Tell Harding University: Don't Silence LGBT Students
  • Petitioned David Burks

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David Burks
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Harding University Communications Department
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Tell Harding University: Don't Silence LGBT Students

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

 

LGBT students at Harding University released a very heartfelt and powerful e-zine, The State of The Gay, telling the stories and giving voice to the experiences of gay and lesbian students at the school. The goal? To convey what it's like to be LGBT on campus, and to push for dialogue in hopes that Harding University might one day become a school free of oppression, discrimination, and fear of queer people. 

These are some awesome students. Too bad they're dealing with some not-so-awesome administrators. 

Students with the Harding University Queer Press have documented that the University has banned the Web site for The State of the Gay on campus, and they have a screen cap to prove it. If you try to go to HUQueerPress.com, the page turns up a bold stop sign that says, "This site has been specifically blocked by the Harding University IT Policy Committee due to objectionable content."

At Harding University, just acknowledging the existence of LGBT people is considered "objectionable." So much for academic integrity.

Send the school a message that censoring LGBT web sites and hiding the presence of LGBT students on campus -- especially when we're talking about really heartfelt and tender stories told by Harding University LGBT students in The State of The Gay -- is wrong. All students should have a chance to express themselves, and LGBT students shouldn't be hidden or defined out of existence by Harding University administrators. 

 

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      Michael Jones
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    • Suzanne M. Ritter BOARDMAN, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      How dare you think that my heart doesn't love the same as yours! Just because some homophobic person misinterpreted one passage in the bible, and ignored 1000 other passages to suit their own needs, you believed them - you're and idiot! L/G/B/T people are no different than anyone else on this planet! Only uneducated people believe this! It is 2011, and if you still hold any prejudice in your heart toward any L/G/B/T you really need to educate yourself about the facts regarding human sexuality! We will never stop fighting for all of our civil rights and this is certainly one of them!

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    • Mark Cross HOUSTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      As a Harding alumni, I strongly support these students and their unlimited access to the e-zine regardless of HU policies against LGBT community or activity.

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    • Jamie Kellett LEWISVILLE, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Why on earth would you choose to ban a website about gay and lesbian students? I find this to be really sad, and honestly a bit hypocritical. Their money (tuition) is good enough for you, but apparently they are not. That is really what you are saying by blocking their site. We'll take your money, but you aren't wanted or respected here.

      "We are frustrated that others would pervert our message of compassion and open dialogue by speaking with hate and violence." This was quoted from the blocked website. These are the people you are hurting. Is that moral? Is that right? Please reconsider.

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    • Gretchen Davis BENTON HARBOR, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      If administrators at Harding University, consider it "objectionable" to acknowledge the existence of LGBT people, I'd like to know what other "groups or people" are considered "objectionable", and therefore do not exist in their eyes ...

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    • Keith Sliter BENTON HARBOR, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      As an alumnus of Harding University I plead with you to be inclusive as Jesus was inclusive, and to be open and affirming to those who did not ask to be born of a different sexual orientation. You have their hearts and souls in your hands, too many have suffered on campus as is...and many have taken their own life because of it.

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