Sep 302010

Today is the start of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered history month and for both the GLBT community and anyone who values human decency and human life, this month starts on a sad note.

Yesterday police identified the body of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi after he jumped off the George Washington Bridge and killed himself.

Clementi’s tragic suicide was a desperate response to his roommate Dahrun Ravi’s decision to, on two occasions, secretly stream a video of Clementi kissing another man in their dorm room.

Clementi was one of four gay teenagers to kill themselves this month.

Also last week, it emerged in the mainstream media that the Michigan Assistant District Attorney Andrew Shirvell has waged an internet hate campaign against University of Michigan at Anne Arbor’s openly gay student body president Chris Armstrong.

In his inaugural blog post on his blog “Chris Armstrong Watch,” almost six months ago Shirvell wrote that the blog was for people who oppose the recent election of Armstrong, who he labeled a “RADICAL HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST, RACIST, ELITIST AND LIAR.”

These incidents should go a long way to proving that, despite the fact that colleges and universities claim to be bastions of tolerance and liberal thought and despite the fact that society claims to be more accepting of the GLBT community, America still has a long, long way to go.

GLBT history month should be an opportunity to learn about the history of GLBT struggles and should help the CSU community become more educated and active in fighting for, not only tolerance, but for acceptance of GLBT people.

No one should stand for the heinous acts of discrimination and hate that have taken place in September, and CSU students need to educate themselves and take a stand against GLBT discrimination.

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