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Joint&Statement&of&Support&for&Robert&Oscar&Lopez&and&Academic&Freedom&
Call&to&Investigate&California&State&University,&Northridge&
[Names&Changed&to&Protect&Privacy]&

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To:!!

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Chancellor!Timothy!White!
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See!distribution!list!attached!

CC:!!
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Date:! !
August!12,!2015!
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Re:&
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Academic&Freedom&at&California&State&University&
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Importance&of&Scholarly&Integrity&for&Children&of&Gay&Couples&
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Encl:! !
Eight!Individual!Statements!from!Daughters!of!LGBT!Parents!
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Distribution!List!for!CCs/PDF!Articles!
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Dear!Chancellor!White,!
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As!daughters!of!gay!parents,!we!are!writing!to!request!that!you!uphold!the!highest!standards!of!
academic!freedom,!unbiased!research,!and!free!interdisciplinary!inquiry.!We!ask!that!you!do!so!
especially!in!areas!in!which!there!is!great!political!pressure!arrayed!against!those!who!present!
unpopular!viewpoints.!!The!dominant!depictions!of!sameNsex!parenting—from!recent!New$York$
Times!coverage,!to!studies!which!employ!small!convenience!samples,!to!primeNtime!sitcoms—
often!present!a!oneNsided!and!inaccurate!depiction!of!the!children!of!gay!couples.!In!terms!of!
reporting,!writers!often!refer!to!a!supposed!"consensus"!among!researchers!that!all!children!of!gay!
parents!report!just!as!much!satisfaction!as!children!in!homes!with!a!mother!and!father.!!
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These!incomplete!representations!of!children!of!gay!couples!impose!an!unfair!silence!on!such!
children.!!So!isolating!is!the!pervasive!message!that!children!with!LGBT!parents!fare!“just!as!well”!
as!their!counterparts!raised!in!married!mother/father!households,!that!each!signatory!of!this!
letter!at!one!point!felt!“I!must!be!the!only!one”!who!disagrees!with!the!supposed!sameNsex!
parenting!“consensus.”!!One!cannot!downplay!the!role!of!free!exchange!of!ideas!and!writings!in!
our!ability!to!“come!out”!and!speak!up,!despite!our!perspective!being!largely!excluded!from!the!
national!discussion.!!!
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University!research!has!also!played!a!crucial!role!in!public!discussions!of!gay!parenting.!!And!in!
the!future,!we!hope!that!the!role!of!scholarly!and!interdisciplinary!work!will!increase.!!Ongoing!
research!in!this!field!is!critical!for!the!health!and!wellNbeing!of!children,!and!professors!must!be!
free!to!examine,!critique,!and!study!household!structures!without!fear!of!losing!their!academic!
standing.!However,!there!are!very!few!in!academia!who!can!personally!understand!this!issue!from!
a!child’s!perspective.!In&fact,&the&only&tenured&professor&sympathetic&to&our&point&of&view&
who&is&also&a&child&of&a&gay&home&is&Robert&Oscar&Lopez,&who&happens&to&hold&a&position&at&
Cal&State&Northridge.&
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Dr.!Lopez!has!drawn!from!resources!available!to!him!due!to!his!tenured!position!and!has!initiated!
new!interdisciplinary!approaches!to!gay!parenting!research.!He!has!developed!humanitiesNbased!
approaches!to!offset!the!earlier!overNreliance!on!quantitative!socialNscience!research.!As!a!
professor!with!a!history!of!growing!up!with!“two!moms,”!personal!experience!as!an!LGBT!father!

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raising!two!children!with!their!mother,!and!a!doctorate,!he!plays!an!integral!role!in!advancing!the!
study!of!gay!parenting!toward!greater!breadth!and!objectivity.!
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Like!almost!all!children!of!gay!couples!who!have!come!forward!as!adults!with!mixed!reviews!of!
their!childhoods,!Dr.!Lopez!has!been!brutally!attacked!and!blacklisted!by!advocates!of!the!fertility!
and!adoption!industries,!which!plan!to!profit!handsomely!from!sameNsex!parenting.!In!Dr.!Lopez's!
case,!public!campaigns!to!defame!him!crossed!the!line!into!tampering!with!academic!research.!
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• Under!threat!of!backlash!from!LGBT!activists!in!France,!Dr.!Lopez!was!prevented!from!
delivering!a!lecture!at!Lille!University!on!March!21N22,!2013,!though!his!paper!had!been!
accepted!in!2011.!!!
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• Jeremy!Hooper,!a!blogger!at!Good!as!You,!coordinated!efforts!with!Stanford!students!in!a!
failed!attempt!to!stop!Lopez!from!presenting!in!Palo!Alto!in!April!5,!2014.!See:!
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/03/suppressing_the_black_diaspora_at_st
anford.html.!One!year!later,!graduate!student!Timothy!Prune!would!misquote!Lopez’s!
presentation!as!part!of!a!successful!campaign!to!bar!Jennifer!Lahl,!a!close!associate!of!Dr.!
Lopez’s,!from!delivering!a!lecture!at!the!Stanford!Medical!School.!See:!
http://www.stanfordanscombe.org/aprilN1N2015.html.!
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• The!Human!Rights!Campaign!sent!a!defamatory!letter!about!Dr.!Lopez!to!over!a!million!
recipients!in!October!2014,!days!after!Dr.!Lopez!organized!a!research!conference!at!the!
Ronald!Reagan!Presidential!Library.!This!letter!from!the!HRC!prompted!dozens!of!people!
to!forward!denunciatory!messages!about!him!to!colleagues!and!administrators!at!CSUN
Northridge.!See:!http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/27/whatNitsNlikeNtoNfaceNtheNlgbtN
inquisition/.!!
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• The!GLAAD!blacklist!page!with!misleading!quotations!attributed!to!Dr.!Lopez!was!
brandished!by!a!Catholic!University!undergraduate,!who!orchestrated!a!group!of!hecklers!
and!tried!to!stop!him!from!presenting!work!for!International!Children's!Day!in!November!
2014.!See:!http://thefederalist.com/2014/11/25/whenNtheNqueerNstepfordsNcomeNtoN
catholicNu/.!!
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• On!October!27,!2014,!a!lesbian!and!apparently!former!assistant!professor,!residing!in!
Ventura!County,!filed!a!request!for!a!restraining!order!against!someone!named!“Jarvis.”!
The!petitioner,!Ernestina!Walpole,!claimed!that!the!accused!was!engaging!in!“civil!
harassment”!by!discussing!Dr.!Lopez’s!work!and!the!work!of!Rivka!Edelman!(Lopez’s!coN
editor),!and!needed!to!be!restrained!from!posting!any!of!Dr.!Lopez’s!essays!on!Facebook.!
See:![site!redacted].!In!November,!Jarvis!contacted!Dr.!Lopez!to!let!him!know!that!there!
appeared!to!be!parties!in!southern!California!attempting!to!set!a!precedent!classifying!his!
publications!on!sameNsex!parenting!as!illegal!harassment.!Ventura!Superior!Court!Judge!
Michele!Castillo!dismissed!this!case!on!December!10,!2014,!but!Dr.!Lopez!had!to!spend!a!
month!and!a!half!not!knowing!if!his!entire!archive!of!published!works!was!going!to!be!
categorized!as!criminal!hate!speech.!
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• As!recently!as!May!2015,!officials!at!UCLA!attempted!to!cancel!his!lecture,!"How!Kids!of!
Gays!Speak!Out,!and!How!Society!Responds,"!sponsored!by!UCLA's!Anscombe!Society.!

