Group Calls For Posthumous Degrees For Harvard Students Expelled For Being Gay In 1920s

Some students and faculty at Harvard University are using an upcoming appearance by Lady Gaga to draw attention to a shameful part of the Ivy League school’s history.

In wasn’t until 2002 that the existence of a secret cabal that investigated charges of homosexuality back in the first part of the 20th century came to light. Now a group is asking that seven students expelled in 1920 under suspicion of being gay be awarded posthumous degrees.

The group will hold a rally tomorrow, when Lady Gaga comes to campus to launch her Born This Way anti-bullying foundation. Joining Mother Monster will Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, reports the AP. 

“We felt like this was an opportunity to ask for their support and would hope they would join us in asking Harvard to do the right thing here and help seek justice for these students,” said professor Kaia Stern, who plans on attending the rally.