As she described the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied straight students, and briefly described the programs the university has put in place, Melissa Payne was realistic about why they were all at the Rainbow Reception.
"We didn't want a long program, because we want socializing and networking to be the focus of this," said Payne, the coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa's student assistance and outreach program.
With the school year under way, networking was the reason student and community groups set up booths inside the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for the second-annual event.
"It's a great way to meet people," said Aleigh Glazier, who is involved with a few organizations there to meet and attract LGBT UNI students. "(It's to) say there are liberal, welcoming groups."
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