Spring on the York College campus

LGBTQ Advocate

Calvin Stein sits on the edge of the footbridge by the Codorus Creek, willow leaves in the foreground

Biology major Calvin Stein ’23 is involved with the Chemistry Society as the current Treasurer, LAMBDA: LGBT Alliance, Spartans for Sustainability, and the President’s Task Force on Campus Sustainability. 

His involvement is what led him to create a button that incorporates two areas of interest for him. The button is colorful with the periodic element abbreviation for Bismuth or “Bi.” The colors represent the same colors on the flag representing bisexuality awareness and the abbreviation of “Bi” incorporates part of his identity and the inclusion of bisexuality as well as his interest in chemistry. “I thought this would be a great way to have something that relates to chemistry, but also represent inclusion,” says Stein.

Stein advocates for social justice issues and especially those surrounding LGBTQ rights. “I think people should be informed,” he says. “It’s estimated around 1% of the population is asexual. It’s important because a lot of people don’t realize that they might be because they aren’t aware of the term,” says Stein. “Bringing awareness of that is important because [some individuals] don’t experience sexual attraction or experience romantic interactions in the same way as a lot of other individuals do and they may feel like there’s something wrong with them.”