Post-It Note Slur Troubles Georgetown

First two incidents involved assault

By Rebecca Sheir
|  Thursday, Nov 5, 2009  |  Updated 8:49 AM EDT
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Post-It Note Slur Troubles Georgetown

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Joseph Graumann, a Georgetown junior and co-chair of the GLBTQ group GU Pride, said he's seen the university transform "from an institution that completely ignored LGBTQ students, to an administration that almost whole-heartedly embraces them."

After a number of anti-gay incidents in 2007, Graumann helped persuade the University to build the LGBTQ Resource Center. So he was especially distressed this week when a slur written on a Post-It note was stuck to the Center's door.

"After seeing the good work that they do, it really made me sad, someone shaking the community with a little Post-It note," Graumann said.

It was the third in a recent string of incidents involving what the University calls "homophobic language and disrespect."  The first two involved physical assault.

Still, Graumann said he doesn't want the Resource Center to change a thing.

"Any kind of major change would show that they're easily intimidated," Graumann said. "By continuing their efforts to advocate for us to the administration, they're doing exactly what they need to be doing in response."

The university said it will step up patrols of the campus and surrounding areas.

Listen to the complete story at wamu.org

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