Purdue Student Government elections are soon, and I thought I would make a quick statement (a more in depth one may or may not come later depending on if I feel it is needed).
At the moment, there are two people who have really shown support for the LGBTQ community and the development of Purdue as a whole. I thus I feel I should recognize these individuals.
I will be supporting Baldwin/VanBogaert for the President and Vice President. Eddie Van Bogaert was one of the Co-Sponsors of the unanimous PSG resolution to urge Purdue to add Gender Identity and Expression, Genetic Information, and Political Affiliation to its Nondiscrimination Policy. Considering this currently my main focus in activism, it is HUGE. These revisions mean more than a lot of people can imagine. Empowering Transgender people on campus and helping to recruit and retain Transpeople is vital to Purdue's sustainability and continuing to be a leading university. It is truly sad that Purdue does not already include Gender Identity and Expression (really an embarrassment, we are after all the only Big Ten without it). Any candidate this supportive of transpeople and the LGBTQ community almost certainly have a lot to offer all students. You can learn more about the Baldwin/VanBogaert campaign at http://betterwithbaldwin.com/ . In order to better empower their ability to enact change, I will be supporting their supporters.
I will be supporting Nick DeBoer for the Liberal Arts Senator. While I can't vote in the College of Liberal Arts race, I will still encourage people to vote for Nick DeBoer. Yet again, Gender Identity and Expression play a huge part into this, because as I have already stated it is a BIG DEAL. He even attended the PSG meeting in which is was being deliberated, live-tweeting the vote! You can find out more about his campaign at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=104068222959357&ref=ts .
Remember elections are March 30th through Thursday, April 1st on GetInvolved ( www.getinvolved.purdue.edu ). Please consider voting.
Disclaimer: I want to make a disclaimer that my opinions on the election may or may not represent the views of anybody/anything/etc other than myself. In particular, the Queer Student Union has a staunch position of remaining neutral in all elections, and the Voter's Guide produced by QSU will be neutral regardless of the position of any of the Queer Student Union.
This statement of support is strictly personal and a means of reaching out to other voters on my own time with my own resources.
I also look forward to working with whoever is elected, and hope supporting certain candidates will be viewed as a personal issue not to be involved with the work that must get done to improve Purdue for everybody.