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Ohio College Administrator on Paid Leave for Remarks About Gays

Crystal Dixon, the University of Toledo's associate vice president of human resources, was placed on paid leave after she published an article in the Toledo Free Press in April responding to a piece in the paper about gay rights, WTOL reports.

DixonSaid Dixon: "As a Black woman ... I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. Daily thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle."

She concluded: "My final and most important point. There is a divine order. God created human kind male and female (Genesis 1:27). God created humans with an inalienable right to choose. There are consequences for each of our choices, including those who violate God's divine order."

Said Rob Salem, UT clinical law professor and board member of Equality Toledo: "The problem for me is that this is somebody that is charge of a major department of a major institution. She talks about .... homosexuality being a choice. And those views are refuted by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association."

Gay rights and wrongs: another perspective [toledo free press]
Gays not civil rights victims, UT administrator argues [wtol]

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  1. Her mullet is gorgeous!

    Posted by: josh | May 2, 2008 12:36:18 PM


  2. Would y'all like a chocolate fundie, or a vanilla fundie? We even have butterscotch fundies, amigos.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid...and in a very dangerous position: people's jobs.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 2, 2008 12:37:19 PM


  3. Paid admin leave? A vacation not charged against your vacation hours isn't much of a punishment.

    Posted by: Steve | May 2, 2008 12:39:50 PM


  4. Crystal Dick either on or off is never a good thing.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | May 2, 2008 12:41:00 PM


  5. Derrick,

    I'm so glad to see we've taught them the value of cooperation (rolls eyes)

    Posted by: John | May 2, 2008 12:41:32 PM


  6. Dixon needs to lay off the lavender eyeshadow and the hair extension glue. They appear to have seeped into her brain cavity. She should have been put on unpaid leave due to the conflict between her outrageous beliefs and her public responsibilities as an administrator in an educational institution.

    I trust that Salem's quote was an excerpt taken out of context because personalizing the issue trivializes it as a matter of personal opinion rather than public policy.

    Posted by: rudy | May 2, 2008 12:42:10 PM


  7. She looks like Sue Simmons' daughter.

    Posted by: Will | May 2, 2008 12:42:37 PM


  8. the problem for me is that she believes her "chosen" religion gives her superior rights over others.

    Posted by: A.J. | May 2, 2008 12:43:48 PM


  9. Some blacks make bad choices in that they committ crimes, take drugs, and live on public assistance. All black people therefore must be criminals who deal drugs and leach off society.

    The above makes me a racist and no one but a psycho would support me. Yet after her comments other people will rally around her and defend her.

    God bless America.

    Posted by: dc-20008 | May 2, 2008 12:46:44 PM


  10. Hard to believe that a VP of an HR department would be so clueless! Paid leave? She ought to be let go, period!

    Posted by: Shabaka | May 2, 2008 12:47:26 PM


  11. Is she married? The way she looks, her husband probably left her ass for man! Hmm Pity.

    Posted by: BBG | May 2, 2008 12:48:50 PM


  12. While this woman's personal views are certainly abhorent and unsupported by any data, U of Toledo better be careful how they handle the situation.

    Unless the University has proof she exercised bias in her role as the HR director, she and her fundie wingnut friends are probably getting their freedom of speech lawsuit ready.

    Posted by: DC Guy | May 2, 2008 12:51:16 PM


  13. she looks like a citizen of the lesbos islands.

    Posted by: johnosahon | May 2, 2008 1:00:00 PM


  14. Maybe she's just a bigot in her personal life and not her professional life. I love the fact that University of Toledo's mission statement includes: "enabling students to achieve their highest potential in an environment that embraces and celebrates human diversity, respect for individuals and freedom of expression." Crystal seems to have found a way to turn the mission statement against itself. You go, girl!

