Queer Space has left the building

By Cassandra Reichelt

Illustration by Cassandra Reichelt

Correction: A change has been made to the spelling of an interviewee’s name to make it accurate.

Queer Space, the only LGBTQ club at Long Beach City College, has lost its charter due to not having a representative of the club attending three of the club senate meetings.

At LBCC, a club charter defines the roles of the organization’s members and the club functions such as events and fundraisers.

LBCC club senate rules prohibit clubs from missing more than three club senate meetings or the clubs may lose their charter.

Professor of health education, Jennifer Musick, is also the club’s advisor.

Toward the end of March, Musick said that Queer Space hasn’t had a meeting all semester and currently has no president.

In mid April, ASB Senate President Heidi Alsangak said a representative for Queer Space has been attending all the required meetings for club senate this semester until recently.

However, Musick doesn’t even know that there has been a representative going to those meetings.

According to Kiani Wish, who was part of the LGBTQ panel, Safe Zone, the biggest issue for clubs is not being able to get people to attend those meetings.

Another student from Safe Zone and former member of Queer Space, Shoup Shoup, said they have not gone to a Queer Space meeting in two years and that it is really difficult to get people involved in clubs.

It was confirmed by Alsangak on Tuesday  that Queer Space officially lost its charter which means that the club isn’t registered with ASB anymore so they can’t have events on campus.

Superintendent-president Reagan Romali confirmed with Alisia Kirkwood, dean of Student Affairs, who oversees the club charter, that Queer Space lost the charter.

The club has received notifications from the vice president of ASB club senate concerning its lack of attendance at senate meetings.    

Romali expressed concern over the importance of having Queer Space on campus.

“All voices matter, all voices are important in this world,” Romali said.

On OrgSync students can see which clubs are on campus, where they have club meetings, which campus, what time, and room location.

Despite losing their charter this semester, Queer Space can apply again next semester.