L G B T C a m p u s O r g a n i z i n g
make should be prominently displayed in
your office or at meetings. You may want
to review the guidelines at the start and
end of each meeting.
Remember that you need to do the
ground work in the beginning so that far
ther down the road, you will have some
thing solid to work from.
Here is one suggested oath that is read at
the beginning and the end of one partic
ular university's residence hall lgbt rap.
"Residence Hall Rap is open to people of
all sexual orientations. It is intended to
be a supportive, safe place for all mem
bers. Confidentiality is essential to
ensure that everyone feels comfortable
talking openly, and is particularly impor
tant to those who are just beginning the
coming out process. We ask, therefore,
that everyone who attends the meetings
follow certain basic guidelines. First,
that the names of those who attend should
not be revealed to those outside the
group. Second, that personal events and
information should not be repeated by
anyone other than the person discussing
them, either to members or non mem
bers, outside the meeting or in another
meeting. Third, that members make an
effort to be sensitive to those who may
not be "out" outside the meeting, in leav
ing messages and in public conversa
tions. In addition, we ask that anyone
attending for research announce this at
the beginning of the meeting. Please do
not make assumptions about people
because of their presence and remember
to speak from your own experience."
by Ali Beck, Theater Major, UCLA.
B u i l d i n g a H e a l t h y O r g a n i z a t i o n