Chase Martinson took a break from his studies at Hannibal-LaGrange University to manage some personal issues, but after reapplying and being accepted, he found himself rejected from the school after he came out via Facebook.
According to The Riverfront Times, Martinson was rejected by HLGU in a letter reminding him that admission was open “to academically and morally qualified” students.
He was then directed in the letter to reread the school’s Student Life Guidelines, and found out that said guidelines aren’t exactly waving the rainbow flag of acceptance for gay students. Pages 20 and 27 reference the school’s rules for “sexual impropriety” and forbid “homosexual activities” as well as even appearing to be gay.
We’re not really sure what that means, but we think it entails wearing skinny jeans and tank tops during warm weather. And Lady Gaga concerts. Lots and lots of Lady Gaga concerts.
Either way, Martinson won’t be at HLGU to figure it out, as he’s decided to enroll at the University of Missouri-St. Louis instead.
“There’s really nothing I can do. It’s just really sad. I have no desire to go back to that school.”
As a private school, HLGU is unfortunately within their rights to make the decision. Missouri state law doesn’t protect students from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it is still legal in Missouri to fire someone for being gay.
You know what it’s going to take to end discrimination like this? Passing ENDA.
Martinson’s story is just another example of the million different ways LGBT people can be discriminated against without these protections.
And just think: all of this could be ended with the swipe of a pen.