February 11th, 2013
Why Love is Love?
The Love is Love campaign is a celebration of love that is meant to create greater social awareness at the University of Virginia and beyond. The power of its message is found in its simplicity. It is a message that can span all communities. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and community-affiliation, true, committed relationships between adults are founded in love. All relationships are equal. All love is equal. Love is Love. It’s not about what it looks like; it’s about how it feels.
The Love is Love campaign is scheduled for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a holiday that often overlooks members of the LGBTQ community through heterosexist traditions, advertising, and greeting cards. It is also designed to help correct the common misconception that same-sex partnerships and relationships are simply based on sex and sexual attraction with no real feeling or emotion involved. It is meant to represent progress from the past and remind us of how far we still have to go.
It’s a simple message, but one that bears great meaning. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties. Just because it looks differently, doesn’t mean it feels differently or should be treated differently. In the end, LOVE IS LOVE.
Show Some LOVE. Pick up a Shirt in the LGBT Resource Center (Newcomb 435) from 2/11-2/14.
Wear your shirt on February 14th!
February 6th, 2013
January 28, 2013
To Whom It May Concern:
The Committee to select an individual to live in the Augustus Silliman “Gus” Blagden, III, Room 15 West Lawn, is soliciting nominations from the University community. The Committee is looking for an undergraduate student in their fourth year of study at the University. The Scott family, who endowed the room in 1968, characterized the desired recipient as someone who:
• Selflessly commits their time to serving the University community;
• Maintains good moral character;
• Conducts themselves according to a high standard;
• Displays genuine concern and care for fellow students;
• May be distinguished by academic merit (but need not be);
• May be in a recognized position of leadership (but need not be); and
• Carries these fine qualities with the utmost humility.
Gus was a student at the University in the early 1960’s. During these years, he was beloved and admired throughout the University community. Gene Corrigan, past athletic director at Virginia, knew Gus very well. He wrote that “Gus was a very average student and a mediocre athlete, at best, but was so well respected by his teammates that they chose him to be co-captain of the 1963 Lacrosse Team. He was, above all, a kind, generous and gentle person.” Gus died only a few years after graduation, but he had so affected the people with whom he had contact that this room was endowed and dedicated to his honor.
Nominations for the Gus Blagden room should include a letter describing the characteristics and qualities of the nominee that make them worthy of this high honor. All members of the University community are invited to make nominations. Please include any personal stories that shed light on the character of the individual. Letters of nomination must be at least 250 words and should not exceed 500 words. Letters must be sent electronically as a Word attachment and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Nominations must meet the above criteria or they will not be accepted. These letters carry an especially heavy weight as they will be the starting point of consideration for all nominees.
Virginia Moore, on behalf of the
Gus Blagden Selection Committee