In a video sent to The East Carolinian on Feb. 25, current Student Government Association President La’Quon Rogers is seen making homophobic comments while preaching. He not only spoke disparagingly about the transgender community, but compared homosexuality to a “spirit of confusion” used by the Devil to confuse the young generation.
Make no mistakes, these comments belong in 1950. These comments bring nothing but shame unto the office Rogers currently holds and nothing but derision to the campus he claims he represents. They make my stomach sick and I hope Rogers feels the weight of my disappointment and the disappointment of the entire LGBT community.
The fact that Rogers stood his ground and reaffirmed his beliefs is a credit to his integrity, but not his character. I can admire his personal code of conduct while still finding his words both disgusting and insulting. I may roll my eyes at the fact that you didn’t even try to cover your mistake up but perhaps that’s because I’m a bit more Machiavellian than you.
However, La’Quon, as president, it is your job to represent the interests of the student body. It is your job to voice their concerns. How is any LGBT+ student ever going to feel safe approaching you or your administration knowing you consider them creations of the Devil? How can you be trusted to hear our fears or protect us in a world that wishes us harm when you are a part of that world which seeks to erase us? How are you any different from those who actively seek to harm us? Homophobia is alive everywhere, including this campus. Do you want to know how many death threats I get for being gay? And your statements have just validated all of them.
Honestly, I don’t know how I am really feeling, La’Quon. I know I’m angry. I know I’m scared. And I know I deserve an apology. So, here’s my challenge to you, President Rogers. Look into my homosexual eyes, eyes crafted in God’s image, and apologize to me and my people. Let’s start there, shall we?