A private university is attempting to block an LGBT club from forming in New York, and "bad actors" are causing more disdain for the LGBT community on social media in Connecticut.
Private University Requests Supreme Court to Block LGBT Club From Forming
A Jewish-Private University in New York is petitioning the Supreme Court to block “Pride Alliance,” an LGBT club, from forming.
According to court documents, Yeshiva University said, “As a deeply religious Jewish university, Yeshiva cannot comply with that order because doing so would violate its sincere religious beliefs about how to form its undergraduate students in Torah values.”
Previously, Yeshiva University has lost in the lower courts. Their argument is that it infringes on the university’s religious beliefs under the First Amendment.
The university may have a better opportunity with the U.S. Supreme Court since Justice Alito’s previous statements in Rome.
‘Bad Actors’ Cause More Disdain for LGBT Community on Social Media
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In Connecticut, several attempts have been made to symbolize the state's allyship to the LGBT community and residents. However, in the last few months the state has witnessed many of their supportive contributions vandalized.
"This incident is indicative of a larger wave of hate brewing nationally, and locally,” Patrick Dunn said to CT Insider in reference to the New Haven incident. “While to this person this may seem like a ‘no big deal’ destructive impulse, the trauma that it creates is very real for the LGBTQ+ community. In an environment where there is a very loud voice of hate targeting LGBTQ+ people, especially trans folks, means that this type of violent behavior and destruction of public art is very personal."
Reports from the Human Rights Campaign suggest that anti-LGBT hate speech online encourages individuals to act violently toward LGBT people.