Free fashion at Q Clothing Pop Up Closet

Cross Cultural and Gender Center graduate coordinator Kiana Medina stands in front of clothing racks for the Q Clothing Pop Up Closet in the Thomas Building's Room 110 on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Christina Tran/The Collegian)

The Cross Cultural and Gender Center (CCGC) presented the Q Clothing Pop Up Closet in the Thomas Building’s Room 110 on Monday, Sept. 9, providing free clothing for LGBTQ+ students who experience clothing insecurity.

There is some embarrassment and anxiety attached to shopping for clothes when society doesn’t recognize who a person identifies as, specifically for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals on campus.

Aimed at a safe space for students to return to as a way to build their own wardrobes, the CCGC continues to hold three Q Clothing Pop Up Closets in the Thomas Building each semester for students to get free clothes.

Students were given a five-item limit to choose from several racks that displayed blouses, flannels, jeans, skirts, shoes, accessories, feminine products and so much more. 

The only things students needed to do before entering and shopping was present their student IDs to coordinators for the clothing closet.

Kiana Medina, graduate coordinator for the CCGC and Ben Nehring, student coordinator for the LGBTQ+ services were both available to help answer questions and assist students walking in as the main organizers for this event and service. 

“We have a large student population that just can’t afford clothing or have clothing that they feel they can wear to campus or that they feel suits them and their identity,” Medina said. 

Students can look forward to the next two Q Clothing Pop Up Closets this fall semester on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. 

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