During the spring semester the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community at Cerritos College has gotten a lot of attention. Spilling Milk is part of that exposure.
Alaxander Vazquez, literature major, is the founder of the movement Spilling Milk that started picking up momentum on Facebook.
“It was just Facebook, it was meant to raise social awareness and discuss current issues. From there I started looking at all of the disparities and inequalities that the community was facing … it was like a call to action, I had to do something.”
The Facebook page picked up momentum quickly “I can tell people are inspired and their hearts are changing.”
According to Vazquez people are coming to him for advice and are looking to him to help tell their stories, “I never saw myself as a figure of power, I’m just trying to do something good.”
He plans on going from a Facebook page to a club on campus and involve the community.
He added “I’m not asking anyone for money, I’m not asking anyone to do anything for me, I just want them to hear (the message).”
He started off with wanting to participate in LGBT history month then it spread to him wanting to take part in National Coming Out Day, Day of Silence and other similar things he said, “It won’t just be me, I’m hoping to get many students involved. Those are the goals I started with, since then I’ve progressed I’ve started getting all kinds of ideas.”
Some of his other projects include a documentary on the transitioning youth in the transgender community that the Cerritos College Cinematics Club will be filming. He will be following the lives of four individuals as the director of the documentary.
“None of them are over 20 years old, they are all very young and it blows my mind because they are fearless, confident and I admire them for that,” he said.
When the documentary is finished Vazquez wants to bring it to a film festival and has hope that it will help fund some of his other projects.
He also has an anti-bullying play in the works written by Josh Craft, a Cerritos College student who has won Academic Excellence Awards in creative writing.
According to Craft the play is still in its early development stages.
He said, “(The play) illuminates equality and empathy, it goes beyond bulling.”
Vazquez said he wants to get students involved in the play, “I hope students will actually try out and I’m even willing to try out if I have to.”
All of his projects are to raise enough money to get a counseling program started for the LGBT community “The whole project is meant to be educational, it’s meant to be informational, it’s meant to be create a space for LGBT and (Queer Straight Alliance) … I’m trying to get everyone involved.”
Along with the artistic projects he is also working on bringing in people to give workshops on campus, such as “Queer Masculinity” and “Trevor Project: How to Be a Lifeguard” he added “I’m only compiling right now, my goal is to compile 30 workshops. Some of them are still in the works. It takes numerous emails, a lot of calls, and emailing back even if they don’t respond.”
Unity between the possible Spilling Milk Club and the Queer Straight Alliance is something that is important to Vazquez.
Austin Angel Garrido vice president of the QSA said, “I think there is a strong unity among the gay community on campus.”
As with QSA and Vazquez’s Spilling Milk project working together, Garrido said, “We haven’t worked with (Vazquez) as much, but we do talk to him like notifying each other of events happening.
“We all appreciate (the Spilling Milk project.) We love his passion and drive.”