From February 3 – 8, the Spectrum Center hosted the 2020 LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Week. The week featured several events of different varieties. The events steered clear of the image of a cliché wellness week; there weren’t any workshops on how to make stress balls, or on the importance of self care without defining what that means beyond the surface-level. Instead, the organizers have realized the importance of acknowledging the wider stresses and trauma overlying the community, and the specificity of the issues for people of LGBTQ+ identities. Along with this comes an understanding of the necessity of activism against the overlying oppression on the community as a whole. These events did a great job balancing the amount of complexity that goes into health and wellness for people of LGBTQ+ identities while being interesting and supportive.
The 2020 presidential election is fast approaching. Depending upon when you are reading this. you might even be in the process of deciding who to support in the Michigan primary now. Whether voting, choosing a campaign to donate money to, or just considering which candidate to support in general, hopefully you want a someone who supports LGBT rights. Here, for your consideration, is a look into how the frontrunners have voted in regards to LGBT rights in the past.
On Sunday, October 6, Michigan Athletics held its first ever LGBTQ+ Pride Day. Hosted at the University of Michigan’s soccer stadium, the event took place during the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Doubleheader game. The Pride Day event aimed to make a show of support for LGBTQ+ athletes at the University of Michigan and to promote visibility and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Nathan Brecht, Assistant Director of Fan Experience at the University of Michigan Athletics Department, told us, “We have been exploring the idea of doing a Pride Day for quite some time as part of our overall programming and with an eye towards student engagement and diversity. We strive to use our platforms to engage people from all backgrounds, experiences and interests.”