FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2015
Freedom Oklahoma Contact: Troy Stevenson
Executive Director – Freedom Oklahoma
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Norman, Oklahoma – On Friday evening there was a heavily reported incident – during a campus sponsored event – at the OU’s – Oklahoma Memorial Student Union. Extremely misogynistic, sexually violent, and homophobic pejoratives were repeatedly yelled from stage.
Freedom Oklahoma is working with Queer Inclusion on Campus (QuIC) – a student led LGBTQ advocacy group to highlight the systemic climate and culture of harassment and intimidation of marginalized communities on campus.
The following statement can be attributed to Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma:
“Bias and intimidation should not be tolerated in any academic setting, especially at our state’s flagship university. The campus community has made it clear that these incidents are not simply the isolated actions of a few bad actors. OU has a systemic climate and culture of allowing harassment without intervention. Freedom Oklahoma has reached out to President Boren’s office and we are committed to seeing real and lasting change on campus that exists longer than the media attention that these incidents generate.”
The following statement can be attributed to Alex Ruggiers, spokesperson for Queer Inclusion on Campus:
“As an LGBTQ student, I am saddened and angered by the events of Friday night. Without an environment that condones or encourages bias, such an incident might not have occurred. It is the responsibility of the university to address this problem on a campus-wide level.”
The following statement can be attributed to Lena Tenney, student at the University of Oklahoma:
“Unfortunately, I was unsurprised to learn about the incidents at the university-sanctioned event on Friday night because these types of biased actions occur on OU’s campus fairly frequently. Personally, I have experienced a significant amount of harassment during my time as an OU student—including feeling physically unsafe. These types of incidents lead to students feeling unwelcome and targeted on their own campus, which is unacceptable.”
Representatives of Freedom Oklahoma will be available on the East side of Oklahoma Memorial Student Union, where the incident occurred from noon to 2 PM.
Freedom Oklahoma is Oklahoma’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and a proud member of the Equality Federation. Freedom Oklahoma is the unified organization resulting from the merger of The Equality Network, a 501 (c) (4) organization that lobbies for pro-equality legislation and public policies; and the Cimarron Alliance Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that engaged in public education in support of the LGBT community.