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Petition Was Independent

As the presenter and lead writer of the petition presented at the most recent town meeting, I would like to take the opportunity to thank The Tech for its coverage of our petition and this event. However, I am somewhat disappointed that The Tech did not check its facts regarding the petition.

The petition I read was signed by 66 members of the MIT community. These signers were from many groups within the community: queer people on campus, queer-positive supporters, fellow residents of Senior House, MIT alumni, and just plain folks who think maybe it's not good to randomly assign students to housing. I guess what I'm trying to get at here is that not all of these people are members of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgendered and Friends at MIT.

As for the petition itself, I wrote it independently, and it was later extensively and diligently edited by Christopher D. Beland '00. In presenting the petition, I represented only the opinions of those signing, and not those of any group, GAMIT or otherwise.

The campus at large, and particularly its media, would do well to note that not all gays on campus are members of GAMIT.

Stephanie A. Miller '98