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Straight Pride posters appear on Ohio university campus

Straight Pride posters appear on Ohio university campus

Posters promoting Straight Pride have appeared on a Ohio university campus days after a Pennsylvania high school made headlines for organizing an anti-gay day.

The anonymously posted flyers popped up at Youngstown State University (YSU) earlier this week and invite students to celebrate during finals week ‘by not annoying the shit out of everyone about your sexual orientation.’

‘Brought to you by the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride,’ they read.

‘Nobody cares about what you think you are, or what you want to have sex with. We have nothing against your sexual orientation. We just don’t give a fuck.’

Ron Cole, the university’s public information officer, told the Huffington Post that the school had no sanctioned ‘straight pride week and the messages were ‘completely bogus.’

The posters have since been removed.

But Nathan Allan Baxter, a human rights activist who helped publicize the incident, said the university does not do enough to protect its LGBTI students.

‘While the YSU SGA [studednt government organization] and other student-led organizations have condemned the actions taken by those that published the posters, I do not feel this is enough,’ he told Gay Star News.

‘YSU has no social justice center, gender center or women’s outreach center to counter future discrimination effectively. While I admit that these centers may not prevent further hate speech from spreading around campus, I feel it may help deter it.’

YSUnity, the school’s LGBTI support group, said they ‘hope this situation will draw attention to the need for further inclusivity and education about diversity at YSU.’

The YSU SGA released a statement after the incident saying those who posted the flyers ‘miss the point of minority activism.’

‘When individuals belong to dominant societal cohorts (Caucasian, male, heterosexual, etc.) it is very easy to state "We have nothing against your sexual orientation" and to claim that efforts to raise awareness are "annoying,"’ it said.

‘For minorities who every day face discrimination and marginalization, such efforts are necessary  without zeal and persistence, sociology teaches that minority concerns very easily go by the wayside. Thus, dismissing the efforts of LGBTQIA students to push for equitable treatment as unnecessary is dangerous because it catalyzes discrimination, whether meant to do so or not.’