BIPOC LGBT Club Welcomes Students Back with Colorful Event | FAU

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Painting tea cups and spilling the tea.

That’s how BLISSS started off the semester at FAU with its first event.

On Jan. 16, BLISSS, which stands for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Individuals Seeking Safe Spaces, hosted their first event of the semester, Tea Time. Around 15 students showed up to paint tea cups, enjoy the drinks, and to talk with their fellow students.

The event also gave students the opportunity to discuss hard hitting questions about the LGBTQ+ community both on and off campus, such as if dating within the queer community has gotten more difficult or thoughts on the queer culture on campus. 

“I do think we tend to think outside of the box [when creating events] and we tend to strive to meet different identities,” said Stanley Bertilien, BLISSS secretary and sophomore neuroscience and behavior major. 

BLISSS promotes inclusivity and utilizes their events as a way to connect with people from a wide range of cultures.

“I feel like meeting people is one of the biggest things I’m for, especially for us being an organization that is open for BIPOC students,” said Tyler Doll,  BLISSS marketing chair and sophomore health science major. “I feel like I want to know more about students like us on campus.”

BLISSS will be hosting their next event, Brunch After Dark, on Friday Jan. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grand Palm 2. For more information on the club and their activities, check out their Instagram, which also includes their sign-up form. Registering for the club costs $20, granting official membership and the benefits that come with that, including events.

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