Club Spotlight on EROS

By The Elm - Nov 08,2018@12:00 am

By Carlee Berkenkemper

Elm Staff Writer

EROS (n.): Encouraging Respect of Sexuality; a student gender and sexuality alliance at Washington College aiming to increase their presence on campus and raise awareness for the LGBTQA+ community.

According to the EROS website, the organization defines themselves as “an LGBTQA+ — Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally — alliance where passionate people of all sexualities and genders work together towards increasing awareness of LGBTQA+ issues and provide a safe space for everyone and anyone looking for support.”

“People do not tend to be aware of what actually goes on around them unless it pertains to them, but I want everyone to be aware of what really goes on in the LGBT+ community. I also just want to have a safe comforting space for those who need someone or somewhere to let all of their feelings out,” said junior Club President Amanda Mede.

As president, Mede hopes to achieve a bigger presence on campus and improve the student body’s overall understanding of the strength and struggles of the LGBT+ community.

To enact this mission, EROS has been organizing a variety of campus wide events.

On Monday, Oct. 29, EROS brought a guest speaker to campus. Kavi, a poet who identifies with the LGBT+ community, spoke on intersectionality and their existence as a black, transgender, and queer person.

Freshman Skyler Hancock attended the poetry reading and discussion following Kavi’s presentation.

“Kavi’s poetry was raw and uncut, hitting the listener with every word,” she said. “I felt like I could relate to their challenges and pain even though I hadn’t dealt with the same things as them. It was deeply and tragically beautiful,” Hancock said.

Current upcoming events for this semester include the annual Holigay Party. In the spring, EROS is planning many activities surrounding Gaypril, the time of the year more widely known as April, during which the Day of Silence and other LGBT+ programming takes place.

The Day of Silence is on April 27 and is a day of remembrance for lost lives and the silencing and harassment faced by those in the LGBT+ community. This year, EROS hopes to collaborate with the Psychology Club for an event. A Chestertown Pride and Color Run are also in the works for the spring semester.

Mede stressed that EROS strives to provide an inclusive environment on campus.

“We respect and accept all, meaning that no matter what you identify as or what your beliefs are, you are still welcomed in our home. Although we may not completely agree on everything, we still respect what everyone has to say,” Mede said.

EROS holds weekly meetings on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Daly room 218.

“I love being a part of EROS because it’s the first time I’ve been able to connect with other LGBT+ people. I would encourage more people to join because I’ve met some of my best friends here, and we have a lot of fun events coming up in the future,” said sophomore Treasurer Sam Robinson.

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