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IU shows support for LGBT community statewide

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July 5, 2016

In the wake of a tragic shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., IU showed solidarity with the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community with unifying symbols and events across the state.

Lights reflected all the colors of the rainbow onto IU Auditorium on the Bloomington campus, while a black cloth was draped over a sign outside the GLBT Student Support Services building. 

At IPFW, students, faculty and members of the local community gathered for a candlelight vigil. The vigil was sponsored by IPFW’s Department of Public Policy and organized by Rachel Rayburn, assistant professor of public policy.

Inside IUPUI’s Campus Center, a large rainbow flag hung above the admissions office, and the building’s exterior was lit up with colored lights.

IU Southeast participated in Jeffersonville’s first-ever pride parade. Chancellor Ray Wallace joined faculty and staff members to hold the IU Southeast banner, which was accompanied by rainbow-striped flags.

Jennifer Ortiz, a criminal justice faculty member at IU Southeast held up a sign at the parade stating, “We will not be silenced by violence.”

Throughout June, from campus to campus, IU responded to an act of violence with love.

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