Fall Fab Fest is an event planned to welcome and support lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered students and their allies in the Kalamazoo area.
The Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, Project! and the WMU Office of LBGT Student Services are sponsoring this event for the very first time on Sunday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jen Hsu, Coordinator of WMU’s Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Student Services, is one coordinator that helped organize Fall Fab Fest.
“Fall Fab Fest is an opportunity to celebrate diversity in Kalamazoo and foster a community climate that welcomes all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Hsu said.
Hsu said that the event will feature games, food, music and giveaways, as well as information about supportive resources available on area college campuses and in the local community.
“This event is an opportunity to build community while showcasing important resources available to those who identify as LBGT and/or their allies,” Hsu said.
Jacob Smallegar, a senior majoring in General University Studies with concentrations in Anthropology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies, is one of the summer program interns for the Office of LBGT Student Services.
“In preparing for Fall Fab Fest, I have been coordinating our social network advertising through our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts, creating the agenda for the event and coordinating with volunteers as well as anything else needed to make Fall Fab Fest fabulous,” Smallegar said.
“I think it is important for students to come and learn about all the LBGT-inclusive resources available not only on campus but in the Kalamazoo community,” he said. “Yes, there will be free food, music, games and giveaways that I know students love, but I think the knowledge and the sense of community that students are going to find is the most important thing to take away from Fall Fab Fest.”
Smallegar said that he is looking forward to seeing a strong, diverse and inclusive community together at the event on Sunday.
“All students are encouraged to attend Fall Fab Fest to show their support of the LBGT community in Kalamazoo. It is a great opportunity to meet LBGT and ally students, faculty and staff while learning about the many LBGT-friendly resources around Kalamazoo,” Hsu, the Coordinator of WMU’s Office of LBGT Student Services, said.
Fall Fab Fest will take place Sunday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the intramural softball and football fields near the Valley 3 residence halls. Everyone is welcome to come out to this event.