On May 3, 2013, musician Josh Ritter played at Messiah College. At the end of the show, Ritter expressed his disappointment in the Community Covenant’s reference to “homosexual behavior” as a sinful practice from which students must refrain. Ritter also took the message to his Facebook page. PennLive.com shared the Associated Press coverage of the story, and Huffington Post covered it as well.

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Beliefnet covered our campaign!

An excerpt:

Louie Marven, the director of education and youth services for the LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central Pennsylvania, said the campaign is “not about one person.”

“It’s about creating an environment where LGBT students are safe and included in campus life,” said Marven, a 2007 Messiah graduate. “It’s not about punishing Messiah, nor that Messiah is evil. We know Messiah is great, and we know they can do more, and here are more positive ways to go forward.”

Read the full article here: http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/05/messiah-alumni-rally-around-gay-students.php#ixzz1NNLeze15

Our petition has reached 395 names. Find your name and classmates. Invite those whose names you don’t see to sign. Keep spreading the word. Let’s make sure to reach 400 before bedtime!

Thanks to Liz Laribee (’07) for signing the petition and for encouraging others to do the same through her essay An Elegant Discrimination: LGBTQ Students at Messiah.

Signatures keep coming in, and we’re pleased to announce that our total passed 350 this weekend. We received traffic from an article published in The Patriot-News on Saturday, and seemingly from a flurry of activity on the Facebook page Messiah College Alumni. Please continue to spread the word so we can continue to reach more social circles of alumni.

We are happy to announce that our petition just received its 100th signature. Please continue to pass this along to friends and fellow alumni.

Welcome to the Inclusive Alumni site. This is for alumni of Messiah College looking to improve the college experience for present and future LGBTQ students by promoting acceptance and inclusion on campus.

If you haven’t yet, please sign our petition. We are hoping to gather signatures of alumni and present the list to Messiah College administrators at Homecoming 2012.

We welcome current students and alumni to connect with us through email (inclusivealumni@gmail.com), facebook, and twitter.