Organizing for Fairness at University of Central Florida

In order to create a more tolerant and inherently equal environment at their university, the University of Central Florida YP4 Fellows and their gay-straight alliances organized a Same-Sex Hand Holding Day on their campus. The event was designed to encourage people of the same sex to hold hands as they marched across campus to the office of the president to demand that sexual orientation be included in the schools non discrimination policy and that the university offer domestic partnership benefits to gay employees. The YP4 Fellows efforts helped to turn out over two hundred students, faculty, staff and community members to the march. After the event, they organized a postcard campaign that led to hundreds of students mailing postcards to encourage the University President to support fairness. The event was a huge success and was covered in the campus paper, regional paper, and by the local news. In the face of media pressure, the president of the university endorsed adding sexual orientation to the schools non discrimination policy.

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