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Yellow Shirt Day Supports Bowdoin's LGBTIQ Community

Story posted November 04, 2010

The bright spots on campus amid the gray and occasionally damp fall day Thursday were the participants in "Yellow Shirt Day," a show of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning (LGBTIQ) community.

BQSA, Bowdoin's Queer Straight Alliance student group, sponsored the event, pre-selling hundreds of yellow shirts reading, “Gay? Fine by Me."

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Members of the Bowdoin community show their support on Yellow Shirt Day in Morrell Lounge, Smith Union.

The event was the brainchild of Patrick Martin ’13. “When I began organizing this Yellow Shirt Day event with the ‘Gay? Fine by Me’ shirts, I expected a few people to wear them, but did not expect the huge outpouring of encouragement from Bowdoin students, faculty and staff,” said Martin.

“It’s amazing to see all the people in yellow shirts and the truly amazing part is that Bowdoin has made it possible for everyone who is supportive to show their support for one day.”

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Students sporting yellow T-shirts during class.

Martin says 1,000 shirts were ordered, including 500 from athletes and coaches. Organizers made no money from the project; Martin says the shirts were sold at cost simply as an activist effort to raise awareness and to give members of the Bowdoin community an opportunity to show their support.

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