Students at San Diego State Hold “Rally Against Hate”

Responding to a spate of recent anti-gay incidents on their campus, students at San Diego State University held a rally on the “Free Speech Steps” there, led by by three lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student organizations.

SdsThe San Diego Union Tribune reports: “The most recent one involved the publication of a letter in the personals in the alternative student-run newspaper, The Koala, attacking an SDSU administrator in charge of Greek campus life for being gay. The letter directed at Doug Case concluded, ‘If I ever see you with your . . . poodle again I am going to jump kick it in the face.’ At the rally, Case spoke before about 200 students with his dog, a cocker spaniel named Angel, by his side. ‘Somebody tried to intimidate Angel and me,’ Case said. ‘I will not be intimidated. . . . The best way to respond to hate speech is to exercise your right to free speech and to protest intolerance.’ Other incidents included the theft of a student organization’s rainbow flag displayed at the student union – the third time in four years that such a theft occurred – and the pelting of students with eggs during an off-campus rally in support of gay marriage.”

The rally reportedly drew a crowd of 200.