In case you missed it, Wesleyan has missed yet another opportunity for ranking and recognition. We might not care about U.S. News or The Princeton Review or The Huffington Post, but this one hurts. Westboro Baptist Church skipped over ole Wesleyan to select Vassar College as its “Ivy League Whorehouse” (despite the fact that Vassar is not, in fact, a member of the Ivy League), and Vassar students are taking the honor with pride.
In a press release and their schedule, Westboro attacks not just Vassar but the whole of American academia. They hone in on Vassar’s especially inclusive culture:
WBC will picket Vassar College to warn the students, faculty, and alumni that the satanic policies of this nation, especially those of the colleges and universities, are causing God to pour His wrath out upon this nation. Doomed american academics fancy themselves to be smarter than God. They promote the fag agenda with all their might and mock the word of God and His messengers at every turn. Let’s see how that works out for them on the Judgment Day!
God Hates Vassar College for following the satanic Zeitgeist by professing the soul-damning lie that it is “OK to be gay.” That is what the men of Sodom and Gomorrah professed and we see how well that worked out for them. WBC will kindly warn everyone affiliated with Vassar College that the Lord that destroyed those ancient cities on the plain yet reigns. Repent or Perish!
How did Vassar students react? Since our friends over at Mads Vassar are no longer with us, let’s take our own look.
On Wednesday the 25th, the last Queer Community Meeting of the year will be held at 200 Church at 7:30 PM. We will be discussing future renovations of the Queer Resource Center, debrief on April, reflect on the year, and plan future actions for next year. Please feel free to come by and share thoughts and opinions. There will probably be cookies.
Date: TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 25th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Queer Community Meeting
On Thursday, April 26th, the infamous Sister Spit gang will be rolling through Beckham Hall at 8 pm for an amazing night of queer multi-media performances. Hosted by Michelle Tea, the night will feature poetry readings, music, videos, and other artistic shindigs by a variety of performers and writers including Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Brontez Purnell, Erin Markey, Cassie J Sneider, and Kit Yan.
Date: Thursday, April 26th
Time: 8 pm
Place: Beckham Hall
In memory of the ten publicly reported LGBT teen suicides of the last month (and many others of the more distant past), people across the country are wearing the color purple today in symbolic support of the queer community and its lost, taunted, abused, or otherwise mistreated souls. It would undoubtedly mean a lot to those at this school who have been harassed about their sexualities, or who are still hiding in the protection of the closet, to see any amount of visible support from the queer and non-queer communities of Wesleyan. So, if not for the unfortunate suicide victims, wear purple today for your friend, your classmate, your family member, your loved one, yourself, or an unknown queer soul whose day you’d like to brighten.
But maybe you need a more convincing argument?
Date: Today, October 20th
Place: Anywhere and everywhere
Do you identify as a queer person of color? Come meet others who do! Spectrum, the group for queer people of color, is meeting this Friday for conversation and fun!
Any questions? Email imitchell(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
Date: Friday, Jan. 29
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Place: Usdan comfy couches