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The!president!of!the!organization!was!apparently!called!in!by!an!administrator!and!
pressured!to!cancel!the!event!based!on!claims!that!Lopez!had!a!“history!of!making!radical!
statements.”!
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Dr.!Lopez!has!been!branded!"antiNgay,"!"exNgay,"!and!"an!exporter!of!hate"!due!to!his!
efforts!to!critique!the!exploitative!impacts!of!thirdNparty!reproduction!and!to!remind!
readers!of!the!lessons!learned!from!critical!race!theory.!Like!so!many!people!of!color,!
children!of!gay!couples!experience!unique!pains!and!strains!because!they!are!treated,!too!
often,!as!objects!to!suit!adult!needs!rather!than!as!subjects!with!their!own!autonomous!
thoughts!and!feelings.!

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As!troubling!as!the!above!facts!may!appear,!even!worse!is!the!persistent!and!severe!harassment!
that!Dr.&Lopez&has&endured&at&CSU&N0rthridge&by&his&own&colleagues&and&supervisors.&In&
fact,&there&appears&to&be&such&deep&political&hostility&to&Dr.&Lopez&that&his&department&
and&college&have&shown&their&willingness&to&harm&their&own&institutional&goals&as&
collateral&damage&in&order&to&punish&and&censor&him.&If!we!use!the!2013!Handbook$of$
Accreditation$Revised,$published!by!the!WASC!Senior!Colleges!and!Universities!Commission!
(http://www.wascsenior.org),!revised!in!April!2015,!we!find!that!Northridge!routinely!and!severely!
violates!accreditation!standards!for!California!colleges.!!
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Standard!1.1!outlined!by!WASC!(pg.!12)!echoes!the!longstanding!position!of!the!American!
Association!of!University!Professors!(see!1940!statement!on!academic!freedom),!in!providing!that!
California!colleges!must!respect!a!mission!that!“contributes!to!the!public!good,”!not!the!
advancement!of!one!institution,!one!individual,!one!coterie,!or!one!political!camp.!Standard!1.3!
places!“commitment!to!academic!freedom”!at!the!forefront!of!institutional!standards!as!well!(pg.!
12).!!
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Standard!2.8!emphasizes!that!institutions!must!value!and!promote!“scholarship,!creative!activity,!
and!curricular!and!instructional!innovation”$(pg.!16).!!
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Standard!3.1!points!to!institutions’!need!to!have!faculty!and!staff!“sufficient!in!number,!
professional!qualification,!and!diversity”!(pg.!18).!!In!addition,!according!to!Standard!3.2,!“Faculty!
and!staff!recruitment,!hiring,!orientation,!workload,!incentives,!and!evaluation!practices”!must!be!
“aligned!with!institutional!purposes!and!educational!objectives,”!not!used!for!revenge,!political!
persecution,!or!popularity!contests!(pg.!18).!Perhaps!most!importantly,!WASC!states!that!an!
“institution’s!leadership,!at!all!levels”!must!demonstrate!“integrity,!high!performance,!appropriate!
responsibility,!and!accountability”!(pg.!19).!
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After!speaking!at!length!with!Dr.!Lopez!and!reading!his!publications!as!well!as!his!court!
documents,!we!have!managed!to!gather!the!following!summary!of!incidents,!in!which!the!
standards!above!are!violated.!!
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• At!CSU!Northridge!itself,!Dr.!Lopez!seems!to!have!been!subject!to!a!preposterous!number!
of!false!accusations!and!malicious!investigations.!Some!details!are!available!in!a!piece!
published!by!First$Things!(http://www.firstthings.com/webNexclusives/2014/10/aNtaleNofN
targeting).!Additional!issues!not!included!in!the!First$Things$article!are!expanded!below.!
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Physical$Intimidation$and$Defamation,$2009D2012$

