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Date:January 12th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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I know you wrote this forever ago, but I just happened to find it while roaming around lj. Anyway, here's my thoughts. I went to a small private religious based liberal arts college. I was a member of the gay/straight alliance there and we hosted events. They were open to the community at large for a small fee and we were able to bring in gay preachers and religious members sensitive to gay rights. It caused quite the uproar in this conservative community, but we knew that would happen. So, here's what I was thinking. Do you have a loophole you could exploit? For us, having it hosted by a student group on campus worked. All we had to have was our faculty sponser's approval and a little money. All the speakers gave us discounts and agreed to be housed at a professor's house or drive in themselves. I think if you look for something similar, you may be able to invite them on campus in a different manner. Bring it up with your campus activity board as well. You might have to invite a group the college finds more "appropriate" but you can screen them to make sure they aren't bashers. Find a professor you trust and ask them for advice. Seriously, that worked wonders for us. Without the help of our professor, "Homosexuality and the Bible" might not have ever happened. In my opinion, it was one of the best events ever hosted on campus. Look into it. :)