Coloring Outside the Lines (COL) is a gay-straight alliance club at Salt Lake Community College. It promotes equality among students and is a safe place for everyone, no matter what background they come from.
The members of this club are involved with Club Rush on Jan. 29 and 30. They want people to know that COL is an open club and accepts anyone.
“We pride ourselves on being one of, if not the most, diverse clubs on campus,” says club publicist Jasmine Pesold.
COL is a place for students, staff and faculty to feel welcome and participate in various activities. On Jan. 29, the club is hosting a game night for people to come play games and get to know one another.
Some other activities include: a Valentine’s Day service for the elderly, participation in the Pride Parade and the Relay for Life cancer fundraising event.
Many friendships develop through weekly meetings and activities at COL. Sometimes small groups will get together and go to movies, shopping or out for ice-cream.
At the meetings, people can share what is on their minds and talk about their life experiences with each other. Each meeting is meant to provide support to those who are different and those who have similar backgrounds.
“It’s the simple fact of openness – a community feeling – I can meet friends. [The club] has made me want to be involved. You can be who you want to be,” says COL president Cherie Beam.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Student Center Parlor A from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
More information about the COL club will be available at Club Rush.