group to examine issues of sexual orientation
President William P. Leahy, SJ, has approved creation of a new student
group, to be called Allies of Boston College, that will provide
support to students of various sexual orientations.
According to its constitution, the new organization's purpose will
be "to advance understanding of issues, concerns, and needs regarding
sexual orientation among undergraduates." Allies of Boston College
will accomplish this aim by "developing and sponsoring educational
programs that promote a fuller appreciation of sexuality as a gift
from God, especially as understood in the Catholic tradition."
The constitution further stipulates that the group "shall not sponsor
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."
Approval for the organization comes after a year of discussions
between Leahy and the Undergraduate Government of Boston College
(UGBC), led by president Adam Baker '03. Vice president Orville
Thomas '03 and the director of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
issues for UGBC, senior Peter Marino, were also active participants
in the talks.
In his announcement, Leahy commended the concern that Baker and
his administration have shown for the needs of BC students and said,
"All individuals, no matter their race, religious beliefs, intellectual
talents, sexual orientation, or geographic origin, are created in
the image and likeness of God and are thus to be valued, treated
with respect, and enabled to feel at home on our campus. I also
believe that 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."
Photo: UGBC President Adam Baker '03. By Lee Pellegrini