BGALA schedules events for awareness week

By Michelle Roberts

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A panel discussion, a poetry reading, a trio of performances, and a trip to the AIDS memorial quilt are all scheduled as a part of the fourth annual Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Association awareness week.

The purpose of the week, which begins Monday, is to educate the campus and community on gay issues and to make the community aware of how diverse the gay community is, said Michael Saavedra, BGALA's outreach and public relations coordinator.

He also said he hopes this week will help end stereotypes that all gay people are effeminate, as well as other misconceptions. He said diversity is the key.

"Awareness week is an inclusive educational activity for the entire university. It's not only for the gay community but for heterosexuals as well," Saavedra said. "I also think of it as sort of a celebration of diversity and strength."

The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 13: Informational Fair on the mall, 11-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Speaker's panel in Student Union room 285, noon-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Poetry reading at BGALA Resource Center, SU room 350A, 7 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18: Performances by Paul Bonin-Rodriquez, Social Sciences Auditorium, 8 p.m. each day.

Sunday, Feb. 19: Trip to Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Phoenix

For more information, call 621-7585.

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