MU group tries to find voice in LGBT community – By Claire Constant

Columbia – The room filled with processional music as nine soon-to-be graduates of MU filed into their seats in Neff Auditorium on Thursday.

One by one, the graduates stood to receive a lavender cord, which was placed around their neck to honor the influence they have had in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community over the years.

One of the participants in MU’s first Lavender Graduation is Asher Kolieboi, who began his career at MU searching for acceptance. He leaves behind a legacy of struggle and progress – and the group that he helped create, Queer People of Color.