During the demonstration, students spoke about their own experiences, worshiped and delivered a demand letter to administration officials.
The letter seeks the following actions:
A full investigation and disciplinary actions for those who allegedly harassed Pradhan
Recognition of the LGBTQ+ student group Haven as an official Azusa Pacific University student club
The removal of clauses in the student handbook that discriminate against the LGBTQ+ students
The establishment of campuswide LGBTQ+ training for faculty, staff and incoming students
“I am asked oftentimes by Christian universities to be patient while the universities are trying to make progress in this area, but, as a gay Christian, honestly, I don’t think we have time for patience and for tolerance,” said Erin Green, a gay Christian activist and senior at Azusa Pacific University. “People’s lives are at stake. If they aren’t self-harming or being harmed by others, they are dying on the inside.”
“APU adheres to a traditional definition of marriage. We are transparent about our belief,” she said. “Each student must look at the university’s values and decide if APU is the right place for them. It’s an individual choice.”
Two sections of the student handbook articulate those values, which LGBTQ students say are discriminatory and go against fostering a Christ-like environment for all students.
The first, section 9.0, states, “Students may not engage in a romanticized same-sex relationship.” Section 11.1 states that the university “only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman.”
“(APU is) an educational institution that is open to the public that interacts with the public and yet it insists on imposing its own specific religious beliefs on everyone whether or not they believe it,” the attorney said.