Illinois State Establishes GLBT Student Support Fund

Tue. November 2, 2004 12:00 AM

Normal, IL - Gifts to Redefining “normal”, The Campaign for Illinois State University, have established a fund to provide emergency grants to students who, due to their sexual orientation, lose the financial support of their families.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) students who come out to their families may encounter resistance and in some cases may even lose family financial support.

The main goal of the GLBT Student Support Fund is to provide a safety net to allow gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students to stay enrolled at the Illinois State while they work through family and financial issues.

The GLBT Student Support Fund was established in October 2004 through the efforts of Illinois State’s Triangle Association Executive Board. Initial gifts and pledges have put more than $6,000 in the fund. The Triangle Association Executive Board will oversee the fund, review requests and make funding decisions in cooperation with the Dean of Students.

The Triangle Association represents GLBT faculty and staff at Illinois State and strives to promote communication among GLBT employees as well as other groups and University organizations.

To give to the fund contact the Illinois State University Office of Development at 309-438-8184.