LGBTQ Center Director says yesterday’s anti-gay slur was directed at her personally, not wider LGBTQ communityPosted by: Lillian Kaiser in News, Vox Populi, tags: Georgetown, Hate Crimes, LGBTQ, LGBTQ Center, Sivagami Subbaraman
LGBTQ Center Director Sivagami Subbaraman told the Voice that yesterday’s incident—which was described in the campus-wide email as “a written slur posted on the door of the LGBTQ Resource Center”—involved a note addressed to her personally that was taped to center’s door.
Subbaraman did not reveal the exact wording of the note, but said it was directed at her personally, not the wider gay community.
“I have no idea whether this is because of the recent hate crimes or not, but whatever it is, I just want to say that I’m not afraid of their fear,” Subbaraman said. “They are afraid of me, but I’m not afraid of their fear.”
Subbaraman said she was pleased with the University’s inclusion of her in the response to the crimes through every step of the process, including drafting the emails that went out to students after each incident.
Now, she said, the power to fight homophobia lies with the campus community. Subbaraman encourages students of all orientations to use the LGBTQ Center as a safe space, but also as an informational resource for those who are unfamiliar or disagree with homosexuality.
“We have to put out a call to say, ‘Look, we can talk this out,’” Subbaraman said. “We have made so much progress since the Center was opened. I’m nervous that this is going to set us back.”
Full text of the e-mail Subbaran sent to members of GU Pride Monday afternoon after the jump.