Georgetown University, founded in 1789 and ostensibly a "Catholic" school, will offer a "gender & sexuality" housing complex for students starting in the 2018-19 academic year, which will operate as a residential center for homosexual, transgender, and "questioning" students, according to Campus Reform. The center was the brainchild of Georgetown senior Grace Smith, who leads the student government's LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Policy Team.
“Our Catholic and Jesuit values call on us to engage with ‘respect, compassion, and sensitivity’ with our LGBTQ community," said Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson in the school newspaper, The Hoya. "It is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values to provide a language, perspective, and sense of inclusion for deepening our sense of cura personalis.”
Although the Living Learning Community Crossroads: Gender & Sexuality was rejected by Georgetown's Office of Residential Life back in April 2017, it was approved in December.
In an email obtained by Campus Reform from Associate Director of Residential Education Katie Heather to Grace Smith, Heather states, "I am pleased to inform you that the proposal for the Living Learning Community Crossroads: Gender & Sexuality has been approved and accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations!"
"Logistics for this community are in the process of being finalized," said Heather. "This includes the location of the community, marketing and the application process."
According to Georgetown, Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential communities "where like-minded individuals can share and deepen their passions through social, educational, and reflective activities."
In announcing Georgetown's approval for the the new housing facility, Grace Smith posted on Facebook, "THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL AT A JESUIT UNIVERSITY. This means that students will now begin to have a unique residential space dedicated to exploring and understanding themselves and others in relation to gender and sexuality."
"Congratulations to everyone who made this dreama reality," she wrote. "SO PROUD. EVERYONE TELL EVERYONE #queerapersonalis #amdgay #gayasaxa."
According to Campus Reform, Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson said the new center and housing complex "will provide a community space for discussion on gender and inclusion while upholding the Jesuit values of community in diversity and educating the whole person."
As reported in The Hoya, Chad Gasman (COL ’20), president of the LGBTQ advocacy group GUPride and a coordinator for the LLC, said the center will provide "a student-led space as a resource for queer students" and "ease the housing process for LGBTQ students."
“For trans students especially, housing is a very difficult and stressful process,” Gasman said. “I know I spent many nights sleeplessly trying to figure out where to live that was going to get me both an accepting roommate and also an accepting floor community, and having an assurance that a floor on campus is not only geared towards queer and trans issues, but is going to be heavily, if not entirely, filled with fellow queer and trans students is undoubtedly a load off trans students’ minds when housing selection rolls around.”
“What this means for the LGBTQ campus community is, in so many words, an assurance of safety and comfortability," he said.
Although Georgetown University on paper is a Catholic school overseen by Jesuits, in practice it gave up its Catholic identity many years ago. The new LGBT housing community is further evidence of Georgetown's moral decline.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."
The Catechism further says, "Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection."