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11/11/2010

'Divisive and problematic': The denial, not the club

by Jeremy Hooper

As a native Nashvillian, this writer knows that Belmont university is widely recognized for its music programs.

As a gay man who left red Tennessee in part because of policies regarding LGBT people, this writer knows that this kind of thing can really strike a negative chord in the minds of acceptance-seeking locals:

Gay students at Belmont University in Nashville thought creating a gay group on campus would be a wonderful idea. But they must've forgot about the school's Christian values, which have Screen Shot 2010-11-11 At 8.52.59 Amsucceeded in playing keep-away for more than two years.

Belmont Bridge Builders was denied recognition as a student group application by university officials. But the organization's president Robbie Maris is left in the dark about why the group has been, News Channel 5 reports, "called divisive and problematic." A pro-life student group didn't have that problem; Belmont Students for Life was approved.

Read more: But A Homosexual Student Group Would Violate Belmont University's Christian Values [Queerty]

Bridge, meet troubled waters.

It's unclear why a group identified as "pro-life" (an unfair political label that applies the other side is "pro-death") was not considered divisive. That is to say: Unclear to those who don't understand double-standard hat LGBT people know all too well.

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