As you may know from reading our college admissions blog, we regularly discuss universities that are and are not considered to be gay-friendly. Today, we’d like to bring your attention to a “New York Times” piece on being LGBT at Georgetown University. In the piece by Kyle Spencer entitled “A Rainbow Over Catholic Colleges: How Georgetown Became a Gay-Friendly Campus,” Spencer writes about how Georgetown was not always a gay-friendly university. In 1980, Georgetown students sued the university for the right to equal privileges for LGBT organizations. And just a few years back, in 2007, Georgetown students took to the steps of Healy Hall in protest over the university’s perceived inadequate response to anti-gay incidents on campus. A year later, according to “The New York Times” piece, 61% of students at Georgetown believed homophobia was an issue at the Catholic university. That’s a high number for sure.
But change has been afoot at this prestigious American institution. The current student body president is gay. As stated in the “New York Times” piece, “‘Georgetown has made a huge commitment to its L.G.B.T.Q. community,’ said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, a national nonprofit group. ‘It has a history. It has a past. But today it is pushing the needle forward.'” Pushing the needle forward for LGBT equality. That’s what we at Ivy Coach like to hear!
Now there has certainly been a bit of a backlash from some alumni of the university who don’t like to see this kind of change at their alma mater. Some believe that the university is straying from its Catholic teachings but, hey, even the Pope said last week that who is he to judge? These alumni of this Jesuit institution that’s supposed to embrace everybody need to take the advice of the Pope.
Great news at one of American’s most beautiful college campuses!