Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Seeking Catholic Acceptance

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Seeking Catholic Acceptance

Article excerpt

Faggot. Queer. Homo. White walls stained Fred with ink--the words were everywhere. I returned to my dorm room during my freshman year at Seton Hall University in northern New Jersey to discover that I had become the victim of a hate crime. That day would shape the rest of my experience here.

As college students go I'm about as normal as you can get. I'm a hockey goalie, a musician, and an activist. But I'm also an openly gay junior at a Catholic university. I decided to attend Seton Hall and start a group for gay students and allies since it was a school that boasted about acceptance and tolerance and had a policy against antigay discrimination. Having been closeted in high school, I knew the importance of making friends.

But my proposal to form Trust, Respect, and Unity at the Hall in November 2003 was rejected. "No group based solely upon sexual orientation may receive formal University recognition," wrote the vice president for student affairs. …

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