This is a message from the Queer Alliance board to make sure you are all aware that our student government elections are this week. USAC elections are very important to our campus: they determine our community’s access to funding and other resources, to administration and to support that we receive for our programs and community initiatives, such as Project 1. Please be sure to educate yourselves on the candidates, the issues and vote on my.ucla.edu before this Thursday, the 10th, at 6 pm. We, do, though, encourage you to vote as soon as possible.
The Queer Alliance board has attended endorsement hearings, debates, personally spoken with candidates and we STRONGLY endorse the independent candidates Taylor Mason to be our next Cultural Affairs Commissioner (CAC) and Lana Habib El-Farra to be our next External Vice President (EVP). Check out their website here . We also look forward to working with Academic Affairs Commissioner, Kim Davis and congratulate Queer Alliance member Taylor Bazley in running for Financial Supports Commissioner and urge you to give him your consideration.
Taylor Mason and Lana El-Farra are the most qualified candidates to represent the Queer community. As candidates with two years of in-house leadership in their respective offices, Taylor and Lana are passionate about the work of their offices and QUALIFED to fulfill their duties of office. In her time here at UCLA, Taylor has been a member of BlaQue, a Queer Alliance organization, has also worked with us to bring you National Coming Out Week, and has worked with CAC to put on large-scale programs, such as Jazz Reggae Festival, WorldFest and the Word on Wednesday. Lana, amongst other accomplishments, serves on the United States Student Association Board of Directors, one of the most influential forums in advocating for Queer students and their needs.
These candidates come from a legacy of leaders who have worked alongside us to put on events, such as National Coming Out Week, to field delegations to the Western Regional and Queer People of Color Conferences, and to carry out campaigns such as Gender neutral housing and restrooms, as well as Transgender Healthcare coverage. Lana and Taylor’s development ensures us that they will advocate for us. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same of the current Facilities Commissioner candidate who claims that he will work on gender neutral housing, even though it has been worked on and put into motion by the Facilities Commissioner from two years ago, in collaboration with us, the Queer Alliance, and the LGBT Resource Center, continuing a pitiful trend on the part of certain Bruins United candidates of tokenizing LGBTQ community issues and needs.
Of course, it is extremely important that we support candidates who we know will actively and sincerely advocate with us now and in the future.
We strongly encourage all Queer Alliance members to take an active role in these elections as they greatly affect the existence of the Queer Alliance space!
If you have any questions about the elections or the candidates, please feel free to contact us. Also, if you would like to volunteer, please let us know as soon as possible! It would be greatly appreciated! These advocates for the Queer community cannot win without your support, and volunteer efforts. Thank you for your commitment to the Queer Alliance and the UCLA community!
With love and solidarity,
Marcus Mc Rae
Queer Alliance Director
La Familia Chair
Pan-Asian Queer Chairs
Project 1 Directors
Queer X Girl Co-chairs
Jan Victor Andasan
Queer Alliance Staff
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