Mailbox: "Being Gay" Strikes a Chord

When I was deciding on which college to attend, the reputations of the Ithaca community and Ithaca College as being open and progressive environments were huge factors for me. I could not have had a better experience coming out while at IC. The abundance of out people and allies at Ithaca changed the path of my life forever.

It was amazing to see the history of queer life chronicled in such a beautiful and thoughtful way in your 2009/2 issue. It was also amazing to see and hear from people like Shelley [Facente ’02], Lis [Maurer], Michael [Mandel ’00], and Tara [Foley ’02], who were all part of my support system and family at IC.

I want to extend my gratitude and praise for your inclusion of this history and experience. ICView and particularly editor Maura Stephens continue to demonstrate their commitment to sharing the breadth and diversity of the IC experience. You are two of the many reasons I am proud to be an alumnus.

I challenge alumni who undoubtedly will respond negatively to this article to reflect upon their own experience at IC. While LGBT students may not have had a presence that you were aware of, was IC not always committed to developing the whole student on our journey? I am sure your answer is yes.

Ryan Prosser ’03
St. Paul, Minnesota