Crystal Dixon, associate vice president of human resources at the state-run University of Toledo, wrote an April 18 column for the Toledo Free Press in response to an April 4 column by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief Michael S. Miller. Miller argued that Ohio is behind in “gay rights” and also criticized the University of Toledo’s lack of health care benefits for some domestic partnerships.
Dixon, who did not identify herself as a university employee, wrote in her column:
“As a Black woman... I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’ Here's why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended.”
She referenced prominent individuals who had renounced their homosexual behavior, sometimes because of “a realization that their choice of same-sex practices wreaked havoc in their psychological and physical lives.”
She closed her column with two references to the Bible. She said that God had created humankind male and female and gave them free will, which she described as an “inalienable right to choose.” Saying there are consequences for our choices, Dixon said it is “base human nature to revolt and become indignant” when the world or God Himself disagrees with our choices.
The bolded segment is a bold-faced lie. She mentioned she was a former graduate student and an employee of the University of Toledo.
This is excerpted from Dixon's letter:
As a Black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo's Graduate School, an employee and business owner....
The reference to the alleged benefits disparity at the University of Toledo was rather misleading. When the University of Toledo and former Medical University of Ohio merged, both entities had multiple contracts for different benefit plans at substantially different employee cost sharing levels. To suggest that homosexual employees on one campus are being denied benefits avoids the fact that ALL employees across the two campuses regardless of their sexual orientation, have different benefit plans. The university is working diligently to address this issue in a reasonable and cost-efficient manner, for all employees, not just one segment.
This suggests she was speaking on behalf of the University. It was irresponsible of her to do so - in the context of her anti-gay screed. She has every right to write anti-gay screeds. She does not have the right to drag the University of Toledo into her anti-gay agenda.
Crystal Dixon had a high level HR appointment at the University of Toledo.
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