San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Union (LGBTSU), which has been in existence for 40 years, will be honored April 2013 with the University’s Student Organization Diversity Award. The Diversity Award is given to those who are committed to inclusion on campus and in the community.
From San Diego Gay and Lesbian News‘s Website [statement from SDSU NewsCenter]:
The LGBT Student Union has a proud history at SDSU including a long-standing commitment to foster awareness and social justice through its signature events, such as The Big Gay Barbeque. The group also involves its members in campus programming such as the Pride Action Committee, speakers bureau, High School Conference and Alumni outreach.
The current board is committed to improving campus life by ensuring a place and voice for all LGBTQ students, regardless of their affiliation with the LGBT Student Union. The board does this via weekly meetings, ongoing programming and events, where they provide a welcoming, safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff.
The Big Gay Barbecue is an biannual event with food, resources and a talent show. From The Daily Aztec‘s report of the Spring 2012 Event:
The barbecues have been a tradition of LGBTSU for the past 10 years, according to sexual-acceptance-based sorority Gamma Rho Lambda member Shae Pesek. Started by San Diego State alumnus Ben Cartwright, it used to be complemented by a drag show.
“They changed it because they wanted to have more student activity in Big Gay barbecue,” Pesek said.
According to Butler, the talent shows in past years have had more participation. This semester saw three performers — a dance routine, a guitarist and a poet.
Several booths offered their resources to the event’s attendees. San Diego Pride, Safe Zones and the queer-friendly Greek houses Gamma Rho Lambda and Delta Lambda Phi tabled in order to reach out to students.