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Michigan Students Organize To Support Openly Gay Graduation Speaker BANNED From Ceremony

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Wow! We completely applaud these students' courage and would like to join them in saying, "Let Dominic speak!"

Classmates at Sacred Heart Academy in Pleasant Hills, Michigan are just as appalled as we are that a man named Dominic Sheahan-Stahl was disinvited from giving a commencement speech at their graduation because he got engaged to a man.

In response to their school's bigotry, the students made a heartfelt YouTube video (above) that encourages America's youth to fight homophobia by not tolerating hate and to #LetDominicSpeak.

School officials reportedly folded to pressure from Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of the Diocese of Saginaw, but Dominic and his 6,000 supporters aren't.

Instead they have organized their own LGBT-friendly graduation ceremony at Central Michigan University, during which Dominic will get his chance to address those that will listen. Thanks to the all the support, the keynote speaker has never been more inspired in his life and said:

“Through the outpouring of love and support that I've received from family, friends, Sacred Heart students and many people I've never even met, I've come to realize that a majority of Catholics support their LGBT brothers and sisters. I was always taught that God is love and I hope that my brother and other students will come away from my speech with the knowledge that all people deserve to be treated equally.”


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15 comments to “Michigan Students Organize To Support Openly Gay Graduation Speaker BANNED From Ceremony”

  1. Travis says – reply to this


    The city is Mount Pleasant, MI.
    You may be able to bring more attention to the issue if you were a little more intelligent.

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    Re: Travis – It's unfortunate, but Perez is doomed to being an idiot.
    There are other idiots in this story, other than Mario(n). It's a Catholic school. The Catholic church does not embrace the gay. Don't bother me with what they do behind closed doors and the allegations of pedo. The bible says that homosexuality is an abomination, and so the Catholic church publicly shuns the gay. The students there know that, so their limp-wristed protests are pointless. The Catholic church cannot be forced to accept the gay. And being against homosexuality or gay marriage isn't bigotry. If you guys can't do better than that, it's your own fault that your idiotic pet cause goes nowhere. I think you're a bigot because you label people who don't agree with you; I think that makes YOU hateful, Mario(n). It makes you no better than those you have the nerve to criticize. You're just a bottom-feeding hypocrite, but is that really a surprise? I bet you won't post this, pansy boy.

  3. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


    this is getting pathetic already……IT IS A CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND THEY ARE FOLLOWING WHAT THEY BELIEVE!!!! if you dont like that they don't condone homosexuality, dont fucking go there!!! exactly the same way you say if you don't believe in gay marriage, dont have a gay wedding!!!! idiots!!!! You preach preach preach tolerance, but God forbid it doesnt agree with what your idea of that is, they have a right to believe what they want!!!! how about accepting that!!!! so just stfu!!!! and it's MT. Pleasant you effing idiot! Get your shit right for once.

  4. 4

    EQUALITY FOR ALL! Except if they disagree with you, especially on the topic of anything gay. Then you feel the need to publicly lambast them under the guise of fighting for rights.

  5. 5

    Yea La Garse and WAH are spot on. It's completely acceptable to discriminate against people as long as you declare it in advance exactly like it would be completely acceptable for a store or a bar to refuse service to black people as long as you make it clear that you publicly announce that you dislike black people.

    Land of the free!

  6. 6

    your gay blasts are becoming more and more frequent

  7. 7

    When did the gossip page become one that is only about being gay?

  8. 8

    the school should be sued for freedom of speech or lack thereof catholics embrace pedos yet rebuke gays…ironic

  9. ajblair says – reply to this


    I clearly see the hypocrisy of the catholic church in regard to this issue, being catholic myself. I fail to see, however, why the rest of us aren't entitled to our beliefs. Tolerate gay, OK. But if you are religious then to Hell "With You, it seems. A bit of hypocrisy there as well.

  10. Kayt says – reply to this


    I went to CMU. It's not Catholic. The campus has about 5 different churches for different religions. CMU accepts anyone to speak at their campus for any cause, however a Catholic University is a different story. Doesn't surprise me that this happened in MI tho.

  11. Andrea says – reply to this


    The town is called Mt Pleasant! I live there and I attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated in 2002 Hearing the news about the powers in charge changing their minds on allowing him to speak because he was openly gay was very hard to digest. This nonacceptance and hatred so close to home and from my high school was sickening and hurtful on so many levels. I hope that the spreading of this incident will only show people that discrimination and hatred is wrong but that from the strength and courage from Dominic and the love he has for his partner is what matters and they have ever right to be who they are.

  12. 12

    with all due respect to perez, this site is turning from a fun gossip place to an over tired gay agenda screed….c'mon perez…every other post doesnt have to be against someone who's gay agenda is different from yours…

  13. 13

    Why are the openly gay choosing Catholic, Christian schools for speaking engagements and events? Why no focus on a religious community that is highly prominent in MI? The gays have no activists to represent them and forge their rights. Said religious community has doubled since a historic event in 2001. Gay activists need to enlighten them, pronto, especially since their numbers are growing.

  14. 14

    Re: La Garse – "Being against homosexuality or gay marriage isn't bigotry."

    I hate to break it to you, but this is a textbook example of bigotry. There's no way around it. This being said, the Catholic Church does have the right to enforce any bigotry it wants to and uninviting a guest speaker based on his orientation is no exception. Is it right? No, especially when the church receives numerous benefits from the government based on a supposedly humanitarian merit. If I were Catholic I would be so embarrassed of the constant stands for bigotry and inequality the church has made and continues to make, just like Jesus would be ashamed if he was the man they say he was.

  15. Sarah126 says – reply to this


    Mount Pleasant, MI — not Pleasant Hills, Michigan.
    I'm actually going to the event tomorrow at Central Michigan University. I'm so glad to hear that a lot of the students at Sacred Heart are deciding to go to this event in support of Dominic Sheahan-Stahl.