National Coming Out Day
GLOBAL's on-campus event for
National Coming Out Day at
UH's Lynn Eusan Park
featured public speakers and
introduced many students to
Photo by Heather Nicholson
The first ever Coming Out Day
dance, held at a popular
downtown club, was a huge
success for both GLOBAL and
UH, as well as the start of a
new yearly tradition.
Photo by Kena Alvarado
rang doors for everiyj
The Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Alliance, GLOBAL, served as the social, political, and support
organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender community and its supporters at
the University of Houston. In the fall semester
of 2002, GLOBAL was home to over forty members. Essentially, GLOBAL has been in existence for more than twenty years, even though
the name has changed on a few occasions.
GLOBAL provided support, answered questions, discussed problems, and hosted meet and
greet events for many attendees. GLOBAL also
provided forums for discussion about possible
"actions on issues" related to the gay community on campus and in the Houston area.
"I want to stress that GLOBAL invites people
to come to meetings and events that might have
some questions, or maybe doesn't understand
where the GLOBAL community is coming from.
I think that there are many people out there
that think that our organization is strictly for
the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and this is NOT TRUE at all. We encourage all types of people to just come and
check us out," stated sophomore economics ma-
tllie iiau Lesbian Or iDisexiial All
jor Amanda Gonzales, who is GLOBAL's vice president.
On October 11, "National Coming Out Day," GLOBAL held a rally at Lynn Eusan Park which was
attended by GLOBAL members, friends, family, and
many of the group's supporters. That day, three new
members "came out of the closet," which was exciting for the group. There were many motivational and
community based speakers in attendance at that all
day event. After the rally, GLOBAL hosted a "Gayla"
dance at a downtown nightclub, where attendees
danced the night away with smiles on their faces.
"In my opinion, the most important part of the organization is the support team that GLOBAL provides. When someone'comes out', they usually experience a sense of isolationism. We are here to give
them comfort and support, and let these individuals know that there are other people dealing with
the same issues," stated GLOBAL's President, senior-
biology major Leslie Hamilton.
GLOBAL hosted multiple fund raising event s, i n-
cluding bake sales, car washes, and barbecues. With
the funds, GLOBAL made donations to the Houston
Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
- Dixie Ann Dalton
Dance with me
Far from only a political outlet or
emotional support group, GLOBAL
provided members with social
activites that included potluck
dinners, fund-raising car-washes,
and get-togethers like the one
Photo by Kena Alvarado
Web Site Committee
AIDS Awareness Day
Sophomore economics major
Amanda Gonzalez and
disorders major Shandi Allen
promoted AIDS awareness and
protection, at the UC.
Photo by Dixie Ann Dalton