Glenn Grossman, a third-year graduate student in the School of Public Health, serves as an advisor to the chairmen of the coalition. "We're currently still outlining the goals and strategizing," Grossman said. "Our short-term goal is to work with Chancellor (James) Moeser to establish a task force on the issue."
Grossman said the task force will have two primary aims.
"We hope to identify and characterize the needs of the gay and lesbian community, and to create a five-year plan for responding to these needs," he said.
Grossman said he anticipates that while addressing the needs of the gay and lesbian community, the chancellor and his task force might find that the community would be best served by being awarded its own space for centralization.
Officials say that whether an organization receives housing is largely based on need.
A group first has to submit a request to either the space committee, facilities planning committee or student services, but there is a caveat.
"Any space use request has to be sponsored or supported by a department at the University," said Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor of facilities services.
After submitting a request, administrators determine how needy a particular organization is. "It just gets into the bureaucracy," Runberg said. "The space and facilities planning committees determine if they have any space available."
Student reaction to gay and lesbian efforts ranged from support to indifference.
Crystal Burnette, a freshman from Asheville, said she is in favor of generating a center. "They're no different than the other group of people (that have meeting places)," she said. "If they want to meet together they can. They definitely have the right to."
Sophomore journalism major Edmund Ball said a GLBT center would be a major step for the UNC gay and lesbian community.
"It would be a good way for gays and lesbians to come together as a community," he said. "They could reach out to people who are not completely informed of their lifestyle."
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