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February 16, 2010 10:00 AM Gay Campus Group Forced to Be Less Gay

By Daniel Luzer

Missouri private college Lindenwood University approved the formation of a gay-straight alliance on campus, provided that the group also embrace “other students in need of understanding and support.” The group will euphemistically be known as the Spectrum Alliance.

Although presumably a gay-straight alliance could potentially involve every single person at Lindenwood, campus administration objected to the original group, characterizing its gayness as “parochial and self-serving.”

According to an article by Doug Moore in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“Its mission [now] includes issues pertaining to various groups including LGBT, the disabled and other groups/students in need of understanding and support,” according to a mission statement approved by University President James D. Evans after Richard Boyle, vice president of human resources, met with [the leader of the gay-straight alliance].

Lindenwood initially rejected the group’s application, saying that “its principal purpose appears to be the support and promotion of a particular lifestyle.” That particular lifestyle “does not coincide with the traditional values of Lindenwood University.”

While the school describes itself as “firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values,” Lindenwood is not exactly a stranger to the particular lifestyle; in 2008 Lindwood opened its new J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts with a solo concert by gay icon Liza Minnelli.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer