Ashley Miller, a Darton College student, says she hopes the school’s newly-formed lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgendered club, called S.A.F.E. (sexual acceptance for everyone), will have a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible.
ALBANY — A lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered club at Darton College took its first steps forward last week when students and a faculty adviser announced the formation of S.A.F.E. (Sexual Acceptance For Everyone) on campus.
“We’re doing this because it is important to have a safe support group for people, especially younger people, who happen to have an alternative sexuality,” student Ashley Miller, 20, of Worth County said. “We want a club where people have something in common so they will not feel isolated, but rather accepted and be free of pressure and bullying.”
Miller said she hopes the new club will have an impact on the 5,000-plus student campus.
“We’d like for the club to have a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible,” she said. “No matter what shape it (the club) will take, it’s got to be a good thing.”
S.A.F.E.’s faculty adviser is Amaris Hayden, an English instructor at the college.
“I’m here because I heard there was a need,” Hayden said. “I came to the meeting today to see what they (the students) wanted out of (the club). I see a lot of potential here, and we need to build on that.”
Hayden said she thinks the mere existence of an LGBT club on campus will benefit the entire college.
“Even to just have an on-campus presence will help validate a lot of these kids,” Hayden said. “Now people will know we are here, and I think that’s important.”