WEBVTT 00:00:06.000 --> 00:00:10.000 FEMALE VOICE: My brother hasn't told any other of my brothers or my sister. 00:00:10.000 --> 00:00:14.000 ARCE:This week at Western Oregon University we have Out & Proud Transformation. 00:00:14.000 --> 00:00:20.000 It's a weeklong event with a Safe Zone training, a QPOC panel, and a dinner with a performer. 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:25.000 SANGSUREE singing: 'Just because the sun sets in your eyes '] 00:00:25.000 --> 00:00:30.000 SANGSUREE: I believe that music has the power to make social change because music at its best is storytelling, 00:00:30.000 --> 00:00:36.000 and through storytelling we can share with people our different experiences and learn from each other that way. 00:00:36.000 --> 00:00:40.000 SANGSUREE singing: 'Being proper and keeping in line 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:44.000 ARCE: I definitely do agree this is an emotional subject. This is a personal story 00:00:44.000 --> 00:00:48.000 for people to share their own life with you, and it's in the 00:00:48.000 --> 00:00:52.000 purpose of helping you understand what we had to go through as a minority. 00:00:52.000 --> 00:00:56.000 We're a minority of races and a minority of sexuality. 00:00:56.000 --> 00:00:59.000 The reason why I created this event was because I wanted to eliminate ignorance here on campus 00:00:59.000 --> 00:00:61.000 and bring more knowledge. 00:01:01.000 --> 00:01:06.000 Knowledge is power and I wanted everybody here on campus to understand more about the GLBTQ community 00:01:06.000 --> 00:01:09.000 in a way where they could ask questions and get answers. 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:13.000 SANGSUREE: It's very important for universities to have events like this because it creates a safe space 00:01:13.000 --> 00:01:17.000 for students and faculty and community to come together and learn from each other. 00:01:17.000 --> 00:01:22.000 ARCE: I'm extremely proud that I can be here today on campus as a gay man 00:01:22.000 --> 00:01:25.000 and feel comfortable to put an event on like this. 00:01:25.000 --> 00:01:28.000 Five, ten years ago, would an event like this happen? I don't think so. 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:33.000 I think it'd be more brochures and 'come to this office to talk about any questions 00:01:33.000 --> 00:01:38.000 For this event to be out here and open to the public is great, and I'm proud to be a part of it. 00:01:38.000 --> 00:01:48.000 SANGSUREE singing: 'Baby, baby, this is too good to be true. Oh, I am rebuilt by