Video examines ROTC/GLU controversy

By Sean McClellan

A video dealing with the recent controversy between the Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Gay/Lesbian Union will be shown to the public later this week.

“Come Out and Fight,” a video documentary discussing the controversy relating to the ROTC program at NIU and the Defense Department’s anti-homosexual policy will be shown on Dec. 5 at 9:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Room 405.

The controversy concerns a recent Illinois law forbidding state universities from removing the ROTC program because it doesn’t accept homosexuals. This law voided a University Council decision which would have banned ROTC from NIU if their exclusion of homosexuals didn’t change.

“(The video) examines the issue of ROTC and the GLU,” said Amy Bybee, co-producer of the video. “It gives both sides of the story.”

The video has received national attention and has been shown at the GLU National Convention in both Chicago and Washington.

The video has been well accepted from both the heterosexual and gay community. However, the ROTC was least receptive, Bybee said.

“There were a lot of problems with ROTC students. They made clear what they said wasn’t ROTC policy, just their own opinions,” she said.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance, the Gay/Lesbian Union and the Counseling and Student Development Center.