The collaborative blog Queer Patrick Henry College was launched earlier this month by several current and former Patrick Henry College students. They join a growing movement of LGBT students at Christian colleges who are unapologetically asserting their right to be embraced as God created them.
It’s a great blog – witty, honest, and full of insight – written by contributors who identify themselves from “gay conservative Christian” to “pansexual and genderqueer.” I was there throughout the April, 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride visit, and knew at the time that there must be students on the other side of the police line who wanted to join us, but were afraid. This development makes me very, very happy, and is also heartbreaking. The blog is only nine days old, but we already have much more than a glimpse into what these folks have gone through and will continue to go through – and their resilience.
The Mike Farris enterprise – of providing a rigorous, classical education to smart young people, while simultaneously preventing those critical thinking skills from meeting the real world – always seemed dubious to me, and this is just the latest manifestation of that contradiction. It’s an unstoppable force. Kate Kane, you rock.
I can only say to all of you: Welcome. Bravo. And Amen.