Jake Weinraub

Texas A&M Student Senate Backs Homophobic Measure

Filed By Jake Weinraub | April 21, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: LGBT civil rights, petition, resource center, Texas, texas a&m, traditional values

A bill of support passed through the Texas A&M Student Senate last night 375210351_98803d3b17.jpg for a Texas Legislature bill (SB-63-106) that would require Texas colleges and universities with GLBT resource centers to provide equal funding for "Traditional and Family Values" Centers promoting heterosexuality.

Camden Breeding, President of GLBT Aggies at Texas A&M University sent us an online petition against the bill, which could cut funding for the University's first queer organization in half.

Jesus Reyes, who graduated from Texas A&M in 2010, admits to The American Independent that campus climate necessitates the center:

"There is, I wouldn't necessarily say homophobia, but a certain apprehension about gays at A&M... Honestly, I think there are many students there who have never met a gay person. They snicker at you if you walk into GLBT Resource meetings. Even in sociology class, they make bigoted, ignorant comments.

"Equality" rhetoric can backfire.

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"Honestly, I think there are many students there who have never met a gay person."

OK Slick, what's a 'Gay person' look like? Or a Lesbian?
How bout one of them Transgender's?
OH, OH! I know, what’s an Intersex look like?

I certainly hope none of my tax dollars are being wasted on this bull. The Hets hang out in the library (I saw so much sex in the stacks in the college I went too) and the student union (hey, private rooms for quite ‘studying’ or watching movies in the dark) and the cafeteria too. Should I mention every class room or the dorms?

What would a ‘Hetrosexual Resource Center’ even have? Oh wait, yeah a bible.

I am no legal expert. I guess my question is can Texas unfairly burden one group to be compelled to offer equal resources without requiring it for all?

Rick Sutton | April 22, 2011 8:58 AM

It's Texas. Their state school board just voted overwhelmingly to demand that creationism be taught in all schools.

They elected a patrician/former president's son, to the gubernatorial office, based solely on his make-work job with a (failing) professional baseball team. Who, we should recall, was later our president via a thieving election, and who touted his ability to "work across the aisle like I did in Texas." And who proceeded to install Karl Rove in one of the nation's most blatant anti-Constitutional political machines inside the White House.

Yeah. Texas. Everything's bigger and better in Texas. Snapshot: 1962. They never left it.

Apologies to the good folk of Texas. Your karma just got eaten by the majority's dogma. I know. I live in Indiana, a/k/a Texas North.

It's not "equality rhetoric". It's the ignorance of privilege. It is the disparity of power and oppression that necessitates support and resources. "Traditionalist family values" (which I already balk at as ridiculous terminology) don't NEED resources or support. They are the normative characteristic of society, hence their moniker of being "traditional". Do white, affluent, males need equivalent resources for financial aid? No. Do lesbians need equivalent resources for HIV prevention? No.

This is disgusting. And I find myself going to back to Bioware's David Gaider responding to a straight male gamer who complained about Bioware "neglecting its straight male audience" by including a same-sex romance plot:

"And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want."

And why do we allow conservatives to dictate what are "traditional, family values"? People's family values also include being gay friendly, being supportive, recognizing oppression, treating people fairly, NOT BEING BIGOTS. We allow them to set the terms of discourse where "family" and "traditional" mean "bigoted". WTF? Let's take it back!

I have a friend who works at the college and is terrified of students who hate teh gayz finding out he's gay because of the climate of fear at the campus.

I don't know if this is an example of equality rhetoric backfiring (which would mean that if no one had ever advocated for "equality" the Texas legislature would never have thought of this law, which I doubt) so much as it's an example of conservative whininess and perpetual victimhood, mixed in with a good bit of conspiracy theory (that is, the gays control everything and conservatives can't even get heard).

I posted about this law a few weeks ago and the way it's written it's unclear what a university even has to do to comply.

Anyone familiar w/ A&M would not be surprised at this development. Here in TX, we have a statewide institution called "Aggie Jokes." Aggies are thought of as being backwards & ignorant (their bizarre "traditions" don't help their cause either). So if a conservative state like TX can make fun of Aggies, what do you think it says of them?

california panda | April 23, 2011 4:56 AM

If Texas ever needs an enema, they'll have to put the nozzle into the Texas School Board

Karla Gonzalez | April 23, 2011 11:34 AM

The funding would not be cut to the organization, rather the the GLBT Resource Center. There is a huge difference between the two.