Stanford student groups are petitioning the school not to let ROTC back on campus:
"Now, more than ever, is the time for college students across the country to take a stand and organize against transgender discrimination, an issue that has been historically ignored by the mainstream gay rights agenda" said Alok Vaid-Menon, President of Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. "A re-introduction of ROTC on college campuses (including Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia) that include 'gender identity' in their non-discrimination clause is a fundamental violation of policy and an endorsement of discrimination."
Of course it is, or at least it is as much as allowing an anti-gay ROTC on campus violated sexual orientation inclusive non-discrimination clauses.
I'm glad the students are making this point - a lot of schools have apparently either forgotten that their nondiscrimination clauses include gender identity or they just don't care as they get ready to welcome ROTC back on campus.
Joe Mirabella made some good points about ROTC going back to campus last week. I don't understood why schools think they have to welcome the para-military group right away before it was even proven that they wouldn't discriminate any more against LGB people (and we still don't know what the ultimate policy will look like).
The eagerness we're seeing is rather unbecoming and speaks to the current American inability to say no to the military lest one be branded a traitor. The least that can be asked is that it respect the local rules when it enters someone else's environment, but, as we've seen in most places where the military's been sent, that's just asking too much.
Good for these students at Stanford, and, if I may just throw out some useless, un-provable, and vague generational analysis that the folks who always talk about "the future of the gay community" generally don't like to hear, young gay people are becoming more accepting of trans people being a part of the LGBT. It must be all that Leslie Feinberg and Ugly Betty we grew up with.