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LGBTQ community at WVU says to look past ‘baseless’ anti-gay statements by delegate


The Daily Athenaeum

President Gordon Gee and Director of the LGBTQ Center Cris Mayo pose for a photo after the opening of the LGBTQ+ center in Hodges Hall.
(Daily Athenaeum photo by Ryan Alexander)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a week where LQBTQ individuals were compared to members of the Ku Klux Klan by an elected state official, those who make up the community said they are choosing to focus on the issues that are actually important to them.

Cris Mayo, director of the LQBTQ+ Center at WVU, said she is thinking about people who live where Delegate Eric Portefield, R-Mercer, the official who made the comparison, lives, and if they are going to stay warm this winter.

“[Porterfield’s] in Mercer County, and [there is] a very strong advocacy group in West Virginia called Queer Appalachia, who is also in Mercer County,” Mayo said, “Queer Appalachia spent the winter trying to provide free coats for 5,000 people; because they see that there’s a need in their community to provide people with warm coats.”

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