By Alex Cronin
Students from the University of Norte Dame are demanding action from the well-known college. The traditional, Catholic school has denied recognition to an official LGBTQ club fifteen times and refuses to include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination clause.
Students started a group called the 4 to 5 Movement and posted a video this past week called “It Needs to Get Better” (The video can be seen below). The 4 to 5 Movement is founded on the idea that four out of five college students support equal rights for LGBT people. The group also wrote a letter to Father John Jenkins, president of the university. In the letter students wrote
The lack of a recognized gay-straight alliance student club and the lack of an inclusive nondiscrimination clause creates a culture of fear and uncertainty among GLBTQ students, faculty, and staff in particular — a fear that discourages some from entering the Notre Dame family, a fear that provokes some to leave the Notre Dame family, and a fear that inhibits the ability of some to live openly.
You can read more excerpts from the letter here.
I find it hard to believe that such a well-known school would deny an LGBTQ group. Being a Catholic school should not give the college a reason to allow their students and faculty to feel discriminated against. The Catholic Catechism states that “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” So Norte Dame isn’t even following Catholic teaching, I would really like to here their reason for this. Support the LGBT movement at your school. Follow the example of the students from Notre Dame and stand up for the rights of your fellow peers.