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Dr.!Chester!Dunkberry,!now!a!professor!at!Chapman!University,!“outed”!Lopez’s!life!story!
at!a!CSUN!department!function!in!the!spring!of!2009.!The!occasion!was!a!reception!to!
honor!the!memory!of!queer!theorist!Eve!Kosofsky!Sedgwick.!Dr.!Lopez!was!in!his!first!year!
on!campus!but!was!encouraged!by!Dr.!Dunkberry!to!share!his!story!of!being!raised!in!a!
queer!family,!so!Dr.!Lopez!forwarded!an!autobiographical!paragraph!to!Dr.!Dunkberry!via!
email.!While!Dr.!Lopez!felt!uncomfortable!about!attending!the!function!and!revealing!this!
at!his!job,!Dr.!Dunkberry!had!someone!else!read!the!life!story!aloud!to!the!guests,!most!of!
whom!were!fellow!English!professors.!!
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Following!this!event,!Dr.!Lopez!was!approached!by!various!colleagues!who!assumed!he!
was!supportive!of!gay!parenting!and!gay!marriage.!In!the!course!of!conversation,!Dr.!
Lopez!revealed!ambivalence!and!criticism,!which!surprised!people.!Then!his!life!in!the!
department!changed!radically.!Dr.!Dunkberry!turned!extremely!hostile,!often!refusing!to!
acknowledge!Dr.!Lopez!when!they!were!in!the!same!room,!and!on!two!occasions!
condemning!or!mocking!Dr.!Lopez!on!the!department!discussion!boards.!In!the!summer!
and!fall!of!2009,!a!pattern!emerged!of!increasing!interpersonal!aggression!toward!Dr.!
Lopez,!blatant!rudeness,!and!then!complaints!about!Dr.!Lopez!delivered!namelessly!
through!back!channels.!Dr.!Glen!Gettleton!was!Dr.!Lopez’s!supervisor,!2008N2011.!In!
roughly!ten!different!meetings!with!Dr.!Gettleton,!Dr.!Lopez!had!to!defend!himself!against!
anonymous!complaints!about!his!Facebook!page,!private!emails!he!sent!through!his!
university!account,!flyers!on!his!door,!and!publications!on!his!blog,!which!he!took!down!
under!pressure!from!the!chair!and!dean.!
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Throughout!the!fall!of!2009,!Dr.!Lopez!was!surrounded!by!controversy!because!Dr.!
Dunkberry!and!Dr.!Zachary!Giblets!expressed!staunch!opposition!to!Dr.!Lopez’s!research!
grant!from!the!National!Geospatial!Intelligence!Agency.!These!colleagues!denounced!the!
grant!on!the!department!discussion!boards.!Dr.!Giblets!unveiled!a!new!antiNwar!workNinN
progress,!a!play!featuring!a!protagonist!with!uncomfortable!similarities!to!Dr.!Lopez,!and!
Dr.!Giblets!staged!an!informal!performance!of!this!play!one!week!before!a!conference!Dr.!
Lopez!organized!on!gender!research!and!national!security.!The!latter!event,!which!
featured!a!guest!speaker!from!the!Central!Intelligence!Agency,!attracted!a!mob!of!
protestors,!numerous!obscene!and!racist!emails!sent!to!Dr.!Lopez,!and!a!great!deal!of!
tumultuous!debate!on!the!department!discussion!board,!from!which!Dr.!Lopez!withdrew!
voluntarily!in!October!2009.!!
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In!the!spring!of!2011,!after!being!the!target!of!vandalism,!obscene!anonymous!hate!mail,!
and!hostile!conduct!from!his!colleagues!for!almost!two!years,!Dr.!Lopez!found!the!campus!
police!unwilling!to!interview!witnesses!or!to!take!any!substantive!action!to!ensure!his!
safety.!In!fact,!he!was!called!in!by!his!chair,!Glen!Gettleton,!and!chastised!for!blogging!
about!his!experience.!!
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In!2011,!Dr.!Lopez!filed!a!police!report!with!Percy!Klackenhack,!one!of!the!campus!police!
officers,!but!Klackenhack!never!contacted!the!witnesses!who!had!seen!Dr.!Lopez’s!office!
door!disfigured!with!sharp!objects,!and!his!American!flag!and!Army!stickers!torn!during!
Dr.!Lopez’s!military!leave!of!absence!(taken!in!2010).!!
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In!May!2012,!Dr.!Lopez’s!colleague!Tallulah!Cake!threatened!to!videoNrecord!him!and!
expose!him!for!“laughing”!in!a!racist!way!at!graduation.!She!did!this!while!goading!her!
colleagues!in!Central!American!Studies!to!stalk!Dr.!Lopez!with!their!INpad!videoNrecorders!
and!while!berating!him!in!front!of!graduating!students.!Dr.!Cake!told!Dr.!Lopez!that!they!
had!video!to!humiliate!him!in!the!eyes!of!the!entire!campus!community.!!
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An!hour!after!the!exchange!described!above,!Dr.!Cake!went!to!the!office!of!Dr.!Lopez’s!
chair,!Betsy!D’Urbevilles,!accompanied!by!Dr.!Anastasia!Gumball,!a!Women’s!Studies!
professor,!to!lodge!a!complaint!against!Dr.!Lopez!alleging!that!he!was!racist!and!guilty!of!
sexual!harassment!for!supposedly!saying!the!word!“porn”!and!laughing!at!insensitive!
comments.!!
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Later,!Dr.!Lopez!received!a!phone!call!from!the!chair!reporting!that!Dr.!Cake!brought!six!
people!from!the!Central!American!Studies!department!to!the!English!chair’s!office!to!
make!even!more!provocative!claims!against!him!and!to!threaten!to!release!the!videotape!
of!his!laughing.!Dr.!Lopez!wrote!a!lengthy!memo!in!response!refuting!all!these!allegations!
and!sent!it!to!the!chair!but!was!never!told!of!the!resolution!of!this!complaint.!
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In!late!2012!and!during!all!of!2013,!there!was!a!great!deal!of!harassment,!chronicled!by!
Lopez!at!http://www.firstthings.com/webDexclusives/2014/10/aDtaleDofDtargeting.$These!
events!are!too!complex!to!recount!in!the!present!letter.!
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The$university’s$denial$of$due$process$to$Dr.$Lopez,$2011D2013$
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In!January!2011,!after!speaking!with!Chloe!Broom,!the!university!attorney,!about!the!
harassment!and!intimidation!in!his!department,!Dr.!Lopez!consulted!with!the!California!
Faculty!Association!about!the!best!way!to!ensure!that!his!tenure!review!would!not!be!
corrupted.!The!CFA!deemed!the!matter!an!issue!relating!to!Dr.!Lopez’s!protected!statuses!
as!a!Puerto!Rican,!Christian,!bisexual,!and!Army!reservist,!so!he!was!directed!to!the!office!
of!Equity!and!Diversity.!In!the!spring!of!2011,!Dr.!Lopez!filed!a!complaint!with!the!
university’s!Equity!and!Diversity!office.!
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In!2011,!Dr.!Lopez!met!with!Susan!Slamprot,!a!diversity!attorney!employed!by!CSUN,!and!
submitted!written!summaries!of!his!experience.!In!May!2011,!based!on!certain!promises,!
Dr.!Lopez!withdrew!the!complaint!and!closed!the!case.!He!did!so!based!on!assurances!that!
[1]!someone!who!had!antagonized!him,!Dr.!Zachary!Giblets,!would!not!serve!on!his!
personnel!review!and!that![2]!the!Dean,!Elizabeth!Say,!would!provide!him!with!written!
policies!about!the!appropriate!boundaries!regarding!social!media!policy.!Elizabeth!Say!
never!provided!him!with!any!written!policies!as!promised.!Dr.!Zachary!Giblets!was!later!
placed!on!his!personnel!review!committee!when!Dr.!Lopez!had!to!go!up!for!tenure!in!the!
spring!of!2013,!contrary!to!the!terms!of!Dr.!Lopez’s!withdrawing!of!the!2011!complaint.!
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Illegal$Discrimination$in$Promotion$Practices,$2012D13$
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In!January!2012,!Dr.!Lopez!submitted!a!Personnel!Information!File!informing!his!
department!that!he!would!like!to!be!reviewed!for!early!promotion!to!Associate!Professor!
after!four!years!of!service!at!the!university.!The!year!before,!two!of!his!colleagues,!Vance!

