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story.lead_photo.caption Torreyson Library at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas had a sign celebrating Gay Pride Month removed from outside the Torreyson Library.

UCA President Houston Davis sent an email about the issue to students, faculty and staff Tuesday.

“Unlike our student groups or other organizations, the library is an official arm of UCA and when it ‘speaks’ on that sign which serves information regarding library hours, it speaks officially,” Davis wrote. “We do have to be very careful that we walk the fine line between individual freedom of speech and institutional voice.”

Davis said another problem was timing — an apparent reference to the summer band camps and other activities that attract many secondary students to the campus.

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“We have to be very mindful of the hundreds of minors that are on campus during the summer which further complicates an environment that is normally programmed for adults and our very meaningful conversations about ourselves and our world,” he wrote. “One outgrowth of that perspective on minors has been a start of a good conversation about best practices how to present or represent issues when minors are on the campus.”

The sidewalk sign outside the Torreyson Library was celebrating Gay Pride Month but was removed last week. The black-and-white sign said, “Being gay is like glitter. It never goes away. — Lady Gaga.”

Senior Ashley Nicole Hunter of Conway said Tuesday that the letter so upset her that she was withdrawing from classes.

“This is doubling down and further insulting us by suggesting we [members of the LTBTQ community] shouldn’t be exposed to minors,” she said.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • BoudinMan
    June 18, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

    Oh, good grief, Davis. Get a grip on reality.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 18, 2019 at 4:37 p.m.

    You can't live in a world without offending these unicorns...
    They prefer it that way.
    Remember the night of the long knives?
    Something about narcissism..
    No difference between the LBGTQPIOU than the KKK.
    or the "Replace" fascism movement.
    Replacing one pile off shh with another.
    How do you like them apples?

  • CarpeNoctis
    June 18, 2019 at 5:01 p.m.

    Looks like someone capitulated to the dominionist crowd; when can we sweep them away with the other trash?
    .
    If LBG is a choice, so is hetero.

  • ARMNAR
    June 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

    Nah, adrink...you’re wrong.

  • reality1963
    June 18, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.

    Thank you, UCA

  • MBAIV
    June 18, 2019 at 6:47 p.m.

    Definition of 'snowflake' ?: "Senior Ashley Nicole Hunter of Conway said Monday that the letter so upset her that she was withdrawing from classes."
    .
    Does everything in today's world - especially at indoctrination centers - have to be PC or overly political ??????

  • GeneralMac
    June 18, 2019 at 6:59 p.m.

    ADRINK AT 4:56............BINGO !

    MLK gets a DAY amd perverts want a MONTH ?

  • GeneralMac
    June 18, 2019 at 7:07 p.m.

    Finally !

    A university that doesn't let the tail wag the dog .

  • 23cal
    June 18, 2019 at 7:08 p.m.

    Stop in here for a dose of backward ignorance, hatred, and homophobia.
    Have an article about gay pride month and it's like turning off the kitchen light and watching the cockroaches come out.

  • GeneralMac
    June 18, 2019 at 7:14 p.m.

    "gay pride MONTH"

    Not " gay pride DAY"
    Not " gay pride WEEK"

    The perverts want " gay pride MONTH"

    23CAL must have considered Sodom and Gomorrah as being " progressive"

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