First-ever Pride Week at UT-Arlington

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Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns spoke to University of Texas at Arlington students about growing up gay during the school's first Pride Week.

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Posted on October 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas — The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting its first ever Pride Week.

On Wednesday, Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns spoke to students about growing up gay in Texas.

"You think when you get to be 18, everything is great. You are in charge at that point," he said. "But the truth is that most of the bullying happens — and intimidation and harassment — it doesn't necessarily stop at high school. It often continues into college."

Burns made national news two years ago by speaking out about the issue of suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teenagers. Wednesday's speech is part of a week of events aimed at showing support for all students.

UTA's Pride Week is part of a bigger push to shake its "commuter school" image.

This semester, a big new dorm building opened, along with the new 7,000-seat College Park Center.

UTA says nearly one-third of their student population now lives within a five-minute walk of campus.

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