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During Pride Week at Spelman College senior Amber Warren received a hate note about her sexuality according to The Root.

Written on notebook paper and placed at the door of her dorm room the note read, “Keep your [transgender slur] out of our bathrooms. Thanks!” The message was directed at her and her partner who is a trans man and student at the college.

However, the hate messages didn’t stop there. She received another note, just as harsh as the last, that read, “We don’t want you. F–k you freaks. Keep Spelman safe. No queers.”

On April 25, Warren had enough and brought the messages to the attention of administrative staff on campus. In 2017, Spelman became the first all-women HBCU to change their acceptance policy to allow entrance to students who identify and live as women to their school.

When the policy was amended many students and alumni praised the change but for Warren receiving these notes, it makes her think of all the people who weren’t happy with it.

“I’m just hurt because I feel like I worked so hard to create safe spaces for everybody,” explained Warren. She is the president of the LGBTQ student organization on campus. “Even though I did all this work, it’s not about individuals, it’s really about unity.”

The Dean of College Relations informed Warren that a letter has been sent out campus-wide about the incident. The letter stated that the incident was, “unacceptable and a violation of Spelman principles and values and code of conduct.”

However, Warren believes that it is not enough. “It’s just an email to me,” Warren said. “It’s a start, but it’s not helping what happened.” She explained that the letter sends the wrong message that disciplinary action will not be taken.

She believes that Spelman has more work to do and that they need to step up in their efforts to make sure students feel safe on campus and to educate them on these prejudices.



(Source: The Root)

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6 thoughts on “LGBTQ Spelman Student And Her Partner Say They’re Victims Of Hate Speech 

  1. Christianforreal on said:

    Ted you have hit the nail on the head. I agree totally with your statement.One can’t have an opinion, nowadays, that doesn’t conform with the politically correct liberals. Come on people, respect is one thing acceptance is something totally difference. I respect your right to choose your lifestyle, now respect my right to not choose your lifestyle. AND that does not make me Homophobic. I have no FEAR of the queer community. I just do not agree with the lifestyle, but I respect your right to choose it. However, why is it that it is ALWAYS thrown into our faces? How come we are being forced to accept it. In a room full of Heterosexuals, no one discusses their sexuality however when someone who doesn’t succumb to conventional gender distinctions enters the room, that is all we talk about. In other words,know one in the room KNOWS my orientation, because it isn’t a topic of conversation and typically know one asks.

  2. Cynthia Feaster on said:

    You chose to go to Spelman and to live on campus. You need to accept the fact that not everyone will be comfortable with your presence there, and especially in intimate spaces like dorm batbrooms. Maybe you should move off campus next school year.

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    This is a tough one. What isn’t tough is treating people with dignity and respect. What is tough is telling people while I don’t hate you, I don’t want to be a part of your lifestyle. I can work with someone and not want to be their friend. I can sit in a class with someone, but as soon as that class is over, don’t speak to me, I don’t want to come to your events. I don’t hate you, I just don’t want to be around you. It’s not prejudice, it is my choice. In this case, the note is unacceptable; however students have a right to say, I don’t want you in my circle.” Accepting your life is one thing, accepting you as a friend and inviting you into my circle is another. That’s what this young lady wants. Spelman addressed the incidents, she wants more and what Spelman can’t do is force people to embrace them. A zero policy against abuse is one thing, but outside of classroom settings, the other students don’t have to speak to them.

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