Q1.I am not a student of Waseda University and belong to another college. Can I still join GLOW?
A.Sure. GLOW is an intercollegiate circle, so if you are a student of any university or college, you can join us. You can attend events and meetings regardless of college. But please note that main locations of our activities are around Waseda University.
Q2.Can seniors at university or even graduate students join GLOW?
A.Sure. There are many members who came to our circle after freshmen year or even later.
Q3.I’m busy with my school or part-time jobs. Is it okay if I can’t attend events of GLOW?
A.You don’t have to attend all events. You can join the activities when you can and you want to. However, if you become a member, you are obligated to attend monthly held general meeting. When you can’t attend the meeting, you need to submit a proxy.
Q4.I have not come out of the closet (meaning not revealing sexuality to others). Can I still join GLOW?
A.We manage privacy of each member carefully. We will never force someone who has not come out to join our activities, and being closeted doesn’t matter to be in this circle. Actually, many members of our circle have not come out and have not revealed sexualities to others. As a circle, we have regulations on privacy in order to prevent members from being disclosed that they are sexual minorities without their consent. It is very rare someone being exposed that the person is a sexual minority by joining our circle activities. We are trying to protect privacy of members as much as we can. For this reason, publicity works of the circle are done by only volunteers and get-togethers are held at private rooms.
Q5.I missed the welcome events for new members and they are already over. Can I join the circle now?
A.New members are welcomed all year round. Before you officially become a member, we would like you to know about our circle and see what it’s like, and then you can join the circle when you want to.
Q6.How many members are there in GLOW?
A.Currently about 150 members belong to GLOW. It consists of students of Waseda as well as students of other universities and colleges.
Q7.I want to interview or make an inquiry about GLOW.
A.Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer by return of e-mail. Please understand that we can’t accept your request if we think it is not appropriate for our circle.
Q8.Does GLOW do political activities as a circle?
A.GLOW does not get involved in politically related activities. We don’t even participate in events like LGBT parade as a circle. However, as an individual, members are free to join those events.
Q9.What does “GLOW” stand for?
A.“GLOW” used to mean Gays and Lesbians Of Waseda when the circle was established and the name of the circle was written as “GLOW -Gays and Lesbians Of Waseda-“ before. Now “GLOW” is the official written name of the circle as we are open to not only gays and lesbians but also other sexual minorities. Therefore, each letter of “GLOW” has no specified meaning.