By Eric Daugherty
October 11, 2021 Updated 6:30 P.M. ET
FORT MYERS, FL – Florida’s Conservative Voice (FCV News) has obtained details of a gay pride event planned by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) sorority Alpha Chi Omega (AXΩ). The sorority plans on charging its members $30 if they do not attend.
The event “AXO PRIDE” is scheduled for October 27th at 6:00 PM and is listed as “mandatory.”
The location and organizer of the event has been removed for privacy. The source told FCV News that members are upset at the sorority’s decision.
FCV News has confirmed that multiple students in the organization are upset that the event directly conflicts with their moral and religious views.
Students who are religious might believe that homosexuality is a sin. Forcing students to celebrate homosexuality might run contrary to students’ religion.
FCV News reached out to FGCU for a comment on the sorority’s decision. They responded that sororities and fraternities are “private organizations that have partnerships with the university” and that it would be “inappropriate for us [FGCU] to speak for them.”
FGCU refused to respond as to whether the sorority’s event engages in hazing. They did not comment on whether they will investigate the sorority’s decision.
The university, in the past, has gotten involved in sorority and fraternity actions. FGCU explicitly prohibits hazing, per its website. FGCU suspended a sorority for “violating COVID-19 rules” last fall.
AXΩ defines hazing as actions taken intentionally, or “unintentionally,” that produce “mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment …” “Morally degrading” activities are also included in the organization’s definition of hazing. Celebrating a sin, or deeply contradicting moral values, is seen as “morally degrading” and present mental discomfort to students FCV News spoke with.
The students said that others in the sorority hold this belief but are frightened to speak up and cause conflict.
The President of the sorority did not respond to a request for comment.
FGCU recently underwent a scandal in which a professor questioned to his students whether conservatives can have “normal” children, which Florida’s Conservative Voice reported last month.
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