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West Virginia Wesleyan College Making Campus a More Welcoming Place for LGBT Students
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 07, 2013 @ 10:08AM
Created on October 04, 2013 @ 7:44PM

For the first time in school history, West Virginia Wesleyan College is hosting Coming Out Week.

For many, the issue of LGBT rights has always been an extremely hot-button issue that his driven a wedge into America's communities. Over the last few decades, people's minds have begun to change.

As more and more folks began coming out of the closet, people began realizing that the LGBT community wasn't all that different. At West Virginia Wesleyan College, student groups like Prism, and members of the faculty and administration, hope that hosting a Coming Out Week at the college will foster a more open, honest, and welcoming environment to all students.

"The importance of this week is basically for the reason to let them know that we do have an accepting community and that we are here, and we are here for them [LGBT Community]," Morgan Carter, VP of Prism told 5 News.

The week's activities began with the interfaith service at the Wesley Chapel. Throughout the week, the campus will play host to different speakers, a candlelight vigil for LGBT suicide victims, and a Second Chance Prom for those who didn't feel comfortable going to prom in high school.

On Friday, the school will celebrate Coming Out Day on the Chapel lawn in hopes that they can create a dialogue and perhaps create a bridge between people inside and outside of the LGBT community.

"The Gospel message is that we should love our community and that we should love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. So, coming together [whether] you are gay, lesbian, straight, or allies it's just across the board an important time for us to be together," Reverend Angela Gay Kinkead, Dean of the Wesley Chapel told 5 News.

"Naturally someone who has been taught to hate members of the LGBT community are going to believe that we are amoral and promiscuous and that we're not capable of leading productive, spiritual lives. And that's just not true. And I hope that by my fellow member's examples and by my example people we see that is a complete fallacy," said Prism's President, Ali Carter.

From the college's perspective, starting a dialogue on LGBT rights and treatment is the most important thing they can accomplish. After all, at a school of higher learning, dialogue is currency. As Vice President of Student Development Julie Keehner told us it's easier to catch people with honey then with vinegar.

"We hope that people will come and be more fully educated [and] that people will come and honor difference. We hope that people will come and appreciate difference. So, I look forward to opening our doors for anybody who wants to learn more about all of the issues that will be covered this week."

Among all things though, the college wants to make sure that anybody is welcome to attend these events, and they hope that they'll see you there.

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Comments (5)
Oct 09, 2013 at 12:18 AM
God gives us gift of 'discernment' so those who 'claim' to be christians but are not are recognizable to us.

How to tell? God says, "You shall know them by their fruits." Fruits being WORKS. Spreading immorality and things that go against GOD is WORKING for satan not God. Better make up your mind which one is your god.
Oct 09, 2013 at 12:16 AM
You are not a christian when you disobey and willfully ignore God's laws/standards and argue his words. God says this is an abomination and when God says it; that's that--the end of story!
Oct 07, 2013 at 5:09 PM
I think that's just fantastic. This is 2013, not 1813 and it's more than time for these kids to feel to be true. I'm a Christian and think this is a great thing!
Oct 07, 2013 at 10:34 AM
This wicked event is an abomination to a Holy God. SHAME ON YOU This is a evil wicked event and parading your sin on campus or down main street is sick.A school of higher learning of what how to be a pervert and have reprobate minds? God does not condone this but condemns it Read about Sodom and Gomorrah in your King James Bibles for details.You perverts have no fear of God what so ever.Heres some scripture..Romans 1 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Oct 07, 2013 at 7:30 AM
I do not condone immoral behavior. Too bad colleges and very deceived christians and church-related colleges and religionists are falling into a dangerous trap. It's obvious they choose to not believe God's word over mans. Sodomy is and always has been and always will be an abomination to God. Like it or not. If people wish to act immoral, that is a choice they make. There's always 'consequences' for your actions. But these people are looking for us to 'condone' their lifestyle; not going to happen. Get over it.
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