Lee University will severely restrict students ’expression and speech about gender identity starting this fall, according to Fr. leaked policy project.
The draft states that no student of a private Christian university in Tennessee “has the right to publicly identify or behave as a gender that does not correspond to his or her biological sex,” and it prohibits students from questioning university policies or any other recommendations. .
“Learning about the gender gift of the creator – the male and female image as the image of God – is a vital aspect of Lee’s student education,” the statement said. “People do not have the opportunity or the right to choose their gender.”
Under the new policy, students are prohibited from asking others to refer to them by other pronouns or new names; “Dressing or outward representation of a sex other than the biological sex”; receiving any kind of medical or psychological care that confirms gender; and the use of facilities such as bathrooms or dormitories that do not correspond to “biological sex”.
Spokesman Lee issued a statement saying the policy had been developed over the years and was in line with the theological foundation of the institution, the principles of the Pentecostal Church of God.
The updated policy is the latest in a series of steps taken by the university to combat LGBTQ +.
In March 2021, the University publicly corrected the guest speaker for the fact that LGBTQ + did not say that people should repent. In August last year, Fr. the transgender student was rejected for publishing a video on TikTok with criticism of what he called Lee’s “homophobic environment”. And in September Lee deleted all mentions the words “gender” and “gender identity” from the anti-discrimination policy section in the student handbook.
These steps have annoyed some graduates. Last year, Lee’s alumni group launched the Affirming Alum Collective to protect LGBTQ + students on campus; they said The Chattanooga Times Free Press over the weekend they were to meet yesterday with school officials about the new policy.