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Public university’s ‘Queer Women’s Sex’ event excluded ‘straight cisgender’ students

Georgia Tech LGBT group hosts ‘Queer Women’s Sex in the Dark’ event

Organizers of a “Queer Women’s Sex” event at a public university in Georgia excluded heterosexual students from attendance, saying too much sex ed is already devoted to “straight cisgender folks.”

Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA Resource Center recently hosted an event aimed at teaching “queer women” how to obtain sexual consent and how to use “barrier methods” to prevent sexually transmitted infections, among other topics.

The hour-and-a-half event was restricted to “any student who identifies as a lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, pansexual, trans, or asexual woman, or any student who identifies as a woman who has or is thinking about having sex with women.”

“Navigating sex and relationships as a queer woman can be challenging when so much sexual health information is aimed at straight, cisgender folks,” the event listing declares. “Join staff from the LGBTQIA Resource Center and the Women’s Resource Center for a fun and frank conversation about queer women’s sexual health, safer sex, and everything else you ever wanted to know (but have been afraid to ask).”

“Queer Women’s Sex in the Dark,” a part of the university’s LGBTQIA Health and Wellness Workshop Series, sought to have students anonymously ask questions anonymously related to “the unique health needs” of the school’s LGBT population, according to the event listing.

The event’s Facebook page states: “Sex and relationships look different for queer women – let’s talk about it!”

“We’ll give you the tools you need to make healthy, informed choices about your relationships,” the post continues.

Georgia Tech officials refused to comment on the event. After two email queries from The College Fix seeking more information on the event, as well as how the school defines the “unique health needs” of queer women, Director of the Women’s Resource Center Colleen Riggle replied: “I received your email and would appreciate time to respond instead of constant reminders.”

Riggle did not respond further. Ultimately, campus spokeswoman Laura Diamond responded via email and told The Fix: “Thanks for reaching out, however we decline the opportunity to participate in this article. Have a good day.”

Aby Parsons, the director of the school’s LGBTQIA Resource Center, did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Fix.

Other events in the school’s LGBTQIA Health and Wellbeing Series include “Queer Self Care: A Workshop for LGBTQIA Students,” “Let’s Talk About Sex: Queer Men’s Edition,” and “Love x 3: A Healthy Relationship Workshop for Queer Women.”

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