Gay student group complains about security requirement

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 21 2001 1:00 AM ET

The head of a gay student group at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne has filed a complaint against the university for requiring the group to hire security officers for its annual drag pageant, which was held Sunday. “I don’t think they’re applying the rule fairly across the board,” Jeffrey Sterling, chief executive officer of United Sexualities, said of the school’s requirement. Frank Borelli, the university’s vice chancellor of student affairs, said the decision is made informally. The school felt security was necessary for the drag ball in order to prevent the occurrence of hate crimes. “I kind of hold my breath. I don’t want to wait until something happens,” Borelli said. “I’m a little chagrined Jeff and his group aren’t a little more concerned.”

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