Xavier silent protest Monday, Nov. 16

From the event’s Facebook page:

“Maine’s passage of Question 1 – stripping away existing rights from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer citizens – made it clear that homophobia, transphobia and hatred are still allowed to permeate the American political sphere. Question 1 sought to silence the queer community’s voice by characterizing our relationships as second class and unequal.

“Although Question 1 was only decided by Maine voters, it is an assault to all people who believe in universal dignity and equality.

“Join Xavier Alliance Monday, Nov. 16, as we make it clear that no one is a second-class citizen.

“Meet in the Atrium of the Gallagher Student Center at 11:30 a.m. to watch a short video produced by members of Xavier’s Alliance. From there, Alliance members will distribute “I am not a second-class citizen” and “My friend is not a second-class citizen” posters and duct tape.

“We will then line up outside of Gallagher Student Center at 12:15 p.m., with posters in hand and duct tape over our mouths, making a statement to all of campus that each and every Xavier student is equal, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

“None of us can be passive observers of oppression – it’s time for all of us to demand equality.”

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