Every year, the national Secular Student Alliance hears about the amazing things our affiliate groups are doing. When we hear of a group doing something especially awesome, we give out an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. Today, we're spotlighting the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento City College and all the amazing things they have done this semester, which have earned them an Award for Outstanding Activism!
It's really amazing when our affiliate groups do something that affects the policy of their campus administration, but that's just what happened at Sacramento City College. Last February, the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento City College, the Sac City Feminists, the Queer/Straight Alliance, and the Sociology Club put together a four day event entitled SEX + CITY: Sex-Positive Week at Sac City. The goal of their event was to promote healthy concepts about topics related to human sexuality through a stigma-free educational environment.
Throughout the week, they had different events such as a Sex, Love & Health A-Faire which kicked off the week (and featured a sexy reading of the Biblical book Song of Solomon!), afternoon seminar sessions dealing with safe sex, transgender issues, polyamory, pornography, sex & aging, and virginity (to name a few). Their Thursday night event, the Thursday Night Threesome, was a fundraising event and was hugely successful. It featured talks from Dr. Darrel Ray, Laci Green, Jaye Cee Whitehead, and was hosted by comedian Keith Lowell Jensen.
While this event in and of itself is very impressive, it is not why the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento City College has been presented with an Award for Outstanding Activism. Following the success of their Sex-Positive Week, Secular Student Alliance at Sac City College, Sac City Feminists, and the Sac City Queer/Straight Alliance decided that they needed to raise an official Campus Issue with administration regarding the need for gender neutral restrooms on campus. They asked that all single stall restrooms be converted to gender neutral, and that all new buildings include them as well. The purpose of this initiative is to make Sac City's campus more inclusive of transgender students. In February of this year, president of Sacramento City College, Kathryn Jeffery, signed a letter directing the Campus Development Committee and Facilities Office to do exactly that.