Van Bailey '05, leads up LGBTQ Center for Miami University
Van Bailey ‘05, a black studies and English major at Denison, is the new director of the LGBTQ Center for Miami University in Florida. Bailey will support the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students and allies. Previously Bailey served as the inaugural director of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College.
In an article on the Miami University website, Bailey is quoted, “Bailey’s early obstacles with his family—which have been healing over the years—did not dissuade him from being a very visible and confident student leader at Denison, taking on roles such as resident assistant, president of the Black Student Union, and a member of Student Government.
“As an undergrad I didn’t talk about my gender identity or sexuality much; I just showed up,” he says. “I didn’t come wrapped in a rainbow flag or anything; I’ve just always taken the approach of being very open and vulnerable when it comes to my story. That invites people into a space where they feel they can connect with you. They say, ‘If Van can show up as his whole self, maybe I can too.’”