GU Pride members aren't happy Love Saxa’s invitations to speakers, saying they have increasingly been extended to more homophobic guests, The Georgetown Hoya reports.
“Last year, being on the board, I don’t remember them bringing anyone anti-gay to campus,” GU Pride President Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) told the Hoya. “It seems like their programming has taken a turn for the more homophobic.”
Tuesday's speaker was Heritage Foundation fellow Ryan Anderson, who wrote a book opposing same-sex marriage, and Mark Regnerus, who authored a study criticizing same-sex parenting, came to campus last Thursday.
Members of the gay community protested Regnerus’ talk in silence, the Hoya reported.
GU Pride members also raised questions about the timing of these events during Coming Out Week and OUTober.
“I was surprised they would plan an event on marriage during the week Pride celebrates the LBGTQ identity,” Lloyd told the Hoya. “That necessitated a formal response. I can’t speak to whether they’re doing it deliberately, but I think it’s poor planning — OUTober has been an established event before this was conceived.”
Love Saxa member Emile Doak (COL ’14) said that Tuesday happened to be the only time Anderson was available and the date was unrelated to OUTober.
“The fact that they’re close together was not our plan,” Doak said. “I actually feel bad about [the timing].”