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Notre Dame Students Demand Adoption of Gay-Straight Alliance, LGBT Non-Discrimination Policy: VIDEO


Students at the University of Notre Dame, calling themeselves the 4 to 5 Movement, are demanding that the school recognize a Gay-Straight Alliance on campus and adopt an LGBT non-discrimination policy in a new video, called "It Needs to Get Better".

The Observer reports:

"[The video is] addressing the University at large, telling them what the current campus atmosphere is, what the current campus policy is, and how that policy needs to change in particular ways in order for certain groups to actually feel like they're a part of Notre Dame," [Senior Jackie Emmanuel, co-president of the Progressive Student Alliance] said.

The video advocates for a gay-straight alliance on campus and an amendment to the non-discrimination clause to protect LGBTQ students and faculty, Emmanuel said.

Student Senate recently passed resolutions in favor of both additions, and Emmanuel said she hopes the video will alert the administration of student support for these measures.

"We're hoping that [the video] will support Student Senate's resolutions … and then hopefully it will inspire the rest of campus to follow suit," she said.

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  1. finally -- that administration needs to move on this!!

    Posted by: David B. | Feb 29, 2012 2:33:05 PM

  2. keep it up looking forward to the next ones :)

    Posted by: | Feb 29, 2012 3:15:40 PM

  3. Maybe they should start by attending a university and giving their tuition dollars to a place that doesn't despise every fiber of their being!

    This is no different than all of these lesbian parents who enroll their kids in a Catholic school only to be amazed that the school doesn’t want them there after the school finds out that they are the children of gay parents! Take your money elsewhere!!!

    Posted by: Don | Feb 29, 2012 3:50:30 PM

  4. While I am all in favour of protections for minorities, Notre Dame is a religious institution of higher learning (borders on the oxymoronic, no?). Students who choose to attend a religious institution for their eduction shouldn't be surprised that life on campus will reflect the teachings of that religion. The pope hates gays (unless they wear frocks) so Notre Dame will only tolerate them.

    Next the students at BYU will be asking for free beer.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Feb 29, 2012 4:18:02 PM

  5. When amale institution,there was a gay-straight alliance at most restrooms every day. Redundant?

    Posted by: kansastock | Feb 29, 2012 6:02:13 PM

  6. UND students, if you ever get to talk to the mucky-mucks about gays, be sure to mention that a gay man donated the money and idea for this:

    (His name is also on the Wall of Fame in your library.)

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 29, 2012 7:44:27 PM

  7. If colleges and universities take any federal dollars, from research funds to pell grants, then they shouldn't be allowed to discriminate against any students, faculty or student organizations. I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest Notre Dame probably takes in millions, if not tens of millions, in money from the federal government... so they, too, should have to allow a GSA.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 29, 2012 9:40:20 PM

  8. Don and MikeBoston, it's not that easy.
    What if a student receives a full scholarship to attend Notre Dame? What if someone is majoring in a subject where ND is ranked the highest? What if a student doesn't have a fully formed sexual identity and realizes they are gay once they're already attending? What if students want to change the University from the inside out? There are many reasons for a gay person to attend ND, and reducing to a simple "don't spend your money there" argument doesn't fit the intricacies of real life.

    Posted by: ScoobaSteve | Feb 29, 2012 10:40:00 PM

  9. It's a private college. They don't have to. Period.

    Don't go to Notre Dame if you have a problem with that.

    It's like going to Howard University and "demanding" a European Cultural Club. They'd just laugh in your face.

    Posted by: Artie | Mar 1, 2012 10:15:38 AM

  10. "It's a private college. They don't have to. Period.

    Don't go to Notre Dame if you have a problem with that."

    Private or not, students have every right to protest school policy. Going to a private institution doesn't mean you have to wear a gag and be silent for 4 years. And Notre Dame exists in the real world, which means the administration needs to pay some attention to cultural shifts and to the demands of their students if they want to stay relevant to their (significantly pro-lgbt) staff and student body. So, no, I expect the old-guard won't be laughing in anyone's face unless they're stupid. Even places like Notre Dame can't exist in a bubble.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 1, 2012 10:31:38 AM

  11. "The Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Questioning Students (previously known as The Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs) acts as a resource to the Vice President for Student Affairs in identifying the ongoing needs of gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual students, and assists in implementing campus-wide educational programming on gay and lesbian issues."

    UND says it already has a sanctioned organization since 1995 for the gay community at the University. Is this true?

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 1, 2012 12:02:41 PM

  12. Jeff - Yes, they created this group in 1995 in response to bad publicity. The real LGBT student group had been unofficially meeting on campus; when ND found out, they kicked the group off campus. Bad publicity ensued. So rather than recognize the real student group, ND created this Core Council instead. It's run by a priest and is totally controlled by the administration. I'm not a student there anymore but my impression is that it's just an empty measure to make themselves look compassionate while maintaining their ultra-Catholic image.

    Others - Scoobasteve is right, it's a complex situation. Of course students can choose where they want to go, but who among us had everything figured out at age 18? I sure didn't, and wound up in South Bend in 1990 totally confused. I thought of leaving, but it's an excellent school and I had fantastic gay-positive friends. So I stuck it out, as many did, and tried to make things better as we went.

    The sad thing is that most people at the school, including faculty, staff, tons of clergy, and apparently now the majority of the student body, are LGBT-positive or at least not completely rabid homophobes. But the administration is, and they're the ones who persist as everyone else comes and goes. And, of course, there are lots of rabid conservative alumni who donate lots of money, which obviously helps maintain the status quo.

    Posted by: John | Mar 1, 2012 2:59:27 PM

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