Catholic University Rejects Bids For LGBT Campus Group

DeSales University, a small Catholic school in Pennsylvania, has repeatedly rejected attempts by students to form an LGBT group on campus. Vice President for Student Affairs Jerry Joyce’s attempted to explain that the proposed club would be unfairly “exclusive,” but his real reason was, “if we are staying true to the teachings of the Catholic faith, it would be hypocritical to allow a club that would celebrate a LGBT lifestyle.” Unsurprisingly, the campus does not have nondiscrimination policies that offer protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The university offered little response in 2010 when a student was targeted with anti-gay graffiti. A petition has been started by a DeSales alumnus, calling on the university to allow a gay-straight alliance to form.