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Orlebray!and!Calpernius!Plum,!were!given!early!promotion!after!four!years!of!service.!Dr.!
Lopez’s!chair,!Betsy!D’Urbevilles,!and!his!dean,!Elizabeth!Say,!told!Dr.!Lopez!that!he!could!
not!qualify!for!early!promotion!because!he!had!been!serving!the!U.S.!Army!for!a!semester!
(spring!2010)!and!therefore!had!less!service!time!than!Dr.!Orlebray!or!Prof.!Plum.!!
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Dr.!Lopez!pointed!out!that!the!aboveNmentioned!disposition!on!his!promotion!violated!
the!Uniformed!Services!Employment!and!ReNemployment!Rights!Act!(USERRA),!but!was!
pressured!by!department!members!not!to!make!any!noise!because!he!ought!not!to!start!
trouble!again.!To!explain!the!discrepancies,!Dr.!D’Urbevilles!said!Dr.!Orlebray!and!
Professor!Plum!had!not!arrived!at!CSU!Northridge!with!one!year!of!external!service!credit!
as!Dr.!Lopez!did!(in!fact,!they!had.)!
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Defamation$by$Anonymous$“Students,”$2013D14$
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The!California!Code!of!Regulations!Title!5,!Article!2,!defines!academic!misconduct!to!
include!students’!furnishing!false!information!to!university!employees.!
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In!January!2013,!Dr.!Lopez!presented!his!case!for!tenure.!During!the!requisite!interview!
with!his!panel!of!five!department!reviewers,!he!was!told!of!accusations!from!anonymous!
students,!whom!two!of!his!colleagues!claimed!to!have!spoken!with.!These!accusations!
involved!“personal!revelations”!and!hatred!against!liberals,!which!Dr.!Lopez!was!certain!
were!outright!falsehoods.!The!committee!nonetheless!baked!these!allegations!into!his!
tenure!review!letter.!While!Dr.!Lopez!did!receive!tenure,!all!five!of!the!levels!that!reviewed!
him!repeated!these!allegations.!
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In!February!2013,!roughly!two!weeks!after!the!meeting!with!his!department!reviewers!who!
alleged!misconduct!in!the!classroom,!Dr.!Lopez!was!called!into!the!office!of!Equity!and!
Diversity!and!investigated!for!alleged!sexual!harassment.!The!accuser,!Louis!Yellowrose,!
claimed!that!Dr.!Lopez!had!erections!in!class.!The!university!attorney!actually!questioned!
Dr.!Lopez!about!the!status!of!his!arousal!in!the!classroom!in!front!of!Dr.!Lopez’s!lawyer,!
Mr.!Charles!LiMandri.!!The!university!attorney!also!called!in!several!students!and!asked!
them!whether!Dr.!Lopez’s!penis!became!erect!while!he!was!teaching.!Some!circumstances!
of!this!bizarre!investigation,!which!ended!with!provost!Harry!Hellenbrand!throwing!out!
all!the!charges,!can!be!found!in!Dr.!Lopez’s!attached!article!for!First$Things,$“A!Tale!of!
Targeting.”!
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On!November!6,!2014,!Dr.!Lopez!was!called!at!home!by!the!chair!of!classics!and!
admonished!for!not!providing!a!grading!rubric!to!his!mythology!students!(Dr.!Lopez!has!
degrees!in!English!and!ancient!Classics).!The!admonition!was!based!on!falsehood,!for!the!
rubric!was!included!in!the!syllabus.!Apparently!ten!individuals!claiming!to!be!students!in!
the!mythology!class!visited!the!chair!and!lodged!false!claims!that!he!did!not!give!students!
grading!rubrics.!Dr.!Lopez!was!told!to!change!the!class!requirements!and!replace!a!paper!
with!a!final!exam,!without!having!the!chance!to!demonstrate!that!the!students’!complaint!
was!false.!Then!Dr.!Lopez!received!an!email!stating!that!he!would!not!be!allowed!to!teach!
Greek!and!Roman!Mythology!in!the!spring.!
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On!December!12,!2014,!Dr.!Lopez!was!called!in!to!speak!with!his!dean,!Elizabeth!Say.!He!
arrived!with!a!union!representative!but!the!dean’s!secretary,!Eunice!Blatt,!told!the!union!
representative!she!was!not!welcome!at!the!meeting.!Dr.!Lopez!insisted!on!having!his!
union!representative!present,!and!the!secretary!relented.!
!
At!the!December!12!meeting,!Dean!Say!told!Dr.!Lopez!that!unnamed!students!had!
complained!about!the!fact!he!went!on!paternity!leave!(Dr.!Lopez!became!the!father!of!a!
son!in!October!2014),!then!canceled!some!classes!to!present!research!at!conferences.!Dean!
Say!claimed!that!since!Dr.!Lopez!went!on!paternity!leave,!this!precluded!him!from!doing!
research!travel;!in!fact!this!conflicts!directly!with!the!definition!of!paternity!leave!benefits!
in!the!California!Faculty!Association’s!collective!bargaining!agreement,!and!prima!facie!
constitutes!discrimination!against!Dr.!Lopez!based!on!his!marital!status,!a!protected!class.!!
!
Dr.!Lopez!tried!three!times!to!show!documentation!that!would!disprove!the!complaints,!
but!the!dean!refused!to!look!at!his!evidence!and!told!him!she!was!determined!to!place!a!
derogatory!memo!in!his!file.!She!told!him,!as!well,!“the!work!you!do!makes!people!very!
angry!and!they!want!to!come!heckle!you;!I!can’t!stop!them,”!in!response!to!Dr.!Lopez’s!
concerns!about!harassment!and!threats!he!received.!!
!
Dean!Say!made!a!number!of!false!claims,!which!she!said!were!based!on!the!complaints!of!
anonymous!“students.”!The!falsehoods!included!telling!Dr.!Lopez!he!could!not!go!to!
conferences!during!the!school!year!based!on!the!research!he!did,!accusing!him!of!violating!
university!policy,!alleging!that!he!did!not!tell!his!department!he!was!going!to!be!gone,!and!
telling!him!he!would!have!to!take!unpaid!leaves!of!absence!to!do!research!in!the!future.!!
!
Dean!Say!then!placed!a!“confirmation!memo”!in!his!Personnel!Action!File,!threatening!to!
take!further!disciplinary!action!against!him.!
!
In!January!2015,!Dr.!Lopez!refuted!all!the!major!accusations!in!the!file!by!providing!
evidence!that!he!did!not!breach!university!policy,!was!entitled!to!paternity!leave!based!on!
the!collective!bargaining!agreement,!did!notify!people!in!writing!that!he!would!be!gone,!
and!was!gone!for!only!one!week,!rather!than!two!weeks!as!her!“confirmation!memo”!
implied.!!
!
Dean!Say!removed!the!memo!full!of!false!accusations!and!replaced!it!with!another!reprisal!
letter,!claiming!falsely!that!she!never!took!issue!with!Dr.!Lopez’s!travel!(she!did,!during!
the!December!12,!2015!meeting),!and!rephrasing!her!complaint!as!concern!that!he!did!not!
call!her!personally!to!let!her!know!that!he!was!going!to!be!gone.!Dean&Say&never&
apologized&for&placing&defamatory&claims&in&Dr.&Lopez’s&personnel&file.!
!
Corrupt$and$Malicious$Hiring$and$Evaluation$Practices,$2014D15$
!
In!the!summer!of!2014,!the!English!department!held!elections!for!a!search!committee,!to!
hire!a!new!faculty!member!in!Dr.!Lopez’s!field!of!early!(preN1865)!American!literature.!Dr.!
Lopez!is!the!only!member!of!the!English!department!with!recent!publications!and!
competency!in!this!field;!he!was!nominated!for!and!ran!for!the!committee.!
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In!a!secret!online!balloting!process,!the!department!elected!a!committee!comprised!of!
three!professors!with!no!background!in!American!literature.!Dr.!Lopez!was!not!permitted!
to!serve!on!the!committee!although!he!has,!indisputably,!the!resume!most!closely!
matching!the!terms!of!the!search.!One!of!the!three!elected,!Samantha!Crabb,!was!not!even!
in!the!English!department,!serving!rather!in!Program!X.!She!appears!to!have!directed!
several!other!search!committees!in!Program!X!simultaneously.!The!other!two!elected!were!
junior!faculty!members!with!no!books!published!in!early!American!literature!(Dr.!Lopez’s!
monograph!on!this!came!out!in!2011!with!Rowman!&!Littlefield.)!The!three!search!
committee!members!were!all!experts,!instead,!in!British!culture.!
!
By!the!autumn!of!2014!the!search!committee!described!above!drafted!a!job!ad!that!got!
published!in!the!MLA!Job!Information!List,!purporting!to!solicit!applications!from!“transN
Atlantic”!scholars!with!joint!expertise!in!British!and!American!literature.!Given!the!
disproportionate!number!of!department!faculty!with!specializations!in!American!
literature!and!the!shortage!of!Britishists,!Dr.!Lopez!lobbied!for!the!search!to!focus!simply!
on!recruiting!an!assistant!professor!of!British!literature.!The!search!committee!members!
only!had!qualifications!to!review!British!literature!scholars!anyway.!Dr.!Lopez!also!
suggested!that!they!would!not!find!people!with!joint!expertise!in!both!fields!for!such!a!
broad!and!important!historical!period!(1700N1900)!and!he!posted!this!concern!on!the!
department!listserve,!but!was!unheeded.!Dr.!Lopez’s!chair!and!dean!did!not!intervene!in!
this!search!to!correct!the!mismatch!between!the!search!committee!and!the!field!of!
expertise,!with!troubling!results:!by!January!2015,!the!short!list!of!three!candidates!ended!
up!including!no!applicant!with!expertise!in!British!literature,!contrary!to!the!job!ad!the!
department!approved!and!which!had!been!published!in!the!MLA!Job!List.!That!no!
applicant!in!the!entire!United!States!could!be!found!with!expertise!in!British!literature!
strains!credulity!and!raises!questions!about!the!motivations!for!eliminating!candidates!in!
order!to!arrive!at!this!short!list.!
!
Not!only!did!the!aboveNmentioned!threeNperson!search!team!not!produce,!as!they!
promised!to!do,!a!short!list!of!candidates!with!expertise!in!both!American!and!British!
literature,!but!then!they!surprised!the!entire!department!in!February!2015,!by!announcing!
that!they!were!going!to!attempt!to!hire!not!one!but!two&new&faculty&members,&both&in&
Dr.&Lopez’s&field,&having&been&vetted&by&three&people&with&no&expertise&in&that&field.!!
!
During!the!campus!visits,!job!talks!of!the!new!candidates!were!scheduled!during!the!time!
that!Dr.!Lopez!was!teaching!and!efforts!to!have!them!rescheduled!were!unsuccessful.!Dr.!
Lopez!was!not!allowed!to!attend!the!teaching!demonstrations!of!the!job!candidates,!nor!to!
review!the!dossiers!of!the!candidates!who!had!been!surreptitiously!rejected.!!
!
At!the!department!meeting!in!February!2015,!when!the!surprise!proposition!of!hiring!two!
Americanists!was!presented!before!all!English!faculty,!Dr.!Lopez!raised!objections!but!was!
interrupted!by!a!halfNdozen!of!his!colleagues,!told!to!“trust!his!colleagues”!who!were!
elected,!and!hurried!into!voting!up!or!down!on!a!ranking!of!candidates!without!having!
had!any!chance!to!discuss!the!search!in!detail!with!the!search!committee.!!
!
In!the!end,!the!department!never!received!an!explanation!of!what!happened!but!only!one!
person!was!hired!to!fulfill!the!search,!a!candidate!focusing!on!transNPacific!connections!

