Ending the Discrimination of LGBTQIA+ Students on Baylor's Campus.

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October 2020


            We are Baylor University. We represent the students who are Baylor’s present, and will be Baylor’s future. We write to ask for immediate action concerning an issue regarding equal treatment on this campus. We would also like to address the blatant breach of Baylor University’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion stating: “at Baylor, ‘Love thy neighbor’ are not just words…they are a way of life.”[1]

We ask that Baylor University leadership affirm the following principles:

  • All Baylor students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to equal treatment and equal benefits and privileges of Baylor life.
  • Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, non-binary, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) or students who identify as allies of the LGBTQIA+ community have the same rights to formally organize and form officially chartered student organizations to facilitate support, common interest, and community for the LGBTQIA+ community as done by other chartered student led organizations.
  • Unequal and discriminatory treatment of LGBTQIA+ students—such as robbing them of a supportive and loving community through a chartered organization—is antithetical to the value of love that infuses Christ’s teachings. 

We ask that Baylor University charter Gamma Alpha Upsilon.

We ask that Baylor University apologize to the current students and alumni who have been excluded from the full rights and benefits of Baylor life as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

We ask that Baylor University reinterpret the Statement on Human Sexuality and apply this reinterpretation to allow a non-discriminatory clause to be added to the Baylor University Department of Student Activities Organization Policy and Procedures Guide.    

With utmost love and desire to make Baylor better for all,

            Current Baylor Students Whose Names Appear Below.

Veronica Bonifacio Penales, class of ’23, First Author “No Crying On Sundays”

Addison Knight, class of ’23, Second Author “No Crying On Sundays”

McKenna Louth, class of ’22, Artistic Director “No Crying On Sundays”

Emma Fraley, class of ’21, President of Gamma Alpha Upsilon (ΓΑΥ)

[1] Baylor University, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/