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GALA declines invitation to “The O’Reilly Factor”

October 26, 2009

In the aftermath of the student election for Homecoming Queen, GALA President Wayne Curtis received an invitation to go onto “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday, October 26, 2009. The following statement was sent to Fox News, as well as to representatives of other cable media:

“On behalf of William and Mary Gay and Lesbian Alumni, Inc., I appreciate your interest. We believe that the results of this student election speak volumes about the environment of tolerance and diversity that we have been working to build at William and Mary for over twenty years. Our membership of open-minded straight, lesbian, gay and transgendered alumni/ae and friends of the College of William and Mary feel that this election is a landmark event in our efforts to encourage that environment. However, since we are an independent organization of alumni/ae, not formally affiliated with the university, and not involved in day-to-day activities on campus, I don’t feel it would be appropriate to make commentary or otherwise take attention away from the William and Mary student body, for its their will that was democratically expressed in this matter.

Thank you for your offer, but I decline the opportunity to appear.

— Wayne Curtis,

William and Mary, Class of 1982

President, William and Mary GALA”

On behalf of William and Mary Gay and Lesbian Alumni, Inc., I appreciate your interest. We believe that the results of this student election speak volumes about the environment of tolerance and diversity that we have been working to build at William and Mary for over twenty years. Our membership of open-minded straight, lesbian, gay and transgendered alumni/ae and friends of the College of William and Mary feel that this election is a landmark event in our efforts to encourage that environment. However, since we are an independent organization of alumni/ae, not formally affiliated with the university, and not involved in day-to-day activities on campus, I don’t feel it would be appropriate to make commentary or otherwise take attention away from the William and Mary student body, for its their will that was democratically expressed in this matter.
Thank you for your offer, but I decline the opportunity to appear.
— Wayne Curtis,
William and Mary, Class of 1982
President, William and Mary GALA
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