University speaks in defence of fascist homophobic posters

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Offensive posters have the phrase “FOLLOW YOUR FELLOW FAGGOTS” above a picture of a person with a rainbow heart being hanged and suicide statistics for LGBT people. But Cleveland State University’s president asks to let them be as it is a ‘freedom of speech’. The posters went up in the Ohio university’s main classroom building this week, on the same day that the institution opened an LGBT centre. Seemingly designed by a group called Fascist Solutions, they depicted the statistics of suicides among LGBT community. “34% of trans people attempt suicide,” students are told, before the posters add that “30% of suicides are LGBT-related” and “Over 40% of bisexual people considered suicide”. The hateful posters were condemned by local activists who say it is not funny to encourage people to suicide. “There will never be humour in that. There is nothing funny about death.” But Ronald Berkman, president of the university, refused to condemn the posters. Instead, he said his institute of higher education’s “foremost priority is maintaining a welcoming environment that provide opportunities for learning, expression and discourse.

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