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between!American!and!Asian!literature.!The!new!hire,!while!wonderfully!qualified!to!
teach!literature,!could!in!no!way!be!said!to!match!the!job!ad!that!the!department’s!search!
committee,!contrary!to!abundant!advice,!placed!in!the!MLA!Job!List.!
!
In!the!spring!of!2015,!Dr.!Lopez’s!chair!emailed!the!entire!English!department!asking!for!
people!to!run!for!vacant!seats!on!college!committees.!Dr.!Lopez!placed!his!name!up!for!a!
seat!on!the!College!Personnel!Committee.!When!there!were!only!four!faculty!members!
running!for!four!slots,!and!therefore!it!seemed!inevitable!that!Dr.!Lopez!would!be!placed!
on!the!committee,!Dr.!Lopez’s!chair!and!dean!both!sent!out!mass!emails!asking!for!more!
people!to!run!for!the!committee.!They!were!able!to!get!an!additional!person!to!run,!and!
Dr.!Lopez!was!voted!off!the!committee.!This!was!an!unusual!manipulation!of!elections,!of!
a!kind!that!Dr.!Lopez!cannot!recall!ever!happening!before.!
!
Corrupt,$Incompetent,$and$Discriminatory$Use$of$Travel$Funding,$2014D15$
$
Trying!to!resolve!the!confusing!status!of!his!travel!funds,!Dr.!Lopez!emailed!his!chair!and!
dean!in!late!December!2014,!in!order!to!discuss!his!travel!for!2015.!Though!she!had!just!
placed!a!reprisal!letter!in!his!file!complaining!that!Dr.!Lopez!did!not!speak!personally!with!
her!about!travel!in!the!past,!Dean!Say!declined!to!meet!with!him!personally.!She!told!him!
to!meet!with!his!chair.!Dr.!Lopez’s!chair!did!not!respond!to!requests!for!a!meeting.!
!
Dr.!Lopez!was!invited!to!present!research!at!a!summit!held!at!Catholic!University!on!
March!27,!2015.!Dr.!Lopez’s!dean!and!chair!had!both!declined!to!speak!personally!with!him!
about!the!best!way!to!clear!this!travel!with!CSUN.!Dean!Say!rejected!the!application!to!
approve!this!travel!through!the!online!system!for!travel!authorization,!claiming!that!
“CanaVox,”!the!group!that!sent!Dr.!Lopez!the!invitation!letter,!was!not!a!legitimate!
academic!group,!even!though!the!event!was!tied!to!Catholic!University.!The!travel!policy!
cited!by!the!Dean!to!reject!the!application!included!a!clause!about!“societies’”!meetings!as!
legitimate!use!of!research!funds!if!the!faculty!member!is!presenting.!The!dean!used!her!
discretion!and!did!not!respect!this!clause.!
!
Dr.!Lopez!then!submitted!a!letter!signed!by!a!provost!of!Catholic!University!of!America!to!
clarify!the!official!status!of!the!roundtable!conference.!Dr.!Lopez!received!an!email!from!
his!chair,!Betsy!D’Urbevilles,!six!days!after!the!summit,!informing!him!that!his!application!
was!again!rejected!because!it!was!submitted!too!close!to!the!date!of!the!conference,!with!
no!consideration!for!the!fact!that!the!delay!was!the!result!of!the!dean!insisting!that!she!
would!only!approve!the!travel!upon!receiving!a!highly!placed!letter.!
!
Likelihood$of$More$Harassment$Planned$and$Pending$
!
The!list!goes!on!for!much!longer!than!we!could!possibly!summarize!here.!Unless&the&
pattern&of&harassment&has&somehow&changed&after&five&years,&it&is&probable&that&
more&“investigations”&and&charges&are&pending,&subject&to&gag&orders&disallowing&
Dr.&Lopez&from&discussing&them&publicly.!

