Students organize T-shirt campaign to combat homophobia

By |2005-10-27T09:00:00-04:00October 27th, 2005|News|

LANSING – This fall, students at Lansing Community College are sending the message that Gay is fine by them. On Monday, Oct. 31, student organizers will sell T-shirts that read, “gay? fine by me” to their classmates.
The purpose of the Fine By Me Project is to give students and staff a simple but effective way to condemn homophobia publicly. Organizers say it is a way to give voice to the many, many students who oppose homophobia and support equal rights, but whose beliefs are too often drowned out in the noise surrounding the issue.
The Gay? Fine By Me”! T-shirt Project began at Duke University in Spring 2003 at Duke University. Since then, the T-shirt Project has spread to over 100 other schools, churches and communities, and organizers have distributed over 25,000 shirts in almost all 50 states. Michigan schools participating have included the University of Detroit Mercy and Ferris State. Fine By Me Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3), dedicated to giving voice to the friends and supporters of LGBT Americans.
The Lansing Community College Gay Straight Alliance will sell the “fine by me” shirts at the Lansing Community College Student Organization Fundraising fair, which will be held in the Gannon Vocational Technical Building’s 2nd floor lobby. At 3 p.m. there will be a group photo taken of students wearing the t-shirts. For more information about the Fine By Me T-shirt Project visit or see “The height of fair-minded fashion,” ( )in the Sept. 1 issue of Between The Lines.

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