This editorial appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A college campus should be a community that provides a true learning environment, not just in academics, but in human interaction and personal growth.
It can be, and most often is, a place where people of different backgrounds – racial, national, religious, economic, gender and otherwise – can come together in a microcosm of the larger society and learn to understand the importance and the unique advantages of diversity, cooperation and inclusion.
In that context, TCU's recently announced decision to provide designated on-campus housing for gay, lesbian and transgender students (and their non-gay supporters) is both commendable and disturbing.
The decision is laudable because the university is showing sensitivity to the desires expressed by some students seeking a common and supportive "community." But it also is bothersome because it suggests that the larger university cannot provide that support without resorting to segregation as a solution.
When any minority group fights hard for integration and acceptance, why would it then seek any institutionalized separateness?
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