On behalf of the GALA Executive and Steering Committees, I am excited to reflect with you on the state of our organization going forward. We are looking forward to another academic year of working hard on two major fronts: building community for our members, and advocating for Emory’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Recent news showcases the LGBT community’s rapid evolution highlighted by the first anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, United States v. Windsor. GALA also has a strong tradition of advocating for our community at Emory, from supporting our students in their efforts for inclusive transgender medical benefits, to helping student groups as they form, to engaging with Emory on divisive issues on campus such as the presence of Chick fil-A and the decision to grant a Distinguished Alumni Award to the Rev. Dr. Eddie Fox, the man most responsible for insuring that Methodist doctrine continues to state that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
By definition, GALA has always had to act on diversity and intersectionality. Our mission–
“to seek to expand a network of alumni of Emory University in order to organize, serve and advocate for Emory’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community”– directs us towards serving varied interests that change with the composition of these communities.
Today Emory University is more of an ally than an adversary, but the need for advocacy is far from over. One of our most important roles is to make sure our issues and our points of view are well reflected in Emory’s decisions.
As we look to the future of GALA, our two principles will continue to guide us: to promote and foster our community, and to be your voice at Emory. We invite you to join us in this effort by participating in your local chapters, and by letting us know your opinions on how we should proceed.
Lilly Correa 73C