Next Wednesday will usher in the fifth annual Safe Space Coffeehouse being held in the Owl Cove of Mitten Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters.
Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) coordinator Pamela Freeman created Safe Space Coffeehouse in 1998.
The Safe Space Coffeehouse is designed to welcome and support the gay and lesbian community on campus.
Assistant SACE coordinator Michael Hanowitz is instrumental in the success of a program that intends to “make people feel as comfortable as possible.”
The purpose of the gathering is to provide students, friends and allies an outlet to socialize.
“Our main objective is to help gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students find each other for support,” Hanowitz said. “It also shows new students what agencies are available in Philadelphia.”
“It is very important for new students to find a place here at Temple,” he said. “We want them to meet other gay students and faculty to make the transition here easier. It’s mainly for new students to show them that they are indeed welcome. Allies are, of course, also encouraged to come.”
Last year’s event boasted more than 200 attendees and that number is expected to rise as word spreads about this latest gathering.
This year’s program will include entertainment from Chumley and Carlota whose reputation affords them the title “Philadelphia’s Dizziest Duo.” The pair is known for hosting Gay Bingo and for their film commentaries. They will most likely be coordinating an ice-breaking activity and several comedy acts.
Temple University President Dr. David Adamany will be in attendance to welcome the guests.
Representatives from more than 15 organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay Car Club and the Gay Rugby Club will also be present.
The SACE program offers education and counseling to students who have been affected by any form of sexual assault or abuse.
Stephanie Guerilus can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.