Target: Dartmouth College, Board of Trustees
Goal: To commend Dartmouth College’s efforts to create safe, positive environments for LGBT students
Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered college students that live on campus face unique challenges that their straight peers are quite oblivious to. Dorm life, for many enrolled, is the crux of building intimate connections with others and mastering the art of communal living. The fear of rejection after ‘coming out,’ the emotional and mental burden or ‘staying in the closet,’ or the daily battle of gender conformity vs. non-conformity are real struggles that overshadow the advantages of campus living. But, Dartmouth College is out to change that with the creation of a residence hall for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or intersex students and their allies.
The Triangle House, whose name is inspired by the flipped pink or black triangle that gay inmates of Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear during the Holocaust (known today as an emblem of gay pride) is said to ‘represent community, knowledge and action.’ The 27-resident home is also open to heterosexual students who are allies and are interested in advocating for and advancing the LGBT community.
Learning and living are the main goals of The Triangle House as the residence hall has integrated academic programs and panel discussions about sex, gender, identity, sexuality and how to handle interpersonal relationships. The Triangle House is a proactive and commendable effort by Dartmouth College that deserves to be recognized. By signing this petition you’ll stand by the notion that LGBT students need more inclusive, safe and positive dorm environments and thank Dartmouth College for being considerate of its enrolled LGBT population.
Dear Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees,
Your recent decision to create a residence hall exclusive for LGBT students is admirable and a step in the right direction as the fight for visibility and respect continues to be an uphill battle for young LGBT community members. As you’ve come to recognize, LGBT students face distinct challenges that their heterosexual peers may not understand or empathize with. The Triangle House encourages understanding, support and social consciousness, which are the pillars of a progressive university in-tune with the issues of today.
In a world where LGBT youth face discrimination, inequalities, prejudice, and, most importantly, physical and verbal attacks, The Triangle House becomes more than just a residence hall; it is a safe-haven and symbol of hope. I thank you, wholeheartedly, for your efforts and hope that you understand the positive impact you’re having on the LGBT community and continue to strive for equality, justice and intersectionality in more areas on campus.
[Your Name Here]
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