The LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus will be hosting a pool party at the Rec Center April 24 from 5 p.m to 7 pm.
The event will be free, and students can enter using their student ID. All students are welcome to attend and socialize.
Meaghan Morton, director of communications for the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, thinks of the event as a social time to unwind and relax with members.
“Being part of the LGBTQ+ community comes with a lot of challenges, so to be able to unwind and relax is vital to any healing process” Morton said.
President of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Ashton Maisel wants to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals to be comfortable in a public setting regardless of what they wear when swimming.
“Being in a group of people who they know will support them and who may identity similarly with them will give them a sense of safety and comfort so they will be able to enjoy their time and hang out with others” Maisel said.
Morton believes there are life-changing benefits to being part of an extracurricular activity that allows people to be able to connect with a community that shares congruent values, struggles and goals.
“It might sound like a lot of value to put into a pool party, but a public presence has the power to create change,” Morton said.
Brent Barber, a junior majoring in communication sciences and disorders from Lufkin, Texas and member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, thinks events like these will attract more people.
“I feel like people still need some human interaction. Being cooped up in a dorm room 24/7 with no interaction from the outside world isn’t good for anyone’s mental health,” Barber said.