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College LGBTQ Director Fired After Saying He’s Unsure Of ‘White Gays And Well-Meaning White Women’

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A college fired its LGBTQ director after the former director tweeted he was wary of “white gays and well-meaning women” and that “police are meant to service and protect white supremacy,” according to a Friday report.

Jan Collins-Eaglin, an associate dean at Pomona College in California, emailed the college community July 8 informing students and faculty that the college was restarting its search for a director of the Queer Resource Center, according to Claremont Courier.

“I am writing today to let you know that we have reopened the national search for the director of the Queer Resource Center,” said Collins-Eaglin in the email obtained by Claremont Courier. “Our priorities for the QRC remain the same—to maintain in a seamless fashion the robust services of the Center.”

The associate dean said that the college had known about Higgins’ tweets – it didn’t specify which ones – but also noted that the former director brought “an important voice to the support of LGBTQIA students, and especially [queer and transgender people of color], and that he approaches his work with passion and concern.”

But Miriam Feldblum, dean of students at Pomona, shared in another email that her vision and that of Collins-Eaglin to support “all LGBTQIA students” diverged from that of Higgins.

Aside from the two aforementioned statements, Higgins also linked taking pride in heterosexuality to celebrating homophobia, rape culture, and transphobia. Students raised concerns with these remarks, suggesting that they thought the remarks would predispose the former director to discriminating against them based on their identity. (RELATED: College LGBTQ Director Unsure Of ‘White Gays And Well-Meaning White Women’)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Pomona College for comment, but received none in time for press.

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