Roanoke College’s Out of the Closet Project Creates Safe Space for LGBTQ + to Express Their True Self


SALEM, Virginia – Helping students to express themselves is the mission of the Roanoke College “Out of the Closet” project.

It’s an on-campus service that offers LGBTQ + students the option to privately receive free clothing.

Professor of religion, Dr Jennifer Berenson came up with the idea of ​​supporting students in a new way.

“We have clothes, shoes and accessories, things like that,” Dr. Berenson said. “This is a place we created for transgender and gender nonconforming students to come and find clothes that help them express their identity.”

Student leaders like RC Pride Treasurer Ethan Stevenson and Student Body President Emily Norton have decided to get involved.

“It’s really important because a lot of students in college, this is really their first opportunity to really express themselves,” Stevenson said.

“I wanted to try and cultivate a welcoming environment as best I could. Even if it’s just about the clothing donation, ”Norton said. “I think it’s really nice for LGBTQ students on campus to see, ‘Oh, all of these organizations care enough about me to donate and participate. “

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To learn more or support the project, visit the Roanoke College website.

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