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Notre Dame and the LGBTQ community

Nathan Lamp | Thursday, April 26, 2012

On Wednesday, the Notre Dame News (ND Newswire) page featured an article stating that “Notre Dame enhances support for gay and lesbian students.” While the changes are a nice gesture of support for the LGBTQ community and their straight allies, they are not an adequate response to the problem. In the article, Fr. Tom Doyle is quoted, saying, “The University has made significant progress over the past 15 years in its support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning students, but we’ve always emphasized the desire to continuously improve and to be responsive to student concerns. The conversations between students and the administration both recently and over the past several years have been very important.” If student concerns are so important to the administration, then the administration would seriously examine the reasons and understand the need for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the official non-discrimination clause and the approval of an official gay-straight alliance. These are the things the students are asking for. The administration needs to listen to them before they claim that student concerns are so important.