!
As!daughters!of!gay!parents,!we!are!deeply!concerned!about!the!mounting,!concerted!interference!
with!Dr.!Lopez's!academic!freedom,!which!seems!to!stem!solely!from!the!fact!that!he!holds!an!
unpopular!position!and!has!a!life!experience!that!defies!easy!categories.!!

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!
As!the!Chancellor!of!CSU,!you!oversee!the!only!university!system!that!includes!a!grown!child!of!
gays!actively!engaged!in!independent,!interdisciplinary!research!on!gay!parenting.!You!carry!the!
historic!burden!to!uphold!academic!freedom,!antiNdiscrimination!protections,!and!scholarly!
integrity.!
!
Children!of!gay!parents!are!only!now!attaining!a!critical!mass!and!speaking!for!themselves!as!
representatives!of!diverse!opinions!about!the!balance!between!LGBT!rights!and!the!rights!of!
children.!Please!do!not!allow!efforts!to!intimidate!and!discredit!Dr.!Lopez!to!succeed,!as!he!plays!
a!critical!role!within!the!academic!community!in!this!field.!!Bowing!to!pressures!which!seek!to!
stifle!or!remove!Dr.!Lopez’s!voice!from!your!university!would!defeat!your!objective!to!make!your!
campuses!“open!forums!for!free!expression!of!ideas!and!diverse!views”.!See!
http://www.aaup.org/ourNprograms/governmentNrelations/grNarchive/academicNbillNrightsN
intellectualNdiversity/resources.!
!
!
Sincerely,!
!
Moira!Greyland,!Texas!
Brandi!Walton,!Oklahoma!
Denise!Shick,!North!Carolina!
B.N.!Klein,!Ohio!
Heather!Barwick,!Maryland!
Katy!Faust,!Washington!
Dawn!Stefanowicz,!Ontario!
Millie!Fontana!Foxx,!Australia!
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!
Individual&Statements&of&Support&
Moira&Greyland&
To!whom!it!may!concern:!
!
Every!university!today!is!rightly!concerned!with!themes!of!diversity!and!alternative!
perspectives.!!Robert!Oscar!Lopez!provides!such!a!perspective,!as!the!child!of!gays,!and!brings!a!
healthy!alternative!perspective!to!the!monolithic!view!so!often!presented!of!LGBT!families.!
!
If!he!is!silenced,!not!only!is!diversity!a!sham,!since!it!will!not!represent!an!important!perspective,!
but!in!the!future!it!will!be!known!that!only!certain!viewpoints!are!permissible,!which!is!
censorship:!an!untenable!position!for!a!university!to!hold.!
!
I!have!been!so!glad!to!hear!Mr.!Lopez’!story!since!it!mirrored!so!many!aspects!of!my!own.!!I!was!
raised!by!three!gay!parents,!and!I!was!constantly!aware!that!it!was!my!“job”!to!carry!the!traditions!
of!my!family!forward.!!I!felt!uncomfortable!being!female!because!being!female!was!“wrong”!in!a!
family!of!very!soft!men!and!very!hard!women,!and!any!trace!of!traditional!femininity!was!
hammered!out!of!me!by!my!mother’s!derision!and!my!father’s!condescending!pity.!!!
!
It!was!understood!that!I!was!never!going!to!be!wanted!by!a!man!because!all!men,!according!to!my!
father,!were!secretly!homosexual,!and!both!of!my!parents!very!much!wanted!me!to!be!gay.!!Before!
you!say!that!this!is!outrageous,!let!me!ask!just!one!question:!if!gays!can!have!children,!why!is!it!
wrong!for!them!to!want!their!children!to!grow!up!to!be!just!like!them?!
!
I!have!learned,!slowly,!to!be!OK!with!being!a!girl,!and!even!with!being!straight.!!I!came!out!as!
straight!to!my!parents!when!I!was!eighteen,!and!gradually!I!learned!to!trust!that!some!men!were!
actually!straight!and!would!want!me.!
!
Finding!that!other!children!of!gays!had!struggles!with!trying!to!be!homosexual!and!being!genderN
confused!marked!a!turning!point!in!my!life.!!There!are!other!children!of!gays!who!need!to!know!
they’re!not!alone!in!their!struggles.!!It!is!vital!that!you!let!Robert!Oscar!Lopez’!voice!be!heard,!as!
an!important!counter!to!this!seemingly!oneNsided!issue.!
!
Sincerely!yours,!!
!
Moira!Greyland!
!
&
Brandi&Walton&
To!Whom!It!May!Concern,!
!
I!am!frankly!appalled!that!the!academy!has!not!done!more!to!protect!one!of!its!own!and!protect!
the!free!exchange!of!ideas!and!information!that!places!of!higher!learning!are!supposed!to!support!
and!encourage.!As!children!of!the!LGBTQ!Community!we!have!an!inalienable!right!to!discuss!and!

