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A nationwide collaboration between The Black Menaces and the LGBTQIA+ students of the Religious Exemptions Accountability Project (REAP).

 
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What we're doing


On October 11th, 2022, the National Coming Out Day, we are walking out to protest the end of the title IX (9) exemption that allows religious universities to legally discriminate against queer students and employees. We demand equality, and we will no longer allow for this blatant discrimination.

 

Fight With Us


This protest will take place on over 100+ campuses and will be one of the largest demonstrations held this year. We are joined by multiple other organizations, but to make our protest turn into real change, we need EVERY person, EVERY organization, EVERY company, EVERY congressperson, and even the President of The United States of America to join with us in protest and calling for change. 


To be one of the 100+ college campuses where this protest takes place, email us at strikeouthomophobia@gmail.com or in the contact section.

 
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“…regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, economic status and other diverse backgrounds…”

-Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 
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We are the Black Menaces. We are the LGBQTIA+ students of the Religious Exemption Accountability Project suing the US Department of Education. We are the advocates of ending the legal discrimination of students and employees at religious institutions and protecting LGBTQIA+ individuals at all colleges, universities, and religiously affiliated academic institutions across the United States of America.

The following demands are representative of the experience of LGBTQIA+ individuals across the United States of America today. This collective effort was enacted by LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals, and those who support the greater queer community. These demands are the minimum that LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially those of the trans and BIPOC community, deserve. They and will serve as the new standard holding institutions accountable for treating all students with equality, safety, and respect. 

 

DEMANDS OF OUR NATIONAL LEADERS

 

WE DEMAND the clear separation of church and state.

  • End the granting of religious exemptions to religious colleges and universities that allow the discrimination of LGBTQIA+ students while also receiving federal, taxpayer funding.

WE DEMAND access, support, and education.

  • Require the availability of Title IX education and resources for all students, especially prospective students, during yearly orientations and welcome week events.

  • Ensure the availability of resources and support for transitioning, exploring, and questioning students. 

  • Clearly delineate and uphold protections for students reporting violations of Title IX policies, allowing access to government websites and concrete resources rather than referring students solely to counseling or other means of overwhelmed/non-functioning resources.

WE DEMAND full inclusion.

  • Establish a nationwide standard of Diversity and Inclusivity to be followed by all Colleges, Universities, and Institutions of Higher Education adhering to the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

  • Following the above, we thereby require a redesign of required college and university course curricula so that they may adhere to the standards of diversity and inclusivity.

WE DEMAND, at minimum, a guarantee of the protection of the right of all students, staff, and faculty, at any and all college and university campuses, to have the ability to exist completely as themselves, regardless of any diverse background.

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“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”


-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

 

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