Support ULL’s Academic Freedom

Forum for Equality applauds the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s decision to offer a minor in LGBT Studies, expanding the field of knowledge related to one of modern America’s most marginalized segments of the population.

Unsurprisingly, the religious extremists of the Louisiana Family Forum are lashing out against UL and its students, asking supporters to call and email UL President Joseph Savoie to complain about this new minor, stating, “UL’s advocacy for alternative lifestyles will certainly be met with opposition from taxpayers, tuition underwriters and other key UL supporters.”

Apparently, the Louisiana Family Forum doesn’t understand that it and other hate groups are in a tiny minority.  Forum for Equality knows that the people of UL Lafayette, Acadiana, and the State of Louisiana are tolerant and understanding.  The voices of intolerance and hate are fighting a losing battle in a culture war they started decades ago and have already lost.

Yesterday, UL President Dr. Joseph Savoie released a letter on this issue, stating, “Regardless of our personal feelings, as an academic institution, the university is obligated and committed to, within the law, the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, the protection of individual and group rights, and the preservation of religious and academic freedoms.” Click here to read the full response.

We are grateful for Dr. Savoie’s continued commitment to academic inquiry, tolerance, and understanding.  He needs to hear from you, click here to send him an email showing your support for UL’s administration and the new LGBT Studies minor and expressing your appreciation.

Yours in the Fight for Equality,

Robert J. Wilson
Acadiana Chapter Chair
Forum For Equality

Colin Miller
Southern Field Director
Forum For Equality

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About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
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