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LGBTQ Students Sue Education Dept. for Discrimination at Federally Funded Colleges

HeadlineApr 02, 2021

Over 30 LGBTQ students are suing the U.S. Education Department for discrimination they faced while attending federally funded Christian colleges. Students describe homophobic harassment, including being forced into so-called conversion therapy. Scott McSwain, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, spoke to Democracy Now! earlier this week about his experience at the private Union University in Tennessee. 

Scott McSwain: “Three staff members, including the dean, told me to go to conversion therapy, told me I would be kicked out if I didn’t. … I am hoping that all of this educates people that this sort of thing is still happening today in America. And, you know, schools shouldn’t be allowed to accept federal money and openly discriminate based off of their specific narrow view of a religious text.”

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