He has declined to endorse one of the protesters’ central demands, to permit a gay support group on the Concordia campus, which is affiliated with the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod.“We as a church-related school have a biblical view of sexuality,” said Ries, who is also a minister.Jenkins tore through the autobiography of Christine Jorgensen, America’s first openly transgender celebrity. She dropped out and briefly moved back to Chicago before returning to the Twin Cities. Jenkins opened up to a therapist and for the first time seriously considered gender reassignment.
In a season of protests, about two dozen students and others marched through the campus of Concordia University in St.
Paul on Friday on behalf of a sophomore who was ousted as a leader of a campus prayer group because she’s bisexual. ” The campaign, under the banner #istandwithnikki, was arranged by a classmate, Marisa Tejeda, when she learned what happened after Hagan posted on Facebook that she was dating a woman.
“I think people really haven’t noticed,” Cunningham says, noting that neither is campaigning on their gender or sexual identity.
“To be able to walk this path together with Andrea is such an honor for me.” For Jenkins, the fact that two trans candidates are seeing success is a good sign for a group that, until just recently, survived through suppression, self-denial, and conscious invisibility. People are able to look beyond identity and really focus on the issues and experience.
“This is one of the bigger bumps we’ve had in five years.” Ries said he’s already working on one change: adding sexual orientation to the school’s nondiscrimination policy.