On January 18, University President Fr. Bill Beauchamp said, “We know that there are faculty and staff in same-sex relationships on campus. They are not public about it and we don’t ask them. But if someone were to go very public about it and make an issue, then we would have trouble,” at his annual Fireside Chat in St. Mary’s. His statement has provoked a response from some members of the UP community in the form of the Redefine Purple Pride movement.
The following interview is of two members of Redefine Purple Pride, Patrick Throckmorton and Olivia Louise, who decided to create a video documenting students’ opinions in reaction to Beauchamp’s statement in order to give a voice to the UP community and show its responsibility to promote the safety, dignity, and respect of all its members.