The Catholic University of America: Support LGBTQ students by fostering a safe and welcoming campus at CUA.
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The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America: Support LGBTQ students by fostering a safe and welcoming campus at CUA.

    1. Petition by

      Robert Shine

      Shrewsbury, MA

President John Garvey and senior administrators rejected a proposed LGBTQ student organization on December 6 after nearly ten months of dialogue, once again denying all students the right to fully and actively contribute to Catholic University. CUAllies, the proposed organization, set forth a vision and tone that affirmed Catholic identity while embracing a marginalized community.

Students engaged in community, prayer, and service together, building up mutually supportive friendships that not only enabled students to thrive on campus, but to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. Administrators cited fears of "advocacy" as the reason for denial, in direct contradiction to CUAllies two years of non-political, pastoral efforts.

As alumni, faculty, and staff, as parents and family members, as friends and fellow people of faith, as supporters of LGBTQ persons and human dignity for all, as fellow human beings, we urgently request that The Catholic University of America review it's harmful decision and begin to embrace all students into the campus community.

We further commit to remain educated on and involved in this issue as it develops and stand with LGBTQ students when they ask for our support. For further information on the history or how to help further, 'Like' us on Facebook at or visit our website at

The Catholic University of America
Support LGBTQ students by fostering a safe and welcoming campus at The Catholic University of America, so that the dignity and goodness of each person as made in God's image is unquestionably affirmed.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. 500 Signatures!

      Robert Shine
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached 500 signatures - but we need to keep pushing. Please share this pledge on Facebook, Twitter, email to all your friends, colleagues, and family. Let's try for 1,000 to send a message for safety and inclusion!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Richard Reinhard WASHINGTON, DC
      • 9 months ago

      Same-sex spouse of CUA alumnus.

    • Meagan Tomasso WASHINGTON, DC
      • 12 months ago

      It is important that my college supports LGBTQ students!

    • Chris Penafiel KENSINGTON, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a member of the lgbtq population here at CUA and I personally feel like the school would benefit from a group of students like this. It would increase our visibility in the school and connect us more to the other students, but it would also distinguish us and foster a sense of pride that only community can bring.

    • Mary Johnson BLACKWOOD, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      y precious son, Sam Johnson , was a student at CUA when he dies suddenly a few weeks ago. Sam was many wonderful things including gay. As parents we need to do everything we can to make sure our children are safe and welcome when we send them away to college. CUA has been so good to our family. Every student deserves to feel welcome. Please let me help any way I can..

    • Kate Sweeney WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a CUA alum (SLIS, '08) and a neighbor of the university. All students (and people) have a right to be accepted.


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