IN PRINT: Clementi Suicide Brings Homophobia at Princeton to the Forefront

Princeton alumni at an LGBT Reunions event in Whig Hall (photo: creative commons by Flickr user jsmjr)

Princeton alumni at an LGBT Reunions event in Whig Hall (photo: creative commons by Flickr user jsmjr)

In the six weeks since Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge as a response to homophobic harassment, colleges nationwide have grappled with how to prevent similar tragedies from happening on their campuses.  Could something like this happen here in the Orange Bubble, just a mere thirty miles from Rutgers?  Despite our ranking among Newsweek’s Top Ten gay-friendly American colleges, LGBT Center Director Debra Bazarsky thinks that it definitely could:

I think attacking Rutgers is missing the point because homophobia happens everywhere.  People have so many resources here, but sometimes that’s not enough if a student feels without hope.  I’d like to believe that something like this wouldn’t happen here, but could it? Absolutely.

To read about Princeton students’ responses to Clementi’s death, along with the administration’s attempts to combat homophobia here, check out this article from Voice Of America.  To learn more about homophobia at Princeton, and what faculty and administrators have to say about it, read the full article on AllPrinceton.com.

    By Julia Bumke on November 16th 2010, 8:34pm
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