When reading the Chronicle recently, two articles stuck out to me: "Big-city bigotry arrives at Bozeman High School" and "Bozeman students protest Christian athlete club as anti-gay." As someone who recently graduated from Bozeman High School, this issue seemed particularly pertinent to me. I played soccer and basketball in high school, and absolutely loved it. However, people in those sports and others who were in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes tended to display homophobic tendencies, hence the reason I didn’t come out as a lesbian until I finished playing sports.

I was afraid of the backlash of being gay and a student athlete. I didn’t receive a plethora of outward homophobia once I came out from other student athletes, but the ones who judged and responded to my sexuality in a negative way were, for the large part, members of the FCA.

In the adult leader’s pledge when becoming a part of the FCA, they pledge to reject homosexuality in their lives. They do not make the students take this oath; however, since this is the belief of the leaders, it will trickle down to the students from the leaders themselves, as this is how bias tends to work.

In Matthew Monforton’s recent column, it’s imperative to see that Christians aren’t being discriminated against at the volume he would lead you to believe. The FCA is still allowed to participate in their club and practice their religion. There isn’t an anti-Christian agenda being pushed by the administration or newly arrived Bozemanites, but an influx of different views, which are not, as his piece implies, a bad thing. The Christians aren’t the victims here, and neither are the LGBT+ students. These girls are simply pushing for a more accepting school environment, as is the Hawk Way.

Annika Haigh