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Transgender Students Face Discrimination By Religious Colleges

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A July 14th Inside Higher Ed article highlights two cases of discrimination against transgender students that are representative of the broader ability of institutions to ignore federal laws that interfere with their faith.

The article comes following last month’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, which upheld the right of some businesses owned by religious individuals not to finance contraception coverage for employees; and a letter by more than 140 religious organizations and individuals petitioning for an exemption from President Barack Obama’s pending executive order which aims to protect LGBT federal employees.

The article discusses in detail an exemption granted to George Fox University, Oregon, that allows it to discriminate against a transgender student who identifies as a man and was refused permission to reside in housing for male students; and The California Baptist University case in which a scholarship student was expelled by the university on the basis of “fraud” after she appeared on a reality television program to discuss her transgender identity.

The article goes on to consider the case of Gordon College in Massachusetts. College president Michael Lindsay signed the letter to Barack Obama seeking exemptions. Citing Gordon’s anti-gay policies, the City of Salem, Massachusetts, has since killed a contract under which Gordon has operated the city's Old Town Hall. Additionally, the college’s accreditor is now reviewing whether Gordon’s policies violate NEASC’s anti-bias rules.

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  1. Still nothing on the Croatian news? There was so much Croatia-bashing back in December, and now that they have the best partnership law in Eastern Europe, nothing??

    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/victory-croatia-adopts-civil-union-law-gay-couples150714

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jul 16, 2014 11:06:05 AM


  2. Call me crazy, but I can't figure out why a transgender student would want to go to a religious college.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 16, 2014 11:25:34 AM


  3. KEVINVT--at the risk of letting your trolling hijack this thread; What Croatia bashing? There was criticism of Russia for their anti-gay laws but Croatia bashing? Where? When? How?

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 16, 2014 11:26:55 AM


  4. In other news, water is wet.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 16, 2014 11:32:37 AM


  5. Cue horrible, transphobic comments in 3...2...1....

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 16, 2014 11:49:57 AM


  6. Seriously, dumbasses, if you're LGBTQ quit enrolling in these religious colleges. What in the ever-living f*ck do you think is going to come of it? My whole family went to BYU but, guess what, I knew I'd be miserable and discriminated against there, so I went somewhere else. Problem solved! Get a neuron and think ahead.

    Posted by: Reason | Jul 16, 2014 11:52:17 AM


  7. Trannies are lucky that they're even allowed to attend college and associate with polite society, considering that they're statistically more likely to be violent towards their peers (emotionally, physically and sexually). If the T would just stop cramming their agenda down the throats of our allies in both the straight and LGB communities, they might be treated better. But the ball is in their court to earn society's respect and approval.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 16, 2014 12:06:17 PM


  8. Trannies are lucky that they're even allowed to attend college and associate with polite society, considering that they're statistically more likely to be violent towards their peers (emotionally, physically and sexually). If the T would just stop cramming their agenda down the throats of our allies in both the straight and LGB communities, they might be treated better. But the ball is in their court to earn society's respect and approval.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 16, 2014 12:06:22 PM


  9. Not sure if you have ever been in college. Tertiary educational establishments in general have very "liberal" environment (except a few religious schools). You would be very uncomfortable in it. Sexual orientation and sexual identity are non-issues. No luck is required. All the rules are well set out on paper.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 16, 2014 2:17:41 PM


  10. Agree with KevInVt. How odd that a gay blog fails to cover a significant development in gay rights in Europe, but finds time for numerous, lengthy posts about "transgenders" who aren't gay. Croatia was one of about 6 major setbacks across the globe a few months ago. That the country would adopt civil unions by a huge legislative majority is a very positive step in the right direction.

    Posted by: Samuel | Jul 16, 2014 3:09:35 PM


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