A university in Texas is creating a "rainbow lounge" to support LGBT students, and Dayton celebrated its 17th annual LGBT film festival in Ohio.
‘Rainbow Lounge’ is Coming to UT at Arlington
In support of its LGBT students, the University of Texas at Arlington will be creating a “Rainbow Lounge” on the third floor of the campus library.
“Though not fully open yet, the new lounge is expected to be used as a study space, a meeting room for support groups, office hours for our LGBTQ+ Program and for other UTA-affiliated purposes,” Jeff Carlton, executive director for communications and media relations for the university, wrote in an email to The Texan.
In the surrounding area, bathrooms will also be changed to be more “gender inclusive” for students.
However some are speaking out that the “Rainbow Lounge” is being prioritized over other organizations.
“Carlos Turcios, vice president for the conservative group Turning Point USA chapter on campus, believes the Rainbow Lounge is ‘absurd,’” reported by The Texan.
Turcois said he feels like the area is “segregating” people with a certain sexual orientation.
Ohio Hosts Dayton’s 17th Annual LGBT Film Festival
The Dayton LGBT Film Festival was from Oct.14 to 16 in Dayton, Ohio.
“This year’s screening committee had a lot of phenomenal work to consider, and there were particularly so many great documentaries,” said festival director Jonathan McNeal to the Dayton Daily News.
All screenings took place at The Neon movie theater with tickets ranging from $9-15.
After receiving a slew of submissions, “three of the five feature-length films” will be documentaries.
Throughout the weekend festival goers had the opportunity to watch five feature films and 13 shorts that range from romance, drama, and more.