allow each student to "be who (they) are and be that well!"
  • Petitioned DeSales University

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DeSales University

allow each student to "be who (they) are and be that well!"

    1. tim gallagher
    2. Petition by

      tim gallagher

      Camden, NJ

A few examples to reflect on..."We are the only LVAIC school to not have such an opportunity. When I was an RA my sophomore year, I put up a flyer on my bulletin board about Gay History month, and I got in a lot of trouble. An openly gay male freshman moved onto campus last year and that day the roommates mother charged into res life saying she could not have her son living with a gay male. DeSales is only adding to the fire of the belief that being Gay is shameful and despicable which leads to loss of lives." ~class of 2011

"When I was an RA in the freshman guys dorm, a student had the word 'FAG' engraved on his door and I was told 'nothing' could be done because 'sexual orientation' was not in the non-discrimination policy of the university" ~class of 2010

Each student at DeSales University is told repeatedly to "be who you are and be that well" per the direction of St. Francis de Sales. This is a wonderful motto but currently excludes LGBT students and alumni. The university has repeatedly denied requests to allow a Gay Straight Alliance on campus and has even turned down an application for a PRIDE DSU club which sought to celebrate diversity on campus. Meanwhile, 16 Catholic Colleges in Pennsylvania have officially recognized pro-homosexual clubs, LGBTQ Resource Centers, or student organizations according to a recent poll.

IT IS TIME that we stand up for our fellow bulldogs and allow each person to live out the Salesian motto and "Be who you are and be that well" without threat of persecution or harassment.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jasmine Tucker Tucker FONTANA, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      because im a lesbian

    • Jarrod Yuskauskas BETHLEHEM, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      As an alum, I would like to see my alma mater be the loving and inclusive place I know it can be.

    • Annemarie DeitchAnnemarieD PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      On thing I learned during my time at DeSales was that being catholic meant universally accepting all God's children with love and compassion. St. Francis de Sales remains to be a hero of mine for his acceptance of all people even if he disagreed with their beliefs. He encourages us to be who we are & be it well. He tells us that nothing is so strong as gentleness, tells us not to lose courage in considering our imperfections and to have patience with ourselves. How can one do that without freedom to explore who he or she truly is? As a Salesian community we should encourage our brothers & sisters to "not wish to be anything except what (they) are".

      -AD, Class of 2001

    • ElaIne Ely QUAKERTOWN, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Young people who are GLBT &/or Q must be able to feel safe before they can reach for their higher goals. And young people who are straight need healthy examples and instruction in respecting others and honoring diversity. How can you call your school a place of higher learning if you ignore both of these basic truths?

    • Terry McMahon SCRANTON, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Everyone should be allowed to be who they are!!


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