Buying for Equality

Richmond Blake passed a campus resolution to exmpand his school’s non-discrimination policy to include gender-identity. To increase campus support, he designed and created a week-long art installation entitled Buying for Equality, which displayed a collage of businesses with LGBTQ-inclusive policies, as identified by the 2007 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. There were between 150 and 200 community members at the installation’s opening, and over the course of the exposition week several hundred others saw and studied the project. A documentary on Transgender issues was also screened during the week-long project, after which attendees discussed the issues highlighted in the film. In closing the event, Richmond teamed up with his student government and the College Presidents Office to host an Ice Cream Social and a tye-die membership drive event: in addition to music, ice cream, and crafts, Ice Cream Social attendees discussed HRC and its workplace anti-discrimination project, all while distributing over 100 postcards for people to sign in support of HRC’s efforts. He continued to meet with the school administration to expand the policy after his Fellowship Year.

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