Students can attend 'Queer Sex Ed' at this Christian university
PRISM, an LGBTQ student organization, hosted an on-campus 'Queer Sex Ed' event on Mar. 23 at Baylor, a Christian university. The Planned Parenthood logo appears on the event flyer.
Baylor officially chartered PRISM after the Board of Regents released a resolution describing the possibility of chartering an LBGTQ group that is 'consistent' with its Statement on Human Sexuality.
PRISM, an LGBTQ student organization, hosted an on-campus “Queer Sex Ed” event on Mar. 23 at Baylor, a Christian university in Waco, Tex.
“Secret is out. See you tomorrow,” the flyer caption, posted to the group’s Instagram, reads. “You can still DM us to become a member and join our QUEER SEX ED!” The post does not describe what students will learn at Queer Sex Ed, but the Planned Parenthood logo appears on the flyer.
Another Instagram post obtained by Campus Reform says that the event is members-only. Students may become members by paying a $25 annual fee and signing a confidentiality form.
In Apr. 2022, Baylor officially chartered PRISM after the Board of Regents released a resolution describing the possibility of chartering an LBGTQ student group that is “consistent” with Baylor’s Statement on Human Sexuality.
The statement addresses the expectation that Baylor students “not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching” and identifies “marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm.”
A goal of PRISM, according to its constitution, is to “[h]elp students gain deeper understanding of their own and others [sic] complex and intersectional identities, including gender and sexuality and faith and spirituality.”
Two weeks after Queer Sex Ed, an Instagram post shows that PRISM hosted “Tie Dye & Queer Color Theory,” with attendees “learning about different pride and gender flags” and “the history and significance of those colors.”
Campus Reform spoke with David Folks, Baylor student and pro-life activist, about PRISM’s Queer Sex Ed event.
”This event is not aligned with biblical principles or values. It is a shame that this event is permitted to take place using university facilities and resources,” said Folks. “Baylor’s motto is Pro-Ecclesia, Pro-Texana. Meaning that Baylor is supposed to be supporting, promoting, and upholding the universal church of ‘the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth’ (1 Timothy 3:15).”
”This demonstrates that Baylor—through their permission of this event— is not caring for the pursuit of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness,” he continued, “but rather for people-pleasing and acquiescence to the prevailing, culturally-derived moral standards.”
Folks also shared his thoughts on Baylor permitting the promotion of Planned Parenthood on its campus.
He expressed to Campus Reform, “Baylor should sever any connections with Planned Parenthood and should not permit any student organization to affiliate or partner with them. By allowing this, Baylor is either knowledgably engaged with or is complicit in associating the largest Baptist university with the largest baby-murdering organization.”
Baylor joins other faith-based colleges in permitting events that defy the teachings of its founding church. In Aug. 2021, a local artist and alumnus painted a gay pride mural at an Emory University residence hall in Atlanta, Ga. Emory was founded by the Methodist church, which maintains that marriage is between “one man and one woman,” according to the United Methodist Church’s website.
The pride mural, Campus Reform reported, said, “We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it!”
Campus Reform contacted all relevant parties listed for comment and will update this article accordingly.
Editor’s Note: After publication Campus Reform received comment from David Folks, Baylor student and pro-life activist. Those comments have since been added.