LGBT group denied charter at Point Loma Nazarene University

ABC 10 San Diego
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December 12, 2012

 

Some students at Point Loma Nazarene University are calling for change after a failed attempt to form a gay-themed student group. Point Loma Nazarene senior Sean Lewis, who is openly gay, said he and others often feel unwelcome on campus. "I've gotten messages on Facebook ... warning me that I'm going to hell," said Lewis. The school is associated with the Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical Christian denomination. To lessen that angst among gay students, Lewis recently spearheaded a campaign to begin a gay-themed discussion group. Lewis read a portion of the mission statement to 10News. "We hope LGBT students can share their neglected stories, lingering questions and increasing trials with their Christian comrades," he read. Lewis applied for a charter for his group, but he was recently called into a meeting and told by Caye Smith, the school's vice president of student development, that there would be no be group.