We are a group of alumni who were moved by Artie Van Why’s letter in the November 16th Horizon. That article was not written by a Westmont student. However, it resonated for those of us who, as Westmont students, experienced doubt, loneliness and fear due to the college’s stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. We affirm, with Artie, that it does get better and hope that it will get better at Westmont too.
We offer our names as proof that LGBT people do exist within the Westmont community:
We allies support our LGBT friends and classmates:
This letter was originally signed by 31 Westmont alumni who identified themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. It also contained 100 Westmont alumni who voiced their support of the sentiments contained within. The Horizon is honored to have their trust as the original recipient of this letter, which has been published in its entirety online at westmontlgbt.wordpress.com as well as other print and online publications.
While personal opinions may differ on this subject, The Horizon would like to extend the love of Christ to the signers of this letter, and any other students, current or past, who would identify with its sentiments.
Despite The Horizon’s strong belief that, whatever individual views on the subject of LGBT individuals in the context of a Christian school may be, these individuals deserve to have their opinion heard on this contentious subject on the opinion page, the Westmont Administration’s legal counsel made contact and advised us that printing the letter in its entirety could be legally problematic for the Westmont administration, as The Horizon did not have legally admissible documentation of express permission and signed guarantees from each of the signees stating that they endorsed the letter.
The evidence we have received as to the veracity of said names was satisfactory to The Horizon’s editorial staff but not to the Westmont legal counsel, who strongly advised us against printing the names.
We are deeply saddened by this turn of events and are working on getting permission to print the 131 names. We are upset by the legal technicalities and strongly encourage you to visit westmontlgbt.wordpress.com to see the 131 names in their entirety.
-The Horizon Editorial Staff