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Florida College Refuses to Lend Gay Student Laptop: ‘You Sound, Look, and Act Like a Girl and in This ID is a Man’ (Video)

Florida Atlantic University has recently subsisted underneath a mantle of scrutiny.  In fact, one has to wonder if the university will make it to the end of the year without irritating every single ethnic, religious, and human rights advocacy group in the country!

In January, FAU professor James Tracy famously claimed that both Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon bombing was staged by the Obama administration to promote an anti-gun agenda.  He has also strongly suggested the Navy Yard Shooting was staged.  The university has simply said that James Tracy’s views do not reflect the views of  FAU.  While many have called for his removal, Tracy remains employed at Florida Atlantic.

In February, the school came under scrutiny again–because it accepted a naming rights deal for a stadium from private prison contractor, the GEO Group.  Bob Libal, executive director of the criminal advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, pointedly stated that GEO has a habit of making heavy donations in communities where it has contracts or is seeking contracts–in other words, by accepting the gift and naming it after a company that has been accused of numerous human rights violations, FAU chose to willingly support the agenda of a shamefully expanding enemy of American citizens.  After public outcry, the university canceled the naming rights deal with GEO.

Deandre Poole, an instructor at the school, recently faced right wing criticism over his use of a thirty-year-old exercise in which students write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it.  The exercise was intended to demonstrate that despite the arbitrary nature of symbols, they take on strong emotional meanings.  This exercise is done with the expectation that most students will not step on the paper, and is intended to lead to a discussion of why they are unable to do so.   One student purported that Poole ordered them to “stomp on Jesus,” and that he was punished for a refusal to do so.  This false claim sparked a nation-wide right wing hissy fit, garnering the attention of Governor Rick Scott.  Scott proposed state legislation that would prevent the use of this exercise in higher education.

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The university has come under fire again after an incident at the library. Senior Abdul Asquith wanted to check out a laptop for his communication classes, but his request was refused by the librarian.  Why?  According to Asquith, it had a little something to do with the librarian’s views on sexuality:

“She looked at the ID and looked down at it. She said, ‘You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I’m not giving you a laptop….It looks just like me.  I identify with my ID.  I wasn’t dressed up.  I didn’t have on a dress…'”

While Asquith sometimes wears “feminine” clothes he was, on the day in question, wearing shorts and a hoodie with his long hair pulled back.

This sort of treatment is, of course a violation of FAU’s anti-discrimination policy:

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Asquith was finally able to use a laptop for his studies, but had to ask three separate librarians.

The librarian has chosen not to comment on the incident, and the University has not issued an apology.

Watch a Video on the Incident Below:

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  • http://gravatar.com/smallwoodenator smallwoodenator

    Agreed with every comment except the comment by the ridiculous “Books” person….who is baiting gay people, I think. Yeah, you ask for a second ID simply because you’re unsure it’s him from the ID presented. Stating you don’t know if they’re a man or woman is violating federal law, I think. Lawsuit is called for against FAU if they can’t give librarians better instruction/traing.

    • http://gravatar.com/smallwoodenator smallwoodenator

      And Deonne’s comment is good, also. A woman is wearing heavy makeup in the photo and not in person, or vice versa, is sometimes very difficult to identify. We don’t hear about this happening too much….because no one believes they’re lesbians, probably. It’s anti-gay discrimination, plain and simple.

  • flo rida

    Trolling for a lawsuit, eh? Well, the best defense against a discrimination lawsuit is don’t discriminate. DUH.

  • Steven Burkhardt

    Maybe the student in question should speak with an attorney from the ACLU

  • Books Moore

    STOP IT. I personally know Abdul Asquith. Have for years.

    Let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing subtle about him, unless he wants there to be. Believe me, the librarian did absolutely nothing wrong for wondering if this was a case of a female using a male student’s I.D. to check out an expensive laptop. An. Expensive. Laptop.

    As with other situations, he is TROLLING FOR A LAWSUIT by playing victim at someone else’s expense. You and the article writer are his sucker.

    • John Prager

      I think he was more trolling for a laptop. I don’t care how flamboyant someone is–I’ve never failed to differentiate between a gay man and a woman. I don’t care how expensive the laptop was, he looks just like his ID. If we’re fooled by a little bit of makeup here, then are we fooled by every single woman who wears makeup’s appearance?
      Asquith is not “playing victim.” He is a victim, plain and simple.

    • https://www.facebook.com/deonne.williams.54 Deonne Williams

      Sounds like Books Moore (is that even your real name?? Sounds like a library mascot pseudonym) has a problem with LBGT folks. A woman in makeup looks different than her ID too. You and your librarian friend are certainly not the pride of the Federation LOL.

    • sheepish

      A simple, reasonable request would have been to ask him to show another piece of ID with a picture on it if the librarian was so unsure. Refusing outright was discrimination, especially with the words she used.

  • Karen Duncanwood

    The first two “librarians” practicing discrimination should be fined one month’s salary as a penalty, and that should be given to the student who was the victim of this terrible incident. And the University should match that amount to the student also. This crap has to start costing those who practice it, and the University for an obvious lack of training and/or supervision.

  • https://www.facebook.com/rleighton27 Richard Leighton

    For a while, I was nonplussed that FAU wasn’t sending me alumni crap…now, I’m proud to be eliminated from the list. This school needs to have its charter revoked.

  • Mike Coppola

    Find Another University

  • Expatmom

    This school explains the stupidity coming out of FL!!

  • Veteran

    Why on earth would anyone want to go to school at Sarah Palin U??

    • http://gravatar.com/latenightlarry latenightlarry

      I thought it was Michelle Bachmann U…

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