Mandatory Celebration of ‘LGBTQ+ History Month’ for Virginia Tech RAs, Or Else

Love wins with an iron fist. 

Resident Assistants at Virginia Tech are under compulsory instruction to celebrate “LGBTQ+ History Month” by attending an event and providing photographic evidence.

According to an RA, who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, some Residence Life supervisors are forcing RAs to attend at least one of the LGBTQ+ events being held in October, and are requiring photographic evidence.

According to the anonymous RA, they are usually given a list of campus events and are encouraged to attend, but their presence is not mandatory. “We have had many past events we take residents [to], but we usually get [to] pick from a list, and not everyone needs to do each event,” the RA said.

This year, during a staff meeting, the RAs supervisor explained to them that they were required to attend an LGBTQ+ event in October, as it is “LGBTQ+ history month”.

They must invite their residents to go with them to an event they choose, stay for the entirety of the event, and document their attendance by providing photographic evidence.

Campus Reform obtained the “to-do list” for all the RAs. The list states:

Collect RCFs and complete Roommate Agreements

Find a LGBTQ+ event to attend

Shoulder Taps for the RA position

According to the RA, documenting attendance has not been required for any other events they attend.

The RA also explained that disciplinary action could be distributed for refusing to attend an LGBTQ+ event. Such action usually includes written and verbal warnings and possible termination.

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  1. Steve O

    October 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I might protest on grounds that I’m a Muslim…

    • Clybourn

      October 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm


  2. David Watts

    October 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    No photographic evidence provided? Simply didn’t go? Off to the ‘re-education center’ for you, then, Kamerad! My love for the tolerant left knows no bounds…

  3. Keith Benedict

    October 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Gotta make sure they show up for their mandatory indoctrination.

  4. HT

    October 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    The RA’s could have a case for reverse sex discrimination.

  5. Ruth Gauthier

    October 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Can’t let any through who has not been totally indoctrinated, free thought no longer allowed. A mix of Animal Farm and 1984, brought to you by the insane.

    • NeilM

      October 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      you left out Lord Of The Flies, haha

  6. I_h8_disqus

    October 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Does it have to be a pro event? I would take the kids to an anti-gay marriage event just to shove the requirements.

  7. My Shocked Face

    October 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    And there’s the end game….it’s never been about accepting and understanding. It’s about celebrating and participating! Academia is a lost cause.

  8. Eduardo Baker

    October 13, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    VA Tech is a public school and thus, mandating all RA’s to attend an event and not others is ripe for litigation. God I wish I was a RA at VA Tech because I would take them to court in a heart beat.

  9. Sandy O'Seay

    November 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    It is one thing to treat everyone with equality and fairness and dignity, it is another thing to indoctrinate people.

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