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Catholic University of America cancels screening of film about gay icon Harvey Milk

Catholic University of America cancels screening of film about gay icon Harvey Milk

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to ‘Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!’

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

‘I was extremely disappointed that this was happening. I thought this was an incredibly asinine decision that the school made,’ said Jackson Tovar, a member of the College Democrats told

Penn won an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the film and Dustin Lance Black received an Oscar for his original screenplay.

Black reached out to the students via Facebook on Thursday (2 October) and offered his assistance.

‘Sending Love and support to the students at The Catholic University of America,’ Black wrote. ‘Let me know when you’ve won this and have a new date set. BTW – MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP.’

College Democrats issued a statement saying they are ‘disappointed that our event had to be canceled due to what is perceived to be a miscommunication concerning (Office of Campus Activities).

The group added that they ‘had no intention of undermining the administration or holding an event that went against school policies.’

Two years ago, the school rejected a request from students to form an official LGBT student group.