One can only imagine what would happen if any passionate Christians still remaining at Yale demanded a Christ Month, with full staffing and funding from the university? What would the campus look like with crucifixes, crosses, and chalices hanging from trees like the pink and lavender streamers that presently cover the campus each April during the BGLAD Pride Month celebrations? Such an image of Christian images and icons at an Ivy League school founded 300 years ago by a Christian church is unimaginable, isn't it? The answer to that question provides a snapshot of the intellectual and moral deterioration of Yale, in particular, and American higher education, in general, where tolerance is one-way, and morality is in the eyes of the beholder.
I walked to the mailbox this afternoon and found my copy of “Yale Alumni Magazine.” The cover story and focus of the July/August 2009 issue: “Why They Call Yale the 'Gay Ivy.'” Frankly, I was confused. Is this an achievement Yale has been seeking? Is this an award in which every alumnus should revel and bask? What was I to do with this revealing news that Yale has now stablished itself as the “Gay Ivy?”
The cover story's purpose: a thoroughly self-indulgent celebration of all things gay at Yale. The feature article, penned by Yale history professor, George Chauncey, himself a gay alumnus with multiple degrees from Yale, chronicles the history of gay life at Yale. His essay is adapted from remarks he shared at the Yale Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) reunion in April. His point: Yale has a hard-earned, well-deserved, and glorious reputation as the Gay Ivy.
I will not dwell on the flimsy scholarship that permeates the issue. The editor notes that Yale is the “Gay Ivy” because “many students think it's true” and “you may see a gay couple holding hands” if you walk around campus. Hardly stunning intellectual insights in those rigorous statistical analyses.
Each of the essays presents a personal reflection on the student's experience as a gay man or lesbian while at Yale and what they experience today. Most striking about the entire issue are three key themes and assumptions present in the feature article by Chauncey and the reflections of 4 homosexual alumni that follow his essay.
1) Equal treatment for homosexual students