Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States, has approved a proposal to include LGBT-only student housing on campus.
The new “Living Learning Community” (LLC), titled “Crossroads: Gender and Sexuality,” was first proposed in April but was rejected.
“Our Catholic and Jesuit values call on us to engage with ‘respect, compassion, and sensitivity’ with our LGBTQ community. It is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values to provide a language, perspective, and sense of inclusion for deepening our sense of cura personalis,” Todd Olson, vice president of student affairs, told the Hoya.
Senior Grace Smith, co-chair of the Georgetown University Student Association’s LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Policy coalition and co-author of the LLC proposal, told the Hoya the LGBT dorm is monumental for the university.
“This is a major and unprecedented accomplishment for a Catholic university,” Smith told the Hoya. “It makes a profound and radical statement that religion does not have to be mutually exclusive with the freedom to understand, challenge, and grow through and with expressions of and reflection on gender and sexuality. It says: come as you are; be who you are; love how you do; and we’ll make a home for you.”
While it’s a progressive step forward for Georgetown University some people thought the decision went against its Catholic roots.
Bad News! Georgetown University (an alleged Catholic institution) has set aside space for living quarters for the LGBTQ for the 2018-2019 term, and one does wonder if the Catechism of the Catholic Church is still allowed.
— Louis H. Milotte, Jr (@milotte_) January 9, 2018
Georgetown University, once one of America’s finest Jesuit institutions of higher ed, is now offering a Living Learning Community exclusively for LGBTQ+ identified students. Those living out a Biblical understanding of identity and sexuality need not apply https://t.co/nTlcsMVQSG
— Carmen FowlerLaBerge (@carmenlaberge) January 10, 2018
I’m sure donations have dropped considerably. Georgetown University isn’t what it used to be. https://t.co/n3w4aok3p7
— Norrie Frese (@FreseNorrie) January 9, 2018
The LLC will open for the 2018-2019 academic year.