The former Christian prep school class president who revealed his alma mater’s policy against having LGBT relatives came forward in an op-ed explaining his actions.
“Blind obedience and unconditional deference to authority are core components of Trinity’s internal culture, and the implementation of these values leaves students woefully unprepared for the culture shock they experience after graduating or leaving,” Morgan Faulkner said in a post for The New Civil Rights Movement. “Simply put, this is a school that enforces a culture of shame.”
Faulkner was the source behind a report in The Friendly Atheist last week on Trinity Academy’s rule giving the school the right to expel a student for being gay, bi, or trans — or even for having LGBT relatives or being supportive of those communities.
“When the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student,” the rule states.
As Towleroad reported, the Wichita, Kansas school has denied Faulkner’s allegation, saying it had never stopped a student from enrolling over their sexuality or that of a relative.
“Trinity’s whole intent is to make sure families know what we believe so we can partner together successfully for the good of the students,” school officials said in a statement.
Faulkner who is bisexual and graduated in 2013, wrote in his op-ed that while he understood that Trinity was a private institution, it was “doubling down.”
“They are doing everything they can to preserve their isolated echo-chamber until it collapses in on itself,” he wrote.