LGBTQ hosts resource fair at Matador Square

John Saringo-Rodriguez

Fourteen groups from CSUN and outside organizations had booths at an LGBTQ themed Resource Fair at Matador Square Wednesday and was organized by CSUN’s LGBTA, Matadors For Equality and Vote For Equality.

Caitlin Shieh, 21, art major and public relations officer for CSUN’s LGBTA, said that the purpose of the resource fair is to inform CSUN students of what is available to them in the community.

“We want to show students that we’re not alone, but we actually have a large network that is not limited to campus but outside as well,” Shieh said.

Some organizations that attended were The Trevor Project, Care XO and Angel Food Project.

The organizations were happy to speak with students about their work and how to get involved.

Shellie Raygoza, development manager of Project Angel Food, told students that her organization was started by the late Elizabeth Taylor, a prominent actress and advocate for issues affecting the LGBTQ community, at a church in West Hollywood.  Taylor would pass out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that she kept in the trunk of her car.

“We are now on Vine street in LA and have been there for 25 years. We have registered dietitians and we cook and deliver food to those who are homebound living, sick and or living with HIV,” Raygoza said. She also said that they are always looking for student volunteers.

Care XO, based in LA, is a non-profit organization that specializes in HIV and STD Awareness and the stigmas of those who are HIV positive.

Kimberly White, 20, sociology major and president of CSUN Matadors For Equality, said it is important to connect with other clubs that serve the same community and experience the same struggles.

“It’s important to have a resource fair so that LGBTQ QI individuals and allies are aware that there are clubs and organizations that are available,” White said. “A lot of times students are concentrating on school and work, they may not have time to go check out off campus organizations that’s why we bring them to them.”

Gamma Rho Lambda and the Klotz Health Center also attended the event to talk about their group, mention upcoming events and resources the organizations offer.