Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual a Desirable Trait at Elmhurst College

LGBT a 'desirable' trait at UCC-affiliated collegeBob Kellogg, OneNews Now

Is being lesbian, "gay," bisexual, or transgender a special talent? FRC's Peter Sprigg says a church-affiliated college in Illinois apparently thinks so.

Elmhurst College in suburban Chicago has added to its application form a question regarding sexual orientation, making it the first school in the U.S. to do so. Reportedly in an effort to increase campus diversity, the 3,000-plus-student school is asking applicants: "Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT community?" (See earlier story: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=1420900

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council says the school is treating those who identify themselves as homosexual as a privileged class. "As though they consider that a desirable characteristic, like playing the cello or ... being a good basketball player. [They're essentially saying] if you're LGBT, that's a special talent we want represented in our student body."

Sprigg points out that LGBT students could qualify for scholarships worth up to one-third of the tuition at Elmhurst, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. "It illustrates again how absurd the notion is that homosexuals are profoundly victims of discrimination in today's society ....," he states.

Elmhurst, which offers a focus on LGBT issues in its Intercultural Studies program, claims that answers to the question will not play a role in the admissions process. The president of Elmhurst, S. Alan Ray, says the question was added this year because it allows the school "to live out our commitments to cultural diversity, social justice, mutual respect among all persons, and the dignity of every individual."

A pro-homosexual organization, Campus Pride, has congratulated Elmhurst for "setting the bar."