Ohio University Removes Posters for ‘Straight Pride’ Week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – Posters promoting a “straight pride'' week at a northeast Ohio university have been removed after student leaders said the message went beyond free speech. 

Student Government Association leaders at Youngstown State University tell WKBN-TV (http://bit.ly/1DqSWxx ) they decided to remove the posters hung around campus earlier this week after consulting with university officials.  

The posters included profanity and promoted the event as a time to not highlight sexual orientation or differences among students. They encouraged students to “go about your day without telling everyone about how `different' you are.'' 

A university spokesman tells WFMJ-TV (http://bit.ly/1I3FMMl ) that the posters counter the school's mission of diversity. Officials are investigating possible student code violations. 

A statement from the student government said while it respects free speech rights, the posters missed the point of activism.