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US: Catholic college cancels ‘Milk’ screening over rainbow flag flyer concerns

Joseph McCormick October 2, 2014
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A screening of Harvey Milk biopic ‘Milk’ has been cancelled at the Catholic University of America after those in charge said a rainbow flag on the flyers for the event violated campus policy.

Students at the college, based in Washington DC, complained that the ‘Milk and Cookies’ event had been cancelled, reports Crux.

It was set to be hosted by the College Democrats, which included a talk by Kevin Walling, alumnus and chair of the Montgomery County Democrats, as well as a screening of the film and free milk and cookies, was cancelled.

Event organisers said the university’s administrators had approved the event, as well as flyers and posters for it, but that yesterday they were told that a rainbow flag on the flyer was too big, and that the description: “Kick off LGBT Awareness Month!”, the university does not recognise.

Crux reports that this week’s event was actually based on a similar one which took place three years ago in 2011.

The university does not allow events to be held by student groups which advocate for policies which go against Catholic teachings.

The College Democrats have said they hope to reschedule the event.

The American Family Association earlier this year refused a $10 donation, because it was sent in an envelope with a commemorative Harvey Milk stamp on.

The group announced they were boycotting the postal service in May, over the unveiling of a stamp in memory of gay rights hero Harvey Milk.

Related topics: Film Reviews, Harvey Milk, milk, screening, US, Washington DC

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