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A-State Gay-Straight Alliance continues to raise money for end of semester scholarships

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Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:00 am

Recently, the Gay-Straight Alliance has been doing more events than they have in past semesters. This influx in events, such as bingo night and/or drag shows at Cregeen’s, is an effort to raise money for next semester and the end of the semester scholarships they plan to give out. The events are also a way to make connections to companies they can rely on next semester.

“We are trying to do as much as we can before I leave so we have a list of sponsors and people that the new group will be able to depend on,” Harley Mayall, current president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), said. “As far as our commitment, our commitment is the same -- to be a safe place, to be something that is honorable and for the community to look at us as honorable.”

“We can count on The Edge, we can count on Cregeen’s, we can count on Godsey’s, the people downtown have been great -- and we didn’t think it would be that way.”

All of these events are to raise money for the GSA and its scholarship. The GSA plans to give out at least two $300 scholarships to its members at the end of the semester.

“The people that always come to the meetings and support us all the time will write what their needs are and we’ll go from that. As far as money goes, we’re trying to be as smart as we can,” Mayall stated.

Each event usually gains around $200 to $250, but that doesn’t include the expenses they have to pay out for the drag queens themselves and other equipment needed for the events.

“We started out with absolutely nothing. We had an office with nothing in it, and we started with five people who were all on the board. We just see ourselves growing.”

The final spring event will be 7 p.m.  on April 18 at The Vault. It will feature 14 drag queens and kings. There will be a trivia night event at 8 p.m. April 13 at Cregeen’s pub downtown. “I have so many things I would like to say to A-State,” Mayall said. “In order to make up a college you need a lot of different types of people -- hello, we are here! We are all out here. Our feelings count. What color we are, what color lipstick we wear -- none of that defines us as a person. It’s how we go out into the world and how we face the world, how we accept each other and how we love each other that is important.”

Meetings for the GSA are every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Multicultural Room on the third floor of the Student Union.

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