'Pray the Gay Away?' UPenn Tells Milo Yiannopoulos to Stay Away

Thursday October 28, 2021
Originally published on October 28, 2021

Milo Yiannopoulos
Milo Yiannopoulos  (Source:Associated Press)

Milo Yiannopoulos wants to host a "Pray the Gay Away" event at Penn State, but administration and student groups want him to stay away, reports weareCentralPA.com.

In a statement, University leaders released the following regarding Uncensored America, a recognized student organization at Penn State, inviting Yiannopoulos to speak on the topics of censorship and free speech at University Park on Nov. 3 in the Thomas Building.

"His past presentations on the nation's college campuses have been antithetical to Penn State's values, and we share the profound dismay others have already expressed in response to his forthcoming appearance here," the statement reads. "Even the posters produced by Uncensored America to promote next week's event, which now are displayed in the HUB-Robeson Center and elsewhere on campus, are troubling and worrisome — though consistent with University policy and Constitutional protections."

"Despite disagreeing with the speaker, Penn State recognized the first amendment right to have Yiannopoulos' 'Pray the Gay Away' event," added weareCentralPA.com.

The poster promoting Milo Yiannopoulos
The poster promoting Milo Yiannopoulos  

"As offensive and hurtful as Yiannopoulos's comments have been and are likely to be again, and despite our own abhorrence for such statements and the promotional tactics used, Uncensored America has the undeniable Constitutional right to sponsor this presentation on our campus," said a Penn State statement. "The University lacks the right to do anything to stop it."

A change.org petition was launched against Yiannopoulos' appearance, which took aim at the posters appearing around the campus, which, the petition pointed out, was paid for in part by student funds.

"The poster alone is enough to consider hate speech. Implying that one needs to 'pray the gay away' means that homosexuality is a choice and implies it is the wrong choice. This is not the message that we should be sending students or prospective students touring the campus for the first time. It implies that there is something wrong that needs to be changed to 'fix' being gay."

Yiannopoulos recently announced he is no longer gay after receiving a message from God.