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A Nicolet College LGBT club wants to expand to the communitySubmitted: 05/23/2017
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.

However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.

"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.


According to Schindhelm's research there could be more than 3,000 people in the Northwoods who identify as LGBT.

He says his own experience with the club has been nothing but positive.

"It was a safe space where I could talk confidentially and open up to others who were in the closet like me and others who were out and happy and living productive lives," said Schindhelm.

The club has its first meeting Tuesday night at the Minocqua Public Library where they plan on having monthly meetings.


Story By: Erin Beu

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