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encourage!opinions!about!the!life!we!lived!and!the!effects!that!being!raised!such!as!we!were!has!
had!on!our!lives.!It!is!sad!to!me!that!such!is!the!condition!of!our!world!today!that!I!am!having!to!
write!this!letter!in!defense!of!a!man!who!has!no!ill!will!toward!any!of!his!fellow!human!beings,!
and!yet!is!constantly!the!target!of!vicious!attacks.!I!implore!you!to!do!the!right!thing!and!
recognize!that!nothing!homophobic!nor!bigoted!was!perpetrated!by!Professor!Lopez,!and!protect!
his!studies!from!those!who!seek!to!block!his!work.!
!
Thank!you!for!your!time,!
!
Brandi!Walton!
!
Denise&Shick&&
To!whom!it!may!concern:!
I!wish!to!express!how!important!and!beneficial!it!is!for!children!of!gays!to!have!healthy!
debates!of!our!experiences.!It!takes!many!years!to!talk!and!overcome!some!of!the!difficulties!that!
we!face!as!children.!Our!freedom!to!express!and!share!from!our!experiences!in!a!healthy!manner!
brings!an!understanding!to!both!sides!of!this!issue.!This!is!not!done!out!of!malice!toward!others,!
but!rather!out!of!the!rights!of!adult!children!who!in!a!sense!were!forgotten,!or!rather!believed!not!
to!exist.!
Some!of!us!adult!children!do!not!practice!a!faith,!while!others!do,!but!the!most!important!
component!we!have!discovered!is!having!others!who!understand!us,!no!matter!how!young!or!old!
we!may!be!or!no!matter!one’s!faith!(or!no!faith).!
As!American!citizens!we!all!have!the!freedom!of!speech!no!matter!the!topic!one!wishes!to!
speak!on.!Because!of!our!freedom!of!speech,!we!have!equal!rights!to!speak!from!the!situations!we!
each!have!come!from.!After!all,!this!is!the!right!each!person!wants!and!deserves.!
Academic!conferences!or!debates!where!people!can!question!what!it!is!like!having!a!gay!
parent,!helps!the!students!learning!from!those!who!have!lived!out!their!own!struggles!coming!out!
from!under!their!own!situations.!!
!
Sincerely,!
Denise!Shick!
!
B.N.&Klein&
Dear!Chancellor!White,!
I!am!writing!as!one!of!the!daughters!of!the!LGBT!community!on!behalf!of!academic!freedom!and!
Professor!Robert!Oscar!Lopez.!I!write!not!only!as!a!child!of!gays.!!I!also!write!as!a!contingent!
faculty!member,!who!like!Professor!Lopez!has!been!harassed!and!blacklisted!by!LBGT!activists!

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who!have!launched!campaigns.!They!have!sent!100’s!of!emails!to!other!faculty!and!administrators!
to!block!me!from!teaching!and!publication.!!Likewise,!they!have!written!to!editors!of!major!
journals!to!block!me!from!publishing.!!
We!have!faced!a!serious!wellNdocumented!pattern!of!silencing!and!harassment.!!Suppression!of!
research!and!of!expression!is!creating!a!new!dark!age.!!And!sadly!the!academy!is!playing!point!
man!in!witchNhunts.!Make!no!mistake,!the!sole!purpose!of!defining!Professor!Lopez’s!scholarship!
and!research!as!“discriminatory”!is!to!silence!the!voices!of!the!children!of!gays!who!express!
anything!that!contradicts!the!well!crafted!media!narrative!of!growing!up!the!gay!community.!!
This!neoNMcCarthyism!is!worse!than!McCarthyism!in!whom!it!targets!and!the!way!it!creates!a!
form!of!antiNintellectualism!and!silences!the!free!exchange!of!discourse!and!ideas.!!It!begs!the!
question,!why!are!LGBT!scholars!and!researchers!and!allies!supported!and!encouraged!to!pursue!
lines!of!research!about!the!children!being!raised!in!LGBT!homes,!which!draw!selfNserving!
conclusions,!yet!the!children!themselves!are!harassed!and!silenced?!In!the!future!this!Orwellian!
collusion!will!be!read!as!emblematic!of!an!entire!era!of!academic!corruption,!an!intellectual!
blackout,!created!for!pet!political!groups!and!at!the!expense!of!others.!!
!
Sincerely,!
B.N.!Klein!
!
Heather&Barwick&
Robert!Oscar!Lopez!offers!an!important!perspective!and!one!that!is!shared!by!many!other!
children!of!gays.!!For!many!years!I!felt!isolated!as!I!struggled!to!understand!my!experience!being!
raised!by!two!lesbians.!!It!seemed!everyone!was!telling!me!that!I!should!be!“just!fine”!but!I!wasn’t.!
When!I!first!read!Robert!Oscar!Lopez’s!writing!it!resonated!deeply!with!me.!There!are!many!
differences!between!us,!yet!so!much!of!my!experience!echoed!his.!!All!children!of!gays!deserve!a!
voice.!!Too!often,!we!are!bullied!and!shamed!for!telling!the!truth!about!our!own!lived!
experiences.!!I!urge!you!to!consider!the!critical!perspective!and!information!that!Robert!Oscar!
Lopez!brings!to!the!table!and!to!allow!him!to!continue!to!bring!much!needed!thought!and!debate!
to!the!issue.!!!!
Sincerely,!!!!
Heather!Barwick!!
&
Katy&Faust&
My!husband!is!getting!his!doctorate.!!I!am!a!Fulbright!scholar.!!But!I!wonder!if!I!will!send!my!four!
children!to!a!State!University!or!liberal!arts!college!upon!high!school!graduation.!After!watching!
Dr.!Lopez!undergo!such!opposition!for!sharing!what!should!be!common!sense!(or!at!minimum!
innocuous!speech)N!that!children!suffer!trauma!when!they!are!separated!from!their!natural!

