Op-Ed Authored by Finley Williams Recent graduate and president of the newly reinvigorated student organization Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Finley Williams, comments on Harvey Milk Day. Williams commented, “With Pride Month coming up next month, I would like to bring attention to a lesser-known day of celebration. Monday, May 22 is known as Harvey Milk Day and is widely celebrated by the LGBTQ+ Community. We use this day to honor his fight for equal rights.” In the 1970s, Milk became the first openly gay elected official in California. He became a symbol of hope and inspiration for the community. Milk tirelessly fought for anti-discrimination laws and better representation, using his platform to raise awareness and mobilize support. Tragically, his life was cut short when he was assassinated on November 27, 1978, but his legacy as a fearless advocate continues to inspire and shape the ongoing fight for equal rights for all. Gay-Straight Alliance, often referred to as GSA, was re-established at NCMC in 2022 to create an accepting environment and a positive outlet for LGBTQ+ students and their supporters. This club is free for all students to join and provides a casual space where students can plan fun activities and support state-wide initiatives that further the education and the equality of the LGBTQ+ community. “Much like Harvey Milk’s advocacy and promotion of equality, I hope that NCMC’s GSA can continue to make a positive impact on students and break down misconceptions about the LGBTQ+ community” said Angela Heins, GSA Staff Advisor. “Our goal is to help everyone feel empowered and proud of who they are!” To learn more about the student-led, Gay-Straight Alliance visit www.ncmissouri.edu/studentlife/ncmc-clubs-organizations, contact Staff Advisor Angela Heins at [email protected], or Faculty Advisor Jim Norris at [email protected]. Photo: (L to R) Willow Tilley, Finley Williams, Robyn Snuffer

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