Saturday, March 21, 2009

For Immediate Release:

As many of you know, our campaign to advertise our organization on campus at ETSU has drawn mixed reactions. While the overwhelming response from the lgbt community and our allies has been quite positive, there has also been a serious and targeted effort on the part of some persons affiliated with our campus to either remove our posters entirely from view, or in the case of the latest released flyers, to remove our logo and contact information from the bottom half of them.

About a week ago, a student reported to me that in the music department, someone had taken down our original "I kissed a girl" flyers and replaced them with one depicting a picture of a banana smiling with the slogan "I took down [your] flyers and I liked it." Then today, on the third floor of Rogers-Stout Hall, someone had taken the time to print out and post the following:

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. - 1 Corinthians 6.9-10"

I am urging all members and supporters of LGBTieS at ETSU to come out as you are able to the meeting next Wednesday so that we can collectively discuss these and other incidents around campus affecting the lgbtiq community at ETSU, and so we can begin to plan and coordinate an appropriate response to the increased negative reaction that we are receiving from some of our fellow students.

One reminder, for those of you who are concerned about safety and anonymity issues, "what happens at TieS, stays in TieS." We will not disclose without your explicit permission that you attended or participated in this or any other meeting we have, and we invite all of you, both students and guests, to come out and join us in helping to make our campus community a safer place for all students, but particularly for students who self identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed or questioning.

Our meeting next week will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:15 pm here on the ETSU campus. For directions or for more information about the LGBTieS at ETSU, please contact us at lgbties@gmail.com.

1 comment:

  1. Adam -

    I won't be able to attend the meeting tonight, but please know that I am on your side. A college campus is supposed to be a place where the open expression of ideas is not only allowed by encouraged. The idea that some on campus feel they can stifle others' rights to speak freely, to assemble freely, and to live honestly is deeply disturbing.

    There are no second class citizens - other than those who would deny others' their rights. And it is their choice to become and to remain second class.

    Stay strong, my friends!

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