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parents,!that!men!and!women!are!different!and!offer!distinct!complimentary!benefits!in!child!
rearing,!that!children!should!not!be!bought!and!sold,!and!that!they!are!at!increased!risk!for!all!
manner!of!social!ills!when!one!or!both!parents!are!missingN!I!have!my!doubts!that!today’s,!or!
tomorrow’s,!college!experience!will!offer!my!children!a!true!free!exchange!of!ideas.!!!
I!am!at!the!beach!today.!!My!children!and!I!are!spending!a!glorious!week!with!my!mother!and!her!
partner.!!They!are!wonderful,!generous,!tenderNhearted!women!and!beloved!members!of!our!
extended!family.!A!child!would!be!blessed!to!have!either!one!as!a!mother.!!The!problem!is!that!
neither!of!them!would!be!a!good!father.!!And!children!actually!desire,!long!for,!and!have!a!right!to!
both!their!mother!and!father.!It!is!a!statement!like!that!which!seems!to!have!no!place!in!academia!
these!days.!!And!with!the!removal!or!silencing!of!Dr.!Lopez,!your!university!system!will!move!
away!from!being!a!center!for!learning!toward!an!institution!of!indoctrination.!I!hope!that!you!
stand!for!right,!and!allow!academic!freedom!to!take!its!rightful!place!at!the!center!of!this,!and!
every!other,!political,!sociological,!and!anthropological!debate.!
Sincerely,!
Katy!Faust!!
Dawn&Stefanowicz!
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I!know!Robert!Lopez,!and!he!offers!support!to!children!of!LGBT!parents!and!has!the!background!
to!present!different!ideas!in!academic!settings.!When!he!shares!our!stories!and!research!
concerning!marriage,!parenting!and!family,!he!is!bringing!together!diverse!ideas!which!need!to!be!
heard!by!students!on!campuses!across!the!country.!Bobby!respects!and!tolerates!different!
perspectives!from!us!children,!even!though!none!of!us!agrees!on!every!point.!We!desire!to!express!
our!various!perspectives!and!insights!in!a!tolerant!environment!and!have!every!right!to!do!
so.!Freedom!of!speech!is!incredibly!important!to!the!exchange!of!ideas!and!democracy.!
Furthermore,!freedom!of!speech!on!college!and!university!campuses!is!vital!to!academic!freedom.!
When!speech!is!limited!or!banned,!your!academic!space!is!no!longer!free.!When!it!comes!
to!children!of!LGBT!parents,!we!have!every!human!right!to!discuss!and!share!our!own!
backgrounds,!and!our!thoughts!and!feelings!in!the!public!sphere,!which!include!campuses!across!
the!country.!There!should!be!no!speech!codes!which!would!restrict!the!speech!of!children!of!
LGBT!parents.!There!is!never!just!one!side!to!issues!which!impact!us!under!the!LGBT!umbrella.!
Rather,!there!are!multiNfaceted!sides!which!need!to!be!expressed!freely!without!limits!or!fears!of!
hurting!people's!feelings.!There!are!already!existing!legal!remedies!for!defamation,!threats!and!
assault,!without!limiting!freedom!of!speech.!!
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Thanks,!
Dawn!Stefanowicz!Author!of!Out$From$Under:$The$Impact$of$Homosexual$Parenting!
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Millie&Fontana&Foxx&
I!must!extend!concerns!from!Australia!regarding!a!highly!unethical!attempt!to!silence!the!everN
growing!base!of!children!negatively!affected!by!same!sex!parenting.!!As!children!of!gays,!it!is!

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already!extremely!difficult!for!us!to!express!our!experiences!and!opinions!on!the!topic!of!our!
upbringing.!!We!face!rejection!from!our!peers,!"shaming"!from!our!parents!and!overall!
demonisation!from!the!very!same!community!promoting!the!love!and!acceptance!that!is!leading!
some!to!discriminate!against!Robert!Lopez!for!being!a!minority.!I!am!dismayed!that!the!field!of!
education,!where!people!are!allegedly!open!to!an!evolving!society,!would!reject!the!story!of!a!man!
who's!personally!endured!the!gay!community’s!incorrect!accusation!of!homophobia.!!The!gay!
community!has!been!encouraged!to!speak!freely,!and!as!their!children!it's!now!our!right!of!
passage!to!"come!out"!too.!There!is!a!major!difference!between!expressing!an!educated!opinion,!
and!religious!homophobia.!I!urge!you!not!to!perpetuate!the!same!cycle!of!discrimination!once!
inflicted!on!the!gay!community,!on!behalf!of!the!gay!community.!
Regards,!!
Millie!Fontana!Foxx.!
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Officials!in!Field!of!Education!

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James!Campbell,!Alliance!Defending!Freedom!(jcampbell@alliancedefendingfreedom.org)!
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Brian!Duggan,!National!Organization!for!Marriage!(bduggan@nationformarriage.org)!
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Rosemary!Feal,!Executive!Director,!Modern!Language!Association!(rfeal@mla.org)!
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Elaine!M.!Howle,!Cal.!State!Auditor!(https://www.auditor.ca.gov/contactus/complaint)!
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Mal!Kline,!Accuracy!in!Academia!(mal.kline@academia.org)!
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Charles!Limandri,!Freedom!of!Conscience!Defense!Fund!(CLimandri@limandri.com)!
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Matthew!Malkan,!California!Association!of!Scholars!(matt.malkan@gmail.com)!
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Teresa!Mendoza,!Freedom!of!Conscience!Defense!Fund!(TMendoza@limandri.com)!
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Mary!Ellen!Petrisko,!WASC!Senior!Colleges!&!Universities!(mepetrisko@wascsenior.org)!
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Gregory!Scholtz,!American!Association!of!University!Professors!(gscholtez@aaup.org)!
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Subcommittee!on!Higher!Education!and!Workforce!Training!
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U.S.!House!of!Representatives!
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Virginia!Foxx,!North!Carolina!(Chairwoman)!!
David!P.!Roe,!Tennessee!!
Matt!Salmon,!Arizona!!
Brett!Guthrie,!Kentucky!!
Lou!Barletta,!Pennsylvania!!
Joe!J.!Heck,!Nevada!!
Luke!Messer,!Indiana!!
Bradley!Byrne,!Alabama!!
Carlos!Curbelo,!Florida!!
Elise!Stefanik,!New!York!!
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Rick!Allen,!Georgia!
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U.S.!Senate!Committee!on!Health,!Education,!Labor!&!Pensions!
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Lamar!Alexander,!Tennessee!
Michael!B.!Enzi,!Wyoming!
Richard!Burr,!North!Carolina!
Johnny!Isakson,!Georgia!
Rand!Paul,!Kentucky!
Tim!Scott,!South!Carolina!
Orrin!Hatch,!Utah!
Pat!Roberts,!Kansas!
Bill!Cassidy,!M.D.,!Louisiana!
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! Tim!Walberg,!Michigan!
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! Darrell!Issa,!California!
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! MiMi!Walters,!California!
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! Duncan!Hunter,!California!
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! Tom!McClintock,!California!