‘This act diminished all of us’; Central Washington University condemns hate act aimed at LGBTQ+ community

Pride Flag
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ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University issued a statement condemning an “appalling act of hate” aimed at the school’s LGBTQ+ community.

According to President Jim Wohlpart, someone took the Pride flag down from CWU’s Student Union and Recreation Center, then set it on fire while sharing video of it on social media.

“We are greatly disturbed that our CWU LGBTQ+ community had to endure this violation of their identity,” reads a letter from Wohlpart, “this act diminished all of us.”

The letter sent to students did not identify who burned the Pride flag or what discipline they would face, but Wohlpart said resources are available at the school’s Diversity and Equity Center and counseling center for anyone who needs it. The school is also hosting a “Healing Circle” event, though the details are yet to be announced.

“We understand that no action we take will erase the trauma of this event,” said Wohlpart. “While we can and we do commit to addressing this issue and others in ways that protect LGBTQ+ Wildcats, we must do more to ensure that all members of our LGBTQ+ community feel welcomed, celebrated, and supported.”