Encouraging Respect of Sexuality
From EROS Co-President Claire Hansen
“Eros is here to support whatever sexuality one might have. I love what Eros stands for (Encouraging Respect of Sexuality) because this phrase doesn’t label it as being strictly about the alliance between gay and straight individuals. The club focuses touches on all sexualities as well as the role one’s gender can play in that identification. This year we have branched outside of the school, trying to interact and support local efforts in Chestertown with the PFLAG group. It has been successful in many ways because now both groups have many places where their efforts can become more effective. It is important to make sure that individuals feel like they can come to meetings especially if they are struggling to understand sexuality or gender.”
Eros is involved in a number of activities over the year, and is aligned with a number of other organizations and equality groups on campus, such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The two biggest events EROS is involved in are Drag Ball and Day of Silence. Drag Ball is a party where participants cross dress and enjoy an evening of food, fun, dancing, and gender bending. Day of Silence is a national event which involves the use of silent protestation to bring attention to the silence often forced upon people of the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) community.
This year many facebook users (including many EROS members) changed their profile picture to a red equality symbol to recognize the Marriage Equality Hearings in the US Supreme Court.
Easter and Passover celebrations often focus on traditional family meals. This year, Washington College’s EROS Club put a new spin on that tradition, as students devoted their holidays to feeding families who struggle with medical challenges and financial need.