University bans gay student groups' use of name "FAGS"
VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu
Tue Oct 14 10:47:58 PDT 2008
Any thoughts on this?
Members of gay and lesbian clubs at two San Diego community colleges say
campus administrators have violated their free speech rights by
repeatedly blocking attempts to advertise their shared acronym: FAGS.
Jason Frye, president of gay and lesbian clubs at San Diego City College
and Mesa College, supports using the acronym for The Fellowship of
Associated Gay Students & Straight Allies.
Jason Frye, president of the clubs on both campuses, said San Diego City
College administrators took down the club's posters and instructed
members to stop passing out fliers with the acronym. At San Diego Mesa
College, Frye said, the club was told during Rush Week to remove a
poster from its booth....
Some Mesa students - such as Brande Faris, who is now vice president of
the clubs on both campuses - signed up because of the new name.
"I thought it was a fabulous name," Faris said. "I think anything that
challenges people's paradigm and gets them to think outside the box, and
at the same time reclaims what has been used as a hate word, is a
positive thing." ...
Jay Murley, a part-time student who is secretary of the City College
club, said the clubs have three primary goals: to promote safe sex by
handing out free condoms; to campaign against Proposition 8, which would
constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in California; and to redefine
the word "fags" so that it is no longer a slur....
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