To: The President and Vice President of Student Development of Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Should Charter an Official LGBTQ Club
As current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Point Loma Nazarene University, we are calling on administrators to courageously charter an official LGBTQ club for students on campus who identify as LGBTQ and for straight allies.
Why is this important?
Point Loma Nazarene University has no institutionalized club that creates a safe space for current students who identify as LGBTQ. Without the explicit support of the university, these students often suffer greatly with feelings of isolation and depression. Knowing that they are supported and celebrated as full members of the community is integral to their health and success.
We understand that the chartering of a club is complex because of the institution's ties to the Church of the Nazarene, a Christian denomination that does not recognize the right of LGBTQ people to be in relationship with one another. However, despite the denominational policy, many of us remain compelled to advocate for LGBTQ rights and find it difficult to remain associated with an institution that so blatantly makes LGBTQ students feel unwelcome and unloved. Institutional complexity does not absolve moral imperative to stand for justice even if that stand comes at great cost.
Because of this, we--as students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Point Loma Nazarene University--cannot offer financial support in the form of alumni giving until the club is chartered.
How it will be delivered
When the petition is completed, I will print and send hard copies to President Brower, the cabinet, and the alumni office.