WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY IN CONNECTICUT
by Jim Brown and Karen Battles
about as nutty as it gets." That's how a pro-family leader is describing
one private university's decision to offer transgender housing on campus.
Beginning this fall, Wesleyan University in Connecticut -- named after the
founder of the United Methodist Church -- will offer the first transgender
college housing in the nation.
The idea, pushed by a campus student life committee called Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning People (LGBTQQ), received
widespread support from the administration. The objective, according to the
school's director of residential life, Jeff Ederer, is to create a space that is
friendly and responsive to the needs of "trans-identified students."
"I think the concept is much more than promoting the idea that a girl and
guy can share the same room -- though that is certainly part of it," Ederer
stated earlier this spring.
Pro-family advocates believe providing students the option of living in a
so-called "gender blind" hall will only lead to more gender-confused
students. Peter LaBarbera of the Culture and Family Institute says the move will
have devastating consequences and regards it as "political correctness run
"The homosexual groups have always been strong on campus, at least over the
last decade. They have virtually no sustained opposition to them,"
LaBarbera says. "And now the transgenders are coming along, and they are
every bit as militant as the gay activists were before them."
LaBarbera adds that he believes more "gender-free" dorms will spring
up across the country because of the university's decision.
"It would be funny if it weren't so dangerous," he says. "I've
actually seen women who are trying to be men, showing off after their healthy
breasts were removed surgically so that they could have flat chests just like
"These policies are ridiculous -- but they also have severe health
consequences for these poor kids who are gender-confused."
LaBarbera says 99% of Wesleyan alums are no doubt shocked by what is occurring
at their alma mater and believes that it is up to Wesleyan alumni to alert the
university that they will not be using their dollars to support such
Wesleyan University was founded in 1831 by leaders of the Methodist movement and
local citizens. It became fully independent of the Methodist Church in 1937.