Flier At Cleveland State University Encourages LGBTQ Students To Kill Themselves

Flier At Cleveland State University Encourages LGBTQ Students To Kill Themselves”

"Two posters were removed by CSU Facilities Services because proper posting procedure was not followed", a university spokesperson old WOIO-TV.

If the flier had been put up following the correct protocol, it would not have been taken down, Dube told The Plain Dealer. "According to the legal framework", said Dube, "[the flier] would have been allowed".

The university's president Ronald Berkman called the flyers "reprehensible" but only in a second statement released after his first experienced heavy backlash.

The university argued that this was a matter for free speech saying they are "committed to upholding the First Amendment, even with regard to controversial issues where opinion is divided".

The university has yet to find the person responsible for the fliers, but the reaction from the community has been swift.

"Bullying and violent hate speech meant to harm, intimidate and silence LGBTQ people has no place in a school setting", said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD.

President Berkman later apologized for failing to express "my personal outrage" over the homophobic posters.

Berkman drew criticism when he first issued a statement regarding the fliers.

Emotions reportedly ran high at the Wednesday meeting.

"You designate a group to meet with the chief diversity officer and Vice President of student affairs and you tell us what it is we need to do for you to feel comfortable and safe on campus", Berkman said.

Others spoke of how they'd personally attempted suicide, or had LGBTQ friends who'd taken their life or been murdered.

At the forum, students told Berkman they viewed the flier as a "death threat".

One student responded that Berkman, as school president, "should have some solutions on how to help your own student body".

Also included were various statistics purported to indicate links between suicide and the LGBT community-including that 30% of suicides are LGBT-related and 34% of trans people attempt suicide.

A study cited by BuzzFeed found that more than 40% of transgender men and women, and between 10-20% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual men and women attempt suicide.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a year ago concluded that queer teens are four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers. Outside of the USA, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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