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landmark lawsuit challenGES discrimination against lgbtq students at religious colleges

Elizabeth Hunter, et al. v. U.S. Department of Education 

Religious exemptions to civil rights statutes come at a price. The price is paid by the young and vulnerable who find themselves at the mercy of religiously affiliated, taxpayer-funded social service and educational institutions that often turn them away or force them into the closet. REAP’s lawsuit asserts the constitutional and basic human rights of LGBTQ+ students, seeking to end the sexual, physical and psychological abuses perpetrated under the religious exemption to Title IX at thousands of federally-funded schools, colleges and universities across America.

The Constitution guarantees equal rights for all Americans, holding space for religious belief and practice, while ensuring that religion does not serve as a government-funded vehicle to harm racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, religious or other minorities. Government action that ignores this central principal, including the religious exemption to Title IX, is unconstitutional and must be remedied immediately. 

The Plaintiffs
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    Alex Duron

    (he/him)

    Union University

    Jackson, Tennessee

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    Ashtin Markowski

    (she/her)

    Brigham Young University

    Provo, Utah

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    Audrey Wojnarowisch

    (she/they)

    George Fox University

    Newberg, Oregon

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    Avery Bonestroo

    (she/they)

    Dordt University

    Sioux City, Iowa

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    Brooke C.

    (she/her)

    Cedarville University

    Cedarville, Ohio

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    Cameron Martinez

    (they/them)

    La Sierra University

    Riverside, California

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    Chandler Horning

    (he/him)

    Brigham Young University

    Rexburg, Idaho

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    Danielle Powell

    (she/they)

    Grace University

    Omaha, Nebraska

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    Darren McDonald

    (he/him)

    Westmont College

    Santa Barbara, California

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    Elizabeth Hunter

    (she/her)

    Bob Jones University

    Greenville, South Carolina

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    Faith Millender

    (she/her)

    Eastern University

    St. David’s, Pennsylvania

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    Gary Campbell

    (he/him)

    Clarks Summit University

    Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

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    Hayden Brown

    (he/they/she)

    York College

    York, Nebraska

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    Jake Picker

    (he/him)

    Baylor University

    Waco, Texas

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    Jaycen Montgomery

    (he/him)

    George Fox University

    Newberg, Oregon

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    Joanna Maxon

    (she/her)

    Fuller Theological Seminary

    Pasadena, California

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    Jonathan Jones

    (he/they)

    Azusa Pacific University

    Azusa, California

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    Journey Mueller

    (she/her)

    Colorado Christian College

    Lakewood, Colorado

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    Lauren Hoekstra

    (she/they)

    Dordt University

    Sioux City, Iowa

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    Louis James

    (he/him)

    Indiana Wesleyan University

    Marion, Indiana

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    Lucas Wilson

    (he/him)

    Liberty University

    Lynchburg, Virginia

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    Mackenzie McCann

    (she/they)

    Liberty University

    Lynchburg, Virginia

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    Megan Steffen

    (she/her)

    Moody Bible Institute

    Chicago, Illinois

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    Natalie Carter

    (she/her)

    Toccoa Falls College

    Toccoa Falls, Georgia

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    Nathan Brittsan

    (he/him)

    Fuller Theological Seminary

    Pasadena, California

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    Rachel Held

    (she/they)

    Messiah University

    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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    Rachel Moulton

    (she/her)

    Brigham Young University – Idaho

    Boise, Idaho

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    Scott McSwain

    (he/him)

    Union University

    Jackson, Tennessee

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    Spencer Vigil

    (he/him)

    Seattle Pacific University

    Seattle, Washington

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    Tristan Campbell

    (he/him)

    Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma Christian School

    Shawnee, Oklahoma

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    Veronica Bonifacio Penales

    (she/her)

    Baylor University

    Waco, Texas

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    Victoria Joy Bacon

    (they/fae)

    Lipscomb University

    Nashville, Tennessee

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    Zayn Silva

    (he/him)

    Nyack College

    New York City, New York

 
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