A University of Toledo administrator is on paid leave following the publication of a column she wrote opposing gay rights and same sex marriage in the local Toledo Free Press. The column raised more than a few eyebrows because the writer is the university's top human resources officer and is charged with promoting equality and diversity in the university community.
Associate Vice President of Human Resources Crystal Dixon wrote: "As a Black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School, an employee and business owner, I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’ Here’s why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended. Daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle...."
As "evidence", the university administrator cited "irrefutable economic data", biblical passages, ex-gay groups and praised Charlene E. Cothran, the former black lesbian publisher of Venus Magazine, as "an aggressive, strategic supporter of gay rights and a practicing lesbian for 29 years, before she renounced her sexuality and gave Jesus Christ stewardship of her life."
Just as an fyi, the right-wing Family Research Council is now taking up Dixon's cause, those right-wing Christians are always pleased to use the "ex-gay" myth as a wedge issue for blacks. This should be good for their fundraising.
Robert Salem, a board member of Equality Toldeo and a clinical professor of
law at the university, says he and other gay professors were "disappointed and
stunned" that a senior university official could espouse "such ignorant
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