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.