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On Monday, Oct. 30, an anonymous group of students, referring to themselves only as HAMIT (Heterosexuals at MIT) displayed a hateful drop poster in Lobby 7 which directly attacked MIT's gay, lesbian, and bisexual community and threatened the atmosphere of diversity and tolerance on which this university must necessarily be based.
The poster stated, "Silence = Death, Quiet = Silence, So Shut Up GAMIT and Save it for the Prisons." It went on to say, "God made Adam to be with Eve, not Steve," and "BGLAD you're straight." (BGLAD is an acronym used by the gay community which stands for Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Awareness Day.)
A homophobic attack is an attack against a segment of our community because of their choice of whom to love. The choice of love is a very personal and individual choice that should be guaranteed by the community for all of its members.
In a community as diverse as MIT is, such action does not just affect the community it is aimed at; rather it affects us all. Each of us are unique in our own way. The strength of any community lies in the richness that its members can bring from their different backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyle. To persecute one group of people because they do not conform to the norms of some other group is an affront to human dignity and democratic ideals!
We, the Graduate Student Council, represent women and men of many different cultures, beliefs and differing sexual orientations. We condemn this intolerant and vicious act and any other acts of this nature. We ask the administration and the faculty to join us in our condemnation. We hope the administration will do its utmost to make accountable the perpetrators of this act. Furthermore, the administration must work to create an environment where the attitudes that create this behavior do not exist.
Michael J. Warwick G->
for the Graduate Student Council->
(Editor's note: The Tech received this reply in support of the above letter from Warwick.)
In a November 29 letter to President Gray, GSC President Michael Warwick addresses the incident in Lobby 7 where a homophobic drop poster was displayed. We join the GSC in condemning this hurtful act. Given the magnificent diversity of this place, it is not always easy to live and work together, each valuing the other. But we must try. In particular, we need to create a climate where everybody comes to understand that such an act of gratuitous meanness is unacceptable.
Henry D. Jacoby->
Chair of the Faculty->
Samuel J. Keyser->