In the fall of 2004 a group of Boston College faculty and staff announced the formation of the LGFSAA (now LGBT@BC*). The history of the organization is detailed in "Breaking the Silence and Creating Safe Space: The Organizing of the LGFSAA" (pdf). This document represents the prepared remarks of a presentation given by BC Theology Professor John McDargh at the 2005 "Out There" Conference, held October 28, 2005 at Santa Clara University.
(*"LGBT" encompasses all gender identities and sexual orientations.)
We aspire by our presence and visibility to help create a safe and supportive professional environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Boston College. The LGBT@BC is an association of faculty, administrators, and staff committed to serving as a resource providing support and advocating for the LGBT* community at BC.
Among the particular functions of LGBT@BC are the following:
- To provide a safe and confidential forum for the discussion of issues important to the LGBT community at Boston College.
- To help faculty, staff, and administration across the University understand gender identity, sexual orientation, and diversity inclusivity as a strategy towards making BC a productive learning and working environment for LGBT employees and students.
- In the spirit of Boston College's Jesuit tradition of "the faith that does justice", to support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by advocating for the well-being of the LGBT community of the University.