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The City of Orem banned book displays for gay pride month, women’s history, as well as heritage-month displays for minority groups because it didn’t like the viewpoints. When the Utah Library Association (ULA) criticized that policy, the City stripped library staff, including Orem librarian and former president of the ULA Rita Christensen, of a key professional benefit the city provided for years: time and resources to join and participate in ULA programs.
On March 20, 2023, Walter Wendler, the president of West Texas A&M University, abruptly canceled a drag show that a student group — Spectrum WT, an organization for LGBTQ+ students and their allies — was planning to hold at the public university.
FIRE wrote Lafayette College after it denied recognition to a prospective Students for Justice in Palestine chapter based on events organized by other SPJ chapters, the potential relationship the chapter could have with a recognized Jewish student group, and proposed ideas prospective members had for the group, which include walkouts from Zionist speakers’ events.
If you are facing retaliation over protected speech, or if you are a college student or faculty member whose First Amendment rights may have been violated, reach out to FIRE to learn more about how we can protect your rights.