This creative group project aims to bring visibility to the diversity of the LGBTQ+
community at Arizona State University by sharing the personal stories and opinions of
people from across ASU’s rainbow spectrum. Created and produced by a gay couple that met in their first year dorm and a passionate ally, Exploring Sparky’s Rainbow is a compilation of photos, videos, and stories from ASU students, faculty, and staff that identify with the LGBTQ+ community. When reflecting on their own journey over the past three years, Exploring Sparky’s Rainbow’s creators recognized ASU can feel large with many pockets of communities, yet through trial and error over the past 4 years they managed to explore their identities and grow as individuals, as a couple, and as an ally. By sharing their story and the stories of others, it is the hope that Exploring Sparky’s Rainbow allows its readers and viewers an insight into what it means to be both a Sun Devil and LGBTQ+, and for those new to or anxious to identify with the LGBTQ+ community, to understand they are not alone in their journey and that it is okay to bleed maroon, gold, and all other colors of the rainbow.
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About the Authors
Shay is a Spring 2018 Graduate from Arizona State University. While at ASU Shay tripled majored in Supply Chain Management, Business Sustainability, and Business Global Politics. He was involved on campus in many capacities including as a Barrett Wellness Ambassador his first year, a Barrett Community Assistant his second year, and a Barrett Senior Community Assistant his third year. During his fourth year Shay partnered with Brock and Claire to create Exploring Sparky’s Rainbow as their Barrett Honors Thesis. Brock and Shay met as first year roommates and have been together ever since.
Brock is a Spring 2018 Graduate from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. While at ASU Brock received a double majored in Supply Chain Management as well as Business Management. Similar to Shay, Brock was involved on campus in many capacities including as a Barrett Wellness Ambassador his first year, a Barrett Community Assistant his second year, and a Barrett Senior Community Assistant his third year. Brock was also president of Barrett Mentoring Program and assisted in creating Sun Devil Movement for Violence Prevention.
Claire is a Spring 2018 Graduate from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. While at ASU Claire double majored in Supply Chain Management and Business Sustainability. She has been involved on campus, especially with Barrett. She was the Vice President of the Barrett Residential Council her freshman year, a Community Assistant in Agave hall sophomore year, and a Barrett Peer Mentor during junior year. Claire enjoys petting dogs, trying new restaurants, and traveling.