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Student group adopts controversial name

SAN DIEGO – A student group at San Diego State University is changing its name to be more inclusive, but the new name is raising eyebrows.

Members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Union at San Diego State University are dropping the LGBTSU acronym and now going by the Queer Student Union.

“We’re here and next year, we’re queer,” junior and president-elect Thomas Negron said

LGBTSU SDSUA move to be more inclusive, President Michael Manacop and Negron said “queer” is the easiest way to encompass all of the gender and sexual identities on campus without getting too wordy.

There’s a similar group at University of California, San Diego called the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning Intersex Association [LGBTQIA].

“We decided instead of just adding letters, however many letters there are, we should just have an umbrella term,” Manacob said.

It may not be a seamless transition.

Some older faculty members expressed concerns over the name change when the story was first reported in the Daily Aztec.

“It doesn’t seem like something you’d want to be called,” sophomore Jake Neely said. “I was always taught not to use (certain) words and… that was definitely one of them that shouldn’t really be said in my house.”

“If they’re changing it themselves, then I don’t see a problem in it,” graduating senior Ashley Williams said.

Queer is commonly used to identify grass roots political campaigns and academic programs focusing on the LGBT community.

“We want people to talk about it,” Negron said. “We want people to be educated about the word. We want people to feel comfortable asking questions about it, because we don’t want people to feel that our organization is stigmatized in anyway.”

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20 Comments to “Student group adopts controversial name”

    Lets see the show said:
    May 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Who the flock cares!!!! The LGBT are just like the old carnival people back in the late 1800's… Bunch of freaks I say!!!

    JG Rellim said:
    May 16, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    In Texas, a huge AIDS clinic is being built at the top of a skyscraper in Dallas. It's going to be called Sick Fags Over Texas.

    nefbenz said:
    May 16, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    I Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV
    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

    SkipIt55 said:
    May 16, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    How unfortunate for the students. Are there no adults are educators and San Diego State? The term "Queer" has been used for decades to negatively describe gays. Kind of like that awful word used to describe "Black Americans." Stultus est sicut stultus facit.

      guest said:
      May 16, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      That's the dumbest comment I've ever read. That's like saying "normal" negatively describes heterosexuals.

    LoveUanyway said:
    May 16, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    "because we don’t want people to feel that our organization is stigmatized in anyway.”
    What an oxymoron. As if the "Queer Nation" hasn't stigmatized our entire society.

    Amy Mae said:
    May 16, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    and every rather conservative student whom may have had something to do with this organization will now go the other direction. Exclude people that find it a disparaging term…they lose.

    BillyBob said:
    May 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I am still laughing at this very queer article. It amazes me that LGBT minority wants to be considered normal. —–to be accepted as just another normal person or just another queer person

    6+6+

    Guest said:
    May 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    IDIOTS ARE QUEER, ALRIGHT. NASTY!!!!! NO SHAME IN THESE PEOPLE. THERE WILL BE ONE DAY, THO, WHEN THEY STAND BEFORE GOD IN JUDGEMENT!!!!! TRUST ME, THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE A "QUEER HEAVEN." YOU DON'T GET IN IF YOU ARE QUEER. THEY MIGHT WANT TO CHECK AND SEE IF THERE IS A "QUEER HELL, THO." WILLING TO BET THERE IS.

    Kelly said:
    May 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    honestly how is this news? I dont see how a name change of a school would hurt anyone. If anything I believe it will attract more people who may be all of the above except for straight and homophobic people. Gays, lesbians, transgenders, all want to be accepted. So in that case I see no harm. As far as religious fanatics go, you guys are so ignorant and so judgemental, that I turned away from god because of it. And yet i still have morals and values unlike you. I respect everyone as long as they deserve it. Sorry fundamentalists, you lost my respect long ago. Good luck to LGBT.

      Kernel said:
      May 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      slow news day maybe?

    Louise said:
    May 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Just because I’m against homosexuality, doesn’t mean I’m afraid (homophobic) of them. Before someone complains about being judgmental, they should read the scripture that quotes Jesus who says judge a righeous judgment and explain what that means. If you choose to leave God, you either choose it yourself, or give someone power over you and your choices. The true definition of queer: unusually different, of a questionable nature or character, suspicious, shady, mentally unbalanced or deranged, counterfeit. That describes these people perfectly. Choosing a certain name for your group sometimes perfectly describes who they are. That won’t change the definition. Let them have their name.

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