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Rhett Buttle -
Brittany Catton  (at event)


USD Alumni Launch Group in Support of Student LGBT Event

What: Transgender Awareness Activities including a drag show sponsored by the PRIDE LGBT Student Organization.
When:  Drag show will be held on Wednesday, April 11thfrom 7pm to 9pm.
Where: University of San Diego  at the University Center building in Forums B|C.

In  light of the California state law (AB 887) passed in October of 2011 and USD adding "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the university's Equal Opportunity Policy and Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, PRIDE and Associated Students are sponsoring a series of educational events during the month of April. 

On April 11th, there will be a presentation by Dr. Lori Watson on the history, role and meaning of "drag" in United States culture. A drag show sponsored by PRIDE, will feature an entertaining and educational drag show to explore the way gender is understood and performed on a daily basis. 200 tickets were available on April 10th, and sold out in a matter of hours.

A group of University of San Diego (USD) alumni has come together to launch, A USD for Everyone, a grassroots group in support of the LGBT event being held at USD on April 11, 2012. The group has launched a website which includes a letter from prominent alums including USD Alumni Board members, San Diego city council member Todd Gloria, an Episcopal priest, and formers student government officials. The website is a call to action asking alums of the university to write a letter, make a call, or donate to the university to show their support for keeping the university a welcoming place for everyone.  In addition,the website features powerful testimonials of USD alumni and community members who have written University President Mary Lyons in support of her decision to allow the event. 

Nicholas Severson, a USD Alum, Class of 2007, and former Associated Students Vice President, has never been prouder of his USD community, “I am not only confident that this event will be informative to all students, but I also believe it will help the LGBT students know that their identity is affirmed by the community.  I am inspired by their spirit of inclusion and hope we will see a conversion of heart so that all of members,both past and present see the beauty of a diverse and celebratory community.” 

The group was formed after some individuals threatened to remove their support from the University, and more than 100 Alumni pledged support via a Facebook group page and wrote and called the President’s office to voice their support.

For more information, please contact A USD For Everyone Spokesperson Rhett Buttle at or Brittany Catton at the event.