A   C o m p r e h e n s i v e   M a n u a l
differences among us as a group of gay
each represented on the steering commit 
men or lesbians.  It is very important for
tee or board.  Often people want to be
us to support our visible leaders, (offering
with others just like them for greater safe 
appreciation in greater amounts than con 
ty and mutual understanding.  While as
structive criticism), and not trash them.
lgbt people you all may have much in
common, the differences often get over 
What You Can Do
looked.  If you set up sub groups, such as
In addition to the above brief examples of
an all women's group, a group for les 
specific things you can do to assist people
bians, gays, and bisexuals of color, bisex 
from different groups to feel welcome,
uals only, gay men or transgender folks,
there are some general strategies that can
people's needs for being separate and
help improve inclusiveness and diversity
together can both get met.
from all groups.  Because the issues of
oppression discussed above are not just
Varied Programming
interpersonal problems, but institutional 
It is important to sponsor events and
ized as well, a variety of strategies are
activities that appeal to the diversity of
necessary.  We may also have to work
the lgbt community.  In the choice of
harder to locate the necessary resources.
speakers, films, music, etc. make sure
Often the obvious and easily accessible
you have a varied selection that would be
resources reflect society's biases and may
relevant to a diverse audience.  
be more about or relevant to white peo 
ple, men, able bodied people, gentiles,
Co Sponsor Events
and middle class people.  
It is good to co sponsor events.  Doing so
can serve multiple functions (outreach,
Sub Groups
funding, getting more people to attend).
It may be useful to organize your group
Ask the Office of Disability Services to
into an alliance with multiple sub groups,
co sponsor a PWA (person with AIDS) to
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