    Posted by: Marc | May 2, 2008 1:05:36 PM


  15. although this woman's remarks are abhorrent and she is quite obviously speaking from a position of deep ignorance, from everything i've read surrounding this situation, she wrote her op-ed piece indepentdently of U of toledo. it doesn't seem that her employer would have any sort of jurisdiction over what she writes in a public newspaper.

    Posted by: alguien | May 2, 2008 1:06:11 PM


  16. OK, DC-20008: You picked the chocolate fundie...enjoy yourself! Anybody for vanilla fundie? We got a delicious flavor called Vanilla Hagee! John McCain loves it. We had a double chocolate fundie: the Hutcherson fundie...no longer available-- people got sick.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 2, 2008 1:08:56 PM


  17. No one has yet to explain exactly how it is you have "free will" and still have a plan that you must follow. That being god's plan. You can't have free will and follow someone else's plan. It's not possible, if it's planned you really didn't choose anything did you? Stupid bi**h.

    Posted by: Los | May 2, 2008 1:16:37 PM


  18. The fact that this woman is the VP of HR, in charge of the hiring and firing of employees at U of Toledo, is disturbing. Part of her job is to review the EEO data of employees, without bias, to ensure a fair and comfortable work environment.

    If the woman truly holds these deep-seated beliefs, I would find it hard to believe that her daily dealings with members of the LGBT community would not be tainted by those beliefs. And I'm willing to bet that there's at least 2 or 3 LGBT employees at the university.

    Posted by: Michael Hawthorne | May 2, 2008 1:16:52 PM


  19. The worst thing the university could do is fire her. However, the Dean of students should definitely adress the school and make it painfully clear that such ignorance is completely against what the University feels. Embarrassing her is the best way to get the messege across.

    Posted by: JayA | May 2, 2008 1:20:36 PM


  20. it's always depressing when a person of color seeks to minimize or disregard the civil and human rights of another minority; worse still, when that person is somone in authority (clarence thomas, alberto gonzales, john yoo) derrick and rudy said it better already, but i'll repeat: this woman is both ignorant and dangerous.

    Posted by: nic | May 2, 2008 1:29:41 PM


  21. She may not have chosen to be black, but she surely could choose not to be stupid.

    Posted by: Sean | May 2, 2008 1:34:43 PM


  22. She may not have chosen to be black, but she surely could choose not to be stupid.

    Posted by: Sean | May 2, 2008 1:35:13 PM


  23. It's just so sad that so many African American's spew the christian right rhetoric...considering that the christian right used bible quotes to justify enslaving Africans...So you bought into the master's religion and seem to forget that same religion was used to keep your people down.

    "thousands leave the lifestyle everyday"

    yeah? where the fuck are they?

    Posted by: Qjersey | May 2, 2008 1:37:59 PM


  24. Yeah, I always interpreted King's message as treating everyone equal, not just treating blacks like the ruling class treats itself. (I happen to believe there are a lot of whites discriminated against by the whites in power, too).

    We live in a CIVILization, and try to treat each other CIVILly, so why are CIVIL RIGHTS being hijacked to just apply to black people?

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | May 2, 2008 1:38:53 PM


  25. Nic,

    It's also very disturbing to see the constant racism and sexism expressed by some gay men. The reality is that bigotry is universal. Look at the sexist and racist comments that pop up here on Towleroad much to Andy's consternation.

    From an sociological perspective, many of the immigrants from Europe who fled oppression became "white" when they got here and adopted American racist beliefs. Those beliefs allowed them, no matter how poor or struggling, to know that they were better than people of color.

    Killing an African-American or Native American was a civic duty for some. Have you ever seen any of the postcards of families celebrating a lynching? Have you ever read about the atrocities suffered by Chinese immigrants working on the Trans-continental railroad?

    Almost every one wants someone underneath his shoes to provide the illusion of superiority and control. It sucks; but unless people fight for their rights and force their would be oppressors to educate themselves, nothing will change.


    Posted by: noah | May 2, 2008 1:52:56 PM


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