There was a big turnout recently for a new group at Notre Dame, which students have been trying to start for a long time.
This is the first year that the university will recognize an organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, and their classmates who want to create a more welcoming atmosphere on campus.
The group is called Prism ND. They now have a website, they're on social media, and they're reaching out to their classmates.
A welcome picnic last week attracted close to 140 people, an organizer said.
“Certainly within the LGBT community people are very excited that the university is taking a step forward on this, but even from students outside who are heterosexual allies or just people on campus who don't care one way or the other, the response has been wonderful,” said Bryan Ricketts, a sophomore who was part of a group working with the university to design an organization that fosters an environment of inclusion, while still remaining true to catholic teachings.