No Longer a Silent Minority
Note from GLAADRoss Murray, Director of News and Faith Initiatives at GLAAD
Evangelical colleges have faced criticism over their attitudes toward gay students in the past. Indeed, even as officials at some of the colleges state that they accept that people are born gay, at many of these institutions, admitting to any sexual act outside of heterosexual marriage could be grounds for expulsion, and professors who argue that gay sexuality is compatible with faith may have a tough time being hired or staying employed. The most prominent group pressing for change has been Soulforce, which takes bus tours of campuses with anti-gay policies to call for change. Soulforce has been involved in spreading the gay student and alumni groups through an organization called Safety Net, a loose affiliation of the groups that are hoping to create a support network for gay and lesbian students. But the groups that sprung up this year were largely started from within campus communities. Their founders say there are several reasons the issue emerged this year, including growing social acceptance of homosexuality outside the evangelical Christian community. Far more alumni of Christian colleges, and even some students, are willing to publicly say they are gay than would have been in the past.