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Lesbian College Student Ordered to Stop Being Out and Proud on Facebook

Lesbian College Student Ordered to Stop Being Out and Proud on Facebook

A student at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Mich., was told by administrators she would have to stop promoting her lesbian pride to ensure continued on-campus housing. Kiah Zabel, a sophomore at the private Christian college, said she recently came out on Facebook and posted a timeline cover image that reads, "Out...Proud...Lesbian."

A student at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Mich., was told by administrators she would have to stop promoting her lesbian pride to ensure continued on-campus housing.


Kiah Zabel, a sophomore at the private Christian college, said she recently came out on Facebook and posted a timeline cover image that reads, "Out...Proud...Lesbian."

Zabel told WJBK News that Dean of Students Brian Cole asked her to remove the photo or be forced to move off-campus.  "'Out...Proud...Lesbian' is not really consistent with the heritage of Rochester College and has proven to already be disruptive among fellow students who are really bothered by it," he said in a letter to Zabel.

Rochester College's student handbook says that intimate relationships were designed by God, and sex should only occur between a husband and wife.

A statement from a college spokesperson claims that Zabel was never threatened with expulsion, however Cole's letter, obtained by WJBK News, says she may be removed from campus housing.

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