The monumental act of “coming out” to one’s friends and family is not necessary to all members of the LGBTQ+ community in a contemporary context like it once was. With sexual orientation constantly increasing in its fluidity, coming out may not serve the same significance for everyone.
The University has long tried to push messages of LGBTQ+ inclusivity while maintaining traditional Christian values of marriage being between a man and a woman. With anti-LGBTQ+ companies like Chick-fil-A given freely to the Pepperdine community, statements of inclusivity seem to lose their value as a result.
After a summer and fall full of promises to promote diversity and inclusion, upper administration needs to ensure their next move is appropriate. Pepperdine cannot truly be a home to all until campus no longer allows for a culture of complacency surrounding bigotry.
The power of story-telling that art provides emits a force of change due to its creative delivery.
In response to a controversial message on the freedom wall, the Graphic staff reached out to the anonymous writer for comment.
SGA passed senior Sen. Daniel Iturri’s resolution, which aims to make the LGBTQ+ community feel more welcome at Pepperdine.