here at Utica College! Throughout the week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), the Gay-Straight Alliance will be posted outside the caf from 12-2 pm. There, you can find a photoshoot area, complete with rainbow flag, where you can take your very own “No H8” picture.
(My own “No H8” ally picture.)
The concept of the photoshoot comes from the successful campaign venture started in California by the No H8 Organization in protest of “Proposition 8.” Proposition 8 was a state constitutional amendment by the state of California which many felt violated the rights of LGBTQIA individuals. The proposition was passed in 2008, and then ruled unconstitutional in 2010. Despite the proposition no longer being relevant, the idea behind the campaign still remains valid: Equality.
(No H8 supporters, Francis S. Bartkowiak and Georgie Archundia)
The club encourages EVERYONE to come out and show your support; support for the equality of ALL people. The emphasis is on “Ally” week, however, and if you are an individual that identifies as straight, you are equally encouraged to come take a picture!
(Karita Rawlins, Courtney Hryniowski, and Me: Straight Allies)
(Jesse Haggerty, Proud GSA Member)
So come on out this week (March 3rd-7th) and help encourage people to love, and live, freely.