The University of Louisiana at Lafayette made big news in the last couple of weeks with the announcement that it would start offering students a minor in LGBT studies.
Rep. Jeff Landry is one of the people who’s not excited about it. He made that perfectly clear in a letter to the president of the university, arguing that an LGBT studies minor would not help students get jobs.
According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Landry, a Republican, continues, “Our neighbors and students should trust that the education dollars they spent at University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be used to further their careers, not a political agenda.”
A news release cited by The Advocate quoted Landry as saying he believes the university is “placating to political pressures” by offering the minor to students. “Diverting your limited resources to advance a political agenda at the expense of our students is unacceptable,” Landry wrote, according to the release.
This man simply does not get it. I really hope the university pushes back against all the backlash it’s gotten up to this point - everybody’s gotta start somewhere, and for a lot of people in Louisiana, this could be it.