Filipino Catholic University Banned Gay
The oldest existing university in Asia has been exposed for its anti-gay student code.
A Twitter user recently posted photos of the new code of conduct for the University of Santo Tomas (or UST) in the Philippines. The code states that students aren’t allowed to be in gay relationships, have gay sex, or cross dress in any way (including men having long hair or wearing earrings).
This new code of conduct released by the Catholic university states that violations to these rules could result in “Non-Readmission, Exclusion, or Expulsion.”
While homosexuality is currently legal in the Philippines, there’s still a heavy traditional and Catholic atmosphere that makes the general populous less tolerant of LGBTQ people.
That said, the Philippines’s Supreme Court is currently hearing a legal challenge that’s hoping to bring marriage equality to the Asian country.
During this very important time in the Philippines, this tweet, which has garnered more than 3.6 thousand comments, 11 thousand retweets, and 8 thousand likes, is pointing out the homophobic rules of a historic university.
UST is now forcing its students to sign a conforme that bans, among others:
* Anti-UST online sentiments
* Joining rallies/assemblies
* "Acts of indecency in electronic media" (vague)
* Engaging in premarital sex or LGBT relationships
— FJ (@AngryFerds) July 16, 2018
The code of conduct is a mandatory contract that more than 40,000 students have to sign in order to attend the school.
The rules ban “cohabiting without the benefit of marriage, or engaging in relationship contrary to the principles adhered to by the University and the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
Gay sex is also banned and students are banned from wearing anything that goes against gender norms.
“Cross-dressing or wearing the clothes of the opposite sex is prohibited unless otherwise authorized for legitimate purpose only during the duration of the said activity. (Ex. in a play or a similar activity),” it reads.
It also explains: “Male students are not allowed to sport long hair… The use of hairpins, pony tails, headbands, etc. by male students is likewise not allowed.
“Male students are not allowed to wear earrings, and other accessories ordinarily used by females.”
Hopefully, the Supreme Court will make the right decision and back marriage equality. Then, that ruling could open the door for more progressive thinking that will end terrible codes and laws like the ones at UST.