New LGBTQ community lounge open on campus

Ashley Sanchez | Reporter

An LGBTQ lounge is now open on campus.

Their first event was this weekend with around 80 people in attendance.

LGBTQ STUDY AREAThe lounge is located on the first floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union in Room 156.

Students can come between classes to study, socialize and network with other students.

Transfer student Desmond Thompson thinks the lounge pulls the LGBTQ students together and gives them a way to reach out to each other.

He’s noticed more students visiting the space since the event Friday.

“It is nice, it definitely makes things easier especially for studying it’s kind of like a fall back,” Thompson said. “If you don’t feel like you can go anywhere else you can just come here.”

At his previous school, Thompson says he felt like he was on his own and it was harder to connect with those in his community.

Having a place where he can meet people and branch out has made his transition into a new school easier.

The lounge is not finished, it is still set to receive new decorations and custom furniture.

To learn more about LGBTQ events and programs, you can pick up a flyer in the new study lounge.

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