College graduation is a special time in America, and it’s even more special this year if you are gay.
A number of public colleges and universities gave special recognition this year to graduating seniors who amazingly managed to complete their degrees while suffering the grueling hardship of being lesbians and homosexuals, reports Campus Reform.
Administrators at these taxpayer-funded institutions allowed gay students to attend this year’s commencement ceremonies donning caps and gowns with special honor cords.
Straight students do not appear to have been given the option of having special tassels.
The University of Missouri-Columbia hosted a separate – but equal! – “lavender graduation” for gay students.
“We host Lavender Graduation to honor the accomplishments and hardships members of the LGBTQ and Ally population have had to go through on this campus,” explains a description at the website of Mizzou’s LGBTQ Resource Center.
The announcement complains about “repeated heterosexism,” “roommate and floormate disputes,” “assigned love poems in English class” and “foreign language tests that mark us wrong for the gendered pronoun use in the ‘go on a date’ scenario.”
“All are invited to walk with us, no matter level of involvement or identities, and all friends, family, mentors, and people are invited to attend and cheer,” the description adds.
Penn State University and San Diego State University provided rainbow-tassel options for gay graduates.
Many other schools gave special cords to gay students to honor their special accomplishment of graduating while gay including the University of Arizona, Montclair State University and Virginia Commonwealth University, notes Campus Reform.