By Jessica Cohea
Since Point Loma Nazarene University senior Todd Clayton revealed that he is gay about four months ago, the debate about homosexuality is heating up on the California campus.
Clayton is the Director of Spiritual Life on PLNU’s Associated Student Body, which is equivalent to Olivet’s ASC. Clayton was not removed from his position on ASB, but was asked to “refrain from pursuing a romantic same-sex relationship and to acknowledge that the chapel venue would not be the place for personal processing of this journey,” the student newspaper The Point Weekly reported on March 21.
At the time, Clayton agreed. As the semester progressed, however, his views changed.
“He says that there is a need for a safe space and dialogue for those on campus to safely name and discuss their sexuality without fear of repercussion or scorn,” the newspaper read.
Since coming out, Clayton has been a voice at PLNU for homosexuality. He is working on a charter for a gay-straight alliance at PLNU, The Point Weekly said.
Last week, Clayton spoke to a group of about 200 people about his sexual orientation. However, following the discussion the group, known as All God’s Children, was asked not to assemble at their regular meeting place, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, anymore. All God’s Children is working on a backup plan.
PLNU’s Chaplain Mark Carter and Vice President of Spiritual Development Mary Paul organized an open forum concerning the Student Development department’s “vision and decision-making process with Clayton as a student leader,” according to The Point Weekly. About 500 students, faculty and staff members attended the hour-long forum.
Clayton said it was a good start, and PLNU senior Troy McKinney agreed.
Faculty members in PLNU’s Student Development “personally care and respect Todd and want the best for his well-being.
As well, they respect the student body, and they show that by creating space for dialogue,” McKinney told The Point Weekly.
In the mean time, the debate is also continuing on Olivet’s campus following a GlimmerGlass article on March 18.
▪ See The Point Weekly’s full coverage and stay up-to-date with this issue at PLNU at http://blogs.pointloma.edu/thepointweekly/.