Education

The Oldest Catholic University In America Is Getting An LGBTQ Dorm

Georgetown University has just approved the idea of a dorm for LGBTQ students.

The oldest Catholic university in America is willing to provide living space just for transgender, genderfluid, gay, bisexual, and lesbian students.

The “Crossroads: Gender and Sexuality” is set to open for the 2018-2019 academic year and was only approved last year. Meanwhile, the year before that the pitch of a “Living Learning Community” for LGBTQ people was rejected.

Despite that one setback, senior Grace Smith was determined to create a safe space for LGBTQ students at the Catholic university. As she shared on Facebook, getting the approval was a miracle on its own.

“Students will now begin to have a unique residential space dedicated to exploring and understanding themselves and others in relation to gender and sexuality,” she added. “Congratulations to everyone who made this dream a reality.”

The school itself says that they want to respect the students wishes as much as they can, religion willing.

 “Our Catholic and Jesuit values call on us to engage with ‘respect, compassion, and sensitivity’ with our LGBTQ community,” Todd Olson, vice president of student affairs, told The Hoya. “It is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values to provide a language, perspective, and sense of inclusion for deepening our sense of cura personalis,” he added, referring to the Latin phrase meaning “care for the entire person.”

That said, not everyone’s as accepting. There are already religiously intolerant people on the attack.

Catholic blog Church Militant says that Georgetown is disrespecting the Christian faith.

“The Jesuits… are well known for their dissent from Church teaching on just about everything while claiming to be Catholic,” the site added. “Father James Martin, one of the most prominent Jesuits in the United States, has been an ardent advocate of sodomy and so-called same-sex marriage, telling homosexuals that God ’made them that way.'”

Despite that, the location and specific date of opening is still undetermined, but is expected for the 2018-2019 academic year.

h/t: NewNowNext

California Approves LGBT History Books For Grades K-8

On November 9th, California became the first state to approve the adoption of 10 LGBT inclusive history books for grades K-8. Two additional texts were denied because they exclude LGBT history, a violation of the CA 2011 Fair Education Act. California will now require for history and social studies curriculum to include the achievements of LGBT leaders as well as people with disabilities.

It's no shock that California is the first state to adopt this type of legislation, with many gay cultural hubs scattered throughout the Golden State like San Francisco, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, and San Diego among many others.

The legislation was written be Senator Mark Leno, a champion of LGBT organizations and causes.

According to Advocate, the Executive Director of Equality California, Rick Zbur, has praised the state for their decision to be more inclusive in the classroom.

This long fought victory is the next step for California students to learn about the contributions and history of LGBTQ people. Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision.

Adoption of the textbooks into California classrooms will grant LGBTQIA students the opportunity to see themselves represented. Additionally, others will be able to learn about the contributions queer people have made, which will hopefully bring us strides closer to tolerance, acceptance, and inclusivity for all.

I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Bravo, Cali!