Boston College’s GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC), a governing body of the Undergraduate Government, supports many groups and organizations that promote GLBTQ awareness. These groups include Allies of Boston College, Prism and Horizons support groups for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning, and a Lesbian and Gay Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association (LGFSAA).
Approved in 2003, the Boston College’s Allies Constitution states that it “will respect the Jesuit, Catholic mission and heritage of Boston College…and shall not sponsor or support programs that involve public protests, petitions or activities and events that conflict with University policy or that University officials judge promote positions or behavior inconsistent with BC’s religious traditions.”
President Father William Leahy, S.J., also approved of BC Allies’ mission, stating, “It is essential that the topic of sexuality be examined in the Boston College community in light of Scripture, our Christian, Catholic roots and moral teachings, and contemporary culture. In particular, I think we need to come to a fuller appreciation of sexuality as a gift from God that not only shapes human identity and relationships but that also calls us to integrity, generosity and personal responsibility.” Although the University provides for it students through a variety of organizations, including BC QueerPeers, BC Allies, the GLC, Graduate Pride Alliance for graduate students, a Lamda Law Students Association of LGBT students, staff, and faculty of the Law School, and a GLBT Inclusive Fellowship of Theology Students (GIFT), some events or resources hosted by these clubs seem to directly contradict Church teaching. In March 2012, the GLC hosted a Gala with speakers from the LGFSAA, and
Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth). BAGLY’s website states, “Our approach to programming and services is youth-centered, non-judgmental and “sex-positive” (meaning we think consensual sex is natural and healthy) [sic].” It also promotes belief “in sexual freedom…[and] in condoms….” Boston College Allies also seems to explicitly support a lifestyle of sexuality that is not in accordance with the teachings of the Church.
T-shirts being sold at many of their main events, especially during National Coming Out Week include stick-figure images of man-man, woman-man, and woman-woman figures holding hands are printed with “Support Love” on the bottom of the image. Due to the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts in 2004 and the revocation of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2010, Boston College, as seen on their LGFSAA website, provides the resources to access benefits for same-sex couples.
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