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New president of WSU student group wants LGBT leaders to be know on campus.

WICHITA - At Wichita State University there is one student organization that has been working on creating a safe place for students of all types, but with a particular focus on the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and ally community. Simply referred to as TGG!, That Gay Group! has a new president that is taking the lead this January.

Meet Patrick "Patch" Moore. Wichita native and graduate of East High School, Moore is now a senior Shocker. Majoring in music and being a part of several student organizations, Moore was chosen by the TGG! Board to take on the office of President as the current elected official graduated in December.

Moore has been an active member of TGG! for nearly four years and says he has enjoyed every minute of it. His favorite moment came this past spring at the 2nd Annual "Finals Are a Drag-Show," when he debuted as "Tiffany" and took home the crown. When not involved in classes, homework, and activities, Moore said he enjoys spending time with friends, finding music to listen and dance to, and keeping up with his favorite TV shows.

So what's next for That Gay Group!, as Moore takes the reins in January? He said he wants the organization to continue with its social and support missions that TGG! was founded on, but he also "wants to put a bigger face to TGG! on campus.

"I want officers to break out, be seen and be known," he said.

He calls himself the "firecracker" of the group and hopes to incorporate a fun aspect while raising awareness and increasing the acceptance of all Shockers. In the works for the spring semester is WSU's Pride Week as well as the 3rd Annual "Finals Are a Drag-Show."

Alumni advisor, Brad Thomison, said he is "excited to see what he [Moore] will be able to do with the organization. He embodies TGG!'s mission to not only create a safe space for queer Shockers, but to also empower campus leaders to grow and become powerful voices for the WSU community."

Anyone interested in joining TGG! or wanting more information can visit www.wichita.edu/tgg or e-mailthatgaygroup@wichita.edu. After all, according to Moore, TGG! is the "most amazing organization to be a part of: to learn, to grow and to have fun."

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Title Annotation:Wichita State University's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leader Patrick Moore
Author:Combs, Angie
Publication:Liberty Press
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:1U4KS
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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