Creativity, fun and a sense of belonging filled the air as the LGBTQ Resource Center at the University of Missouri held its Queer Fall Fling at the beginning of the academic year. Students got crafty, played Nintendo Wii, ate pizza and listened to music. Plus, the Center Project, a community center focusing on serving the needs of local LGBTQ people and communities, attended, providing shoes and clothing for those attending the Fall Fling.

Senior student support specialist Sophie Hood said, “I am really proud of how this event went. I am thankful to my student staff for all of their hard work and to my colleagues who helped make this event successful. This year, I was able to see a lot of new faces and it was really cool to see our center’s community grow. Queer Fall Fling always provides a sense of belonging and is always the perfect event for a first semester kickoff. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester brings!” 

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