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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