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04/19/2011

Religious studies *and* Queer Theory: NYT on Christian Campus Pride

by Jeremy Hooper

Matriculating while gay? At a religious university?

Today's New York Times looks at a selection of schools that are Christly by definition, but that can sometimes get a little more cross when it comes to certain students. Here's a snip and link to the full:

Amanda Lee Genaro said she was ejected in 2009 from North Central University, a Pentecostal Bible college in Minneapolis as she became more assertive about her gay identity. She had struggled with her feelings for years, Ms. Genaro said, when she was inspired by a 2006 visit to the campus of SoulForce, a national group of gay religious-college alumni that tries to spark campus discussion.

“I thought, wow, maybe God loves me even if I like women,” Ms. Genaro recalled. In 2009, after she quit “reparative therapy,” came out on MySpace and admitted to having a romantic, if unconsummated, relationship with a woman, the university suspended her, saying she could reapply in a year if she had rejected homosexuality. She transferred to a non-Christian school.

FULL PIECE: Even on Religious Campuses, Students Fight for Gay Identity [NYT]

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