A student group at San Diego State University for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is reportedly changing its name — but some are questioning whether the move is politically correct.
The university’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Union (LGBTSU) will become the Queer Student Union beginning in the 2013-14 school year, Fox5SanDiego.com reports.
“We’re here and next year, we’re queer,” junior and president-elect Thomas Negron said.
Negron and the group’s president, Michael Manacop, said “queer” is the easiest way to encompass all of the gender and sexual identities on campus without getting too wordy. There’s a similar group at University of California, San Diego called the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning Intersex Association (LGBTQIA).
“We decided instead of just adding letters, however many letters there are, we should just have an umbrella term,” Manacob said.
It may not be a seamless transition, however, as some faculty members have expressed concerns over the name change when the story was first reported in The Daily Aztec, the university’s student-run newspaper.
“It doesn’t seem like something you’d want to be called,” sophomore Jake Neely said. “I was always taught not to use (certain) words and … that was definitely one of them that shouldn’t really be said in my house.”
Graduating senior Ashley Williams, meanwhile, said she didn’t have a problem with the change so long as it came from the group itself.
“We want people to talk about it,” Negron said. “We want people to be educated about the word. We want people to feel comfortable asking questions about it, because we don’t want people to feel that our organization is stigmatized in anyway.”