North Texas Daily

UNT junior chosen to attend Clinton Global Initiative University for LGBTQ rights

UNT junior chosen to attend Clinton Global Initiative University for LGBTQ rights

UNT junior chosen to attend Clinton Global Initiative University for LGBTQ rights
March 18
01:22 2014

Steven James // Staff Writer

Psychology junior Danielle Lane has been chosen to represent the Texas LGBTQ community at the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Lane and her partner, Kaytra Bowers, created the non-profit organization WomenRock to educate people about the LGBTQ community.

“Living in this state has opened our eyes to how LGBTQ members are treated and we saw an opportunity to change it,” Lane said.

CGI University will be hosted at Arizona State University from March 21 to 23 and will be presented by former US President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The student leaders who attend CGI University must address social issues in any of five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alienation and public health.

The American Association of University Women rewarded Lane and Bowers, with scholarships that are helping them pay for expenses for attending the event, including hotel and plane ticket costs. Lane attends UNT and Bowers currently attends North Lake Community College.

At the conference, Lane will meet political leaders and speakers from non-profit organizations, where she would like to network with people who can help her with her goals in helping the LGBTQ community in Texas. She and Bowers were chosen to attend after they submitted a Commitment to Action Plan to the university.

The main issue Lane is concerned with is LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence, or harm by a partner or spouse.

“When a member of this community is victimized, there are no specific safe havens that cater specifically to the needs of the victim,” she said. “When a homosexual person has been violated, we want to create a safe space where they can turn to for full support from a homosexual councilor who understand their situation.”

Biology professor Jamie Slye, who taught Lane in her biology class, has helped Lane with some of her local LGBTQ work.

“She’s a very smart and intelligent person, whether it’s working for the gay community or psychology stuff,” Slye said.

Slye is a supporter of LGBTQ rights.

“They are just a community facing those who don’t understand them, and who don’t want to understand them,” she said.

Biology senior Marisha Frazier, another advocator for LGBTQ rights, said even though there is some progress with society accepting their community, there is still more work to be done.

“UNT has a very accepting community,” Frazier said. “There are people working really hard to make us feel comfortable here.”

Frazier said raising awareness is the most important thing.

Lane and other advocators will host The LGBTQ Social on March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pride Alliance of UNT, which is in Sage 328. She encourages people to attend so that they can become more educated about the LGBTQ community.

Feature photo: Psychology junior Danielle Lane has been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University in Arizona this weekend. She will address the lack of support for LGBTQ+ members in Texas. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

About Author

Reporter

Reporter

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

The Roundup

<script id="mcjs">!function(c,h,i,m,p){m=c.createElement(h),p=c.getElementsByTagName(h)[0],m.async=1,m.src=i,p.parentNode.insertBefore(m,p)}(document,"script","https://chimpstatic.com/mcjs-connected/js/users/de9596854f37498d65b58fa8f/42480106fd1ae582112be0c96.js");</script>

Search Bar

Sidebar Thumbnails Ad

Twitter Feed

North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@marialawsonn: Applications for paid positions with @ntdaily are now open for the spring semester! We have openings for section editors, copy editor/designers, senior staff writers and photographer, digital media manager, managing editor and design editor! Apply on Handshake. #unt 📰
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@Reed_Smith25: 30 minutes out from kickoff between North Texas (6-6) and Miami (OH) (6-6) at the Frisco Football Classic.@ntdaily is going bowling, folks.Follow this thread for live tweets, updates and analysis in this matinée bowl game matchup! https://t.co/tS8iZ6pVca
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
ICYMI: Dominant play pushes men’s basketball toward win against UMass📝@Tzac24 📸@TylerLukerNTD https://t.co/QI9fxGxIgU
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@TylerLukerNTD: @MeanGreenMBB will be tipping off against the UMass Minutemen in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at 3:30 p.m. today! The Mean Green hope to improve to 5-3 on the season. Tune into this thread for live updates. @ntdaily
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
All-Conference USA Team announced: North Texas football with seven selections📝@Kvn_Wlkr14 📸@zachdelbello https://t.co/lZh3eoWKPR
h J R

Sidebar Bottom Block Ad

Flytedesk Ad

Instagram