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Boston College Law School’s LGBT Office Vandalized

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Friday January 25, 2013

Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Boston College Law School's LGBT center was vandalized with sexual terms written on the office's walls, Above the Law reports.

When students returned to campus on Tuesday morning, they discovered the graffiti in the Lambda Law Students Association office at the Jesuit school, according to the Boston Globe. The college's administrators along with the Newton Police Department are currently investigating the incident.

"The administration of Boston College Law School condemns this reprehensible action and will not tolerate hateful or threatening speech of any kind," Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau wrote in a letter to the college community. "This behavior is the antithesis of all we stand for as an institution, and is an assault on our shared values of a welcoming, loving, and inclusive community."

A picture of the graffitied wall shows that the vandals wrote a number of crude sexual terms, including "gay bukkake," "cock gobbler," "muff diving," "rim job," "cum shot," and many more.

Jason Triplett, the co-chair of Lambda, said the school and other students have been supportive. Someone, he added, suggested the group use the incident as part of a "backdrop for a dedication to the gay rights movement, posting articles, pictures, and quotes on top of them that show our fight for equal rights from Stonewall to the president's historic inclusion of gay rights in his inauguration speech yesterday to show where we have come from and yet how far we still have to go."

He doesn't believe students were involved in the incident, "because the students and faculty at the BC Law School are very accepting of the LGBT community."

Other Catholic colleges across the country have run into controversies when it comes to LGBT issues in recent years.

In 2010, the student newspaper at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., printed a cartoon that many saw as advocating gay bashing. The paper's editorial staff soon issued an apology.

When a campus Republican group invited conservative pundit Ann Coulter to speak at Fordham University in New York City last November, campus LGBT groups and even Fordham's president criticized the Republicans group.

In September of last year, Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, made waves and national news sites for a course description that linked homosexuality to crimes like murder, rape and robbery. The school justified the class by defining "deviant" in the sense of "different from the norm," an explanation that didn't mollify LGBT students or alumni.