Bowie State Becomes First Historically Black College To Open LGBT Center

In April, Bowie State opened an LGBT Center on the third floor of the campus’ MLK building.

Turns out they were the first historically black college to do so!

The center offers in-person support, Monday through Friday, 1-5pm, from a staff of three: assistant professor Adrian Krishnasamy (its director) and two students.

It also supplies your garden-variety LGBT pamphlets (safe sex and condoms!) and meeting space for gay students.

Said Krishnasamy to the Sentinel:

“What we’re trying to do is to get a coherent approach in identifying and spreading the awareness in dispelling myths about the (LGBT) community itself and educate individuals that come into the university so that we send our students out of this campus with the knowledge of the extreme level of diversity.”

What historically black college will be next? We’re looking at you, Howard.

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  • James

    Progress is being made.

  • Belize

    Of course, the KKQueens are going to find something wrong with this while claiming that they’re not racist.

  • RLS

    Interesting that something black and gay positive is ignored. If the headline was “HBCU football player makes homophobic slur” there would be about 55 comments by now.

  • CBRad

    ANY progress is good.

  • Scott

    @RLS: You noticed that too huh? *crickets* Still a nice story to see though.

  • hassia

    @Scott yes I am noticing the crickets too.

  • Kev C

    I hope they treat them well instead of using them for boxing practice.


    @RLS: Of course, this is qweerty. They don’t like chit like this. They act like LGBT acceptance at a HBCU is a rare thang. I went to Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley Ga and had the best time of my gay life.

  • CBRad

    Uhhh….the politically-correct crowd at Queerty is ignoring this story because it is NOT good news. All this time and finally ONE black college starts a thing like this? What took them so long?

  • Blah, bla..huh?

    I was across the street from this school in 1996 playing a hardcore/dub set, and we hit some Go Go breaks…place went crazy. Finding the formula = good times.

  • J Stratford

    Its a step in the right direction. Maybe the rest of the HBCU will follow suit.

  • Clueless

    YAY !!!

  • Scott

    @CBRad: It’s good news because it’s a sign if change. This type of progressive change will always be good news (even if it takes longer than we’d like). This may not be important to you, but it’s great news for young black men who’ve really been struggling in part because of waiting on this type of acceptance from WITHIN THEIR OWN community for a long time. Complaining about how long it took is pretty useless, especially since we already know this country is not quick to change preconceived ideas about anything. I’d much rather focus on the positive things that can come out of this now that it’s happened.

  • James

    @RLS: Nice to know I’m not the only who’s noticed that too.

  • OhTyrell

    This is good. Howard and Hampton…it’s your turn.

  • CBRad

    @Scott: Oh, I agree with you on all that. But it also indicates what I pointed out. You can take this news either way. I just don’t understand some of the posters here who are always claiming Queerty and it’s readers are so racist and always looking for evidence of that.

  • UsualPlayers


    CBR is like this in articles about race with positive outcomes.

    I wouldn’t waste my time.

  • Aiden

    @CBRad: Why don’t you just come out and say it. You don’t like black people very much. I wish people gave as much of shit about the victims of homophobia as you do about the homophobic.

  • UsualPlayers

    There are obviously organizations dedicated to gay issues at Historically Black Colleges like Howard University in DC

    However, I am not sure if there have been centers?

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