Despicable fliers encouraging members of the LGBT community to commit suicide were posted around Cleveland State University's main classroom building yesterday, the same day that the school opened an LGBT center. "Follow your fellow faggots," the flier read.
As Eris Eady of the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland told NewsNet5, not only are the statistics in fact wildly low, "The coercion of someone attempting to take their own life, there is no humor in that. There will never be humor in that. There is nothing funny about death."
CSU President Ron Berkman issued a statement last night reiterating the school's commitment to all its students and, this where students are upset, to the First Amendment, "even with regard to controversial issues where opinion is divided. We will continue to protect free speech to ensure all voices may be heard and to promote a civil discourse where educational growth is the desired result."
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
At Cleveland State University, our foremost priority is maintaining a welcoming environment that provide opportunities for learning, expression and discourse.
CSU remains fully committed to a campus community that respects all individuals, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and other historical bases for discrimination.
CSU also is committed to upholding the First Amendment, even with regard to controversial issues where opinion is divided. We will continue to protect free speech to ensure all voices may be heard and to promoste a civil discourse where educational growth is the desired result.
Be assured that a spirit of inclusiveness will always be central to the very identity of our University.
Ronald M. Berkman, President of Cleveland State University