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campaign, resigned Feb. 7 as senior vice president for public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. (Asso-
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Creager, of New York's LGBT Community
Center, said the center will continue to "pay at-
tention to new developments," but added, "We
hope and believe Komen will continue to address
the needs of LBT people with breast cancer by
continuing to partner with the Center and other
The situation with Planned Parenthood may
even have made that more likely. The L.A. Cen-
ter's Key noted that, "Komen knows the world is
watching — and there will be an immediate out-
cry over any decision that prioritizes politics over
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Last year, Spectrum again urged the Senate to
add the seat but they again voted it down citing
the difficulty in identifying LGBT students and
uncertainty about how many students the sena-
tor would represent.
"They were concerned with numbers," said
Spectrum member Eric Douglas. "They threw
out 150 as a number."
He laughed at the idea that on a campus with
11,000 students, fewer than 150 would be LGBT.
Senate Secretary Martha Pool said that there's
concern about double representation and ques-
tioned all diversity seats.
"Special interests are supposed to have li-
aisons," she said. "There's supposed to be a sen-
ator [assigned to] every student group. That way
everyone is fairly represented."
However, no one from Spectrum who at-
tended the Senate meeting on Tuesday had ever
met a senator assigned to their group.
Spectrum member Kristen Baker-Fletcher ob-
jected to the idea that a senator who isn't a mem-
ber of the LGBT community Could represent
those students well.
She mocked the idea, characterizing it as, "We
have efficient people who can speak for you."
Spectrum's activist chair Breanna Diaz said
that a diversity senator would represent all LGBT
students, not just the few who belong to one of
the school's several gay groups. She said an
LGBT representative would bring issues, to the
Senate that aren't currently being addressed, in-
cluding health, mental health and safety.
Diaz said a major concern from last year seems
to he resolved. In talks with the registrar, an op-
tional slot could be added to the online student
information profiles. Students could indicate
their sexual orientation or gender identity on a
confidential page. Those who self-identified as
members of the LGBT community could vote for
the diversity senator but wouldn't have to belong
to a campus LGBT organization.
Several senators asked whether a resolution to
the registrar would make a difference.
Spectrum member Jakob Schwarz said, "The
only leg the.registrar's office can stand on is that
students don't want it. A resolution by the Stu-
dent Senate would be an indication of students
Click wasn't sure that registration on the cam-
pus database was necessarily the answer.
"Is this the one stumblingblock?" Click asked,
adding that she doesn't know the answer.
Click said the question of who would vote for
the LGBT seat is complicated since a lot of allies
attend Spectrum , many LGBT students don't be-
long to any of the campus groups, and reaching
out to them all is difficult because of the tran-
sience of an undergraduate population.
"There's no easy fix," she said. ■
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