Some Military College Alumni Upset By Pride Events

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Vermont military college that held what's believed to be the nation's first gay pride week on a military campus is refocusing the mission of its gay and lesbian club after some alumni were upset that it held a "condom Olympics" and "queer prom."

Norwich University President Richard Schneider said Tuesday that the administration should have had more oversight of the activities of the school's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies club -- formed after the end of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule -- and focused more on education and ensuring that gay and lesbian students feel comfortable, supported and safe at college.

He isn't backing away from Norwich's commitment to ensure that gay and lesbian students are fully and openly integrated into school life and eventually the U.S. military.

"My responsibility is to get them ready to serve in the United States military or in the private sector. They're worried that by letting them do those things and calling them those things, that's not preparing them properly for what life as an adult is like," Schneider said, referring to the alumni who were upset. "We are not going to see condom Olympics held by the Army. So why are we teaching future second lieutenants that?"

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