Leahy Prays To Top Donors, Trustees For Guidance On Gender-Neutral Bathrooms
CARNEY HALL — On Sunday night, the Undergraduate Government of Boston College passed The Resolution Concerning Single Stall Restrooms, officially calling for a change in all strict male-or-female signage for the 18 single-stall restrooms in academic buildings on campus.
In passing this resolution, UGBC has shown support and recognition for the safety of Boston College’s trans and non-binary students. In order to move from a resolution to an actual policy change, however, UGBC must reach an agreement with the university administration, which puts President Father William P. Leahy, S.J., in a position to make an important decision.
President Leahy has reportedly been praying to Boston College’s top donors and trustees for “help and guidance” regarding the resolution and whether or not they would still donate if Boston College strayed from its conservative, Catholic values in order to recognize its responsibility to care for all of its students, regardless of gender identity.
In his prayers to donors and trustees, President Leahy is asking for their divine insight before making this “difficult” university policy decision, according to a source close to Leahy who only gave the name “Deep Robe.”
“First and foremost, it’s important for Fr. Leahy to keep the old, conservative men up top happy,” said Deep Robe. “After he’s considered how donors and trustees will respond, then the president is ready to consider the health and safety of some of his university’s most marginalized students.”
Robe explained that, on the one hand, President Leahy understands changing signage isn’t expensive to implement and could benefit the university’s genderqueer students’ health and safety. However, on the other hand, says Robe, President Leahy recognizes his responsibility to the university’s top benefactors, who don’t see eye-to-eye with today’s college students.
Deep Robe added that it’s not unusual to hear Leahy muttering, “Are you there, guys? It’s me, Leahy,” as he stares at the university’s latest donation reports before making any major university policy decision. “He prays to those guys about LGBT resource centers and fossil fuel divestment all the time!” the anonymous source added.
At press time, there was not yet any word if Father Leahy had received any spiritual or fiscal guidance regarding the resolution.