‘Queer Lights’ coming to UMass-Amherst

  • The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is offering a course in which students will "cast light-building LGBTQA-themed electronic light displays."
  • "Queer Lights" will be taught by David McLaughlin, a professor who has received a TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) Ambassadorship.

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is offering a new seminar course for the spring 2019 semester titled ‘Queer Lights’. 

The class “will cast light on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and asexual (LGBTQA) topics while the students in the class literally cast light-building LGBTQA-themed electronic light displays,” according to the course description.

"The students in the class literally cast light-building LGBTQA-themed electronic light displays..."   

Among the topics discussed will be “the intersections of racial and LGBTQA identities, the campus climate for LGBTQA students, and the legal and political rights of LGBTQA people today.”

David McLaughlin, a UMass professor who received a TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) Ambassadorship for the campus because of his contributions in creating “Queer Lights,” states that the course provides new ways for teaching about inclusion.

“This course contributes to, and may be a new model for, addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity topics in the classroom,” McLaughlin said in a news release.

[RELATED: Conservatives win free speech fight against UMass Amherst]

UMass-Amherst made headlines earlier in 2018 when Young Americans for Liberty sued the school for a land use policy mandating that “outdoor speeches and rallies during class hours may be held only on the west side (main entrance) of the Student Union Building, and shall be limited to one (1) hour in length, from noon to 1:00 P.M.”

UMass-Amherst settled the lawsuit by scrapping the speech duration and location restrictions.

The school is also recognized as the birthplace of the "trigglypuff" meme during a 2016 speech given by anti-political correctness commentators Milo Yiannopoulos, Steven Crowder, and Christina Hoff Sommers.

[RELATED: UMass Amherst students throw temper tantrum at free speech event]

Campus Reform reached out to the Stonewall Center, the campus "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Resource Center" named on the flier, as well as the UMass-Amherst College Republicans, but received no comment in time for publication.

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Cory Compton is a Michigan Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. Currently he studies Associated Arts at North Central Michigan College in Northern Michigan. On campus, Cory is the founder and Chairman of a College Republicans chapter at NCMC, and he also helped create the Cheboygan Teenage Republicans while he was in high school. Outside of his work in politics, Cory is a published author of the book Our Generation: How America’s culture has been fundamentally altered forever, and was a member of the National Honor Society during high school.

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