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Seattle University Employee Brings Dissident Activism to Campus

The rainbow flag was raised over city hall in Seattle for the first time ever earlier this summer, in celebration of Gay Pride Month. Sabina Neem, co-chair of the city’s LGBT Commission which hosted the celebration, told CBS News in Seattle, “We are excited to be able to host this event and play a role in this historic occasion.”

Unfortunately, Neem is also assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University, a Jesuit institution.

The city’s LGBT Commission works with the mayor to advise and make recommendations on legislation involving homosexuals and the transgender community, but the Commission has also been an advocate of same-sex marriage, expressly supporting the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this summer on its twitter page, saying “Seattle supports today's historic DOMA ruling!”

Seattle University actually promoted Neem’s involvement with the Commission on their website as well as her role on the board of Trikone Northwest, an organization which marched in Seattle’s Pride Parade and asked others to “join us as we march in the Pride parade in all our fabulousness.”

It also seems that Neem’s advocacy reaches on campus. On the Office of Multicultural Affairs Facebook site, Neem posted a message encouraging students to join an event called "DYKE-otomy queer womyn of color collaboration.”

The University’s OMA states on its website that it is “dedicated to the promotion of a campus community that appreciates, encourages,and celebrates diversity.” The OMA is responsible for the Lavender Celebration, a graduation and awards ceremony for LGBTQ students, which honors one student each year for “queer activism.”

The OMA’s Facebook site also advertises that Hudson Taylor, a former college wrestler who is a public advocate of same-sex marriage, will be speaking on campus on October 16th as an Athlete Ally.

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