Out On Campus

Out on Campus

On April 20th, 1978, The Cynic published an article entitled “Coming Out on Campus” by June F. McGinnis, a junior at the University of Vermont. June’s article was written in order to address the homophobic climate on campus. Homophobia was materialized on campus as signs stating, “Kill a queer for Christ” littered the campus. June responds to this issue by expressing her frustration about the event because she felt she was treated radically by close friends once people discovered she was a lesbian. This revelation occurred while trying to sell students raffle tickets for the Gay Student Union. June explains that instead of ignoring these instances of homophobia that the gay population on campus needs to remain visible arguing that “…[p]artial responsibility for the apparent increase in anti-gay attitudes must be acknowledged by UVM’s gay population. Whatever excuse we might have for out inactivity and lack of support for the Gay Student Union, our apathy has encouraged this rebirth of hatred and oppression which gay people on campus are now experiencing”(1). June believes that homosexuals need to come out of the closet in order to be actively working to correct misrepresentations that allow homophobia to remain a rampant issue on campus. Therefore, June concludes this article by rallying for people to be open about their sexuality because it will help in the long run as, “Our worst enemy is a closed mind and our greatest hope is that enough people will listen and care”(2).

Work Cited

1-McGinnis, June F. “Coming Out on Campus.” The Cynic, April 20th, 1978.