LGBT History Month events close with Fright Night
LGBT History Month came to a close on Oct. 27 with the celebration of the ninth annual Fright Night dance party. The event was co-sponsored by The Gender, Love and Sexuality Spectrum of Baruch College and the Undergraduate Student Government, among others.
The Multipurpose Room was transformed for the occasion with Halloween themed decorations, dim lighting and fog flooding the room.
Students were able to enjoy each other’s company as they danced and chatted to a wide selection of popular songs and remixes. Attendees were able to pick up glow sticks, which served as easily-seen accessories throughout the darkened room.
There was a spread of food outside of the Multipurpose Room, including chicken, quesadillas, and chips with guacamole. However, the candy table was the biggest success, with a buffet of items that included gummy bears, lollipops, peppermint patties and rock candy. Students were able to scoop their selections into plastic bags left on the table. Freshly made cotton candy and popcorn were also served.
Gabe Roman, the president of G.L.A.S.S., explained why Fright Night serves as LGBT History Month’s closing ceremony.
“LGBT History Month has a lot of heavy topics. We definitely cover a lot of the bad that has happened to the community and why certain people aren’t accepted and coming out which is another hard time,” Roman said. “On Halloween you can be anyone who you want to be and you can express your true self without being judged and so we think it’s the perfect closing ceremony.”
Kayla Maryles, assistant director of New Student Programs and advisor to G.L.A.S.S., agreed with Roman’s assessment of Fright Night as the perfect closing ceremony to LGBT History Month.
“Fright Night ... is a big Halloween party to celebrate not only the essence of Halloween but also to just [have students] express [themselves] and dress up and be whoever [they] want to be and embrace being [themselves] in the moment and that’s what LGBT History Month is about too,” Maryles said.
Students were encouraged to dress up in costumes, with the event’s theme being “Fairytale Villains.” The student with the best costume of the night was awarded a gift card.
Though Fright Night signaled the end of LGBT History Month at Baruch, the month’s effects will continue to last as the college moves into November.
“LGBT History Month has had a tremendous impact on the community at Baruch from the top down when it comes to just bringing the LGBT community to the forefront of the [Baruch] community and [raising awareness] and talking about the issues [that are] going on and knowing that there are students, faculty and staff here at the college who are part of that community,” said Maryles.
Roman noted that this year’s LGBT History Month marked the most “new faces” they have seen at any LGBT History Month event that took place in the past four years.
“To me that’s really special, becuse that means our message is getting out there and that people feel invited and welcome,” Roman said.
In the coming months, G.L.A.S.S. will continue to host activities and events surrounding LGBT issues. The club plans to create a quilt in the same vein of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Established in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was created by a group of people who wanted to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS.
Roman explained that in order to modernize the concept, G.L.A.S.S. will have students write “different messages of love” on pieces of quilt and then assemble it together. There will also be an event centered on the term “bury your gays,” a media trope in which gay characters are consistently killed for shock value. The event will discuss the debate surrounding its validity.