Brought to you by the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride. Nobody cares about what you think you are, or what you want to have sex with. We have nothing against your sexual orientation. Some students and administrators objected to the message of the flyers and worked together to have them removed. Whether YSU directed students to take the flyers down or simply gave them permission, such university-sanctioned viewpoint-based censorship is unacceptable at a public institution like YSU.
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This is, of course, a no-no: a violation of p. However, the university enlisted the help of students to take them down. Here, as published in the Washington Post , are two letters from University administrators vouching for this:. A student government representative said this, quoted in another Post piece :. Though SGA respects the free speech of all YSU students, these postings were not authorized, contained vulgar language, and, unfortunately, miss the point of minority activism. Where the posters were placed, then, turns out to be a pretty important question. But if the posters were taken down even from generally open bulletin boards, without any viewpoint-neutral policy justifying the removal, then that would violate the First Amendment.
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The "Pride in the Valley" event attracted more than 3, people in its first year this past June. A third gay bar has opened downtown. Of those students, 3. But gaining visibility in a place like Youngstown — even on National Coming Out Day — is challenging. Jambar editor Rachel Gobep added that students who take on YSUnity leadership roles are likely to be contacted by the media, which some students find uncomfortable.
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